Well, I made it back from the beach (had a blast!), so my training schedule was a little short this past week. I still managed to get in three days at the gym and a short day hike on Saturday. Unfortunately, I didn’t hold to my diet very well while I was at the beach and I feel a little (just a little) guilty about that. The pizza, ice cream, French fries, and beer (lots of beer) were the worst of it, but hey, it’s the beach! Overall, no harm done and I’m back on the plan (or wagon if you like). I did get in a couple of long walks and a good run, but it was nothing structured so it doesn’t count as training.
The hike on Saturday was good; short, but intense. The total distance (roundtrip) was only about 6 miles, but we gained over 1700 feet in the last 2 miles with a gnarly rock climb/scramble (steep!) in the final ½ mile or so. I carried my pack with 55lbs in it and was able to move at a fairly fast pace, but I was huffing pretty hard by the time I reached the top. The decent through the rock climb/scramble, with the pack on, was a little scary and a good workout in itself. I was surprised at how much my core had to work to brace and balance the pack. Good stuff.
My training plan going forward will stay the same for the most part. I definitely want to get in some longer duration, perhaps overnight or full weekend, hikes in the near future. It would also be nice to get in a conditioning climb with some altitude, but altitude is hard to come by on the east coast.