Unfortunately I’ve had to quit the Challenge today having contracted stomach bug. I was camping at Dalwhinnie. In the night I started to get painful cramps and had a couple of unpleasant visits to the toilet. Fortunately the public toilets had been left open.
I didn’t get much sleep. I checked the weather outlook at around 5 o’clock on my iPhone. The answer was cold (just above freezing) and wet for the next three days.
I was faced with the decision of staying a day to see if it would improve and make some long walks or head home.
The fact that Dalwhinnie is a straightforward place to get home from was one factor. Secondly, I really didn’t fancy the prospect of at least two days of long walks while not feeling good, particularly with a gastric issue.
I didn’t see the point in sucking the enjoyment out of the Challenge by flogging myself. It’s meant to be a holiday, after all, not an endurance test, so I felt the best course was to come home.
The other Challengers were sympathetic and I think the general consensus was it was sensible given the weather outlook.
There’s no point in a post mortem. Who knows how or why I caught a bug? It’s just one of those things.
On the bright side, I’ve had some good walking and met some lovely people. While there is disappointment, there are also good memories. You can train all you like, but illness is not something you can legislate for.