A month after the longest paddle of my life and I still can’t help but smile about it. The conditions sucked, the logistics were a nightmare and to be honest it was a very expensive race, but I wouldn't change a thing.
The preparation started months before and no doubt there were a few hurdles. Preparation for the M2O requires more than just the normal training, its tougher than the 52km paddle across the Channel of Bones even sounds. It requires networking, logistics, nailing down a nutrition plan and some serious mental strength. Basically you really have to want to do this race.
Not anyone can just rock up and enter this race, due to the huge demand they now send out invitations to those that have proved themselves already and the rest have to put their name in a hat. I was lucky enough to get my name ‘picked out of a hat’ after networking with a few of big the names in paddling.
Training consisted of long and usually cold paddles. I built up from two 1.5 hour paddles a week with shorter 45 minute to hour sessions to two 3 hour paddles with the shorter sessions of 1.5 hour, a month out from the big race.
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