A group of seven of us ventured to New Zealand for what seems to have become an annual destination to complete one of their Great Walks. After walking the Heaphy Track last year, this time the Routeburn Track was selected. This track is generally a 2 night/3 day tramp and is located in the Fiordland and Mt Aspiring regions, not far from Queenstown. The Routeburn Track is possibly the next most popular walk in New Zealand (after the Milford Track) and it’s stunning scenery deserves such a reputation. It covers 36km of scenic alpine vistas, lush moss and lichen filled forests, spectacular and abundant waterfalls, lakes (in that wonderful azure glacial blue), gorges and mountain views.
Frenchy’s Cafe, in Headland Park, is a great starting point for stair training, with at least two possible routes. The path from Headland Park down to Chowder Bay and on to Bradley’s Head offers a number of stair interval training opportunities, including Sarah’s Walk and Taylors Bay stairs. Alternatively, in the other direction are Balmoral Steps and Barney Kearns Steps. The reward is coffee back at Frenchy’s when you are done!
Stair challenges are a quick and effective way to improve your fitness. Walk them, run them or bound up two at a time. To liven up my Sydney CBD workday routine, I went looking for some lunchtime stairs in Sydney, exploring Barangaroo, Millers Point and Dawes Point west of the Harbour Bridge. The rule I set myself was at least 50 steps with a nice recovery run or walk to link the sets of stairs into a circuit…. [Continue reading]
Stair training in the bush has some advantages over training in the city (Barangaroo) or suburbs (Mosman). It’s usually shady, less crowded, and the walk in on the track and out again afterwards provides a nice warm-up and cool-down. Here are some of our favourite training stairs in Garigal, Lane Cove and Ku-ring-gai National Parks…. [Continue reading]
Looking for a time efficient and effective way to increase overall fitness? Stair training is relatively low impact exercise and you don’t need any fancy gear or equipment, just a decent pair of shoes. We are blessed with well-maintained stairs and tracks in our local National Parks, but any set of stairs will do. And stair training is free…. [Continue reading]
Can I swim one more ocean pool pleeease? Our Sydney Summer Ocean pool jaunt had been such fun, we had to head south and do the Illawarra rock pools. The first challenge was figuring out how to cover the distance between 10 pools in a day, a challenge solved by hiring bicycles from South Coast Bike Hire. Then nature delivered another challenge: Cyclone Gita…. [Continue reading]
At 5am, in bucketing rain, I wonder how many of our walkers today will turn up to the fifth leg of the Summer Ocean Pool Challenge. By 6am, the rain seems to have eased and the forecast is for clear skies after 7am. It is however cold, but this is a welcome relief from the scorching temperatures of Bondi to Coogee last weekend. I pack a rain jacket and head out the door…. [Continue reading]
Who walks 12km on the day that Sydney is the hottest place on the planet? Fortunately for us, we had seven pools to swim on this section of our Summer Ocean Pool Challenge. We hopped over the harbour to follow on from last weekend’s walk Collaroy to Manly, starting today at world famous Bondi beach.
We start the third leg of our Summer Ocean Pool Challenge in soft drizzle, a welcome relief from the hot summer days. While the rain is cool, the water in the pools is warm, and we are used to walking in wet swimming togs. After only four pools last week from Bilgola to Narrabeen, today is a big day with seven pools to swim and 14km of bush and beach…. [Continue reading]