Health & Fitness

A Decidedly Hairy Schedule…

THE lifts are closed so the winter season is officially over…it’s been an insane season for snow, it seemed to be dumping every week this year. ¬†Already been riding the bike for over 2 weeks now and it feels very good to back on the trails ūüôā ¬†Been doing weekly running too (6-10km) for a month now so feeling pretty fit and been doing the superfood, protein shakes and salads since the end of last year so feeling extremely healthy and full of energy so it’s shaping up to be a good summer ūüôā

But there’s a few hurdles I’ve put in the way that will push me to my limits – well that’s the idea anyway…

May :  Vélo Vert Festival, Villard de Lans

Velo Vert Festival, Villard de Lans

Signed up to the Enduro race for this weekend of mountain biking. ¬†It’s a couple of hours drive from Serre Chevalier and I’m hoping it’s gonna be a pretty easy¬†race¬†– it’ll be the first Enduro event I’ve taken part in so¬†we’ll see…still not sure what bike I’m gonna need to bring for this one as ideally a 140-160mm AM bike is what’s required…I don’t have one…yet ūüėČ

So it’s either the 12kg, 120mm hardtail or a 16.7kg 200mm full-on DH race bike. ¬†I’m inclined to go with the hardtail as anything more that a short, gentle climb (not many of these in The Alps) on the DH bike and I’ll be out of the saddle and probably pushing it on foot but if there’s any bigger hits, jumps or drops I could find myself way out-of-depth (and maybe over-the-bars) on the hardtail. ¬†Gotta couple of weeks to give that some thought

June :  Tough Mudder, Winchester, UK

Tough Mudder

“Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie” – not sure about this, I guess it will be a good laugh and¬†definitely¬†worth doing but it just looks like absolute carnage!

July : ¬†Megavalanche, Alp d’Huez

Talking of carnage – take a look at the video above. ¬†This was the start of the 2012 race! ¬†If I get any further than that I’ve got an hours worth of extremely gnarly DH trail with a bit of a nasty climb thrown in for good measure. ¬†They call this a (the biggest) Downhill race but it’s¬†definitely¬†an Enduro event if you ask me.

starting on the glaciated summit of the Pic Blanc (3,300m above sea-level) and descending to the lush meadows of the valley bottom at Allemont (720m), after some 2000 metres down and 30¬†km along” this is a test of bike, body and mind…if anyone of those three things fails…I’m farked!

August : ¬†Looking for a full-on Downhill race to enter in August. ¬†Italy would be nice. ¬†So if anyone know’s of an event in the area then let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page. ¬†Cheers ūüôā

September :  Les Tenailles, Névache

The only trailside spectators at Les Tenailles have big horns!

My nemesis and a killer of an event!…I signed up to the Long race last year and there’s no way I was completing it. ¬†At 40km of backcountry trails and 2,600m of positive altitude gain (that’s three big mountain climbs in one day!) it’s no mean feat and it was more that I could handle. ¬†I changed less than half way ’round and do the Short race¬†instead which was hard enough and pushed me to the very edge of my physical and mental limits at 24km and only 1,700m of climbing (2 big mountain climbs). ¬†But I’m not one to lie down so I’m coming back for more this year – as Daft Punk would say Harder, Better,¬†Faster,¬†Stronger¬†and basically more determined than before…bring it! ¬†– tbh, my legs hurt just thinking about it :/

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The Making of a Tough Mudder…update


Salomon Speedcross 3 CS Trail Running Shoe

ALORS, at the end of last week I broke the 10km barrier and under the time I’d set myself of 50mins so I’m obviously moving in the right direction with this clueless training program I’ve set myself. ¬†I did it in 48:40 so not much to spare but I’m not sure if I’ll get any faster than that because it felt like I was pretty much flat out for the entire distance.

What it does mean, is that my goal of being able to run 12km in under 60mins by the time of the Tough Mudder at the beginning¬†of June (well – end of May actually, as apparently you should rest up with no hardcore training for the week before a big race/event like this) is still on…like Donkey Kong ūüôā

And even better news…is that those bad boys in the photo above turned up today! ¬†And. They. Feel. Awesome!¬† Lots of support but very flexible and a serious tread pattern (is that only for tyres or can you use that for shoe soles too?) that looks like they’ll have me eating up these Alpine trails with no problem at all…well that’s the idea. ¬†And everyone knows red stuff makes you go faster anyway ūüėČ


1st 10km run!

1st 10km run!

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The Haute Route…

THIS awesome film is the latest edit by¬†Filme von Draussen¬†and it sure is a good one! ¬†This one film pretty much sums up what mountain biking is for me; Freedom, Adventure, Challenge and Pushing yourself both physically & mentally to the max…and then coming down again ūüôā

Life is like a mountain pass. Sometimes you have to suffer your way to the top. But once you get there, it‚Äôs worth all the effort. In August 2012, my friend Johannes Riebl and me set out to ride world‚Äôs most famous ski tour – on our mountain bikes. We came home with some incredible memories. And a film, to share our story” –¬†Filme von Draussen

Check it out…


Don’t forget to ‘Like’ the¬†Filme von Draussen¬†Facebook page here

And check out words from the film maker here

And check their website here

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Live Unbound…

Nice edit…

We Live Unbound from LiveUnbound on Vimeo.

