Climb Snowdon

This was quite extreme for me. In fact very extreme. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t do much exercise and I always intend to go to the next zumba class or catch up with my friends in aqua aerobics but I never seem to do it as the plans just don’t come into place. But after creating a five year plan when I turned 25 a few years ago, I thought this would be a brilliant one to do. My five year plan is huge! I love to add things to it from trying lobster for the first time to going to the Maldives. I’ve completed about half of my list in the last 2 years and I keep adding to it. My latest addition was a big one and pretty serious. It wasn’t to try sushi or a must see movie that I’ve never got round to watching, but a physical and mental challenge. To many people it might come across as not a big deal and many people have completed it for many reasons but for me, the girl who never exercises and enjoy eating out several times a week, its going to be hard work.

I’m planning on climbing Snowdon on Saturday 14th July with 6 family members. I am very excited and I believe when I’ve made it to the top and back I will be punching the air with a great achievement under my belt. I need to look into techniques to keep fit and not get light headed or cramp or moan all the way up that I’m tired to anybody who will listen to me! I certainly wont be taking the easy route by jumping on the tram which takes an hour to get up. Instead I’m doing the six mile route which will take a couple of hours and then the four mile route back down. Or I might just roll all the way down which will take less time and I can tuck into a well deserved feast and celebration drink much sooner then planned!

Whilst preparing my Snowdon hike I did some research on the mountain to know what I’m up against, some facts and figures you may not have known yourself

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales at 3560ft (1085m)

All five countries of the British Isles (Wales, England, Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man) can be seen from the top when conditions permit.

Snowdon is quite near the sea at 10 miles, although the nearest 3000 footer to the sea is Foel Fras (3091ft) which stands just over 4 miles from the coast!

There are 1,497 miles of public footpaths in Snowdonia.

Snowdon attracts around 400,000 walkers a year not to mention around 100,000 visitors who reach the summit by train.

Wish me luck and I shall tell about about my experience.

Best Walking Shoes

With that, the ultimate goal is to find the best walking shoes to suites our needs. At first glance the amount of choices that are now available to you could be overwhelming. Once you narrow down your foot type and detail preferences, your only dilemma may be where to find the best price.

The general goal in buying a good walking shoe is to look for a light weight shoe. Gone are the days of a heavy or a clumsy walking shoes. You need to find a shoe that is comfortable from the get-go. The shoes should be comfortable from the moment you put them on. Most shoes are designed for durability, however you still have to keep in mind that the type and the width of your foot is very important for that perfect fit.

When you order what you think is to be the best walking shoes to meet your needs, consider buying new socks as well. That will lend itself to that feel good sense you get as well. Try to keep those socks for those walking shoes only. This helps to provide that little extra feel good we all deserve in the day. It makes a nice difference.

Hacks For Running During Summer Time

  • Run at the coolest time. One of the hacks you can do to avoid the summer heat is run during the coolest point of the day. Good thing, free software and some apps can show the temperature highs and lows for the day or even for the week so you can schedule your run accordingly. Usually, sunrise and sunset are the coolest times. Midday is the hottest. But since weather changes can be abrupt, it’s best you check an app.
  • Look for a shady alternate route. Every runner has that favorite route. But when it comes to extreme weather conditions, you may need an alternative route to keep you safer from the elements. During summer, choose less open routes. Settle for more shades, like areas with more buildings and trees. Nowadays, there are apps which can calculate the distance of the route using GPS. They also show visuals. Use the app to get the distance. That way, you still get the same distance you run in your usual route.
  • Wear sweat wicking clothes. Even by regular standards, sweatpants and baggy clothes are a no-no. You don’t want them flapping around, then heavy and sweat-soaked in several minutes. Luckily, sweat-wicking clothes are now available in stores. Brands like Adidas, Nike and Under Armour have running apparel which takes sweat from your body and lets it evaporate inform of your clothes. This way, you are cooled off, feel more comfortable and lessen your risk of being exposed to bacteria build up. Most of these clothes are lightweight and trendy, adding more appeal to the technological benefits they already provide.
  • Wear light, breathable shoes. If you’re clothes are on point, you shoes should be too. Wear running shoes which are lightweight and made from breathable materials. These type of shoes allow your feet to ‘breathe’. Good circulation prevents hot, sweaty feet and bacteria. Heavy and stiff shoes typically wear you down. Light and flexible ones let you accelerate and move more efficiently.
  • Consume additional water. Even before you run, you lose more fluids during summer than any other season. You lose around six to 12 ounces of fluid for every 20 minutes of running. Pre-hydrate before you run. Drink an additional glass of water. Look for possible ‘hydration’ stations as well. Drinking fountains in the path, or even a convenience store you can buy some water or sports drinks.


