I Felt Like The Worst Parent in The World…

I just got back from a trip in the lake district with Mrs P and the family.

We had a great time.

Although I nearly ate myself to death!

My kids climbed their first mountain, Castle Cragg.

It’s amazing what a bit of sugar and a few ‘e’ additives can do for a couple of 4 and 7 year olds.

Was I scared of them falling or tumbling?…all the time.

I love the lakes as it epitomises everything I believe in.

There are big mountains, little mountains and lakeland walks.

I love seeing people enjoying the great outdoors.  Different ages, shapes and sizes.

Some take a bit of a risk it has to be said, but never far from a planned route down or help.

On the last day of the holiday I had my 7 year old daughter, Fleur, booked in for a low level tree climbing activity.  A Go Ape type thing.

It was pretty expensive so I booked it just for her as a surprise.  At 7 she’s a bit of thrill junkie.

I went to check her in with the guy with all climbing clobber, he said, “She’s not booked in on the low level, she’s booked in for the big one.”

Looking up, I nearly broke my own neck it was that high!

I said to my daughter, “Are you ok with this?”

She shrugged her shoulders and said, “Fine.”

Attached to a hard line, she went round the course like a wippet until it became REALLY HIGH with nothing to hold onto.

Her voice became wobbly, the bottom lip started to go and a few tears where shed (by me too!).

Despite being scared she carried on.

She was safe at all times but I felt like the worse parent in the world as I should have been up there with her.

I could have got an instructor to get her down.

But what good would that be to her?

The instructors there were great.  A bit of encouragement and coaching and she got round.

It was tough and she loved it.

I then had to buy her ice cream so she wouldn’t ring child line!

She deserved the reward though.

Anyway my point?

So many of us have become ‘risk averse.’

We almost want a guarantee it wont be too difficult.

I hear it all the time.

“I need to get a bit fitter before I start training again.”

“Will I be the slowest?”

Infact the opposite happens.  Having a bit of a struggle is often more rewarding.

At HIIT/KB training people are encouraged, never humiliated.

Not just by me but also by those around them.

Options are given, not cop outs.

Tonights HIIT training at 8 is all planned.

If you haven’t been for a while, feel free to take a risk and get in touch!


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.