BERKELEY VALE – 21 April 2020
So, we’ve all heard the PM giving us an overview of what’s ahead. And it isn’t pretty – we could be looking at six months of “stay at home”. I thought I would find it difficult being socially isolated and not being able to go out into the bush – as did all my friends, the first question I get when they call me is “how are you coping?”
Part of getting through the lockdown is Acceptance + Action, that is accepting “what is” and then taking action within the Lockdown guidelines. So, accepting … I’ve cleaned the house to such an extent you can actually eat off the floor, and I make myself make the bed when I get out of it (virtually unheard of in the past) and get dressed (no more surfing the net in my PJs), I’m still struggling with brushing my hair and teeth though.
I’ve given myself RSI spending countless hours sitting watching Netflix and sewing Christmas stockings. And I’ve spent a small fortune doing online shopping (obsessed with buying Made in Oz products and gifting them to friends and family). What am I going to be like in 6 months time?
I think I’ve nailed the acceptance, the housework and gardening were over the top actions, but haven’t given me much to look forward to.
And, I’ve got absolutely no motivation whatsoever to get out there and exercise – once this is all over I wont be in shape to do anything physical and I’ll have put on a ton of weight from eating all the good stuff I’m cooking. So, it’s time for some different action and some exercise!
I’ve set myself a challenge and I’m looking for co-challengers (if that’s even a word). My challenge is physical, but if you want to do a Lockdown Challenge too, it doesn’t have to be physical, it might be as simple as cleaning out the garage so you can make it into a rumpus room (that would be you Kylie M), or writing that paper on a math problem that you are going to solve (that would be you Louise).
My Challenge … there have to be some parameters and these are mine (or yours if you choose to do a physical challenge) …
- It has to be something that really challenges me (eg if you’ve done 100k bike rides in the past, come up with something more challenging!)
- We all have until 30 June 2020 to complete the challenge – allows heaps of time to train!
- All of my training should be within a 10 – 15 min driving radius of my place of residence (so, it’s ok to drive to the local park/beach whatever to train/exercise, most people have a park or national park close to home).
- The start and end of my challenge must be within 30min of my place of residence (my interpretation of “exercising” whilst “staying at home”), i.e. none of this driving all over hell and back to do the challenge.
- In line with social distancing, you either do it solo or you have a challenge partner, but you must maintain 1.5m distance between you during training and the challenge (including in a vehicle to train or get to the start of your challenge).
- If your challenge is a “through trip”, i.e. you need to be dropped off/picked up at the start or end, as a “once off” this is ok, but more credit to you if you don’t have to involve someone else in this manner (I’m thinking of borrowing a second vehicle – that in itself will be a challenge!).
- Whatever challenge you do, you agree to send me photos and your story if you participate so I can publish on the blog at the end of the challenge.
So, what’s my challenge …
I’m going to walk from Norah Head Lighthouse all the way down the coast to Bateau Bay. Doesn’t sound very challenging you say … well it is for me!
- I absolutely HATE doing anything solo – I love company and the thought of walking for ages by myself horrifies me;
- I HATE exercising – I’ve thought up every excuse known to mankind to avoid exercising;
- I absolutely HATE walking on the beach – and the vast majority of the 20k walk will be on the beach; and
- I wouldn’t dream of doing a 20k walk, 10 – 15k is my limit, so this is really a challenge.
So, it’s published on the blog now, I have to follow through – starting today … who’s up for a challenge?