Wednesday, November 21, 2007

46 Days until I leave for the dark continent

Waves of anxiety, excitement, and periodic calm states have enveloped me since I have been earnestly training for this trip in mid-October. I am trying to tackle a lot of things at the same time: research, training, obtaining sponsorship, and learning to use the electronics that I will take on this adventure. Like most things in life, with patience and hard work things, even huge projects do come together. My research is finally beginning to take shape and I now have a personality profile as well as two questionnaires developed. My training is becoming cumulative to the point that I feel I have a solid base of athleticism in my body.

In the next 46 days I will increase my workouts. Try sitting on a trainer for 3 hours straight! I did that yesterday and I might up it to 4 hours in the next week. I am trying to get my butt used to my new seat. Jeff, my bike guy who owns Kinetic Systems in Clarkston, MI says that getting my butt used to the saddle is the best thing I can do for myself. Per the research end of things, I will send out the questionnaires and hope for 75% compliance! It would be great if all the tour riders responded but we know about surveys and lack of responding. I also have to buy a whole bunch of stuff before I leave.

I think packing will be the hardest part. If you know me, you know I like to bring a lot of stuff. Not quite at the minimalist stage yet! I am sure I will be frantically scurrying around my parent's house during the final few days trying to fit this into a bag and that into a bag.

Well, tonight I have a hot date with my Group Dynamics textbook so I must be off!

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