I’ve written a few times in the past about this and being away living in hotels… but I have a new angle.
My wife’s an accountant so right now (it being tax return season) she’s a bit frayed around the edges. Like, I suspect, most of the accountancy profession, we’ve booked a holiday leaving at 5.00pm on 31st January.
2012 was a hard year, very busy and full on so a nice restful holiday is called for; a beach, hammock, cocktails, good food, warm sea gently lapping at my ankles…
So, obviously, we’ve decided to climb Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
Our travel agent sent me a book to read a couple of weeks ago which started with the words: ‘Make no mistake, this is hard!’
Hmmm… too late to back out now, so there’s nothing for it; we just have to knuckle down to the training. And, actually, I reckon we’re pretty fit. We walk plenty and, living in Edinburgh, there are plenty of hills to practice on. Admittedly, none are 19,340 feet high.
No, it’s not the physical side of things I’m really worried about… it’s the water.
Not only am I going to the gym 4 times a week, I’m also trying to train myself to drink the required 2 – 3 litres of water every day.
Now, on the surface that doesn’t seem to be so difficult. Get a 2 litre bottle of water and raise it to your lips every couple of minutes but it’s not that that’s the issue.
It’s the, um, visits that are required in order to deal with the intake of so much water. The mornings, I’m finding are fine. But as the afternoon wears on and I’ve nearly finished my bottle I’m dashing to the loo every couple of minutes.
What’s worse is that the loo in our office is in the meeting room which means that if my wife has a client in I have to bounce up and down. There’s a pub next door but I’m fairly sure they’ve clocked what I’m doing, so I can’t even pretend that I’m looking for a friend any more.
You see what I mean – health is just so inconvenient.
The guy at my gym reckons my bladder will get use to it and, just like any other part of my body (and brain for that matter) my capacity will increase.
For me, it’s a salient lesson in development… increase capacity at steady pace rather than overwhelming any system.