The first official day of the Acceler8 challenge
The 1000 Steps is also known as the 'KOKODA MEMORIAL WALK' based near Ferntree Gully in the Outer Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. It's a challenging walk, especially if it's been a year to two since your last visit. When I had a contract at ANZ a few years ago we were required to work from home as there were insufficient hot desks available for everyone. Which was great as I was able to get to the 1000 Steps before 7am, go up and down (sometimes twice) and be back home, showered and working well before 9am. Whilst running is not allowed on the steps themselves I was fit enough to run between the car and the start of the steps. Not today. Just getting from the car to the archway made me realise that it's been some time since I've been there. So whilst I have been exercising, it's not been that group of muscles. I should add that the focus of the exercise program from Charles and James is about developing muscle to help keep the metabolism going, the 1000 steps is definitely about cardio. I'm going to have to ask them to make Saturday mornings a 1000 Steps session.
Still I managed the climb in 31m 58s, and the Acceler8 program has officially started, it finishes in 8 weeks time on the 5th Dec with another run up the 1000 steps, at which time we will see how much I have improved.
As (will be) mentioned in another blog I plan on 2 types of blog entries, ones like this that cover off what I'm doing, how I'm going, my physical & mental state, the challenges I'm facing and the ones I have overcome. The second type of blog entries will be more topic based and detailing some of the motivations that will keep me on 'The Journey'. Stuff I can look back on to remind myself about why I signed up for this.
Hopefully you will enjoy my blogging and will participate in the discoveries we make on 'The Journey'.