WHY do we do this to ourselves?Why do we tell ourselves these completely inaccurate stories? And why do we believe ourselves? Would I tell anyone else that they FAILED with the same set of facts and circumstances? Um. No. Of course, we wouldn’t. Not only would we not tell someone else that – we wouldn’t even THINK it! We would THINK it was awesome that they put their mind to that kind of feat and went and DID it!
- …always wanted to go on a safari in Africa, so when a friend of our family threw this crazy idea out – that included a safari – I was game. (See what I did there?)
- …am more of an “athlete” now than I was then. Totally just laughed out loud. I am no athlete. Not now, not then. I had started kinda-sorta running about a year prior to joining the crazy climb team. But other than that I didn’t have any real athletic experience to fall back on.
- …made a reasonable attempt to train for about four months. At sea level.
- …spent seven days and nights camping in a tent on the side of the mountain (actually a volcano) along with my mom, the three guys we went with and about twenty porters and guides to assist us. Not all one tent, duh.
- …had an altitude sickness medication with me (Diamox) – but decided (inexplicably) not to take it.
- …did NOT reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro due to altitude sickness (which you can see showing in my face in this picture <–). Our lead guide estimated that I turned around at about 18,000 feet. Kili is 19,341 feet.
My brain following the trip related to the above facts:
- It’s so super amazing that I went on Safari! Bonus: we saw the Big Five!
- Well, I started running and ran the flattest half-marathon ever in Record. Slow. Time. I can TOTALLY climb the tallest peak in Africa! [insert eye-roll here]
- You know, I ran the half-marathon after my longest training run was 5 miles. I can TOTALLY train at sea level for a few months to climb the tallest peak in Africa! [double eye-roll]
- Holy hell. That was hard. And cold. And dirty. But oh so cool! Good for us!
- What the HELL is wrong with me?? Why would I NOT take the Diamox? The two people in the group who DID take it not only made the summit sign, they went to the crater rim!
- Fail. Complete and utter failure.