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Surround yourself with amazing people

As I’m standing in Sydney Airport, an announcement comes over the PA saying the flight has been delayed due to engineering issues and the length of the delay is unknown. A sigh goes around the departure gate and a dozen or so people get up and approach the desk with concerned and frustrated looks on their faces. About 10mins later another announcement occurs telling us to change gates and board a different aircraft. The Virgin team had worked wonders backstage and we were back on our way to Brisbane.

For me this wasn’t a big deal as I’d arrived at the airport early and got on a flight 5hrs before my scheduled flight, so as long as I got on an earlier flight I was happy. But it made me so grateful that I have an amazing team working backstage for me to help me get to Everest Base Camp.

Big Shout outs to these amazing peeps:

Alesha from Building Elite – coach, trainer, counsellor and all round amazing chick. Getting my strength, mobility and endurance on track for my trek.

Jess from Optimum Strength Therapy – remedial massage guru who has managed to cause tears and bruising and make me feel like I’m walking in a cloud afterwards with all the tightness that has suddenly released 

Sandra from Total Body Fusion – chiro extraordinaire who made me pain free and has improved my mobility and posture

My chosen family – Dean, Barb, Den, Jo, Trent, Pyper and Jack for being there supporting and believing me no matter how hangry, tired, sore or absent I am because of my training

My sisters from other mothers – Helen, Mel and Char, I could not do this without you, you are all amazing and I would not be the same or have been crazy enough to believe I could do this without you both.

And to my mum and dad, who I miss more than words can express, I’ll be closer to heaven when I use your strength, spirit and memories to get to Everest Base Camp.

The fundraising challenge….

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The physical challenge is one thing…..for me, the fundraising challenge is quite another.  I’m typically an introvert and really don’t like putting myself out there.  In choosing Turia’s Everest Trek, I quite deliberately put myself outside my comfort zone so I could break down some of my own mindsets.  If only I had Ryan Gosling to help me 🙂

With the help of the lovely fundraising co-ordinators at @Inspiredadventures, I put together a fundraising plan.  This is what it looked like:

  • Bake sales
  • more bake sales
  • online fundraising page
  • promotions through social media (Facebook, Instagram, this blog)

All of the above well and truly in my comfort zone.  Then I was informed that in order to raise bigger dollars, bigger events were required and corporate sponsorships were advisable.  These of course required more effort, time, planning and uncomfortableness.

I joined the trek late, 2 months after most people, so that meant I was automatically behind the eight ball.  My initial bake sales (Shortbread before Christmas) raised over $500, my current sausage roll sales will bring in about $200 and the kindness of people in online donations meant that I’d raised $1,500 without too much effort.  The next month however, was challenging and I was starting to doubt my ability to raise the money.

To overcome my fear of asking for money (something which has always been ingrained in me), I started with someone that I had known for a number of years.  You know what?  I didn’t die, I didn’t pass out, yes I was nervous, but it was a successful meeting and a few weeks later, I had my first official Silver sponsor who I’m proud to announce is Sentis Australia who have sponsored me for $500.

I also learnt the importance of having networks.  Through a colleague at work, I was put in contact with a fitness professional, who without knowing any more than what she told him, decided to sponsor me for $1,000!  I was gobsmacked!  Literally speechless!  We met up, I explained what the sponsorship entailed, where the money goes and talked about the trek……again I didn’t die, I wasn’t even really nervous this time and the day after, I had my first official Gold Sponsor – Forged Fit!

More information on both of these sponsors is below.

These sponsors (and any others that come on board) receive certain benefits depending on the amount sponsored. Mostly focussing on promoting those business as much as I can in response to their support.

Suddenly, my fundraising has accelerated and the end goal of $5,000 seems much more achievable.

I also want to shout out to my fabulous personal trainer Alesha Pimm from @buildingelite who has volunteered her time to run a fundraising bootcamp for me.  I’m sure it will be a great success!!  I also have further plans to do a movie night, wine sales and sausage sizzles.

