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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Endurance Walking

Definition of Endurance
Endurance - the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina
Endurance is the ability for an animal to exert itself for a long period of time

I'm sure you've heard me talk about the long walk one of my daughters takes part in each year.
Called Trailwalker - this is how Wikipedia describes it:
Trailwalker or Oxfam Trailwalker and the related Trailtrekker are endurance walking events run across the world by Oxfam, in which teams of 4 competitors must complete a course of 100 kilometres (62 mi) in a set time limit - typically between 24 and 48 hours. .

This past weekend was the time for the Melbourne Trailwalker 2011 event and true to her word our eldest daughter along with three friends left Jells Park early on Friday morning to take part in this Oxfam fundraiser

They had fabulous weather for the event - warm and sunny during the day turning quite cool in the evening and overnight but they rugged up well and by sheer luck missed the rain that came down during the night.
Her father and I went up to see them at the closest check point (No4) - just up the road from us at Olinda - and were greeted by hordes of walkers coming and going along the road.   
The girls, (aptly called Team funbags), had been walking since 8.30 that morning and I expected to see four weary souls but they were all bright and cheerful, laughing and smiling.  Not a blister to be seen unlike last year where one of that team suffered miserably and had to withdraw.  
Having checked in, had some nice warm food and drink, changed into their overninght clothes they were on their way again an hour later.  This is their happy faces as they were about to leave at 7pm and start the next leg of the journey. 
 So how did they do?
Not bad at all - they finshed just after 9.30 the next morning having taken nearly 22 and a half hrs (which included rest stops) to walk the 100kms. 
And heres the proof they arrived at Wesburn all safe and well - and still smiling
Now I know J (second from the left) won't like it when I tell you she is 48
Honestly she has energy to spare and is alreasy planning next years event
I love her to bits - she is a real inspiration to all those around her


9 comments:

  1. well done girls, we are planning on doing the mothers day walk this year. It all depends on leannes chemo, if its not the week before we will attempt the 8klm. If it is we will only do the 4klm.

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  2. That's a great achievement for them. It seems as if they enjoyed it by their smiling faces.

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  3. That looks like great fun as well as good for the body and soul. :)

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  4. It looked like a great event. I am going to try to walk more this year. I have painful knees.

    My brother and sister in law hiked the Appalachian Trail last year. This year I am following an Aussie couple hiking north to south the 2000 mile plus trail. http://www.trailjournals.com/about.cfm?trailname=10283

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  5. Nicely done!

    Visiting your blog for the first time from the A-Z Challenge. :)

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  6. That's awesome! Pushing yourself is always easier with friends. Good luck with the challenge!

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  7. Team funbags?! Love it. I'm glad they finished AND a had a good time.

    Dare to Follow Your Dreams

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  8. Life is one big long journey of endurance.

    Great achievement!

    Duncan In Kuantan

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  9. I once started walking from Tennessee to California, but after the first day I changed my mind. I turned off the highway and walked for a week in the mountains and then went home. I still dream of making that walk, but I don't think I could take not being in a comfortable bed every night.


    Lee
    Tossing It Out
    Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

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