Now we come to the main topic of my blog today - the Camino. It is a pilgrimage across the top of Spain and I intend to do it later this year. In preparation I have started a walking regime and this morning I did 12 kilometres and have a massive blister at the edge of the ball of my foot to show for it. However, the walk itself was wonderful. It is so rare to be out in the beautiful Autumn Inverloch weather first thing in the morning as the sun comes up and to have my thoughts all to myself. I walked out to the RACV resort and because I needed a loo, I went in, did the necessary and bought myself a delicious latte. So there I was sitting looking out over the sea and deciding that life is in fact quite good. There were lots of young people there wearing Tshirts that said, "I did it, can you? " This was a reference to the Spartan race that they had done yesterday, which I so much want to tell you about. About ten people at my gym decided to enter this thing called the Spartan race which I had never heard of before. I decided to go along and be their cheer squad. I was dressed in the IChooseAwesome gear, waving a big flat while they ran seven kilometres over a BMX motocross track, rolled under barbed wire, climbed ropes, walls and nets, jumped over fire, threw javelins at hay bales and battled the gladiators who beat them with padded poles as they approached the finish line. There was one particularly fine looking gladiator I wouldn't have minded battling myself (but that's another story). The whole adventure took nearly two hours and they came back, laughing, muddy and totally exhausted. They stayed together as a team which was lovely to see. There were many obstacles and the organisers made them do thirty burpees for each obstacle they could not complete. If you don't know what a burpee is, imagine this: jump up, clap your hands above your head and then go straight forward into a push up on the ground with legs stretched out backwards, jump up again and clap your hands above your head. You have now done a burpee. I used to look like a dinosaur doing them but I think I have got them down now, after a lot of very awkward, embarrassing effort. My aim now is to get as fit as I can so that I can do the Camino, which will be a walk of approximately 20km a day for ten days, ending up in Santiago de Compostela. I am currently reading Shirley McLaine's book called the Camino, but she did the 30 day trip which I am not yet up for, maybe next year.
So follow along as I promise to keep you up to date with my progress, blisters, changes of thought and the progress of my book which has been resurrected and is still called Live Well Over 60 (which is what I am planning to do!) Hasta La Vista (which reminds me, I really want to learn a little Spanish before I go too.)