My vision started changing gradually and one would think it was just part of the aging process but by 2006, it would be diagnosed as a retina disease. I am fortunate to have found a retina specialist who is also a triathlete so, although I was advised to stop driving, I was never advised to stop triathlon. I continued to do my races in the age group division with some challenges but it was a trip to Hawaii 70.3 in 2010 when I finally found that my vision had changed to a point that I could not safely do a race without assistance.
It’s hard to explain exactly the appeal of spending 3 and a half months alone riding a bicycle through various types of tortuous terrain, and I’m not sure exactly why I decided to do it.
At the end we’re given a medal, a bottle of water and a kiss from Patrick, the organiser! Then it’s over.
Day 2 was hot. Very hot. The sort of hot you do not go out in. Of course it didn’t start out that way, first thing in the morning: then it’s really quite nice. A good holiday sort of temperature. A nice 20 minute walk and then a dip in the pool sort of heat. Except day 2 is 7 hour toil across scalding salt flats, with a lovely hour-long 25 degree hill to climb (ropes needed in places) at the hottest time of the day.
Epic Bill Bradley believes adventures should be epic. Once one challenge has been accomplished he sees no need to go back and do it again unless there is a way of upping the ante. Sometimes this means failure, as in his 4 attempts at the English Channel and 2 attempts at Arrowhead 135, but sometimes it means utter and complete… Read more →
I will assure you that, for me, running the Sahara Desert is not about the running.