(Article wrote in 2005).
“What do you think about Daniel going up in reality?”, and that was it, that’s all a young man needed to fuel him-self up. Those were the words of Frank over dinner in Chamonix; he didn’t know I had overheard him and my dad talking. Frank was the third and last [...]
(Article wrote in 2005).
Climbing Cotopaxi, Ecuador (5898 meters)
Strolling around a fresh water lake, staring at the ground, I take a glance around at the 6ft volcanic boulders that this mighty mountain has spat out with complete recklessness for life. Standing on a small corner of Cotopaxi’s [...]
Most in the climbing fraternity will be familiar with the sight of the Matterhorn. It has long captured the imagination of visitors to the Alps and the nearby village of Zermatt, less will be familiar with the tragedy that struck the first accent by an Englishman named Edward Whymper. Here is a [...]Continue Reading →
If you’re looking to get stated running you should be aware of your running technique. It is often overlooked by runners and I myself have fallen victim to this naivety. Most people just starting out don’t have a partner to run with who can give tips and advice on their technique. For those of you [...]Continue Reading →
If you are a beginner, chances are you will hear about ‘the long run’ a lot in the near future. As a beginner, the long run is not important and it should only concern those who have progressed enough to begin racing or train for a marathon.
The main benefits of running long runs are [...]Continue Reading →
If you are looking for a measure of fitness, then your heart rate is a great way to do this. Fitness can be measured in many ways, a good indicator (one I prefer to use) of how fit we are is our Resting Heart Rate (RHR).
To measure your RHR, find your pulse on either [...]Continue Reading →
As a mountaineer, I know how the effects of altitude can hamper performance. But is it true that using altitude to your advantage can enhance performance? The landmark height for an effect on performance is 3000 feet. At this altitude, you will tire quicker because the oxygen is thinner. For every 1000 feet you go [...]Continue Reading →
The cold. I don’t see many beginner runners on the roads in winter, but I think it’s the best time to train. If you are a competitive runner, the winter months help you gain mileage on your opponents. If you’re a beginner, fun runner or any runner for that matter, I would always recommend training [...]Continue Reading →
The heat is a pain. No doubt about it, but if you time your runs just right, you can have some pleasant runs in the summer. It is recommended that you run at sunrise or sunset, and avoid running when the sun is high in the sky. If you are lucky enough to live in [...]Continue Reading →
Blisters: These occur when some form of heat separates layers of skin. For runners, this heat usually comes from friction in the trainer. Do not wear damp socks, make sure your socks are pulled tight before you set off running, and perhaps invest in some nylon socks. Try to avoid cotton – this is not a good [...]Continue Reading →
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