The Hanes Valley Hike… a glance.

22 06 2007

So this was our hike thru Lynn valley, across Hanes valley, up Crown Pass and along the Grouse Mtn. alpine range, totaling in 16 km traveled, aprox 1300m in elevation gained, 6 hrs 46 min, 77% pain, 110% fun:)

Hanes 1hanes 2hanes 3hanes 4hanes 5hanes 6hanes 7hanes 8hanes 9hanes 10hanes 11hanes 12hanes 13hanes 14hanes 15hanes 16hanes 17

Always feel like a kid again when we get out on adventures such as these……..and that’s a good thing;)





4 responses

24 06 2007
Debby and Richard

So this is what you call a 30 minute workout. 6 hours and 46 minutes. I don’t know what code you are working on but that seems to be 13.5 workouts in one day. Hmmmmmm. Here is something that I think you may want to consider. The program(the code) you are using is based upon time, i.e. number of minutes per day, but your ultimate goal is always space as measured in what hikes you are going to do. The goal is space, but the method is time. Have you thought, maybe you have, that the training could get much better if you changed from time and number of reps to space and places you want to cover. I am thinking like this. If I were to set the goal of running the Putrajaya Marathon in September, which is a race that starts in 24 C high humidity and ends at 29 C high humidity, what are the spaces that I am missing now in my workouts that will train me for a successful completion of the goal. Also, here is an interesting idea I am toying with. If I want to set a goal like traveling to every country in Southeast Asia doing workshops on dreams, then what physical workouts will aide the realization of that goal.

26 06 2007

Master Richard, as always, thought provoking!

Just a quick clarification for anyone reading this, “the code” is not actually the program itself, it’s the abbreviations I use to type out the workouts. The name “the code” wasn’t even coined by me, it was coined by a few of you. I’ve merely adopted it:)

Definitely a good point, taking into consideration the training method (time), how it relates to the ultimate goal (space) and the effectiveness of it. Physically, with regards to the workouts we do a la Gym Jones and Crossfit, it’s quite surprising the effectiveness and carryover they have to almost any endeavor. Check out Gym Jones, as they exemplify this. They train mountain climbers, martial artists, military personnel and more using this Crossfit styled system (with their own flair of course) to great success. Mark Twight himself, with 20+ yrs of extreme mountain climbing and fitness experience, has spoken to this and the results he’s seen first hand. The idea that a method that seems unrelated to the ultimate goal, could in fact have direct correlation.

Now, it’s true, when looking at our main physical activity outside of the workouts, its hiking thru the mountains. And as that may appear to be our ultimate goal, I’m going to venture and take it a step further, that the hike is not our ultimate goal. Our goal is, in fact, gaining the qualities that going on such a hike presents. And so, as qualities are our ultimate goal, then we need to find a training method that matches that, that is based on qualities. In comes what we now do. And by the very nature of the workouts, we are faced with all sorts of challenges that force us to develop the qualities required to face them, thereby forcing us to expand the capacity of our minds and of our spirits. The measurement of time and reps are merely a form of assisting us to continue progressing forward physically. If you know where you’ve been, it can make it easier to know where you need to go. That and it can be encouraging. It’s alot easier, in the short term, to gauge your progress physically, than to gauge the progress of qualities developed. Seeing the realization of small achievements helps keep us going, until we start seeing the realization of the the bigger picture.

That being said, Chris and I have already, in the last two months, seen continuous examples of the qualities gained thru the workouts and how they transfered to the completion of a particular goal/activity or overcoming a particular obstacle, both on our hikes and in our day to day lives. This could be one of the aspects you take into consideration when developing your physical workouts that will aide in the realization of traveling SE Asia doing dream workshops. Think about what qualities you’ll need (or just need strengthened and sharpened) for the trip and the conducting of the workshops. Identify the workouts or physical activities that challenge and assist in developing those, then create your program.

Now the following is just a reflection in general, not in specific response to above comment, but kinda related and out to everyone. We, of course, can gain those qualities in forms other than thru physical activity, but by doing them thru physical activity, we take care of our overall physical fitness at the same time (which I’ve found personally, if neglected, throws me overall out of balance).

Thanks again Richard, for your thoughts and insights. They’re always very welcomed. And if you wouldn’t mind, it would be great to hear more about your reflections on “spaces” and as it relates to training and beyond.


26 06 2007

I like the photo montage.

26 06 2007

Hard core or no core

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