Iron Man and Sheep Farmer

This weekend I was chasing sheep on my annual trip to the Keswick Mountain Festival in Cumbria.
As well as climbing, mountain biking and music, there are some legendary speakers.

One such man is called Joss Naylor.

Joss Naylor is 79 now and been a humble sheep farmer all his life.

Called the ‘Iron Man’ Joss Naylor is a Fell Runner and a real inspiration.

If you didn’t know, Fell Runners run up and down mountains and over anything that obstructs them.
The same way you and I go out for a run around the block.
They are probably some of the fittest people in the world.

Anyway, in 1984 Joss Naylor completed the 214 Wainwright peaks in 7 days.

Thats the equivalent of running two marathons a day and ascending/descending 9000 feet on uneven ground everyday for 7 days.

The run was so intense one of his pacers died and another friend was hospitalised.

I had the opportunity to ask him a question.

I simply asked “What advice would you give to people wanting to get fit or become better in their given sports and training?”

He simply replied…

“People need to stop reading about getting fitter and talking about getting better.”
“Go out and do something.”

Simple advice from a humble man who did the work. No magic pills!
You can see an interview with him here.

Have a good week.

Russell ‘not running up a mountain’ Pearcy

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.