Ski racer Dougie Crawford looks forward to a demanding charity challenge.
Youâ€™re in good company if youâ€™re training for the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon, taking place on 11 July.
Among those taking part in this yearâ€™s event, one of the most challenging and spectacular on the calendar, are Dougie Crawford, Scotlandâ€™s top downhill skier until he retired from competition this year, and Chemmy Alcott, his wife and fellow ski star. The two will compete as a pair, as will rugby heroes Rory Lawson, of Scotland, and Mike Tindall, of England, pictured top.
All of them plan to join more than 300 athletes as they swim 1.35km in Loch Tay, run for 24km over seven Munros, including Ben Lawers, kayak for 11km and cycle for 54km.
Itâ€™s the 15th quadrathlon, and is organised by Perthshire-based WildFox events, with the aim of raising as much money as possible for the charities Mercy Corps and Maryâ€™s Meals, both of which work to relieve poverty in developing countries.
Itâ€™s a very special event, with its own unique ritual at the finish, when each team of two cuts a watermelon in half using a sword.
We caught up with Dougie to find out how his preparations are going.
He said: â€œPart of meâ€™s really looking forward to it and part of me is absolutely dreading it, as I think itâ€™s going to be a really tough challenge. Training has been going OK, but Iâ€™ve probably not done nearly as much as I should have.
â€œWe cycle a lot for our ski training, and Iâ€™ve done the Etape Caledonia and some bike tours in Europe, but itâ€™s the combination of that with other events thatâ€™s going to make it tough. Iâ€™ve not really done kayaking for any real distance and Iâ€™ve not run or hill-climbed much at all. As a skier Iâ€™ve tried to avoid those load-bearing sports.
â€œBoth Chemmy and I are looking forward to doing fun training and a variety of activities rather than following a strict programme of very specific cycling and gym work.
â€œI donâ€™t know the area very well so Iâ€™ll definitely be looking at a map to make sure we donâ€™t get lost.â€
Read how our correspondent Fiona Outdoors fared when she entered last yearâ€™s Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon.