Stepping up the Prep
I have really started to step up my training in the past week. One of the sessions that I received a lot of questions and feeback about was a Kettlebell drag I did along the beach.
This is a training method I learnt from a good friend and mentor – Keith Fennell. Keith is the author of two books that I carry with me most of the time and certainly on adventures:
- Warrior Brothers, and
- Warrior Training
They’re well worth a read and show the mindset required for Keith to become the youngest Australian Soldier to make it into the SASR – Special Air Service Regiment.
I have a 16kg – 20kg kettlebell attached to me via a 4WD snap strap. I run for approx one hour along the beach in bare feet. This style of training makes it very difficult to get a rhythm which in turn makes it difficult to be able to regulate my breathing in the way you can on a run.
This has a great benefit when prepping for the rigours of the mountains. Give it a try some time and let me know how you go.
I am now 9 weeks away from Everest and starting to finalise expedition plans. There’s a lot of variables at this stage and one of those is finances of the trip. In my previous experience I have realised that this is often the toughest part of an extreme adventure like Mount Everest.
In 2015 I had the amazing team from Acquire Learning jump on board with only four weeks to go, so there were some nervous times there.
In 2016, I am still looking for potential sponsorship for the expedition. I believe I am able to offer great value back to you and your business through inspirational talks on never giving up on your goals no matter how many obstacles you encounter.
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I have been ask a lot about why I do what I do. Don’t I understand the risks? You’re too young to be able to fully comprehend what could happen?
I know it challenges conventional mindset but I don’t buy this for one second. I’m not sorry about that either. I know the outcomes and I fully get the risks and challenges.
Growing older does not make us more aware of risks and challenges in my honest opinion. If anything, it makes us less willing to take risks and take on challenges, and then we enhance our perception of the danger carried by those risks and challenges in order to justify giving up on our dreams.
I am 19 years old and I am not ready to give up on my dreams. I don’t think you should give up on yours either.
I am attempting to do something that only 3% of Australians that have attempted it have succeeded in doing. I accept those statistics but I do not focus on them. I aim to be as best prepared as possible. I am to understand the risks and dangers and also to have the best solutions to them. I aim to be able to make good decisions in the face of grave danger. I am preparing with as much focus on my mindset as I do on my physical preparation, maybe even more so.
How will I perform when the challenges come? I don’t know. This is something I will find out when the inevitable challenges come. I know that I have been challenged on mountains before and I have been able to push myself through. I also know that this is the biggest challenge so far, figuratively and literally.
I can tell you with certainty that I will not fail through lack of preparation or lack of training, mentally and physically. In life, you can ask no more of yourself than that.
Once again I thank you for your continued support on my journey and I encourage you to take on your dreams.
Yours in Adventure,