Scottish Winter Climbing

The winter climbing in Scotland is absolutely unique. The nature of the mountains, weather systems and altitude mean that the conditions are like nowhere else in the world. When climbing in Scotland you will encounter one of three types of route. The route will either be mixed, where you will be climbing on iced up rock and some snow ice, a snow ice route, where the ice consists of refrozen snow, or the least common type, water ice.

There are specific locations where you are more or less likely to find routes in each category. Equally there are crags where you can find all three within a few metres of each other. This type of information is a lot to do with local knowledge and the knowledge you can take absorb from the climbing guidebooks on each of the areas.

As you would expect the equipment and techniques that you need for each of the different route types vary slightly. If you are climbing a water ice route then it is likely that you will be using primarily ice screws for protection. This may also include the belays so you must ensure that you have enough. Snow ice route, often enclosed within a gully will be a mixture of ice screws, in situ gear and traditional rock protection. On these types of routs you will need to be persistent and be able to spot a good gear placement from a bad one. These are the routes when you will be carrying the most gear. Mixed routes are different in that although they may contain a small amount of snow ice, the main form of protection will be from traditional rock protection like nuts and cams. This can mean that the protection is often very good once you have found it.

The most difficult thing about climbing in Scotland is predicting the weather and conditions. Knowing which conditions re best suited to which route is a skill which takes years to get to grips with. When the conditions are poor, climbing in Scotland is very demanding. However, when it is good it provides some of the best climbing in the world.

Anxiety Over Your First Triathlon

First off, give yourself a break on the training. You know you have put the time in, just have confidence in your training and know you deserve to be here on race day. All those days you wanted to quit or had no desire to get out and pound the pavement but did anyway are now going to pay off. Besides, you have another going for you in that regard – Adrenalin. Recognize it, understand it and use it. It will get you through the race.

Next, the crowd. In most sports it is understood that you really try to block the crowd out to focus on the task at hand. However, I believe the opposite is true for endurance sports. Most of the crowds at these events are in absolute amazement as they watch everyday individuals lay it all out just to cross a finish line. The crowd is absolutely on your side and you can feel the energy. Learn to use that energy. The crowd will actually become one of your biggest assets as the race goes on. There is no better motivation than having complete strangers cheering you across the finish line. I have also found that triathlons are unique in that even the most experienced athletes love to see beginners trying the sport. They are always willing to help in any way they can.

Sizing up the rest of the race participants. Yes, there are some people there that appear to be in better shape than you, there always will be. It does not mean you are not prepared for your race. And that is just it – it is your race. You started this journey with a goal to finish your first Triathlon and that is where your focus needs to be. This battle is within yourself and you are fully prepared to win. Simple as that, you are here to finish. The other racers are swimming, biking and running with you right now, not against you. Let’s get a few finishes under the belt before we start tweaking weaknesses and letting the competitive spirit run free. First things first – Finish.

Physically, there is also a very important reason to learn to relax; it burns up precious energy. The purpose of minimizing these other concerns is to help keep your mind in check as the race starts. Letting yourself be concerned about these and any other issues is a waste of time and energy. And in case you have not been told yet, energy is important in endurance sports. It can’t be wasted by losing mental control. When the mind starts racing, the heart rate goes up, when the heart rate goes up – well you know all that by now. Just learn to keep your mind under control on race day.

Of all the concerns I mentioned in the beginning, I might agree on one. Completing a Triathlon is a crazy idea. It was a crazy idea when you heard about triathlons and it was certainly crazy when you even considered one might be possible. It is a crazy world. But, what you will learn about yourself or have learned as you cross that finish line can change your life forever. I won’t waste time even trying to describe the feeling as you reflect on all the hard work and sacrifices it took to get across that line. It means something completely different to each individual. Just trust me when I say – You will never be the same.

Duckpin Bowling Game

There are some minor differences between a game of regular bowling and a duckpin bowling game, however. The major difference is that when playing in a duckpin bowling game, each bowler is allowed three chances to hit all of the pins instead of just two. If you hit all the pins on the first throw, you get a strike, and if you hit them all down on the second or third throw, the you get a ‘mark’ (essentially the duckpin bowling game equivalent to a spare). Marks and spare’s are tallied similarly.

A regulation ball for the duckpin bowling game can only weigh as much as 3 pounds and 12 ounces, and typically fits right inside the palm of your hand. There are no finger holes to the duckpin bowling game’s ball, so you must throw it in the same way that you would throw a bocce ball. Lofting, or allowing the ball to soar up before landing it is allowed, although many duckpin bowling game centers will not allow you to throw it too high because the balls will damage their lanes.

What is most interesting about the duckpin bowling game is that it is notoriously difficult. As of yet, nobody has ever bowled a perfect game in an officially sanctioned duckpin bowling game event. There are variants of the original duckpin bowling game which make scoring a little easier, including holding a large rubber band around the pins to increase bounce back, but these varieties of games are more difficult to find.

Duckpin bowling is a game that is really meant for all ages. The light ball appeals to many of those who are not able to heft the larger, regulation sized tenpin bowling balls, so the sport is popular with both children and senior citizens.

