The week has gone well, having completed the New Years celebrations, the wife and boys took the decorations down, that’s it we are in a new start phase, so lets break out a gym membership, make a load of promises we will never fulfill. Or why not just have a good look at what is required to succeed.
I have been using the GARMIN watch and its training tools to assist with my interval training. Not noticed any weight loss but I am seeing some change in my shape…positive. Absolutely exhausted after the turbo trainer sessions, but my bum is less sore.
My wife (Deb) gets off to work quite early so as I was off for a couple of days whilst she went back to work early I got a bit of me time and decided to try and do a speedy lap of our local reservoir, using walking poles.
I don’t normally walk full on with poles but I have been looking at Nordic Walking websites and videos as I have heard positive things about how it can help posture and the fact that it is low impact and good for musculo-skeletal issues, so it might work for me, as bits of me are slowing down and not working as well.
I pounded round the lake clattering my poles off my ankles, and bouncing down the steps like Bambi on ice. I have to say I felt pretty good and improved on my posture, it seemed to lift me up, but I was confident I wasn’t doing it right.
As a result I had a look on line and found a link on the Nordic Walking website for https://chasenordicwalking.co.uk/ and the owner Simon Booth-Lyons. I made a booking for a taster sessions as he was offering one at Cannock Chase which is just outside Stafford, and it was free.
I arrived at the location just off Milford Common to be met by Simon and two other ladies who professed to be casual walkers. I think Simon thought I was a hardened mountain man, but my ruse was soon exposed. He was a really nice guy, with a relaxed style and a fun outlook.
All the kit you need is a good pair of walking shoes, and outdoor clothing. Preferably layers as you do get a bit warm. Simon provided the poles nad you can try out a few styles.
The session is at a steady pace and he provides the equipment, with nice clear instruction, and after a bit of chat we set off with the basics to start the exercises, which involve arm swings, progressing into use of the poles and then onto a little more pace, with up and downhill included.
Despite a little bit of tick-tocking (same arm and leg action at the same time), we all soon got the SWING of it (sorry).
There is no hard sell for kit and he does suggest coming back on a beginners course which is £40 for three weekends and then you get a passport for Nordic Walking UK and some discounts for kit. There are also weekly walks listed on his site to improve the social element, and ongoing fitness.
An excellent session and a good introduction…i am going away to play with the concept.
Having completed the 45 minute session and said our goodbyes I decided to make use of the day and headed up to Glacial Boulder car park on Cannock Chase. This is a location I have used a great deal over the years for Duke of Edinburgh award expedition training and some good night navigation.
The Chase is a great location, full of history with a wide and varied woodland and moorland mix of terrain and wildlife. You will also find a wide variety of activities like mountain biking, general walking, orienteering and bridal ways for horse riding. Have a look at https://www.forestryengland.uk/cannock-chase-forest
I was a photographer’s assistant in a former occupation, and still use cameras in my day job, so I have a bit of a passion, albeit I lost touch with the photography recently, so I took the camera, and did a bit of wildlife watching and stalking.
I plodded about seeing odd glimpses of Roe Deer as I walked, so I decided to perch up next to a silver birch and watch the scrub where I last saw three Does, whilst I ate my salad and had a hot chocolate. Much to my surprise as I sat, not more than 50 metres away were the three I originally saw and three young males. Hopefully my title photo will illustrate them. I managed a few photos before they were spooked by a group of youngsters enjoying the fresh air. Well chuffed with my sighting.
That’s enough I think as there is a bottle of Running Duck purchased from https://www.whitebridgewines.co.uk/ which needs to be finished off and I think I deserve this one, having pushed hard all week.
I am hoping for a few more followers and will keep you updated on the antics of an aging outdoors enthusiast, and maybe my kit I purchase after today, but I need to get the arm swing right.
Thanks for reading “Inspire to achieve”, and I will see you out there.