Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
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Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This week was a good training week. I am finally feeling like my resistance training is paying off. I’m not as sore as last week and I was able to increase my weight again. My long run on Sunday was 12 Km and it felt really good. I feel stronger in my core and I’m not feeling it as much today, when usually after a long run I wake up a little stiff. Bought my new boots on Friday and can’t wait to get out to try them on some real trails. I’ve never tried Scarpa boots before as I have always hiked in Solomon, so hopefully they work well for my feet. My husband and I bought the rest of our gear that we needed for our climb, including helmets and another set of hiking poles. I have to be honest that I completely look like a dork in my helmet, but I will certainly be more comfortable scrambling now that my head is protected. Our hiking/camping trips have been planned out and I’m getting more excited for the climbs. The only problem is I know that when I start out I am going to question why I do this. I think when climbing a mountain you have to be physically prepared, but if you are not mentally prepared it will be that much harder to attain your goal. I always start out climbs slow and eventually my body adjusts to the strenuous activity. Right now, my motivation for going to the gym at 5:30 am is the fear that my body will not be prepared – that fear keeps me working hard to help my body adjust more quickly. This includes a lot of intervals in my cardio training sessions. I have been reading other blogs and it worries me a bit that I have not been able to get out into the mountains yet, but I keep telling myself that I’ll get there. Half the battle is convincing myself that what I do each time I am in the gym puts me that much closer to the summit and it will get me back down! It still seems like the climb is far away, but it is only a month and a half until August. Better get training :)
Monday, June 7, 2010
Not much to report in terms of training and preparation... Sunday I hiked heavy for 3 hours. The weight was the least of the problems. We've had a tremendous amount of rain, so it was very humid and slippery. I fell several times, and started musing on the advantages of crampons in mud. The following Saturday was too rainy and muddy, so I took it to the gym and did an hour on the Stairmaster and an hour on the treadmill, inclined 3-30 percent. I used only 60 pounds of weight, and it felt quite manageable. During the work week I did nothing physical, aside from the hour walk/run that my dog gets daily. But at this point those walks feel like a Hawaii vacation.
Other than that, just taking care of things at work so I can leave with nothing hanging over my head, paying bills in advance and grilling everyone I know who has climbed Denali. I have one more full work week, so next weeks emphasis will be on that and trying to rest as much as possible.
Friday, June 4, 2010
David's getting after it! Despite a minor setback from blisters - David is still on track!
June 4, 2010
I worked mostly on the recumbent bike and the Bowflex this week, along with a little Yoga, and let the blisters on the back of my heels finish healing. They are looking and feeling much better, and I should be able to get out on a few two hour hikes this next week. Also next week, back onto the stairs and the treadmill.
If the weather is okay, I will probably be going on my next full day conditioning climb (this time up to Camp Muir) on June 24th (midweek, putting in leave time for that day); but I’ll also try to keep that weekend open, just in case the weather isn’t so kind. I also just heard that there is still 11 feet of snow at the trailhead. Hmmm. Think I’ll talk with RMI about conditions up there and how best to deal with it.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Thanks, Lindsay! Stay tuned - hopefully we can get our hands on one of Lindsay's recipes...