We have been planning a return trip to Nepal for a second attempt at trekking to Everest Base Camp since mid 2014. We paid for our flight to Kathmandu one week before Nepal’s first earthquake three months ago. Since then and the second quake we have followed the news of Nepal. With Plan B up our sleeve we have continued to plan and train.
Pre training started in mid January and included hill training, jogging and cycling. In June the personal trainer cranked it up and we started intensive hill and stair climbing and recently incline training with backpacks.
Yesterday we climbed over 4,000 steps. After 35 minutes we had a five minute break walking to the water fountain. I was reminded of how exhilarating it feels to feel really fit, something I felt for the first time in my life on our 2013 trek towards Everest Base Camp.
Almost there! The infamous climb to Namche Bazaar almost finished.
Ok, I confess. For breakfast this morning I ate my sixth or was it my seventh, hot cross bun since Thursday night? Trouble is that will be nothing compared to what I will eat at Nonna’s for tea tonight.But it’s Boot Camp day nine and my personal trainer has been in my ear. So I jumped on the treadmill.
TODAY Treadmill – varied routine
\ 10 minutes on 7 step incline with 1 kg hand weights
\ 12 minutes on 7 step incline walking
\ 10 minutes on 2.5 step incline walking and slow jogging at 5.5 km/hour
\ 20 minutes on 2.5 step incline at 5.5 km/hour
\ I finished off with a little burst at 7. 5 km/hour to get the total to 5 kilometres.
Boot Camp Day 9 Treadmill – To run off the hot cross buns.
Working in a school in Melbourne we are on the end of term holidays. So the Trainer has decided it is a good time to make it Boot Camp for Base Camp. When it involves my bike well I love it and the warm autumn weather has made it a delight.
Boot Camp Day 4
For me, riding my bicycle for exercise isn’t exercise. The hills are hard sometimes but even without hills it is great for general fitness. Riding after so many years was a great first step back to fitness, to build up my fitness level from practically zero. Especially when I first bought my bicycle. I was mainly accompanying my husband and daughters on their many training runs for an organised run event. So I didn’t have to go fast. Being out in the fresh air, seeing kangaroos, rabbits and all the bird life as well as all the trees and different micro landscapes was beautiful. Soul food for me.
So when the Trainer suggested a ride along the river towards the city even though I knew I found it reasonably challenging the first and only time we had tried it, I agreed it was a good idea for such a lovely day. There was one of those slow steady and sneaky inclines for quite some distance along this part of the Main Yarra Trail. These inclines are sneaky because they are over a longer distance so until you are riding them you don’t realise the extent of the elevation. We walked at a few points when it was a bit steep and was out of energy.
It was a 12 to 13 Km ride from East Ivanhoe where we parked the car to the Fairfield Boathouse, one of my favourite spots along the Yarra. I do have to confess to eating half a piece of cake and cream with my cappuccino. But riding bikes up hills is great for strengthening your knee muscles, which is great Everest Base Camp trek training.
Everest Base Camp Training Boot Camp
How can being here on a beautiful Melbourne Autumn day be considered Boot Camp?
TODAY – I hour 15 minutes on the bike some hills. Approximately 12 – 13 km. Treadmill 10 minutes on 7 step incline approximately 1 km.
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?
After my brilliant off track bike ride on Monday my training wasn’t so brilliant this week. I didn’t manage to fit in my agreed mid week session. Still sore from my bike fall, Tuesday was not an option. Going out midweek is not something I normally do but Wednesday night I had dinner at a friend’s house and Thursday my monthly book club so these two events impacted on my plans. No excuse my personal trainer would say. So on Friday after work, my husband suggested we walk to our local park straight after an early dinner.
With daylight saving ending soon, it was great to take advantage of daylight and the cool evening. He was keen to get a less strenuous session in before his 15.5 kilometre run in the Run for Kids on Sunday. Saturday I spent cleaning the house. I couldn’t neglect it any longer.
Today, Sunday I had thought I wouldn’t get much exercise as I promised to be “support team” for my husband’s run. As it turned out, I walked from the car to the Start line, to the art gallery for a quick visit, back to our meeting spot near the Finish line and finally back uphill to the car, probably close to four kilometres.
Tonight I will try to do some stretches and maybe a short incline session on the treadmill to compensate. I promise myself to be more disciplined this week. Just want you all to know that I have not so good weeks and that is ok.
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