Boot Camp Day Three
Simple Training Tips
Tip: A MP3 player loaded with favourite songs of varying tempo is a great tool for training.
Tip: Don’t pack your MP3 player for trekking, as you need to listen for animals approaching so you can move out of their way.
Tip: Buying a quality treadmill has been one of our best family purchases.
Using a home treadmill regularly is a great first step to fitness for someone over fifty. It will feature in our 2015 Everest Base Camp Trek training. Our treadmill has a great position under the air conditioner with a 180 ° view of the ever changing Melbourne sky. Music keeps me going when I exercise. I could stay on the treadmill all day with a never-ending supply.
Usually I have a plan before I start; to walk, jog or do some incline walking or all three. Personal trainer Sam and I had agreed at least an hour session and stretches for today. I decided to concentrate on incline walking before a quick jog, knowing we have a long bike ride tomorrow. With one-kilo hand weights I started on a 2.5 step incline at 4.5 km per hour. Staying on the same incline I jogged at 6.4 kilometres per hour for ten minutes. Then at the twenty-minute mark it started. Twisting by the Pool. I lowered the belt and raised the speed to 6.6, probably not wise given I haven’t jogged for a while. The songs kept coming and I sped up. Fortunately country songs played next and I switched to six-step incline walk – great pre-training for more serious hills and steps in weeks to come.
Just as well it wasn’t Zorba the Greek. All the family agree it makes them run really fast.
There is a training calendar, the Trainer and a plan. There is always a plan. Only sometimes it changes.
Boot Camp Day Two
The plan was to ride from the suspension bridge to Petty’s Orchard, have a coffee and return. Before we started Adventure Man Sam informed me of his plan to detour off the track via a really steep hill along a rocky track then rejoin the main track. The very hill (below) we trained on ad nauseum for our EBC trek in 2013. I knew I would have to walk my bike up.
TODAY – approximately 10 km ride with some big hills and competitors!
“Our hill” with the Trainer and my daughter at the very top in February.
We arrived at our hill to find the inaugural Pedal for Parkinsons 6 Hour Enduro MTB, taking place. After watching the event for five minutes, we headed off back on the main trail in the direction of the orchard. Next thing I knew the Trainer was riding up another dirt track alongside the cordoned off area of the event. That wasn’t on the plan. I had no choice but to follow.
The new route crossed over the event’s circuit at a few points. There weren’t huge numbers of riders so this wasn’t a problem. We joined up with the down hill trail from the original planned route. At this point we were on the left of the cordoned off section sharing a reasonably wide track. When we saw a rider on our side of the tape but coming towards us we realised we had in fact, joined the event, but were going in the wrong direction. That was definitely not on the plan.
Eventually we got out of the area, made it to the café at the orchard, had our coffee and headed back. With the exception of very narrowly missing a rider on another off trail track we arrived back at the car in one piece.
Who says you need to go to Everest Base Camp to have an adventure?
Walking along the Main Plenty Trail past the historic silos in Viewbank yesterday. I love that we live near so many different choices of trails. I love living in Banyule. Shortly after we left the trail to follow some of the mud bike trails.
The historic silos site of Viewbank Farm on the PLENTY RIVER TRAIL
Tip: Buy your boots early and use them for your training.
TODAY – 1 hour 20 minutes hill training and “terrain practice”
My mid week thirty minute incline training got the tick from the Trainer. However on my Friday training night after working a five day week and ending a busy term, all I wanted was a couple of glasses of champagne. Guess who wasn’t impressed? As a concession I promised to train every day over my two-week school holiday break starting the next day. We were both happy with the idea to get back on track. Boot Camp he called it.
This morning was cool and we set off for some local hill climbing in our trekking pants and boots. Appropriate for day one of Boot Camp. Because I had problems with socks on the first Everest Base Trek I experimented with some different ones. I will share this story in a post. Five minutes into the walk my husband decided to leave the track and beat a path up the hill. Thank goodness for my boots.
Terrain training he called it. We did lots of it before the 2013 trek, as it is great for strengthening ankles. Good for breaking them too if you are not careful. Of course he was right. The trek is full of rocks, stones and steps along much trail to Everest Base Camp; well at least to the place we reached.
Why practising on rocky footpaths is good idea.
We explored an area obviously popular with rabbits. Between watching out for blackberry bush branches, avoiding rabbit holes and broken fencing I was pleased to find some interesting feathers and small animal skulls.
Tip: It is really important when training for EBC trekking to practice with the clothes and boots you will wear. Imagine discovering on the track that a piece of clothing is uncomfortable. Test out everything you are taking. Everything.
Tip: Start researching your gear and buy it early. Start with the boots.
Tip: Practice lots with your boots.
Both photos are of the EBC trail.
Boot Camp Day Two
Finding Work Life Balance
Get Back On a Bike and Get Back On Track With Fitness
In mid 2012 I quit my job. I desperately needed time off work and to find some work life balance and reassess my next step and thinking about what retirement would look like down the track.
During those first few weeks off work I fell in love with and bought, a new beautiful traditional bicycle. Given my second-hand one was in the shed covered in cobwebs, my husband was sceptical that I would use it. I proved him wrong. Continue reading
The Trainer had been to the Annapurna area in the early eighties and knew how important step training would be to our success in getting to Everest Base Camp.
That’s me in 2013. We didn’t make that time but it wasn’t because of our training regime.
Everest Base Camp Trek Trail 2013
The donkeys taking it slowly coming down the steps
So we kept up step training for our 2015 EBC Trek training. The purple pack was our 2015 trek when we made it to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar.
That’s me with blue pack in September 2018 when we trekked to the Gokyo in the Everest Base Camp region.
The walk into Khumjung lots of easy welcome steps.
Easy climb down the stairs after the strenuous climb up out of Namche Bazaar
Below is the very loose rocky steps not far below the first lake before Gokyo lake.
Loose stairs close to the first lake on the way to Gokyo.
We found some external stairs which we trained at for our three treks. Close to home, shade in summer and cover from rain, but still outside. We trained twice a week on the stairs for the last six weeks before leaving. prior to that it was once every week, We started with 20 minutes of stairs and built up to 1 hour for the last six weeks.
The Trainer and I – stair training a key part of our training for a successful trek to the Everest Base Camp region.
So the moral of the story – do lots of stair training. And you will feel great at the top of every set of stairs you ascend on whatever adventure you are on.