Meet my new best friend and sidekick, Fitty.
No not that Fitty, this one:
“Fitty” is a piece of luggage loaded with books and hand weights so it weighs exactly fifty pounds. And for the next couple of weeks I am going to be hauling it back and forth around my house to train for the race.
Once we load the aluminum beast with all our gear, we estimate it will weigh at least 100 pounds. In order to prepare to portage dams and logjams – not to mention carry the canoe to the starting line – we figure we should each get use to carrying the weight of fifty pounds.
I’m gonna be cut like Fitty.
I was going to load it with weights but decided to save the extra coin and use books instead – after all, there is a book deal at the end of this odyssey so it seemed practically poetic.
So what books are in there? I handpicked a few choice titles that capture the spirit of the cause…
The Last Girls by Lee Smith (A book about a river adventure on the Mississippi that I was re-reading last year when this whole idea of racing in the Water Safari sprung to life)
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. Think the title speaks for itself in this situation.
Borderland by Bud Shrake (I read this tale about the Texas Revolution and the settling of Austin when I moved back to Texas ten years ago…seems relevant as I embark on a Texas-size adventure right through the heart of Texas)
Perma Red by Debra Magpie Earling. Coming of age story about a girl in Montana who is an underdog and an outsider
Souls Raised From The Dead by Doris Betts, my college writing professor. She was working on this novel when I was studying with her my senior year, I’ve always felt a connection to it.
Get Fit Or Die Tryin….In Da Book Club.