Why did you sign up to the G2G?
I signed up to the Grand to Grand because I love having a challenge ahead of me each year as it gives me something to focus my training on. I loved the Marathon des Sables and this looks just as good but with Vegas at the end!
I was first made aware of Walking with the Wounded initially via Prince Harry’s much publicised treks to the North Pole in 2011 and South Pole in 2013. I took a particular interest in these adventures as I had met disabled participants who were taking on ultra-distance events all over the world. The extra drive and inner strength to complete challenges like this with a disability inspired my interest. As a result I have followed Walking with the Wounded challenges ever since and thought this may be an opportunity to help the charity myself.
How’s your training going – what have you done so far, which milestones have you hit and are you happy with where you are so far?
I live in Dubai and we’ve hit the summer here so the training conditions are perfect. However, it’s still very hard to get the distances in when it’s over 40 degrees. I’m gradually improving but not entirely happy with where I am. It’s very rare that you’re happy with the amount of training you’ve done for these events though – it’s the same as sitting an exam at school – eventually you just have to get on with it.
What do you see as the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge for me is the heat. I’m not too bad on the distances but I’m just really bad in hot conditions and have to take on a lot of water. Hopefully the fact I live in Dubai will improve this before the day of the race.
What luxuries will you treat yourself to during the G2G?
I’ll be bringing an iPod for sure, and maybe a battery pack for it. Everyone always budgets on the weight so these luxuries are left behind. Listening to music can lift me out of periods when I’m struggling so i’ll definitely be packing it and maybe a camera.
What 1 item of food are you taking which is your treat?
Chocolate melts so probably biltong. That stuff never goes off.
What will you be listening to on your iPod?
Allsorts – but generally always find my way back to Metallica or Rage against the Machine.
Is there anything which you know you will be looking forward to at the end, before even beginning?!