A few weeks ago, I took a road trip with Ken Muma. When you are CEO of a hospital, rest is impossible in Kijabe, and you want to travel with a person who will have fun but not ask too many questions about what is coming next! A common phrase on the journey, was “it’s situational.” Where to eat, where to sleep, how far the car could drive, these were not set in stone. We had some idea of what was ahead, but there was no hard and fast agenda other than to climb Mt. Kenya and see some of the northern country.
Our guide said he took Eliud Kipchoge up the mountain three times before reaching the summit. The first two times he developed altitude sickness and abandoned. It’s strange to think that I could do something that would cause the greatest athlete on the planet would struggle. Ken says an athlete like that is like a fine-tuned sports car, built for speed on a track, not for off-road in the mountains. Could be the case. I also wonder how well someone like that knows their own body, when to push and when to rest.
Arianna is a pediatrician and David is a photographer and executive director of Friends of Kijabe. We moved to Kijabe, Kenya in September 2014 with our girls to begin the next step of our great Adventure. . .