This time twelve months ago, I was somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean aboard a rather cramped Continental Airlines flight to Newark, on route to St Louis Potosi in Mexico. I'd had 20 minutes sleep (as I just finished work, and had my leaving do the previous night), had packed my bag in a massive hurry, and had not yet worked out where I was going to spend the next night. Looking back on it all now, I can only conclude that I am indeed mad, and setting out on this adventure, as unprepared as I was, is probably the maddest thing that I have ever done.
Twelve months on, however, I realise that setting out to follow my dreams, even if I have not fully achieved them yet, is the best thing I could ever have done. And what a twelve months they've been! I've learned a lot about myself, though I'm not quite sure I could say that I've 'found' myself; that was never my intention. I had hoped to have finished my travels by now, and to have the book in it's final stages, but nothing ever goes according to plan! The fact that I'm only about 6 months behind schedule, must surely be seen as progress? Well either way, I've had a ball so far, and just wanted to share some of the highlights:
5. That moment, about 2 minutes after finishing the Great Ethiopian Run, when I wished I could do it all over again.
4. Spotting a bear in Mammoth Lakes.
3. Surviving Mexico. I couldn't possibly have been more unprepared! Anything that could have gone wrong, did, and I had to put up with pretty much my own company for 2 weeks...and survived!
2. The best week of training I've had in 7 years, in Flagstaff. It had been a long time since I last just couldn't get enough of running. The Grand Canyon was an added bonus.
1. Though nothing to do with the Altitude Training, the 48 hours that I spent in Russia at my brother's wedding are probably the best of my life, not just of the year! It reminded me of how lucky I am to have the family I do.
And because I haven't put any photos on here in a while, here are my 5 favourite shots from the travels so far.
To celebrate the first year of Egan's Altitude Adventures, the sister website: AltitudeTrainingCamps.com has just been launched. It will contain additional information, news and advice about altitude and the forthcoming book. Please save the link to your favourites, check back regularly, and circulate to all your running crazy friends.
I had a dream, and I followed it. I have no regrets.
If you have a dream, follow it today!