Cross training.

How does one prepare your body for the Camino.?

About 20 some years ago Charlie and I were day hiking on a glacier on Mt, Rainier when we met up with a group of 65 plus year olds base camped for a summit attempt that night. I was particularly interested in visiting with a woman in the group about her training. She commented that the best way to train is by ” doing it”. She walked several miles each day near her home. On weekends she hiked steeper and longer trails.

I believe this fits for the Camino. Now that I have experienced my round 1, I am cross training for Camino 2. Primary focus has been tilt the wine glass slowly towards the person pouring and smile longingly for a refill. Secondary focus is clanging a full beer mug in a toast to today’s walk with cheers around the table and not a drop spilled.

Day 1. 4 hours guitar playing. One beer
Day 2. One hour horse riding 1hour stretching. One wine
Day 3. Six miles walking 2 beers
Day 4 10 miles bike ride 2 whines

So, as you can see, if I continue on at this pace I will be a pickled pilgrim by April 26.

Published by Carol Clupny, author Ultreia Books

I am a middle aged woman with Parkinson's Disease. When I was first diagnosed I spent a lot of time researching the disease. Seeing a video of a man in the advanced stages of the disease attempting to get out of his chair and then "freezing" as he tried to walk across the room got me off my butt and moving. Great adventures on the Camino de Santiago and with TEAM Pedaling for Parkinson's across IOWA, as well as the day to day adventures of life have lead me to writing. My first novel, a memoir, will be published early 2019. It is called, you got it THE RIBBON OF ROAD AHEAD. Living with the degenerative neurological disease Parkinson's, ULTREIA is a word that guides me. I have chosen it as the name of my business ULTREIA BOOKS. It comes from Latin and old French and means "unfailing courage". In the old days, pilgrims would call "Ultreïa" to each other as encouragement "Go up, go further!" Nowadays we would say "You can do this thing". It takes courage to live with Parkinson's. May I face each day with unfailing courage.

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