01 Jun Adventure
We’ve had a brilliant weekend at connectedphysio and have been on a real adventure. We were asked by our friends at breakingstrain to provide massage for an event called Tour for Tommy which is an event to raise money for Tommy Burns Skin Cancer Trust. The participants endured an epic event by cycling 100 miles from Celtic Park in Glasgow to Bridge of Orchy, then a 35 mile run/walk along the West Highland Way finishing in Fort William, and then to top it of a walk up Ben Nevis.
We travelled up on Friday with a 4 year old and a 2 year old in tow. Our daughter Mia the 4 year old could sense the adventure before we even started asking where we were going to sleep? And what will my bed look like? The thoughts of a 4 year old!! Driving through the mountains she said “mummy this feels like an adventure” How right she was, to a 4 year old and a 2 year old this was a proper adventure.
After the most beautiful drive up to Fort William we arrived at Glen Nevis campsite where the participants started arriving at a slow and steady pace. They arrived having endured a day of walking the West Highland Way in Scottish Weather, a bit of torrential rain, sun and wind. They had just physically challenged their bodies like never before, joint stiffness and pain was setting in and an all consuming shivering in some from being so cold. This was a stark reminder of the human body and what it can deal with in extreme circumstances. We started massage mostly on legs, aiming to relieve joint stiffness and muscle spasm, increase blood flow. We dealt with a few injuries including shoulder and hip pain, nothing to serious though all associated with cycling/walking/running over a long duration. It’s been an exceptional motivation to see people come together to raise money for an amazing cause and we’ve been so grateful to have been part of it. We have been inspired by the dedication of those completing the event but also by those at breaking strain who have organised such an event which was no easy task.
To finish of we managed to climb Ben Nevis on Saturday with our children, they had their own wee mini challenge and both surprised us with their shear determination, we managed to get three quarters of the way up before deciding to turn back. Mia walked all the way apart from the last 200 metres and Otis would have walked all the way down if we’d had all the time in the world!!