I recently touched base with Sue Dela Rue, the inaugural recipient of the Mastering Mountains Grant. It was great to hear of her progress and growth in confidence, all enabled by the grant. I asked her a few questions:
What’s the most fun thing you’ve done this summer?
I am not sure the summer has necessarily been fun but it has been exciting. We finally moved into our new house! The whole process took over a year and it’s great to have finally got to this point. We are loving our new home and our own space. We have many family nights (my husband, daughter and I) and enjoy each other’s company.
That being said, my daughter and I have found some new walks around Cambridge / Karapiro and we have had fun checking them out.
How are you feeling?
I seem to have much more energy than I did before I started training. Even though I have been a bit under the weather, I am not fatigued, just feeling very tired. After some tests, they found that I needed a top up of B12 and iron, and that my Thyroid is playing up a little. Now, after the top ups, my tiredness has improved, but I still have moments where I just feel I want to sleep. I suppose moving does that to you. The medical experts will be monitoring my Thyroid regularly from now on.
How is the training going? Is it easier or more difficult than you thought it would be?
To be honest, I found it extremely hard to begin with. However, it has become easier as my fitness has improved, although it is still very challenging at times. At the beginning, I did wonder how I was ever going to be fit enough to walk over that Mountain! But it’s been very encouraging to see that I am improving and to know that, with all the support and training, I will rise to the challenge!
Has the training given you more confidence to get out?
It certainly has! I push myself every day, without over doing it. As a result, I’ve slimmed down and got fitter, and this has given me the confidence to get out more. Every day I have a walking plan for when I’m working at the mountain. I start my day with a brisk 35 minute walk on one of our tracks and include a 91-step tower climb. When I am working in the Cambridge office, I start my day with a 35 minute walk to the post office, taking the longest route around the local lake, which includes some challenging gradients. When I am at home, I have an assortment of walks I do each day, along with some weight exercises and gym work.
What’s your favourite item that Macpac sent you?
My mid layer, the Hayes Active Pullover! I love it!