Flying out to Iceland tonight.
I had some painting accident last night.
Just kidding, my awesome stylist, Cat, designed a fire and ice themed hair style for me to wear during the race! How cool, right? Here’s me with the designer!
This morning I went to see Cat (my dietitian) and George. This happened.
Here are some key players at VIDA who was there with me throughout this journey.
From L to R: Cat, Saiju, Saiju, George, Gabe, Saiju
Gabe is in charge of the Fuel bar and he hooked me up with the most delicious recovery drinks every morning for the last few months!
From now till Monday morning when the race starts, will be hell! Do they have whiskey in Iceland?
What does Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson(who?) have in common?
There was a Caturday night party at my place with me and the boys. We watched the movie “The Intern”. Twice. (this is a clue to the answer)
As it gets closer to my race, more and more of my body is being converted to just nerves. What is the best way to remain calm? Yoga? No. Meditation? May be. Whiskey? YES! (but i can’t) Anne Hathaway? Perfectly.
I used to watch Devil Wears Prada over and over and over… to feel better when I am anxious. Now it’s “The Intern”. Why these movies, you ask? They have Anne Hathaway practically in every frame in the movie! (Now you know the answer to my original question) There were some waterworks during the show (mostly my kitties, they are weak) but feel good movies always make me happy. This movie has plenty of such moments. It is the lil things!
I am the guy who can’t get a good night’s sleep even if it just 10 mile race the next morning. So you can imagine how a 250 KM race can keep me up the whole week leading up to it. PSA: Find something that works and easy to do, to stay focused, eliminate freak-outs.
Yes, it is happening in just 7 days!
Am I ready?
Had enough training? NOOO. Packed? Somewhat. Food schedule? Thanks to my awesome dietitian, Cat, its almost there.
How do I feel? Nervous and excited. In related news, I have never felt stronger ever before (I think).
And watching The Bangles live last night was amazing. They haven’t skipped a beat. Spirits lifted, good distraction on the nervous energy. Good company that was Amy (from OK).
I wanna marry Susanna Hoffs.
Upon closer look, the base camp is a VOLCANO!
Scotch makes things better
As I was sipping my 4th Glenfiddich 12 from the tiny airline bottle (I pretend I am a giant whenever i hold those bottles), it hit me. What the fuck am I doing? I am supposed to run a full, trail marathon in 7 days.
Why am I in an airplane, drinking Scotch?
I made a new friend, Ellen K, who was introduced to me as a crazy (in a very admirable way) person on Christmas eve, 2015. One of the first things she asked me to do was to go check this site out (Fire & Ice). I did, that night, and thought – whoa! I must do this!
Off to a vegan yoga retreat 2 days later, where I was surrounded by beautiful ladies, I run my big mouth, announcing my plans to run 250 KM, in 6 days, with all the required living supplies on my back, in the northern part of Iceland (yeah, the country) through unbelievably tough terrains that includes a (active)volcano.
Fuck! Now I have to do it!
Back on mainland, signed up for core training with a personal trainer, and a nutrition consultant, in a sad attempt to minimize the (likely)scenario of me running to my death in Iceland.
4 months later, I have not lost a single pound, my body fat % is the same as when I started the training and my gut still enters a room a couple of seconds before my body. I needed to do something to break out of the rut. What do we, as “westerners” do?
Go to India.
Now you know why.
I did not run that marathon.
But I am running that multi-stage ultra in Iceland, late summer 2016. Hence this long story.