I've been seeking more unique and demanding challenges since taking part in over 20 triathlon / multi-sport events. Alongside my studies at Edge Hill, I am working with the sports science department, conducting testing and training around a challenge to be attempted August 2016.
So what is the challenge? Well it’s simple… Climb the 3 highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales using cycling as a means of transport between them, solo and unsupported, all in 3 days.The combined summits of each mountain will require 28 miles of walking, 11,000ft gains and cycling around 450 miles with over 15,000ft of elevation. Carrying my tent, sleeping bag, equipment,supplies – basically, everything I need! Maybe it won’t be so simple after all…
No one has completed this challenge truly solo and unsupported therefore, I'll be setting the record! Previous solo attempts have completed the challenge in 4 days, however staying in hotels and eating in restaurants they were supported. I’ll be aiming for 3 days completely self-sufficient, wild camping at night and carrying all the food I will need for the duration of the challenge.
Ultra-distance events are extremely physically and psychologically challenging. When attempted solo and unsupported the difficulties increase tenfold. You have to deal with all the decision making and their consequences on your own. You have to find the willpower within yourself to keep going. A lack of human interaction plays its toll after a while and the self-doubt is ever increasing.
I’ve chosen to do this challenge solo and unsupported because of how closely related it is to the topic of mental health. When suffering from mental illness or depression, individuals feel completely alone. As so many of us have, I’ve struggled in the past, but I have found strength in my physical capabilities which has lifted my psychological wellbeing.
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