Whether it’s long-distance hiking, bike-packing, family camping or an epic trip, there is something satisfying about taking your hard-earned movement skills and and banked time in the burn room to the great outdoors.
Work and other commitments can make time for big adventures hard to come by. But not every adventure needs to be biking the Continental Divide Trail. Think micro-adventure. Think “small and achievable, for normal people with real lives.”
While summer is just winding up, many of our Elevate clients have already trained for and completed their own micro-adventures (and many have crushed big goals in the process)
Fist bumps to:
- Jessica Dennis for finishing the “Quarter Horse” at the annual Durango Iron Horse Bicycle Classic 25 mile bike Tour from Durango to Purgatory Resort. (2300 vertical feet of climbing.)
- Jamie Dunn, who beat her goal time on a half-marathon by 30 minutes at the La Joya Marathon.
- Micaela Peterson for completing her first spartan race (Austin Super Spartan 8-10 miles with 24-29 obstacles) She placed 12th out of 1,200 women and is already planning her next one!
- Mark Castelo, who completed a one-day hike from the rim to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back. (He credits his Elevate training and FRC classes for helping him “survive, and not feel wrecked”)
- Rachel Reidhead reached her goal of finishing a half-marathon and is in the process of preparing for her next.
- (sorry if we missed yours…be sure to share your adventures on social media using #elevatephw)
Rome wasn’t built in a day
If you don’t think you can accomplish even a mirco-adventure remember this: Every ride, every rep, and every new skill you learn is getting your ready to take on something big. Each time you get out of a warm bed to do a workout or motivate yourself to ride your bike in the (eternal) wind, you begin to understand that you can push yourself when the going gets tough.
Does a 12-hour mountain bike race sound fun? Wanna get down in the mud with a Spartan race? Once you start getting some ideas, talk to your coach. He or she can help you determine whether you can be physically ready and give you guidance on training and nutrition. Good preparation will decrease the chance that your thru-hike will turn into a death march.
Making the time
If it’s something you really want to do, there are ways of finding the time. Just get started.
Bigger expeditions are going to take more planning (and training) Make sure you have base experiences before you tackle hiking across Australia. Which brings us to:
Find a tribe
There are going to be people who tell you that you can’t do something or that you’re crazy for trying. Ignore them. Find some people who can be allies; people who are willing to help. Elevate coaches are here to help — and they love to see you out there gettin’ it done. From nutrition coaching, endurance coaching and body work we can help you with a plan for any adventure.
You’re also invited along as four members of our ElevatePHW / Bikeworks mountain bike team get ready for a 7-day race across the Alps. (yeah, those Alps) We’ll be launching a website where you can follow their adventure in real time in mid-July.