Chicago’s frigid temperatures today provided perfect training conditions for the summit zone on Kilimanjaro. With snowfall as deep as 18” and temperatures hovering at -7F (-22C), I had no choice but to hike slowly (or poly-poly as they say on the mountain). I got to test my warmest layers and trekking poles (all worked beautifully). Alas, all did not go according to plan. Within 10 minutes, the water in my reservoir hose had frozen. Thankfully, I also carry a water bottle in my pack pocket. To make it more accessible, I had to stop and attach it to my waist belt with a karabiner. While I was grateful for the water, honestly, I could have done without the cold bottle pressed up against my ass for over four hours!
I loved the added challenge of hiking up and down hills in the deep snow, but by mile 8 on the main road home, the fun factor had dropped significantly. Seriously people…shovel your damn sidewalks! It did not help that my phone had died in the cold so I had no music to listen to. At this point, it was just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other…poly, poly. I trudged through the last 2 miles and finished exhausted, but warm and dry and with a great feeling of accomplishment. I had completed my 10 miles despite the challenges I faced - not unlike what I will experience on Kili. Grit and determination triumph! BAM!!!! Now to stretch, shower, snooze (and maybe one other ‘s’ if I’m lucky)! 😜 #29daystilkili #kilimanjaro #kilimanjarotraining #gritanddetermination #lovetraining #lovemylife