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The Making of a Tough Mudder…

tough mudder

Tough Mudder Extreme Endurance Challenge

Part #1 : Running

SO, here it is. ¬†I’m entering this insane event in June! ¬†More due to peer pressure than actually wanting to take part in it;

Probably the toughest event on the planet…

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, 700,000 inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.

‚ĄĘ fire

Plenty of fire pits to run and jump through

The running training has started…sort of. ¬†Apparently, being able to run 12km (7.5 miles) without feeling like you’re going to die is one essential part of completing the course successfully. ¬†I’m reading this as –¬†being able to run 12km on tarmac, pavement & gravel at average altitude of 1,400m in 60mins or less¬†(is that good?..I have no idea). ¬†Having not put running shoe to tarmac in over 6 years (since my Shaolin Gong Fu days in the early to mid noughties) – this part of the training was the most daunting…but I’m running once a week now – and surprisingly enough, actually enjoying it! ¬†This week was my 5th run out and I managed to smash 8km in under 40mins…just ūüėČ ¬†The first run in March was 6km in 30mins – so feel like I’m slowly making progress…10km in 50mins by May, 12km in 60mins by June..easy…right??

2012 Tough Mudder Extreme Endurance Challenge

A real Mudder from one of the 2012 events

The snow is starting to melt on some of the lower, more exposed, south-facing trails over here and once they open up again we’ll be alternating road & trail running week to week; ¬†road running to (try and) get the 12km in 60mins for morale purposes¬†and trail running, as I presume this will be more the type of terrain in the actual event – although I’m thinking, Brighton in June?…probably gonna be more like¬†UK mud & slop rather than Alpine rock & dust. ¬† But more importantly, sticking to one running session per week leaves me plenty of time each week to use the summer trails for their primary purpose…shreddin them on the bikes ūüôā

Still not sure why I’m doing this but now determined to complete it and complete it in a¬†respectable¬†time too and obviously, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?…right?

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Gyakusou Collection 2012…

Behind The Scenes :


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Gyakusou Collection 2011…

Behind the Scenes: Nike x Undercover – Gyakusou Collection

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The Outdoor Life…

…brought to you by Norr√łna ūüėČ

Welcome to svalbard

Welcome to svalbard from Norrona on Vimeo.

The North Pole has a neighbour: Svalbard. It‚Äôs one of the world‚Äôs most striking wilderness areas, and it‚Äôs where Norr√łna came up with one of its greatest and most popular concepts: svalbard. Inspired by vast glaciers, fantastic fjords and jagged peaks, svalbard also honours polar heroes of past and present. These products are outdoor essentials ‚Äď arctic quality cotton for winter use, rugged summer mountain wear, renowned synkron‚ĄĘ backpacks and a special expeditionary concept developed personally by B√łrge Ousland. Durability and weather protection characterize Norr√łna‚Äôs entire svalbard series. Yet we use materials that are kinder to the environment, like recycled polyester and organic cotton. View the products here:¬†

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The Hairy Breakfast…

Organic Superfood Protein Shake

The ultimate detoxing, organic, superfood, breakfast protein shake…this is one hairy breakfast ¬†:-/

  • half a banana
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 slice of watermelon, chopped
  • 125ml oat milk & 125ml soya milk
  • 1 tsp of¬†Creatine Monohydrate
  • 1 scoop sun warrior¬†raw sprouted organic brown rice protein
  • 1 scoop boku super food, nutrient dense organic drink powder (this stuff is amazing!)
  • 1 scoop linwoods milled flaxseed, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts & q10
  • 1 scoop organic wheat grass powder (increase to 2 scoops once your body has got used to this stuff)
  • a spoonful of pure organic almond butter (100% almonds…nothing else)
  • a spoonful of 100% pure organic coconut oil

           Fruit Shake

This little amazing, nutritional concoction provides about 35g of protein, 15g of dietary fibre as well as some of the most beneficial vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, minerals & fats you can consume!

It kills any sweet-toothed cravings you might have at the same time as increasing your metabolism and helps to prevent the spread of unfriendly bacteria as well as helping to oxygenate your blood!

…and easily keeps you going until lunchtime…what’s not to like?

Btw – that’s breakfast Monday to Friday in Hairy Towers…Saturday is all about the frying pan baby!

Stay healthy hairy ūüôā

Pic de Prorel

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One Word…Inspirational…

This is something else…get ready to be inspired…!

Salomon Freeski TV S5 E05 The Freedom Chair

Uploaded on Nov 7, 2011

On March 8, 2004 aspiring freeskier and coach, Josh Dueck, awoke from a ski crash to realize life would never be the same. Paralyzed from the waist down, josh made a decision to make the best of a horrible situation. The result is one of the most inspiring stories we’ve ever seen.

The full-length documentary film can be seen at a film festival near you, or can be downloaded in the latest Salomon Digital Magazine for iPad here

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