The Shed (The Sweat Room)

The Shed - The font of all worldy knowledge
The Shed – The Sweat Room

The training shed up in the backyard was in full action this morning with a 10,000-metre row to the sounds of Deep Purple at silly o’clock…

 As much as I enjoy strength and weight training, I can’t expect to be a 100-kilogram gorilla and climb mountains, but the weight training has kept me going over these past few months…

Baz - A daily dose of weight bearing exercise
Baz – A daily dose of weight bearing exercise

 Hey, keep your fingers crossed that my Achilles tendon that I had surgically repaired earlier this year holds up!

And it seems to be as I start ramping up the cardio exercise and I must say it makes a pleasant change to the weight training.

As part of training for the mountains I am working towards a 100 kilometre-running race (I use the term running sparingly) through the mountains that I regularly hike and that takes place in September 2014.

Baz - heading up "The Hill"
Baz – heading up “The Hill”

And I’ll need every bit of that time to prepare, and the last mountain running I did was in one of the world’s toughest endurance races, the Speight’s Coast to Coast Adventure Race in New Zealand in 2012.

And yes, that Kiwi brother-in-law of mine is hot on my heels pushing me, again!

Tongio "the Kiwi" and baz
Tongio “the Kiwi” and Baz

I’m also planning to cycle the iconic Birdsville Track in outback Australia in April 2014.  It is roughly 500 kilometres in length and the aim is to ride as much as I can on my Canondale 29-er Mountain Bike.

Dream big I say, and of course, live to the motto that  “those that don’t think it can be done shouldn’t bother the person doing it.”

Grey's Peak New Zealand
Baz on top of Grey’s Peak, New Zealand

 Cheers, Baz – The Landy

33 thoughts on “The Shed (The Sweat Room)

  1. January 3, 2014 / 2:30 pm

    You are kind of inspirational! You will do it!


    • Baz - The Landy January 3, 2014 / 9:14 pm

      Well I’m kind of happy about that, ta 😉


      • January 5, 2014 / 2:50 am

        Yes you will!


    • Baz - The Landy January 3, 2014 / 8:51 pm

      No! Each to their own…take care sweetie! 🙂


  2. Stina Lyday December 31, 2013 / 10:17 am

    Fantastic set up! Happy new year!!!


  3. 7feetnorth December 31, 2013 / 6:52 am

    Great goals! I’m looking forward to hearing about them.


    • Baz - The Landy December 31, 2013 / 7:04 am

      And I’m totally looking forward to it after a tough year from an injury perspective.

      How is all the camping going with your family? Cheers, Baz 🙂


      • 7feetnorth December 31, 2013 / 7:33 am

        No camping now, its winter here and I’m a warm weather camper! But we’re still hiking!


  4. nutsfortreasure December 31, 2013 / 6:08 am

    Wonderfully done! Happy New Year!


    • Baz - The Landy December 31, 2013 / 6:46 am

      Thankyou, it is about time I was back on the rower!


      • nutsfortreasure December 31, 2013 / 8:41 am



  5. barbara grandberg December 31, 2013 / 4:45 am

    looking forward to following all of your adventures :}


    • Baz - The Landy December 31, 2013 / 6:46 am

      A few planned, so we’ll see how many we can pull off BG!


  6. nancytex2013 December 31, 2013 / 1:45 am

    Those are some pretty awesome goals for 2014, Baz! I will be cheering you on the entire way!
    p.s. that 100 km run sounds disgusting – and amazing at the same time! 🙂


    • Baz - The Landy December 31, 2013 / 6:52 am

      Well actually, we have done that course a couple of times, walking it in 20 hours covering around 92 klms, so we need to do an extra 8 klms, and cover it in 22 hours which is the cut-off time.

      This is the track along the Great North Walk which is a 240 kilometre walking tracking between Sydney and Newcastle to the North. We have walked it in total taking around 8 days with 20 kg back packs. You can read about it here. And I must say, it is a spectacular all in parts, on our doorstep literally, and totally free. How good is that!


