Well, it’s been quite some time since my last post and I wanted to update the few folks that are still interested 🙂 What’s next? Obviously – with the 2018 Everest season in full swing, and many teams having made or making their summit bids – I am clearly not trying again this year. However, I do plan to return to Nepal next year (2019 season) and give it another go. I have taken stock of many things that went right or wrong last season and truly believe that armed with this knowledge, taking a few preventative measures to avoid a similar fate to last year – i.e. severe Khumbu cough and resulting broken ribs – and getting just a little bit of good luck – I can make it to the top of the world.
It’s a long way out, but I already harbor hopes of returning to EBC with two of my favorite guides – Jon Schrock (lead guide for my trips to Aconcagua and Everest) and Craig John (mentor and all round pal, currently leading IMG’s team 3 in their Everest summit bid). Far from a certainty, but there’s a chance – and these things all matter.
I am already into strict diet & training routine – and have several milestones along the way to keep me motivated and interested – as I found last year it is difficult to stay consistent and applied over a full year of training. I just completed NJ marathon last month, have ironman number 4 back in Lake Placid in July, a half ironman in the same location in September, followed by a marathon back home in Dublin, Ireland in October. All of these events should keep me on my toes and give me a good indication of where my general fitness is over the course of the year.
I plan on providing updates and any items of interest to everyone who followed last year’s trip – I know may folks were curious as to the preparation and planning in the lead up to an expedition like this – well, now may be your chance to have all those questions answered.
More to follow soon…