Phew…“The Shed” hasn’t changed whilst I was away climbing in New Zealand.
It is still that grand old place where tall stories can be told, a few laughs had, a place where you can grab a coldie out of the fridge to share with mates, and importantly, it is my morning training hangout.
These past few days I’ve headed up the driveway in the pre-dawn darkness, a time of the day I actually enjoy immensely, to exercise on my C2 Concept Rower, and to lift a few weights.
Over the coming months my exercise regime in The Shed will revolve around high intensity cardio and building muscular endurance in preparation for my expedition to Nepal at the end of the year. Of course, there will be plenty of hill climbing with a 20 kilogram backpack, and I could never go without getting in a paddle on the lake at least once a week.
I’m always happy to be out hiking in the Australian Bush…and kayaking on our magnificent ocean beaches and inland waterways!
I will also be focussing on improving muscular flexibility through yoga practice. Bikram is my preferred yoga and I’m looking forward to reacquainting myself with it over the coming weeks.
Another focus of mine will be agility, something we seem to have in younger days and lose over time. Whilst I’m not too bad, my trip to New Zealand highlighted that I would benefit from undertaking some specific training, like balance beam walking with a back-pack…
And of course there’ll be plenty of rock-climbing up in the Blue Mountains to hone my rope handling skills and efficiency.
Something that I will be revelling in!
And my partner in crime, brother-in-law, Ray Tong, and I are scheduled to line up for another start in Tough Mudder in early April, and he is well advanced in his preparation, so I have some catching up to do!
We are looking to improve our time from last September’s Tough Mudder event.
Mind you, I’m currently suffering from a long term achillies tendon injury which has flared once again.
My sports doctor is treating it with Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP as it is usually referred to. It involves drawing my own blood and extracting the PRP which is then injected back into my achillies tendon to assist recovery. The process can be done in the surgery and takes around 15-30 minutes. To date, I have had one injection and another is scheduled for next week.
I’m also undergoing a very specific stretching regime to assist in the recovery.
Fingers crossed, as failing this it will require some surgery to correct.
But I’m confident all will be well within the next few weeks and I can’t wait to be back out in the mountains hiking and climbing.
All up, life is pretty good, wouldn’t be dead for quids…