So far so good...This week I've managed to hit the gym twice a day everyday except Wednesday (rest). I've been hitting the weights in the mornings and the cardio in the afternoon/evenings. I realize that the weightlifting is not as important for conditioning as the cardio, but I just can't help myself; I enjoy it. Plus, I really don't want to lose strength or body-weight and with the increased cardio I'm concerned that's a possibility. So far the cardio work has been good. I'm shooting for at least an hour a day (except rest days) with my heart rate in the aerobic zone and most days I push it beyond that. I try to pay attention to how I feel and adjust my workouts accordingly. I don't want any injuries.
I've been watching my diet pretty closely as well. As I mentioned I don't want to lose weight so I want to make sure I get enough of the right kind of calories. I use a website called “FITDAY” to help me keep track of the calories and macro-nutrients I consume on a daily basis. This may be a little OCD for some people, but it works for me. The website is free and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in monitoring and controlling their diet.
I've decided that there are a couple of training items I need to pick up to make the trail hiking more productive. First is a decent backpack. Something large enough to effectively carry sufficient amounts of weight. I've been using a book-bag stuffed with 30lbs of old text books, but the bag is really strained and the weight pulls directly down on the shoulders. The second item is a good heart rate monitor, something that will give me accurate and consistent feedback.
I'm looking forward to a couple of good day-hikes this weekend. Honestly, I'd like to get in more hiking than time or work will allow, but so far so good...