Broke Back Mountain

Hope you had a good weekend.  Weather was great wasn’t it?

I’ve just got back from a few days away in the Lake District with a couple of friends and PT clients, you may know from the group sessions, Howard and Ray.  I jokingly refer to it as our yearly Brokeback Mountain trip!

The first day we did a 10 mile hike over the Buttermere fells taking in 4 peaks (picture below).  We had planned the route.

The next day we went mountain biking at Whinlatter forest and scared ourselves to death on the championship course……we don’t bounce like we use too!

Last year on the same course we did too much and exhausted ourselves so going round the twist, turn and jumps became pretty hazardous.  This time we planned ahead with more rest stops.

On the third day we went up Catbells in Keswick and did a route of about 8 miles which was pretty tough.

I was whining a bit about my ankle and had some pretty gross blood blisters under my toes nails (a lucky few got a picture emailed to them!).

Despite this we planned a couple of ‘get out routes’ should we need them.

Being up in the hills can be a scary place. You feel very high and very exposed and alone sometimes and things can go wrong.

A couple of years back I thought I was ‘Bear Gryls’ and got lost on top of a mountain in the snow and was very scared till I found my way down, more luck than judgement!

Anyway, the reason why I mentioned this is that in each instance we ‘planned’.  The B & B people knew where we were going.

We had a map, compass.  We knew how to micro-navigate and could recognise the terrain as we’d gone to an expert and did a course with them on navigation the year before.

We spent a whole day with this guy learning how to plan and read a map.

Planning is important.

One of the highlights is we went to see a talk with Sir Ranuelph Feinnes, one the worlds, if not the worlds, greatest explorer.

He circumnavigated the globe crossing both poles.  He and his wife spent 9 years planning it!

Training, exercise, flower arranging…anything…. planning is a good thing, otherwise you’re just guessing.

For some of you exercise may just be to be healthy, for some it’s to lose weight, others to get a little more ‘buff’.

Any of those are fine, just have a plan.  If you’re not sure, drop me a line and I can help out.  PT can be a great short term or long term solution.

Have a great day.


About the Author Russell Pearcy

Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.