Fitness for Adventure - Why I Bother

January 16, 2021

I'm often referred to as a man with too many hobbies... and that is probably true. I love everything from technical rebreather diving to rock/ice/mountain climbing. It doesn't matter if I'm paddling rapids or backpacking a ridgeline high in the mountains, my level of physical fitness has a direct impact on my adventures.

The impact isn't always as obvious as not running out of breath when riding that gnarly mountain bike trail, but the benefit are still there. Think about it, if my breathing is more efficient when scuba diving my air will last longer and I'll literally get a longer dive than others who are out of shape. If I'm carrying my gear into the wilderness while backpacking, my body will better handle the load and allow me to focus on the beauty around me instead of cursing every step while lugging your pack up the switchbacks. I could go on and on about the benefits, but if you're reading this post you probably already realize there's a relationship between fitness and adventure sports.

This is more of an introduction to what motivates me and my fitness objectives. I'll tell you right now, I despise treadmills and things have to get pretty bad before you'll see me get on something like that. I'd much rather go for a run in the rain and mud than sit on the hamster wheel.

I'm also not some fitness unicorn with bulging muscles and rippled abs. I'm an average person working my way back to fitness. Over the last few year I've been juggling a full time consulting job that sent me all over the country while I was also trying to run a small retail store that I sunk my retirement into. This left me overweight and out of shape. Beyond that, last spring I had a neurological event that laid my up for a couple months. Nothing makes you week like laying in bed 23+ hours a day for months at a time after playing workaholic for a few years.

Well, between my personal health issues and COVID wreaking havoc on small business in America, I ended up closing my retail store. I'm back to working one job for the most part, and I'm back on my feet health wise. Now I'm working to get myself back to a "healthy state" so that I can do the things I love again.

That being said, over the next several days/weeks/months I'll be sharing what how I get and stay fit, including workouts, nutrition and so on. Keep checking back for new posts, and feel free to follow me on Garmin Connect or Strava as well.