A Milestone

Tomorrow I will be 74. Yes, I know that it’s only a number. But it is a number that a lot of people will look at and then dismiss everything else about me because I am OLD. Frankly, it is a bit of a surprise. It shouldn’t be; I have had 73 years to get used to this.

A week ago, as part of my training for the French part of the Camino de Santiago (properly Le Chemin de Saint Jacques in France) I walked from Carp to Kanata, about 13 kilometers. Not a long walk but it was bitterly cold. The wind was strong and biting, but always from my back or a rear quarter. I walked for the first 45 minutes with cold hands, but they eventually warmed up. A few days later I walked 18 kilometers in a big loop from my house. Both walks were with my backpack loaded with enough weight to simulate the real load. Then I walked another three kilometers that evening, for a daily total of 21 km. That is the farthest that I have walked in a single day since 24 May 2007, when I walked the last leg of the journey into Santiago. It feels to me as if I am ready to go.

Another six weeks and it will be real. I am getting anxious about it. I have to be careful not to overextend myself in training. How much is enough, how much is too much, how much is too little? Will I be able to do this? Will the body hold out? What unexpected curves will the journey throw at me? Still, it IS an adventure and I want it to unfold in whatever way it chooses to unfold. All I have to do is be there.

One Comment

  1. Shawn D.
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Guy, If you feel like you are ready, then I’m sure you will be. Age may be just a number, but truth is age does take a toll on our body.
    I realized this last February 5th, when a casual leap into a pile of snow, resulted in a three night stay in the hospital, a surgically repaired right ankle, and the next two months in an Aircast. Who would have thought that a fluffy looking pile of snow could be frozen solid as concrete? Maybe age has taken its toll on my mental health as well.


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