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2008/05/21 08:10:14 (permalink)
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20 km Walk - How hard???

Wasnt sure if this should really be in 'cardio', but Ill post it here for suggestions.

I am doing a 20km sponsored walk next week in aid of the Wanquan Earthquake in China, and wondering how likely it is I can complete it????

Some background, despite being a long time member here...my training has been non existant since I moved to China in Sep 06, Im 39, and I smoke around 40 fags a day, and eat pretty badly here too!

I am on the sub tropical island of Hainan, and temperatures are around 30c with a humidity factor that are generally never less than 80%, and are often in the 90% range...

Any ideas on how challenging this is likely to be? I am planning this event next wednesday, so cannot really 'train' for it.

20km doesnt really sound far to walk? But considering my physical condition and temperature etc..is it likely to be impossible?
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    galenkia
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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/21 08:17:21 (permalink)
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    Best of luck mate!!.

    I have spent a fair bit of time in Tropical Asia.I find the high humdity and temperature very draining.Don't take long to get dehydrated so you will need ALOT of fluid.I am the same age as you,but fairly fit and a non-smoker.If you take it at an easy pace and keep hydrated with rests when you feel you need them you should be okay.

    Hope it goes well mate.
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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/21 08:19:48 (permalink)
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    Generally in a 45 minute cardio session at the moment i'm covering between 4 and 4.5 km on a speed of 5.5-6 (so a fairly fast walk).

    I would hazard a guess the pace isn't going to be particularly quick - so you may feel mentally tired before physically worn out.
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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/21 08:28:35 (permalink)
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    enough for me to say "i'll catch the bus and meet you there"

    20km = half marathon

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    nickpellatt
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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/21 08:33:18 (permalink)
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    LOL, perhaps Ill get the bus too, and cheat.

    As Galenkia states....the temperature and humidity is pretty horrendous, so there is an obvious need for hydration. The humidity combines with the heat, makes this the hottest place I have ever been...sitting doing nothing results in a heavy sweat some days.

    I have actually stayed in Africa around 20km from the Equator before...Hainan, China is far far hotter, or certainly feels it with the humidty.

    I reckon Ill be walking for around 4 hours, with no shade....if the weather isnt sunny...I may well be walking in sub tropical rain or even storms LOL...not sure which Id prefer really!
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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/21 08:46:04 (permalink)
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    Rainy season is horrible in South East Asia.Humidity is nasty.Gets real humid just before it starts raining.The warm rain is nice though.

    4 hours at 5 km an hour is just under 3 miles an hour.Don't want to go much faster than that IMO.And don't forget a good sun hat and sun cream.
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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/21 19:10:27 (permalink)
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    try & do it at a quiet time of the day IMO

    as flat even ground as you can

    brind a crap load of water- loads of water stops and maybe even those rucksacks on your back that carry water. correct food too.

    appropriate clothing, including shoes & vaseline in socks to reduce blisters

    i think as a 1 off provided the above are met most ppl could do this
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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/21 19:12:46 (permalink)
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    I walked 2 miles around Kuala Lumpur and had to get back to the hotel by taxi - the humidity, heat and 20-a-day habit took its toll.

    Not sure if where you're at is as humid but it does catch you unawares.
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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/21 20:04:43 (permalink)
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    I walked about 17 miles round london recently, was pretty easy and enjoyed it but could barely walk by the end of it. and it took weeks for my feet to recover
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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/21 20:08:25 (permalink)
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    The distance should be no problme for any one healthy. The heat and humdity will take its toll so make sure to keep fueled and hydrated. Still it dosn't sound much of a challenge unless you have to beat a path through undulating jungle.

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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/21 20:39:45 (permalink)
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    Easy enough mate, its 12 miles and I take it you wont be carrying weight? But as said the only problem would be heat.
    Just take on water and take it easy.
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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/22 02:04:24 (permalink)
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    Well, its 09.15 here now...and the temperature outside is fearful...so will be planning to start at 08.00 if not earlier.

    The ground will be flat, and I am aware of the need for hydration.

    Unfortunately, things like vaseline is out of the question...I dont think you could find it in my fairly remote location. It is a city...but not one that seems to have any shops with any usable items in!

    Its really the weather that concerns me...but Ill give it my best shot...thanks for all the advice
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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/22 12:38:32 (permalink)
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    I'm walking 46 miles on June 21st here Will start a few long walks from this week

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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/22 14:49:01 (permalink)
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    Nick I completed a 50km sponsored walk last summer but not in humid conditions but the sunny climes of te Sussex countryside. The last 10km was a struggle and that is when having others around you really helps.

    I was less active in cardio terms then than I am now and I had no real issues completing it but I was stiff for two days after, that was my only 'side efffect'.

    If you check my post history you should find some good advice from people on here about nutrition/preparation for this walk for you and dvdman. Havign said that one of the guys with us went out and got battered the night before and completed it with only taking on water, haribos and a pie!

    Good luck to both of you.
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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/28 06:48:48 (permalink)
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    Well, thanks for all the good wishes and advice...time to update you!

    OK...well this is China. Today was my walk day. And I havent done it! Why??????

    Ok firstly, after getting confirmation it was OK to do from my colleges Foreign Affairs Officer, I made a poster to raise awareness amongst the 3000+ students. I used part of a story published in the TIMES ONLINE, which quoted XinHua, the official press agency of the PRC as its source.

    Firstly, unbeknown to me, the Communist Party official at the school declared to many of the teachers and students that the story I used was a fabrication, and order all posters advertising the activity to be removed. This is because a foreigner is easily confused about news in China.

    Secondly, I was summoned to the FAO office, and told that it is not acceptable for an individual to organise a fundraising event, this could cause chaos and confusion in the school population. It is also not agreeable for a foreigner to request Chinese nationals donate money...so I was told all monies raised had to be returned to the donators, and although I could still complete the walk, no money could be raised or donated.

    Thirdly, there have been a number of suggestions, from both students and staff, that this was to be an acitvity to hoodwink the Chinese people into donating money which I would then steal and return to the UK with. This was then followed with the suggestion that the event was actually nothing to do with me anyway, but a criminal syndicate where using my poster and picture to fleece money out of people.

    Then late last night, when I was still going to do the walk to raise awareness and show solidarity with my 600 plus students, I was informed by the school leaders that the whole acitivity should be cancelled, no further mention made of it, and the whole idea was totally unsuitable.

    It was during the course of the day yesterday I was also told, that a song I had rehearsed to perform at a school show was pulled not due to time constraints as I had been told.

    This was pulled as senior members of staff here felt I would use this time on stage to sing and anti-China song and make a public protest about the hosting of the Olympic Games. I have been here since Sep 06 by the way and have done nothing controversial in my time here.


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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/28 08:40:19 (permalink)
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    that is absolutely mental!

    sorry to hear all your hard work has gone to waste.

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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/28 09:37:19 (permalink)
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    Ditch the fags and get back into training, 20k is a good start, pace yourself , plenty of water.

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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/28 12:13:10 (permalink)
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    yeah, that is mental...that is China Im afraid...I was hoping to return one day, but my feeling now is that is the straw that broke the camels back. Ive been subject to so many lies, dishonesty, lack of trust and so on, simply because I am NOT Chinese...this is common here, and countrywide according to the other forums I use.

    Been looking today at South America...so am hoping that at some stage I will be working in either Colombia or Venezuela...thats the next plan anyway...
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    RE: 20 km Walk - How hard??? 2008/05/28 12:27:29 (permalink)
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    wow that sucks man, sorry to hear about that.


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