      • nancytex2013 December 31, 2013 / 8:57 am

        That looks amazing! I just commented over there in that post, but just realized that I misread the route. I took the 179 kms from the sign to be the total but now I see you did 240 kms. That’s awesome!

        And your pace of 100 kms in 22 hrs is crazy aggressive! I used to do 60 kms in 12 hours spread across two days. Go you!!


      • Baz - The Landy December 31, 2013 / 9:07 am

        This is a great walk, and oddly, we see very few people on it. The first 80 alms from the CBD of Sydney’s business district to the Hawkesbury River (our training ground) is spectacularly beautiful and is promoted offshore as a destination for walkers. There are B&B’s that you can stay in and make it a 3-4 day walk.

        And yeah, make sure you make it over, you’ll love it!

        Take care, and once again, to you, what a great achievement and inspiration you have been too many this past year, Baz and the crew!


      • nancytex2013 January 1, 2014 / 2:01 am

        Right back at’ya Baz. You have been an awesome inspiration for me as well.
        Cheers – and Happy New Year to you, Janet and TomO.


  7. Mountainstroh (Tony) December 31, 2013 / 1:12 am

    Go big or go home pal! Fell off the following list of your blog, but I am back and looking forward to 2014! I am betting they used plenty of duct tape on the tendon, you will be fine!


    • Baz - The Landy December 31, 2013 / 6:54 am

      Thanks Tony, thought you might appreciate the bike bit…should be awesome, and we’ll see how much I can do of the track!

      On the Achilles, yes, still al title tight, but doing lots of stretching! Cheers


  8. icescreammama December 30, 2013 / 11:51 pm

    You can do it!! I’m rooting for you!


    • Baz - The Landy December 31, 2013 / 6:57 am

      Well I’m now year behind my original schedule, so long as I wake up each day I’m sure I will get there eventually.

      Now I am blushing a bit here, and I know the term “rooting for you” is a great Americanism, but in Aussie lingo, it has a completely different meaning, but hey, whatever works! 😉

      Cheers, Baz (How are the boys and the Big Fella, and Mom of course?)


      • icescreammama December 31, 2013 / 8:30 am

        we can’t plan life, right? one beautiful day at a time. and now i’m blushing, because clearly i said something inappropriate even though i don’t know it is!! haha.

        boys – crazy, snarky and adorable; big fella – getting itchy for pre-baseball training to start in a week or so and mom – hot and sweet as always.

        how’s janet and tomO, anything exciting or just the usual excitment?

        happy new year!!


      • Baz - The Landy December 31, 2013 / 8:44 am

        Sounds like your household is running as usual – and that is good!

        Yes, all good here, we are celebrating the new Year in at Newcastle, a city to the north of Sydney (140klms) with Janet’s sister, and the brother-in-law (Tongio) which means plenty of activities and fun…

        Blush away, but don’t worry, we get the meaning intended! But if you get a chance here is some good old Aussie Slang



      • icescreammama December 31, 2013 / 9:19 am

        Well, Root!! hahaha! that gave me a laugh out loud. and boy does that sound bad! hahah
        there’s so much good slang over there! i’m going back to study up! wonder why a Seppo is an american.


      • barbara grandberg January 1, 2014 / 7:02 am

        thanks for the link :}


  9. Jim in IA December 30, 2013 / 10:59 pm

    Aim high. You’ll go farther. Rootin’ for you.


    • Baz - The Landy December 31, 2013 / 6:59 am

      Laughing me head-off now, after just responding to Icecreammama…is that all yo blokes and gals do over there!

      Apologies, I hope I’m not coming over too crass!

      Thanks Jim, that is what I say, aim big, besides it is in the dreaming and trying that counts, failure never figures in my vocabulary…


      • Jim in IA December 31, 2013 / 7:50 am

        Well…I just checked the meaning of “rooting for you”. It seems we are not meaning the same thing. I got a good LOL out that one. Thanks for clearing that up. But, if it helps you reach your goals…whatever trips your trigger.


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