How did I prepare to resume the MedTrek in Turkey — which kicks off with a Peace Swim from Datça to the Greek island of Symi on Sept. 1 — while in California in August? I came up with a rigorous training program that combined swimming, culture, trekking, bathing and eating.
The swimming took place at the US Masters Swimming National championship in Mission Viejo where, competing for the first time in the 65-70 year-old age group, I managed to pick up a medal.
The dip into culture included the iconic Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach with my slightly younger brother Kip and signings of The Idiot and the Odyssey II: Myth, Madness and Magic on the Mediterranean in Santa Rosa.
The trekking, in the company of my partner Liz Chapin, took me along the Pacific Ocean and into the Redwoods.
To stay limber and flexible, I tried to end most days with a visit to a hot tub (this one is in Arcata)…
….and have nutritious meals at places like the Larrupin Cafe in Trinidad.
Turkey here I come!
Photos: Joel Stratte-McClure and Liz Chapin