Preliminary Steps

Here we are, Siscu, Oz, la Pequeña Mar, Sheel and I in McCan Kilometrar (home being Can Kilometrar, and our fabulous mobile home being from McRent being McCan Kilometrar) in the campsite at Igueldo, some 5 km from San Sebastian.

We left home at 9.30am sharp, so as to have plenty of time to arrive. We had an extremely comfortable trip up here, the first in McCan Kilometrar for the team, and one of the few for me – because as of  the day after tomorrow, I’ll be kilometrating. We were all excited setting off, and the feeling grew during the journey. La Pequeña and I sat at the table, La Pequeña writing down the Ultra Pyrene recipes and discussing communication with the town halls, of which there will be much, as we will have huge support along the way from almost all of the municipalities at the end of the stages.

I feel as if on an excursion, on holiday even though I’m very conscious that the excursion and holiday ends in less than 34 hours at 5am on Wednesday. The holiday ends and an adventure, the Ultra Pyrene begins. I’m delighted that I’m so close to the challenge, and yet so relaxed, so excited and so looking forward to setting off. I’m not expecting a walk in the park, nothing like that. My experience has me more extremely aware that soon I’ll be lining in a kind of nightmare. There will be suffering, pain, exhaustion and more obstacles than I can count, without a doubt…but there will also be joy, smiles, laughter, heart and more human gems than I can count. The positive will outweigh the negative.

Life is like this; if we look at what we have instead of what we are missing, is we look at the reasons which drive us, then for sure in this case it will come out in favour of the positive side. How can it not? Whatever the outcome, it will be a great adventure, whatever the outcome, I’m supporting a group of people who are strong, and will fight to live the best lives possible. So, whatever happens, my reasons for doing what I’m doing are more important that the obstacles which I will find along the tracks and roads during the 1000km which await me between here and Girona.

Tomorrow we have the a press conference with ASEM San Sebastian, GENE, at 11am and afterwards, we’ll go to the Town Hall so that I can go down to the La Concha beach to fill a little bottle of water from the Cantabrian Sea, which I will carry with me until I reach the Mediterranean, so as to unite both seas.

La Pequeña is cooking now, her first Ultra Pyrene recipe meal, here in McCan Kilometrar’s kitchen, Oz is reading, Siscu is videoing us and sorting things out, and I’m here sharing my steps prior to this new adventure with you, and the thoughts which are carrying me these last days before the first steps…

¡Kilometrate!

8 Responses to “Preliminary Steps”

  • Cesc:

    Una cordial salutaciĂł des del meu gran – petit PaĂ­s andorrĂ , on us esperem per acompanyar-vos en la nostra etapa andorrana, per acollir-vos en el “cor dels Pirineus” i amb el cor de la nostra gent fidel de muntanya. Que res no et faci defallir, saps Alex que estarem amb tu en cada nova passa, en cada alenada d’aire, en cada raig de sol, en els moments que vindran durs t’abraçarem especialment i somriurem amb tu superat cada nou obstacle, t’envio des d’aquĂ­ tota la força de la nostra gent i de la seva llarga trajectòria mil•lenĂ ria, que sap molt bĂ© el que Ă©s recĂłrrer un llarg camĂ­ de llibertat…..
    Ens veiem el proper dia set, vigĂ­lia de la nostrada festa de la Mare de DĂ©u de Meritxell que vetllarĂ  per tu en aquesta increĂŻble aventura solidaria…!!
    Una forta abraçada. Cesc

    • Alex:

      Cesc – eres un amigo de verdad – nos has dejado todos emocianados. El apoyo que estamos recibiendo de tu pequeña gran pais es increĂ­ble – es una muestra de que gente sois. Joyas humanas de verdad. Tu apoyo me llvara en los momentos mas duros – tengo muchas ganas de verte igaul que todos aqui en Mc Can Kilometrar.
      Un abrazaso!

  • estefi:

    muaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaccc a todos.
    nervios y ganas ya.
    estefi+2 a +5….

    • Alex:

      Amiga nuestra ya he colgado el regalo de ti, Crame y el cachorro en la mochilla, hace que estas mas cerca aun.
      Muaaaaaa de 6 para 2 con todo el cariño de nuestros corazones (que hay mucho entre todos aqui!)

  • Sasa:

    Equipo…QUÉ EMOCIĂ“N.
    Alex,leyendo tus palabras ya me emociono, eres estupenda, ya lo sabes.
    Os mando toda la energia positiva para el norte.
    Muchos besos a todos y a KILOMETRAAAAAAR

    • Alex:

      Sasa – muchas gracias – siempre estas cerca apoyandome. Cuidaremos a Oz y no tengo dudas que el me cuidará tambien. Tienes abrazos y besos de todo el equipo estupendo para ti y para Xavi.

  • Leyendo, esta crĂłnica dan ganas de dejarlo todo y venir a compartir esta experiencia, que envidia! . Desde Girona, te envio toda la energia para poder superar el reto y los animos para superar las dificultades. Estoy convencido que lograras superar la prueba. Nos vemos en Girona, recuerdos a todo el equipo. Un fuerte abrazo y dentro de unas horas a kilometrar!

    • Alex:

      Jacky – que alegrĂ­a buena que nos das! Tenemos ganas de conocerte y tengo ganas de kilometrar los 50 km contigo!
      Un abrazo

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