I have never completed something that was so challenging before, it was just not physical but mentally too.
I started off slow and then I picked up the pace, and I even handled the base of the mountain well. But 17.5 km of the way up near the Chalet the body started to ache and journey seemed to never end thats when my body wanted give up. In my mind I was saying no don't give up you can do this, but oh I'm hurting and when will this end! I remember my hips aching from constant moving, I thought I could feel a giant blisters forming on the bottom of my feet. All I could remember telling myself what left foot, right foot. I tried to keep my mind of my pain by listening to my iPod, but come the last 2km I was really starting to feel the strain of this massive advent I has entered. I was starting to get emotional I could feel tear welling in my eyes. I knew it wasn't long until the finish, but I was hurting so bad, I want not to give up I want to show myself that "I can do this" I remember my children saying to me "mummy you can do this". I really need to push every bit of my energy on completing, I wanted to ring my husband as soon as I finished to say I completed! I wanted to be a winner in my books even though it wasn't a race.
It came to the last 1 km and I could feel the finish line wasn't far. I knew I could complete this event of human endurance and achievement. I only ran a 1 km on the treadmill Friday and it wasn't far. As I was getting closer I could feel myself slowing down (I was still hurting), and I could hear people behind me about to pass but at that stage I didn't care I knew that I was going to finish in a good time, and I was going to finish! About 500 m from the finish line there was a guy taking photos and I was starting to get even more teary, I was about to finish this amazing and challenging event I have every completed in my life. I knew I was about to ring my family and tell them that I finished! they where talking to a person that just completed a event that was achievement and a half for an ex smoking over weight lady! I completed in 3 hours and 28 minutes and 3 seconds. Not bad since we all had 4 hours and 20 minutes to complete it!! YA!!! my first time and I did it under the official completion time. I'm so glad they has buses for us to ride back down, there was no way in hell I was going to do any more walking. LOL
I have a confession to make I want to complete this event again next year and I would love it if my husband Lance will complete it with me.
Here is a link to some of the official photos that were taken at the almost finish line.