While I am still recovering, both mentally and physically, from the 15 km desert hike so thought I’d share my experience.
First off all, please note that I decided to join the Caracal Challenge less than 4 weeks prior, hence was not well prepared for it.
The team did a great job organizing the event and briefing us. We had checkpoints every 2.5 km to recharge. The first half of the hike, 7.5 km, was great. All factors were in our favor; energy levels, sand depth, hills height, sunlight and wind.
The challenge kicked off right after. I was battling sand filled wind while trying to hike a sand dune. I felt that I was not making progress where I was actually putting all my effort to trek that hill. My shoes were filled with sand and did not help, I had to continue barefoot.
My tiredness started to get to me and thought of giving up – but how could I in the middle of nowhere and after all the hard work. I thought I’ll just push myself to the next checkpoint at least.
Once I reached that checkpoint, it was a surprise to find out that it was actually the finish line 😩! Feelings of relief, gratitude, and achievement filled me. I was happy to be informed that I was amongst the first 5 to finish the challenge (Al Hamdulilah)
Bottom line and lessons learned:
Be sure to be well prepared both mentally and physically for any challenge you decide to take.
Success comes right after the point where you feel like giving up. Always give that one last push and you’ll make it.
I have to mention that training at Fitness First Midriff certainly helped me prepare as I decided to join last minute. Especially since they’re only a few minutes away from home, and helped me train given my busy schedule.
I love the fact that they have a big variety of equipment for different training types and levels. Both the XFit and regular gym. And always appreciate the positive and energetic staff!
Oh and let’s not forget the awesome healthy options offered at the core juice bar 😍
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