I began this weekend, after planning an adventurous two days off, with an adventure sport splurge. If anything, it’s a confidence builder – ensuring me that I’m in tip-top shape.

Okay, I’m not in the best possible condition. I could actually eat healthier; I’m prone to downing a meal of chicken nuggets and fries, or, better yet, a weekend pizza sure hits the spot. Yet, I do watch my heart health, or any aspect of my health for that matter. So, a day of wilderness fun, surrounded by wildlife and trees, was an excellent way to spend a Friday.

I didn’t go all-out, nor did I slack off, as I engaged in three separate activities: kayaking, trail running and mountain biking. Each one was performed at maintainable rates. I also managed my distances, making sure I didn’t overexert myself.

And after I was finished, I wasn’t exhausted. Instead, with a slightly sunburned body, I felt like I had an excellent start to my day – although my final activity, trail running, wasn’t finished until two PM.

In case you’re wondering, I paddled four miles; that took around an hour and ten minutes. Then I biked ten miles, all on single track trails. Once again, it took around an hour and ten minutes to complete. Finally, and a much shorter exploit, I went for 1.6 mile run. I finished that in around fifteen minutes.

As the summer progresses, I hope to increase the distances. The goal is to perform each activity at sprint triathlon lengths. I’m almost there, and I believe I’m in shape to run such distances-if I absolutely have to.

But I want to be able to complete them, and I’m gunning for a once a week event, with something left in the tank.

I know, this sounds a lot like bragging, and it is. I’m pretty proud of how I’ve progressed. I was once a twenty year smoker, one who would down a pack and a half a day, now I’m a guy who has a resting heart rate in the low forties.

One of the best decisions of my life, and I remember devising the plan, was my choice to quit smoking. For years I had simply put it off. Now I curse myself for not quitting sooner.

Being out with nature, challenging myself up a steep climb, beats a drag of a cigarette any day. And the high I receive, that rush of endorphins and pride, when earning such an accomplishment, well, that occurs each time I complete an excursion.

So, with that in mind, I hope to stick to this healthy trend. There are so many positives that come from these activities. God willing, I hope to undergo these for many years to come!

Safe Travels!

2 Comments

  1. Good for you! The most valuable resource we have is our health. Without it, not much else can be done. Well, you can pray. I love being outside and walking or riding my bike.

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