I guess the lessons I’ve taken from all of this are:

  • Have faith that you can achieve anything you set you mind to and expect your mindset to ebb and flow, but always keep the faith that you will succeed in the end;
  • Use your contacts and don’t be afraid to talk to them, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much people want to help;
  • “Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss, you will land among the stars” – Norman Vincent Peale

If you would like to contribute to my fundraising target, please go to:

https://turiaseveresttrek.gofundraise.com.au/page/CaroleLabram

About my sponsors:

Gold Sponsor ($1,000) – Forged Fit

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Forged Fit is a well established but growing team of networked exercise and allied health professionals. Forged Fit is the principal strength and conditioning operators for people of all shapes and sizes, from the highly specialized athlete to the postnatal woman trying to build enough strength to pick her newborn child up as they grow. This is a health and fitness company that is, by design, as broad as it is specific and inclusive . The company is located at 1 Aspinal st Nundah North Brisbane and currently run out of Go Health Clubs Nundah.

PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Forged Fit provides individuals the opportunity to exceed their fitness expectations.  This is delivered through expert coaching, high-quality equipment, convenient scheduling and exceptional exercise programs.

When a person exercises in a group, has fun and uses everyday functional movements; he or she is far more likely to exercise more often, eat better, have less injuries and lose weight while gaining muscle mass. Our programs provide all of the elements necessary for participants to achieve their fitness goals.

Inclusive in our network are gymnastic coaches, personal trainers, physiotherapist, massage therapist, osteopaths, exercise physiologist and dietitians.

Forged fit is also expanding into workout/active wear, street wear with sponsors @anarchy_plus and other interested parties.

Silver Sponsor ($500) – Sentis Australia

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As pioneers in the area of applied psychology and neuroscience we have helped hundreds of leading companies across a range of industries and countries achieve tangible outcomes in the areas of safety, psychological wellbeing, business agility and transformational change. With over 90% of our work coming from referral, our results include reduced workplace incidents, increased productivity, greater profitability and improved customer satisfaction.

Our services are distinguished by our ability to create: safety citizenship, increased organisational resilience, an engaged workforce, and sustained behaviour change. We use proven insights from psychology, and are regarded as leaders in practical, evidence-based applications. Our approach includes customised consulting, assessments, training and coaching. This innovative method has created high-trust, long-term client relationships worldwide and received international award recognition.

Preparation has commenced!

Happy new year to you!  I’m not a big fan of setting new year’s resolutions, but I am a fan of setting goals.  Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp is certainly a big goal!!

How does one prepare for a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp?  In particular, not only do I face the physical and mental challenge of the trek itself which is approx. 124km with an elevation change of around 3,000m, but I also face the challenge of raising $5,000 for Interplast as part of my commitment to Turia’s Everest Trek.  I’ll start by talking about the physical preparation……

Trek Preparation

Prior to signing up for the Trek, I was doing strength training once a week with a PT and would do interval training on my treadmill at home.  I’d also done a significant amount of hiking through Mt Coot-tha Forest in Brisbane prior to my long walks in 2016 (the upside of this is that my boots are very well worn in!).  This was sufficient to maintain a reasonable level of fitness.

Over the Christmas/New Year period, I did a significant amount of research about the Trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp (EBC), distance, trekking times, gradients, altitude etc.  I watched some VLOGs of an American couple that were doing a very similar trek (same on the way up and slightly different on the way back) and also Youtube clips on what equipment and clothing are recommended to pack (in day packs and for the Porter to carry).  All of this made me realise that I needed to up my game.

Fortunately, I have an amazing PT, Alesha Pimm @Building Elite, who has been working on a few niggly body restrictions I’ve had for years and is sorting them out. Now, apart from focussing on functional movement, we are building up much greater strength.  I’m already doing 75kg deadlifts and on the last day of 2016 I did my first back squat for years as I have much better shoulder rotation now.  I’m now up to a 50kg squat!  All of this will definitely help with the ups and downs of the trek.

