Its been a few weeks now since my last challenge which was Mt. Vinson, my training for the next challenge has been going well but with only 10 days to go I am beginning to feel a little nervous.
If the truth be told I probably haven't got anything to feel nervous about but its just the way I am. I tend to always get nervous before a big race or a big challenge.
I guess the important thing for me is to focus on the process and not to get too carried away with thinking about the end result. I believe in my systems and as I said above my training has been good.
So what is the next challenge?
The next and 6th challenge within the 10 summits series is Mt. Elbrus. Elbrus stands at 5642m above sea level and is the tallest mountain in Russia and Europe. Elbrus is the 3rd summit of the 7 summits and with out doubt it will be the toughest challenge to date.
The run will see me complete 45 hill repeats of Torre d'el Aguillo which if you have read my previous blogs you'll know is a local beauty spot between La Vila and Benidorm. The hill gives me 125m of elevation and 1.5km in terms of distance.
I've made a slight change to the route for Elbrus which will see me go straight up and straight down rather than run loops or vueltas. The route change means that I run fewer km with the route is steeper and less technical than the looped route.
So as most of you know I am doing these challenges to raise funds for a local occupation centre called Centro Doble Amor.
So far we have raised over 1000 euros which is absolutely incredible. We set a target at the beginning of 2500 euros and with 3 months left until my final run, which will be Everest we are confident that we can achieve the target.
The Images below give you an idea of just how big a challenge this is going to be!
After Mt Elbrus I'll take a week or so to rest the knees before I begin training for the next 2 challenges that will be in April. Kilimanjaro and Denali await, followed by Aconcagua in May and Everest in June .
I hope that you're enjoying my rambling on about running up and down a hill, I'll post something after Elbrus to let you know how it went.