See you soon, Nepal! Part II
It was ten months ago when I booked my flight to Kathmandu. And I have five months left before my anticipated departure! I was asked what I’ve done lately to prepare myself for this trip. I can’t say it’s been smooth sailing for the past few months. In fact, there were many moments of doubt if this trip will even come about. But no matter the circumstances, I still held on to the dream (and my ticket ☺️) of trekking the Everest region.
There were days when I was so sure I wouldn’t be able to go. I would go for long walks and cry my heart out. I felt something in the universe is constantly trying to hinder me from being happy, from being fulfilled. But I decided I wasn’t going to let anything get in the way. I am still going. I AM GOING!!!
Training for the trek hasn’t been continuous as I had desired. But I am still months away to ‘perfecting’ it. I do have a plan but I still have yet to implement it. I found this photo (below) from REI and hope to follow this training schedule. Fortunately, it is a 12-week schedule and I have way more than that!
I worry about the terrain where I live since it’s pretty flat. I’m not sure if it’s challenging enough to prepare me for the the intimidating ascents and descents in the Everest region. Luckily I was able to hike a few times in California, where it’s not only beautiful but offered me different landscapes to train on.
Summers in Texas will definitely become unbearable to be outdoors. We will soon experience those 100+ degree (Fahrenheit) temperatures. Going for hikes is going to be a problem except perhaps during the early morning hours. I will have to force myself to get up very early to beat the heat.
When it comes to hiking wear, this one I got! Since then, I have bought three different hiking shoes, one I ended up returning. I had the Merrels initially but they were heavy and after two weeks using it, I can’t manage to break it in. Then I bought the Salomon. I enjoyed these boots in the beginning referring it to the Nike Air of hiking boots. Then I started to feel pain on my left foot and on my left hip as well. My friend who is a marathon runner suggested I change my shoes. At first I didn’t believe it was the culprit but I kept feeling the pain and couldn’t go for walks for a couple of weeks. I went back to REI and asked the salesperson for a suggestion. He showed me the Lowa and after training on these boots for a few weeks the pain disappeared. Oh and by the way, after buying the shoes, I wore it to a 5K run/walk event the next day without breaking it in (a stupid thing to do but fortunately, I didn’t get blisters or pain in my feet!)
I have been a regular at REI, North Face, and Columbia stores.
I have my trekking gears all ready to be worn in Nepal. All I need is for the universe to cooperate with me. I pray each day life becomes kinder so I can finally fulfill my dream.
Fingers crossed. Nepal, see you soon?