In terms of other training outside PT, I now have a plan to build up my hiking distance.

  • Jan-Feb: 1 x 10km hike every fortnight to get my hiking legs back in, plus at least 3 x 4-5km walk through terrain during the week (I’m fortunate to have the Seven Hills Forest Circuit only 5 minutes away)
  • March: 1 hike every weekend building up to 20km
  • April: 2 x hikes every weekend to get used to multi-day hikes, start with 2 x 10km hikes and building up to 2 x 20km hikes
  • May: taper off and start packing!

I’ll also continue to go to the gym and start using the Stairmaster to build up stamina for the many steps I’ll need to climb.

I also decided to book myself in for a Baseline Altitude Assessment at the Brisbane Altitude Centre so I can (1) see how my body reacts in a controlled environment and (2) have an idea what it feels like so I don’t freak out when I’m actually there!

I also met with the lovely Taylor Ryan from Inspire Health & Fitness Services to get an eating plan that would match my goal and set realistic body measurement targets.  A plan that so far fits in really well with my current lifestyle (although eating more food has been a bit daunting!!)

Thanks again for reading and stay tuned for my Fundraising Preparation blog!

My very first blog!

I’m very excited to be able to share my progress and adventures with you.  Blogging is not something I even remotely thought I’d be doing and I’m out of my comfort zone, but I figure if I don’t push myself, I won’t grow and learn and achieve amazing things!

So why ‘Me Walking the World’? It was a simple idea really.  2016 is the first year I have been able to truly find what I am passionate about and I rediscovered my love of hiking.  At the start of this year I registered myself and a team of friends to do the 30km Kokoda Challenge in the D’Aguilar Forest on the outskirts of Brisbane and while the original date was set for June, Brisbane – true to form – put on one of the biggest storms 2 days before and the event was postponed due to track safety concerns.  Preparation to that point had been brilliant, 10-20km walks every 1-2 weeks through the Mt Coot-tha National Park.  Talk about some challenging tracks!  Needless to say, everyone was a little disappointed.

In the meanwhile, I’d booked myself and my partner on a trip to Paris and the UK.  The first day we arrived in Paris after the flight, we walked 15km without even realising it as we were too busy looking around.  In the space of 5 days, we’d walked over 100km and saw some amazing sites!  Next stop was the UK where we travelled through Yorkshire, the Lake District, Cotswolds, London and numerous other places, clocking up another 200km plus of walking in beautiful countryside, villages, cities and towns before we flew home.

The first thing I did when I got home was register for The Bloody Long Walk, a 35km walk from Sandgate to Brisbane on 2nd October.  Then I found out that the Kokoda Challenge had been reschedule to 4th September!  Two 30km+ hikes 4 weeks apart!

After completing the Kokoda Challenge in 8 hours (bush terrain) and the Bloody Long Walk in 6 hours (relatively flat track) I decided I needed to set myself another challenge.

My inspiration came from my cousin who at 64yo did the El Camino Pilgrimage in Portugal and my thought was I need to stop procrastinating. Over the past 4 years, life taught me that I didn’t really believe in myself and that I’m actually stronger than I think I am and can overcome many obstacles.  It taught me that if I put my mind to something that I can accomplish anything, but I have to give myself a chance.

I looked up treks to Everest Base Camp….again (for about the 20th time).  In an online fitness page, a lovely woman shared her Base Camp story and was kind enough to give me some personal insight into her experience.  I then found Turia’s Everest Trek, which appealed to me so much as I love helping people, I love hiking and I will get to photograph one of the most amazing places in the entire world! I doubted whether I could do it and was keen to have a good friend come with me, she declined but said I should do it anyway.  Again I thought, I can’t do this on my own.  I spoke to my partner, who’s response was “why are you asking me? Just do it!”

I’ve bitten the bullet and I’m now trekking to Everest Base Camp in May 2017. In this blog I will share with you my preparation, my fundraising efforts, my thought processes and who knows what adventures will be in store for me after this!

Thankyou for reading! Carole x

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