|1 March 2018 - Message from Kevin|
|The three laws of togetherness.|
|Naismith’s Law (Google by name)
Whether we know it or not, walk time calculations conform to Naismith’s Law. This Law says that folk like us walk at an average speed of 3.5 kms per hour. (The bolters in the group can probably average in excess of 6 kms per hour!) Putting it into a local context, 3.5 kms per hour means being able to complete two and a bit laps of the flat and smooth Botanic Gardens track in an hour. Applying the Law to a walk means that if the walk takes three hours then it’s around 10 kms in length and vice versa. If, during a walk, the average walking speed decreases then the estimated walking time increases. Variations in terrain will affect all calculations somewhat but Naismith generally has the final word. (N.B. Naismith didn’t have a break for play-lunch.)
Neaves’ Law (Google: The physics behind traffic jams)
Clearly we don’t all walk at the same pace and a group always stretches out, no matter what the pace. Neaves' Law explains that walkers fall into one of three groups (rear, middle and front) and if the front walkers slow down deliberately then the other two groups will also slow down and maintain a similar distance from each other. Neaves’ Law also applies when the walk resumes after a break. Walkers move off in their chosen group.
The In-law (Beyond Google!)
A walk leaders selects, reconnoitres and plans a walk. This usually means that no-one else in the group is familiar with it. The leader is then responsible for leading and controlling the walk. Generally the leader walks near the front so if the distance between the leader and the rear group becomes too great, the walk is effectively ‘out of control’. The bushwalking rule of thumb is that ‘sub-groups’ must always be within calling distance of each other. If voice contact is lost, the chance of the trailing group taking a wrong turn etc. increases. Even the most experienced walkers will have anecdotes of this happening.
We all share the responsibility of keeping the group together.
|6 February 2018 - message from Kevin|
|U3A Bushwalking: ‘Training for a run or running for a train.’|
|One simple test of whether an exercise is aerobic is, ‘If you can’t speak you’re going too hard; if you can sing all 45 verses of the Punjabi Cricket Team’s Theme Song without drawing breath, you’re not going hard enough.’ Another is that you work up a ‘sheen and pant’.
A stroll around the gardens before coffee is very pleasant and most certainly good for us, but it is scarcely aerobic and our scheduled walks are sustained and cause us to sheen and pant but they are not regular enough.
So, to develop aerobic fitness between scheduled walks, why not try to walk four or even five laps (8.5kms) of the Gardens at a moderate to brisk pace; or treat Fido to a longer walk up to the Burke and Wills monument; or get a map from the Market Place and with a new friend explore some of the numerous tracks that surround Castlemaine. There are endless variations. Joining U3A Bushwalking is an excellent first step and is proof of commitment.
Whatever we choose to do, increased aerobic fitness will increase our enjoyment and as well, there is compelling evidence that walking can lower our disease risk, improve our mental health and prolong our life.
(P.S. I’ll check out the other website and let you know.)
|2 February 2018 Messages from Keith|
Apologies are considered as a courtesy to the group. In order to, hopefully, maintain the ‘working’ roll in a concise, relevant and workable form over the course of the year, it is planned that in the event of a member having at least three consecutive non-attendances at a class/activity without notification or recording of an apology, the member will be contacted and unless there are mitigating circumstances, removed from the class [roll]’. This is particularly relevant given our quite large class size.
It is best to log into MY U3A LOGIN and record it yourself.
You can text your apology to Keith Neaves 0477 428 435.
You can email your apology to firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage all members to meet and leave from the Octopus on walk days.
Sometimes our members may drive directly to the walk start and not to the Octopus. This usually happens when the walk starts closer to the member’s house e.g. when we walk in the Daylesford or Kyneton area.
When you plan to do this please contact Keith.
Hello new Bushwalkers.
• All walks are graded by the leader of the walk using the AWTGS which is on the website. Our Program notes contain more specific information to assist your decision to walk on a particular day.
• Take a look at the photos in our Archives. Not only are they great photos in their own right, but they show clearly the types of sometimes challenging terrain you can expect to encounter. Thus: fitness, agility and balance.
• Read our Walkers Notes for a comprehensive description of our requirements for participants. [see link below]
• It’s true that we do have a few rules but these are necessary because of the size of the group, the areas we walk and the risk of injury.
|Click here for the Walkers Notes 2018|
|Click here for the Leaders Notes 2018|