Bicycle Love

Finding Work Life Balance

Get Back On a Bike and Get Back On Track With FitnessBicycle at the Yarra River

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

Did I Mention Step Training ?

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

Everest Base Camp Trek Trail 2013

 

Donkeys climbing down steps on the lower part of the the EBC trail

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.

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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.

Stairs coming into the town of Khumjung in the Khumbu Nepal

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.

Rock stairs going to Gokyo EBC region Nepal

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.

trainng stairs for the everest base camp region

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.

Stairs on the Everest BAse Camp trail trek