We humans need goals. Without a target we’ll never get the arrows in the air. Adventure Fitness ties in reaching the edge of the envelope while keeping in shape. Most hard things turn out worth doing. A life list (or Bucket List) is a great way to document what you want to accomplish in the years you have on the 3rd stone from the sun. More on that in a future blog, but for now, here’s some ideas you may want to use. Once you have your eyes set on that adventure – say it’s hiking the Inca Trail in Peru. You know, the 3 day hike to Machu Picchu. Use EPM to guide you – Education, Preparation & Motivation.
Education – Learn all you can about the hike and the destination before you plan it. Hiram Bingham discovered the Inca site in the clouds in 1911. It was never found by the invading Spaniards, and we really don’t know what it was used for. It sits about a marathon run from Cusco, their capitol. The hike will take you over a 13,000 foot pass – how about altitude sickness. What else can you research?
Preparation – Three days of hiking with significant vertical gain. Sounds like a lot of time at the gym and on the local trails. Get to where the steep hills are. Glue yourself to the stairmaster. How much water do you drink? How are your boots? Got ankle high? Need orthotics? Got blister pads? Know how to use trekking poles? Be ready.
Motivation – Do it because YOU want to – not because your buddies want to. If you have a fear of heights or of being in a foreign place, skip it. Will you worry all night about banditos on the trail? Skip it. There are other things on your list that you can do. Are you self-confident enough to become the “Mr. Machu Picchu” of your circle of friends? Be committed stay motivated. Watch all the videos, read the books and HAVE FUN!
Extend yourself and you will get there!
Rick HikeHalfDome.com – the definitive source for getting to the top of Yosemite’s landmark