Improve Your Bowling Game with Attitude

Bowling can be a game of emotions. If you let your emotions affect your attitude toward what you are doing, more than likely, it will impact the outcome of your game (this is actually true in most aspects of life as well).

If you have a negative attitude it will cause you to bowl worse. The worse your attitude gets, the worse your bowling gets. If you throw a bad ball, or get a bad break on the lanes (i.e. a 7-10 or 8-10 split), you have to shake it off and not let it impact your bowling. That is much harder than it seems.

If you keep your attitude positive, it will help you to bowl better. By keeping a positive attitude, you can improve your average or at least maintain it. If you are having a “bad” night (i.e. not bowling your average), keeping your attitude positive will allow you to bowl the best score that you can on the condition that you face, thus keeping your average higher in the long run.

If you have a bad night, you want it to be as good as you can possibly make it so that it doesn’t affect your average too much. After all, if you keep your pin count up, your average won’t suffer as much.

Hardest Shots In The Game Bowling

Oddly, one of the most difficult shots in the game for a right handed bowler is making the 10 pin. You would think that knocking down a single pin wouldn’t be that hard. But the problem is that, unlike all other one pin spares, the 10 pin has no room on the right side of the pin for missing it as it is right next to the gutter. You either have to hit it head on or slightly to the left. If you throw it too far right, your ball lands in the gutter. If you throw a hook ball, this makes it even more difficult as you can’t throw the ball out right of the 10 pin and let it hook back. It will end up in the gutter before you know it. This shot just gives right handers fits. For left handers, it’s the 7 pin, which has the same problem.

After the single pin shots, the next difficult double pin shot is when you have what they call double wood. That’s when you have one pin in back of another, such as the 2-8 or 3-9 shots. These are difficult because you have to hit the 2 or 3 pins dead on. If you hit them to the right or left, you won’t take out the pin behind it because the pin goes in one direction and the ball deflects in the other direction, leaving the pin behind standing and staring you in the face. This is another shot that gives all bowlers fits.

After these shots come the splits. Splits are where there is more than one pin standing on the lane with at least one space between them. Pros generally consider the easiest splits to be the baby splits, such as the 3-10 or 2-7. With these splits you have to place the ball just inside of the 2 pins that are standing. The ball will deflect off the first pin and into the second pin. These aren’t too difficult as far as splits go, but they do need pin point control.

There are splits, however, that are very difficult, such as the 5-7 or 5-10, which requires you hit the 5 pin into either the 7 or 10, depending on which pin is standing. The 5 pin must be hit in just the right spot in order to send it sailing into the other pin. There are other splits which are harder variations of this one such as the 4-10 or 6-7.

All bowlers agree that the hardest split to make is the dreaded 7-10 split. These pins are 180 degrees apart and because of this it is almost impossible to send one pin into the other. Most pro bowlers try to bounce one of the pins out of the pit in the back into the other pin. It is rare that this split is made, though it does happen.

Types of Rock Climbing Shoes

Conventional rock climbing shoes are suitable for long climbs. They are lighter than the other types. They are also comfortable for using in long hours in this activity. Some of these foot wear are all-round wear with no specific feature while others are designed to be used specifically on certain locations.

The all-round are more comfortable as they can be used in a wide range of locations. They come with a stiff sole that makes them wade through cracks in the rock with much ease as compared to others. Some models in this category hooks or loop straps instead of the usual laces. One major advantage that these type of shoes carry with them is that they are long lasting since they are made of synthetic material and will normally remain intact even after long periods of use.

Another type is the traditional rock climbing shoes which is almost similar to the all-round wear. However, compared to the former, they have stiff and symmetrical soles. They are therefore made more comfortable by these features and as such can be worn all day long. When choosing a pair of foot wear, it is okay to choose from your gym collection as these too are suitable for the activity

Comfortable Walking Shoes

For all these people and all these varying needs we must find the right and a comfortable walking shoe. There are many good footwear options to choose from when buying new shoes. I will just mention a few of the basics. One fact to realize now is that no longer are running shoes more resilient then the walking shoe and walking shoes vary in design from a casual look like a running shoe, to a look that one could wear socially with their casual clothes. Comfortable walking shoes have become a favorite casual shoe.

Be sure, when buying these shoes that you are aware of the width of your shoe and buy a size appropriate to that. As well, if you have a low to average arch you want a shoe that if you look at it from the side you could see it slightly curves upward in the front. Consider moderate cushioning, flexibility and something lightweight. There are some good shoes advertising a larger mesh fabric. Peoples opinion appear to be divided on this. They find them great for breathability but dirt and water get in a little easier. Read the details associated with the shoes you are interested in and try to accommodate all the major factors of comfort, flexibility, support, weight and width that are appropriate for you. Follow these mentioned details as a guide and you should have no problem buying the perfect comfortable walking shoe.