after a Summer of idleness (with a brief flurry of activity at VFW) my mind is turning towards training. I moved to the English Lake District on Sunday to start a Degree in Outdoor Studies. My intention with this log is to chronicle my fitness/strenght/activity regime mixed with personal comments/opinions on my life.
I'm not going to set out a detailed list of fitness aims, but i'm going to start with some musings. I'm here for a minimum of 3 years (living in Ambleside, a small town/large village). Luckily there is a small greengrocers/wholefood shop about 5 minutes walk from my house and a veggie cafe in the town centre. I've not really connected with anyone yet (I know it's early days) but I seem to be surrounded by shallow 18/19 year olds and a small selection of mature students (unfortunately including a meat farmer
However the course outline we have been given looks very good and it is obvious that the tutors have put a lot of effort into preparing the course. One tutor in particular gave an impassioned speech on the need to think environmentally and on the coming climate change crisis.
I've just had my induction at the college gym and it was shocking. It is in a small cramped room, with no natural light and no free weights, only very old resistance machines
However there is a small but good bouldering wall attached which I suspect I will be using regularly. There is a small boxing gym in town which I am going to visit tonite as I hear that they do some weight training there. Is it to much to hope that they have a bench, dumbells and maybe even a squatting rack??? Ideally I will be able to do some weight training to supplament my bouldering.
I'm going to go out for a long walk in the hills tomorrow (I know that this will put me in a better mood) and i've got a friend visiting for the weekend to go climbing. It will be great to hang out with someone who doesn't eat meat and who is radical. I feel as if i'm in redneck country and that someone is going to start playing a banjo (ala Deliverance). Maybe I am overstating things
I did meet someone a few weeks ago who has done my course, lives local and is vegan. I'm going to e-mail her tonite and see if she wants to meet up for a cup of tea.
Next week is freshers fair and i'm going to try and set up a vegetarian/vegan society. I'm hoping that in a student body of 6-700 there are a minimum of 10 veggies/vegans wnating to promote a healthy and compassionate life.
Health wise I'm not planning on drinking alcahol for the next few months and i'm going to start training from next week. Training will hopefully consist of regular visits to the bouldering wall, hopefully supplamented with some weight training, regular days out hillwalking and climbing when the weather is good, with a little bit of running and mountain biking for cardio.
My overall/giving myself 3 years, aim is to be climbing long mountain routes at Extreme 1 and become a competent winter (snow/ice climber). I feel good that i'm at the start of a new phase in my life (bizarely, my mood seems to have lifted just by writing this) and that I'm starting a journey that will be full of adventure and that will take me down paths that are not very well travelled.
Respect and love,