You’ll be skipping up the mountainside in no time!
Let us know how you get on in the comments
We recently completed The Orwell 25; so recently in fact that as I write this my legs are still in recovery mode. All in all it was a brilliant experience and although we have been up and down a number of mountains; this was by far our longest hike – and one I definitely underestimated!
We also raised over £100 for The Bus Shelter Ipswich – so thank you very much to all who donated.
We set off from a packed HQ at 07:45 after picking up our checkpoint cards, and briefly consulting the map provided…although we figured following the crowd would be an easy option! After a short 10 minutes or so we were heading under the Orwell Bridge, something you only ever usually see from the perspective of being on it, so this was pretty cool in its self…this was the perfect opportunity for Mike to unpack the drone for its Dorks On a Hill debut!
It didn’t take long after passing under the bridge to find ourselves walking ankle deep in the sludge and mud of the Orwell foreshore; to be honest this was both awesome and a soul destroyer as the wildness of it was a welcome surprise, as for some reason I had thought that this would be quite a ‘watered down’ challenge…it was soul destroying as I knew my feet, now wet, would not be my biggest fans at the end of the day!
We soon found ourselves at the first checkpoint and already alarm bells were ringing in my mind of “Adam…this is going to take a considerable chunk of the day”…I was right hahaha…
If I’m honest; the first half was generally enjoyable: Type 1 Fun – “things that are fun at the time you’re doing it”
The second half turns into Type 2 Fun – “not fun at the time, but alot of fun to talk about afterward!” (this is the best type of course)
I had some real lows especially in the 3rd quater – mentally and physically! The turning point came at the third from last check point – where what we had planned as a substantial rest and stretch session turned into a 2 minute leg stretch due to the sweeper being on our tails!! (We’ll blame it on shooting drone footage)
But from that moment I knew I just had to swallow some painkillers, and get on with it
From the point I had made a mental shift; I don’t want to say that things became easier, but I guess things became necessary! At this point we were definitely having Type 2 fun. for sure.
After this we decided to not rest at any of the remaining checkpoints to keep the rhythm going; which is exactly what we did. Eventually we made it back to HQ, greeted by a few brilliant volunteers, giving us a cheer, which although was a small gesture, they must have been doing that all day, so they had completed a marathon day of their own!!
I’m tempted to say that this was the first of many endurance challenges, and I’m very aware that this is hardly considered endurance for many, but in comparison to the summits we’ve made over the past few years, this seemed a brilliant challenge.
So, what now?
New Hiking Shoes
Always pack clean socks
More Drone Footage
Huge thanks again for the donations, a huge thanks to The Rotary Club for organising, and a huge thanks to our incredible and supportive families!
Keeping Fit and Eating Well – For people with no time at all.
It’s an age old problem, and it’s only getting worse. Modern life seems to be chipping away at our ‘spare time’ at an ever increasing rate; and this can leave us feeling as though we’ve lost a grip on our lives, stuck an ever state of response.
I’m sure you’ve probably already gone through all the ‘Life Hack’ lists, productivity tools, and life strategy blogs desperately trying to make sense of things. I’m here to tell you, you don’t need a life hack, oh and by the way, what the heck is a life hack anyway? You don’t need a productivity tool, and you don’t need a life strategy. What you need, is to take some action, meaningful action. This is much tougher than people first imagine, and that’s evident probably in your own patterns of behaviour; so let’s take a look and see what’s up.
You can send a rocket from Earth to Mars; but where does the maximum amount of energy get used – on the surface of Earth…once its outside of the atmosphere it barely uses any energy, yet travels at mind boggling speeds, for mind boggling distances. The same is true for creating momentum in your own personal goals. Here we’re focusing on Keeping Fit, and Eating Well…but the same principle applies to almost all aspects of life.
The truth is, until you have a compelling enough reason to do something; you’ll shrug it off until tomorrow; and as we all know, tomorrow never comes. For me personally, this came in the shape of a 4167-metre-high mountain, Mt. Toubkal. Suddenly what was once an ‘I should’ be getting in shape, became an ‘I must’ get in shape – and as soon as this shift has been made, guess what, I found time to work out, and I found time to eat well. For me it was a gargantuan mountain, for some it’s a wedding dress preemptively bought a size too small, and for others it’s a health scare.
What’s key is taking that shift from a responder to an instigator of change; that’s where all the best results are generated, all the success, all the awesomeness you gain from taking control.
So my fitness regime now occurs anytime between 10pm and midnight, due to the usual pressures of life…work, over 100 miles of daily commute, a baby, a toddler, a cat, a partner – I don’t have a plan, I don’t stick to a routine, I take the most basic action…and it’s the one you should take…just get your shoes one get out the house and MOVE. That’s the first step, and often the toughest to take.
As for eating well? Literally. This is the most needlessly over-complicated concept in modern life, in my opinion. Let me just quickly clear some things up for you real quick.
1. You will not get lean in 15.
2. Food doesn’t have points IRL.
3. If you take a cheat day you’re cheating yourself.
and to sum all of that up…
You either want to eat well, or you don’t. Or some days you will, and some days you won’t. Whatever it is ultimately you’re in charge, you’re calling the shots, so don’t feel guilt for eating a cake, or a pizza, or whatever your food-vice is….OWN THAT, ENJOY IT. It’s your body, and until you have parity between what your body looks like and what you want it to look like you won’t be happy, so just be aware of that, consciously aware of that, and take it all into your own hands.
Set yourself an event, commit to something, if you jog – sign up to a fun run; this way you will have reasons pulling you towards a goal. So stop reading blogs…you should have your running shoes on already!