This evening I thought about summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro and how I’ve been thinking about it on and off for a while. I may have started thinking of this a year ago. Late summer 2012 Lisa Marie Albert landed a job in South Africa, opening another opportunity to visit Africa. I could visit her, go on safari. Thinking of Africa stirred the thoughts of Kili again. I thought to myself, how serious am I? I need to know if I can set the training regimen into action. I wondered, how will I motivate myself, what can I do to inspire? Without a daily reminder, Kili may not remain in the forefront of my mind. If I’m serious, actions must begin.
I thought some images of the mountain might help. I sought out a few high res images on the web, some I could print larger than a regular sheet of paper. I want to post a few in places I’ll look every day. Maybe I’ll put one of the back of my front door, on my office wall, on my car dash? I’ve already added a photo as the cover photo to my FaceBook page.
Will FB exist when you read this? Who’s to say. Now how will I document my thoughts about Kili, my adventure, things to help remind me to train, stories to share of the journey with loved ones in the future? Well, here it is. I’m typing each entry in plain text to be added to a book later with images along the way.
Who am I? I’m a computer engineer, model railroader, mountain biker, snow skier, hiker, camper, backpacker, rock climber, chef and more. What do I look like at the start of training? I’m 17.5% body fat and 198.4 lbs.
I imagine this training will trim me up, another goal I’ve wanted to accomplish over the last few years. I mean, check out the extra chin on that 2nd one (yes, you can check out Jen too, she is totally cute). I’m not fat, in fact I’m fortunate I’ve never been fat, but I’ve not been trim in a long time. Less weight, more strength. This will enhance the rock climbing I’m currently involved in and will add to my backpacking stamina as well. I feel like I could write forever while I sit here, but alas, sleep calls for tomorrow morning, a month of training begins. Can I keep it up for a month? Will I make that commitment required to train hard so summit success is given the best opportunity? I want it now. I have to want it more. I can’t say I’ll write every day, but every day I train I’ll make a note. If I feel like writing, I will.
Mt. Kilimanjaro, are you ready for me? I’m sure you are. Am I ready for you? The test begins.