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How to stay dry on the beach in 39°C

April 9, 2010

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I’m now powered by Rexona – the world’s No1 deodorant.  The very lovely people from Unilever are supporting my trek in aid of children’s charities in Lebanon.  My limbs may ache, my spirit may flag but my underarms will be dry and my feet lubricated (by Vaseline).  Is this too much information?!  Thank you, thank you Rexona.

At the top of the stair climb

Gently glowing on the 55th floor of the Marriot Harbour Hotel

And believe me I have needed something to keep me feeling fresh over the past week. Last Friday we were led up my stair-climb Nemesis – the Dubai Marriot Harbour Hotel – by “just do 10 more floors” P.  I paced myself better this time and certainly was not the quickest up the 55 floors, then down 55 floors, then up 20 floors, then down 10 floors, then up 10 more floors, then up to the top.  Were you keeping up there?  Total 130 floors, up and down.  I had a big smile on my face at the end which was wiped off when I attempted to hobble down my stairs at home the next morning and the next morning and the next.  Astonishingly, P said her calves didn’t feel too bad.  This may be due to her antics on her daughter’s trampoline each morning.  Further details will not pass my lips (unless you make a very generous contribution to Gulf for Good).

This Friday and we were back on the beach for circuits – the last session for the Lebanon challengers as we’ll be there in less than a month.  I’m excited and nervous in equal measure.  Will I be fit enough?  Polly and Candice, personal-trainers who give their time free of charge to support Gulf for Good, devised another ingenious round of activities to prepare us for our challenges and we did a combination of cardio, upper body, lower body, abs and stretching.  They’re good at encouraging you to keep going and stretch yourself just a bit further but you don’t feel a failure if you have to take an easier option.  This is really excellent as we are all different ages and levels of fitness.  I was so impressed that my daughters came with me again for an 8am start on a Friday (the weekend in UAE) – and it was tough at 39°C and searing sun by the end.

So it’s a few weeks left to train like mad and try to raise as much as I can to help the charities.  21st April is the last day to give me gold – contact me (via the contact page) to find out how.  My next post will be about the kit I’m taking with me to Lebanon and I might even post a video demonstration!  Thanks for the treasure that I’ve been given this week and for all your support.

  1. April 9, 2010 2:24 pm

    Great blog Sally. Ghastly pic of me, though!! Must work on my abs, must work on my abs, must work on my abs,……..

    • April 9, 2010 2:42 pm

      You’re too hard on yourself. I wish I was half as fit as you (I’m sure you heard my groans during the abs work!) – you’ll be running up Mount Kilimanjaro.

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