Thursday, March 15, 2007

Tired but proud

I started the day with 52 metres of stairs, climbing halfway up the Hasenbergsteige, then crossed the ridge and walked downhill through Heslach, where I found an odd village-like remnant of the pre-war city, with two- and even single-storey houses and narrow twisty streets, then walked on downtown to the Espresso-Laden for my morning cappuccino and croissant.

Man, I am really out of shape. There's no way that I could manage the Camino Way if I had to walk it this week. Needs must: I shall exercise. An hour of hillclimbing every morning is the least I can, must and will do; but it won't be enough by itself.

I discovered that the new sports megastore downtown offers shoe-fitting consultancy with a foot orthopedics specialist, so I shall go there this evening to be videoed running barefoot and shod on the treadmill thingy; having done that I shall purchase and start wearing proper Walking Shoes (as opposed to the shoes that I walk in).

And now, to work (at home, on the database).

By the way I forgot to mention that I had my first ice cream cone of 2007 while walking in the Hohenpark on Tuesday. Hooray for Spring! But it won't last, the forecast for Sunday is for 7°C and rain.

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Blogger Lioness said...

Oh no, not hillclimbing! You poor man.

I'm in terrible shape as well, it's a absolute disgrace. I had my parentes give me a vertical step machine for my birthday. It looks smashing in my office. *sigh*

Sorry abt the 7ºC, that's inhuman.

March 15, 2007 at 11:16:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Jean said...

You really need to be in shape for the Camino! It's easy walking in that it's all on paths, but gosh Spain is a hard, rocky, up-and-down kinda country! (I walked from the Pyrenees to Astorga a few years ago - definitely one of the two or three most important experiences of my life - and have been meaning to go back and walk the rest ever since. I'd sure have to do a lot of training first).

March 15, 2007 at 1:15:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Savtadotty said...

If it's any consolation, winter has returned to Israel, and it snowed in Jerusalem this morning.

March 15, 2007 at 2:13:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Lioness: your step machine is probably related to the fruit & veg that look really healthy in my fridge.

Jean: this tour will be easier in that there's always the bus as fallback, but I hope not to use it.

Savtadotty: "snow in Jerusalem" is a statement that's difficult to reconcile with my worldview :-)

March 15, 2007 at 4:10:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Pacian said...

I am exhausted just reading about it.

March 15, 2007 at 4:14:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Jean said...

It'll be much easier with a bus to carry your pack, even if you walk the whole way! What I hadn't done enough of when I went, I think, as well as walking up hill, which you can never do too much of, was walking long days, one after the other. If I was doing it again I'd take myself off for a long weekend at least and work several days in a row, build up my endurance. Also, I wore sturdy walking *shoes*, having been told these would be sufficient. But because there's so much up and down hill, I really wished I'd had boots (very light, non waterproof boots are sufficient) with some ankle support. Oh lucky, lucky you! Have you blogged about this trip and I missed it? I asked you that the other day, didn't I? - and if you answered I've clearly missed that too. I'm overworked and my mind is all over the place. Sorry! But I'm very interested.

March 15, 2007 at 4:19:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Jean said...

I meant '*walk* several days in a row', though it comes to the same thing!!

March 15, 2007 at 4:20:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Lioness said...

See, I love fruit and veggies and eat loads of those. If only we could merge into one healthy entity...

But wait, what's this I missed? Bloody exams, you're coming to Spain?? HALLOOOOO! Do you know how close we are? You must come visit, you must! We'll feed you well - unhealthily even, if you insist. Oh do come!

When're you coming?

March 15, 2007 at 5:37:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Antonia said...

beautiful photey :)

March 15, 2007 at 6:37:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

I'm so behind on blog reading, is this trip new? I'm excited for you but mainly because you're so close to Johnny and also Evora is halfway to Spain so you could go see the Chapel of Bones - very cool and creepy.

Walking has become even more difficult than usual. Once it was because of asthma but now my left knee and my right heel have decided to self-destruct now that I've turned 40. I'm quite sure my nose will fall off tomorrow.

March 15, 2007 at 7:59:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger alan said...

i love that photo udge. i firmly believe that art should always contain an element of chance. at first i thought it must be your ice-cream!

good luck with the training regime.

March 15, 2007 at 9:07:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Thank you all for the encouragement. I've added a link to the post from last month where I first mentioned this trip.

Lioness, check your gmail.

March 15, 2007 at 9:32:00 p.m. GMT+1  

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