Not satisfied with simply rebuilding my experience and skill I decided a challenge was in order. Inspiration struck in the form of a close personal friend whose mother was tragically affected by terminal cancer last year, and I decided that some sort of kayaking challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK was a noble cause and an ideal way to support a worthy charity while getting fit, but what challenge to do?
The idea formed over a pint (as most good ideas do!) and it was conceived that attempting to kayak the circuit of 10 Cumbrian Lake District lakes in 10 days was achievable (plus the name of the challenge sounded quite good). So in a rare blur of activity and motivation a website domain name was purchased, suppliers approached for sponsorship, just giving page set up and basic plan formulated. Suddenly this was very real and the amount of preparation needed to manage 183 km in 10 days dawned on me.
Training was needed, but more importantly so was a boat! Living in a converted chapel with little outdoor space or storage space to accommodate a kayak, I struck on the idea of an inflatable boat, and with a little further online research, the advanced elements expedition seemed perfect. Nick Pipe from vortex offered some useful advice and was kind enough to supply the boat which I have now started to use for regular distance and stamina training on the local canals come rain or shine, in an attempt to recreate true Cumbrian conditions!
The challenge is scheduled for May 2015 and the Advanced Elements Expedition is proving to be the perfect boat to do it in with great performance and tracking, as well as being flexible enough for easy storage and transportation, just hope my technique and paddling stamina return in time!"
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