Starting – The Hard Part – A.I.E.D Update!
Project Mountain Goat ended in December and I feel that I have now had two months of rest, and time away from planning adventures and chasing dreams! I had set myself the date of the 1st of March 2015 as an official “start” day of Around the Isle in 80 Days. Obviously I don’t mean the actually kayaking part but the planning and training that is required for such a big trip. This gives me 5 full months of training (and planning) on top of my current fitness and skill level! Of course, I have secretly been researching, and planning a little since the New Year. However the 1st of March is now nearly here, and to be quite honest I am a little nervous to see if I can actually get this project off the ground, after all, the start is often the hardest part, and this thing is huge!
This week started off with a lot of reading, researching and emailing and today has been an exciting day for A.I.E.D (Around the Isle in 80 Days) as Author, Sea Kayaker and in my opinion Adventurer, David Walsh, has been in touch saying he will proved me with a copy of his book Oileáin to help me in my planning and execution of the project! The book “Oileáin” deals with landings on islands, camping spots, availability of drinking water, tidal streams, history or natural history where known or researched, birds and wildlife as available, and general information. It is intended to be similar in purpose to a nautical Pilot or Sailing Directions, but dedicated to sea kayaks and other very small craft, with a lot of extras. This book, will be my bible for 2015!
You can buy the book online on his website here: http://www.oileain.org/. For more info and some great photos check out his other website here: http://www.davidwalshlegal.ie/kayaking.html. I am excited to put this amazing looking book to good use and I will post more about sections of the book as the planning goes along. Of course I want to say a huge thank you to David Walsh for giving me this book in aid of the project!
Next up and in the same line of things Norman from the Irish Cruising Club is sending me two books also to help me in the planning of Around the Isle in 80 Days! The two title are East and North Coasts of Ireland ICC Sailing Directions and South and West Coasts of Ireland ICC Sailing Directions. These books are aimed for sailing around Ireland but will also have plenty of great information that I will be able to use. Norman has also sent me a digital version that I can take with me on the trip! How sweet is that! You can visit their website here: http://www.iccsailingbooks.com/
Again a huge thank you to Norman and the Irish Cruising Club for these books! They will be put to good use! In terms of other updates my bother Philip is putting together a fitness and nutrition plan for me! He won’t be stopping there as he will be coaching me in the training and also teaching me all the right stretches that I will need to know for after a 12 hour kayaking day! Man, it’s starting to feel a lot like work around here! I will be covering this “torture” in more details in the weeks to come, but of course I am delighted and thankful to have him helping me out on this! Cheers Bro! Thanks for reading guys! Wish me luck and more updates soon!