Training for Fun
Right about the time you receive your Hante Acceptance letter, you also get a letter talking about all the amazing adventures you will be taking part in. And somewhere in that letter it says to start “preparing”; wearing your hiking boots to walk around in, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, maybe even putting full water bottles in your pack to simulate backpacking weight. Somewhere in this process it dawns on you; This is more than just preparation, this is training. But that doesn’t make it bad. No, not at all, it actually makes it more exciting.
Some folks are worried, scared or daunted by the idea of training their bodies to become familiar with the movements, rhythms and exertions required for the activities during a Hante. But if we view this form an adventurous perspective, this is just another mountain in life that we must climb.
For me the mountain I am climbing is a long mountain. One that will take me almost 3,000 miles away to the summits of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. This adventure started as a casual conversation with a friend, and quickly turned into a reality when lift and plane tickets got purchased. And even after the expenses and the reservations, it still hadn’t hit me that I might not be prepared for something this “BIG”. A few weeks back a good friend and long-time skier told me “Man, that sounds amazing. I love whistler, and so will you. Just make sure you wear a helmet…Oh yeah and I’d start training now if I were you!” Training? What did he mean training? I was going to spend 5 days on a “Ski Vacation”, not a downhill race course.
In the days to follow I remember thinking about how excited I was to explore the mountains for 5 days, then realizing that I may not have the physical stamina to follow my thoughts and dreams down every run. Then it dawned on me, that training is more than time trials and personal “bests”. It’s about setting your body up for success, so when you get “out there and in it” you can keep up with all the amazing things that are happening and take advantage of all the moments to find life and adventure. So I took my friend’s advice and put the rubber to the pavement, or treadmill, or bike pedals. I took this as an opportunity to see how prepared and active I could be for this adventure, while also enjoying the moments of pushing myself to run farther, bike faster, and squat and lunge more than ever.
Hantes offer amazing adventure in your life, but like all things, it is what you bring that helps make the adventure even greater. I challenge everyone, whether preparing for a Hante or just starting a new year, to relish the challenges in life. They may be physical, they may be mental, sometimes it is the mountain that you have put in front of yourself, or it is the mountain that stands in your path. But with fortitude and the right attitude, you are bound for success, just remember that it is your adventure, so don’t forget to enjoy the journey!
Marlin Sill, Hante Director