As some of you may know, I’m about to start a new job next week. This has resulted in today being my last ever lunch time training walk in the village of Pill.
It’s quite a sad occasion for me, as the walk had become a regular part of my daily working routine. From next week onwards I will need to find another route and another time – presumably after work.
During the walks I had found that I got to pick up and notice practically every little detail of the route. Seeing it time after time in all sorts of weather and conditions really does produce a kind of intangible bond between the walker and the place. A bond that I will sorely miss.
The primary aim of these walks was all about fitness, however, that was only a small part of what they did for me. They also formed an integral part of my ‘recharging’ mechanism. I’d always arrive back at the office with the majority of morning’s problems solved and a clear head ready for the afternoon. In all, rather invigorating!
The route is designed to be walked at my fastest practical walking pace, which for me is a little over 7 km per hour. It’s a fast pace, especially with the 2 kg boots and the 19 kg rucksack. It’s all designed to push my load carrying and aerobic capabilities to a level where it positively impacts my multi-day wilderness excursions.
When I first started this training I found it genuinely difficult and always used to arrive back in the office a broken man. But these days, I just arrive a little sweaty and that’s all. It has completely transformed my fitness, the results of which are very noticeable in the hills.
It is for this reason that I will make sure that I continue the tradition, even though it will be in a new locale.
Although this year has been a wash out for wilderness walks, these training walks have continued unabated and have run like clockwork throughout the year. So in theory my fitness should not have been impacted too badly.
I estimate that in total I have walked around 2390.57 km on this one short route! The result of which hasn’t been too kind to my training boots…