until the IBD Adventures Machu Pichu trek is underway! The trekkers have been busy training and preparing themselves for an incredible journey high into the Peruvian Andes mountain range to discover the wonders of magical Machu Pichu and the inner strength that can only come from testing their physical and emotional limits.
“I am so excited about the trip and cannot believe it’s so soon. I found out about the trip in the summer when I was en route to the hospital with an obstruction, but it became a dream that I didn’t know I had. For the past 7 months, I have been imagining the trip – and with health issues and frequent hospitalizations, sometimes the goal seemed far away and unattainable. After surgery in January that didn’t go quite as planned, I was distraught thinking that I wasn’t able to go. And then I thought, there’s no guarantee in life either way and I couldn’t resign myself to not doing something I had dreamed of without trying. And be it luck or determination or chance, there were some answers from surgery and I’ve been able to train as much as I want. I’ve been doing lots of training in and out of the gym – nothing can beat running outside – all while my playlist ‘PERU PUMP UP MIX’ plays!” ~ Jennie
“The IBD Adventures trek leaves for Peru in a few days. My gear is accounted for and my bags are almost packed. I’ve trained using long and short interval runs and logged countless hours at the gym weight lifting (both upper and lower body) and on the stair climber. The excitement for the Inca Trail trek keeps me awake at night. I have wanted to travel to Peru for years…and when I heard about the IBD Adventures trek to raise money and awareness for IBD, I knew this was the perfect opportunity for me. Having suffered with ulcerative colitis since I was 16, I wanted to be involved in this trek to help raise awareness and remove the negative stigma attached to having an IBD. As I count down to my departure date, I am excited. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. Questions of the unknown cross my mind. Do I have the right gear? Will it be really cold at night? Will it rain the whole time? How will I feel at this altitude? How will the altitude affect my hiking? Did I break my hiking boots in enough? Although the fear of the unknown plagues me, it is the excitement of what lays ahead and the journey that I will be taking for a cause that I whole heartedly support, that pushes me forward.” ~ Karyn
“I’m extremely excited about the trip and can’t wait to start this amazing adventure with such a great group of people. To prepare my body for the trek, I have been lifting weights and doing cardio at 6 am before going to work as well as cross-country skiing. I learned about the trip through Michele Hepburn (The 3C Foundation of Canada) and decided to join because this trip combines many great elements: raising funds and awareness for a cause close to my heart, being around inspiring people, testing my level of fitness, being surrounded by natural and man-made beauty and getting closer to my goal of visiting every one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.” ~ Linda
“I am really excited for this trip and have been counting down the days. I am looking forward to sharing this adventure and journey with my fellow trekkers. I am excited to learn more about them, more about Peru, more about nature and more about myself.
I am involved in this trek because I want to step out and step up to raise awareness and bring attention to intestinal disease: what it is and what it’s like to live with it. Also to show my support and gratitude to all those that are making a difference for all individuals living with intestinal disease. I am also here to represent GutInspired.
As far as my training, I have been receiving a lot of help and guidance from those around me. As a personal trainer, this is an exciting opportunity to put my knowledge to the test: box jumps, switching lunges, walking weighted lunges, side lunges, leg curls, leg press, leg extensions, squats squats and more squats, burpees, planks and core training, lots of stair master and incline running, running/cycling to and home from work, and full body training (can’t forget the upper body!).” ~ Ashley
“As my departure date gets closer, the realization that I will be going to Peru to raise money and awareness for something so close to my heart becomes more and more real. I have to admit, I am pretty nervous as this is my first time leaving the country without my parents. I am also incredibly excited! I wanted to get involved with this trek because it combines two things I have a huge passion for; exploring the outdoors and raising awareness for IBD. I can not believe I have been given this opportunity, and I hope it leads to many more! To prepare for the trip I have been spending a lot of time at the recreation center on campus as well as continuing with my Dance team to help build endurance! Hopefully everything I have been doing mentally and physically has prepared more for this fantastic opportunity! ” ~ HollyNo tags for this post.