II. Deep Thoughts

Willis Island Sunset

The idea to embark on a charity walk came to me about a week after I arrived on the island. I always wanted to do something but wasn’t sure exactly what. In the end it wasn’t that difficult a decision to make – after all, options are limited out here. But on deciding how far I would walk, the first conversation in my head to come up with 500 laps went something like this:

Me (Left Brain): If I want to make this challenging and difficult, with the hope of appealing to a wider audience, what figure would be considered challenging?

Me (Right Brain)Hmm…..500?

Me (Left Brain)OK. Why 500? And specifically what thought processes did you use to arrive at that figure?

Me (Right Brain): I don’t know. It seems like a lot. Wasn’t there also a famous song about some guy who walked 500 miles?

Me (Left Brain): That’s it? That’s how you decide things? Based on song lyrics?

Me (Right Brain): No, sometimes I use movies too.

Unconvinced with this dialogue I decided to actually go out and use science to find the speed and distance required to walk an average lap, and then decide if it would be challenging. Thanks to the helpful relationship between Global Position Satellites and the good folk at Google, I was informed via my phone that it’s roughly 1.3 kilometres in length and takes about 15 minutes per lap. Therefore 500 laps would equate to 5 laps a day for 100 days and a duration of 1 hour 15 minutes of my time each day. Despite this being a relatively short distance, considering the walk occurs on sand, broken coral, rock, uneven ground and overall not the easiest surface to walk on, but spread out over a few months, I was satisfied that this still sounded reasonable and more importantly achievable.

However, having just completed the 43rd lap in a little over a week, two thoughts have now occurred to me:

  1. What I thought would be a physical challenge is now in all likelihood going to be a greater mental challenge. The scenery doesn’t change a lot when you walk in circles, and we’ve recently established how my Left Brain and Right Brain talk to each other.
  2. There might not be a lot to write about. I’ve used my best (and possibly only) material already. Again, the scenery doesn’t change much, desert island, walking in circles, Left Brain, Right Brain, etc.

Essentially though these are minor First World problems which add to the overall challenge and in the short time since beginning it’s not all worries and concern. I’ve learned some important things too, including the many benefits of wearing a hat, but I’ll save that for another post.

Thanks for reading, have a Happy New Year and see you in 2014. 

Current Featured Charity: Garvan Research Foundation

Laps Completed: 43

Laps to Go: 457