Training

Training

So here’s the rub, at 41 years old I was in the worst shape I’d been in for a while, maybe even in my life. With work and building my camper I didn’t leave myself any time to take care of myself. I have a tendency to do that, I bury myself in projects thinking all along that once I finish “this” I’ll be able to do more training, more climbing, more kayaking, more livin man, L-I-V-I-N. I did this all through my 30s when I bought an old house and remodeled it one room at a time till I bought a rundown, failing climbing gym and turned it around. This time was particularly bad because I was burying myself to finish a project so that I could live on the road and enjoy life but what’s the point if I was going to be in horrible shape to start off. I tried to train while I was in LA but every time I would start I would go strong for 2 weeks then get buried in projects again. It’s an excuse really, I lacked the motivation to push through and train anyways. So now I’m 42, half way to the grave but far from past my prime. I figure I still have a good 20 years of chasing audacious goals but only if I do it right. You don’t stop being active because you get older, you get older because you stop being active. What are these audacious goals? My primary activities are rock/ice/mountain climbing and white water kayaking but I also like to ski, mountain bike, white water raft, hike and most other outdoor activities. I want… Read More…

Third Cycle: 12 Weeks

CB3P

Some of you may have listened to the first episode of my podcast with race organizer Tiff Simpson, or already know what the CB3P is, I have talked about it a couple of times on the blog already. For those that don’t, the CB3P is a mountain town triathlon where you ski, bike, then kayak and it’s a lot of fun. It all starts at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort where you skin up a couple miles then rip your skins and ski back down to your bike. From here you ride the road 27 miles down to the Gunnison River and jump in your kayak. From here it’s 5 miles of class II/III, mostly class II, down to the white-water park in Gunnison.  It’s a fun race with great people and I have been doing  Read More…

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First Cycle: 12 Weeks

Building the base

It’s hard to change from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one. It’s easy to fall back into old habits and routines and/or get discouraged by poor performance or abilities, especially if you’ve been active in the past. Before I started this program I did some hiking to bring my base level of fitness up a little higher. Every time I started to train over the last couple of years I was in such bad shape it was very discouraging. I tried to push through but lost out to laziness each time. This time I decided to break back into it differently, I started by hiking 3-4 times a week to get to a higher base level. I worked my way up from 5 mile hikes to 15 mile hikes but also did a lot of shorter but much steeper hikes mixed in. On these hikes I would power my way up any hills and after a few weeks of this my goal was to maintain a minimum of 3 mile per hour pace regardless of steepness. This tactic has… Read More…

First Cycle Wrap-up

So, here I am after 12 weeks, a little stronger, a little leaner, with stronger lungs, and less back and knee pain…. I keep trying to remind myself that its not about short-term gains but it is still a little disheartening to struggle as bad as I still am on each...

Week 12

All this week I've been like a senior on his last week of high school. It never rains like this in Western Colorado but a hurricane that hit the coast of Mexico is slowly making it's way across the states. After such a dry year we can use the rain but it's making it...

Week 11

Monday: Monday's are hard, it's the easiest workout of the week and I'm thinking maybe that's part of the problem. I think on the next cycle I'm going to schedule more on Mondays. No work out today. Tuesday: A storm is hitting Grand Junction all week soaking the...

Second Cycle: 11 Weeks

Chasing Audacious Goals

In this cycle I will continue to build up my base level of fitness but I am also going to start doing some climbing specific training. I have set my sights on my first audacious goal and I will be working towards that goal. I will also be working on my posture so that I can get into alignment and stand up straight. This will be an 11 week cycle because of how the math worked out. I started training when I started, I got the motivation one day and just started, that was the beginning of the first cycle. As I looked at next years calendar I took the date of the CB3P and counted back 12 weeks, that will be the th… Read More…

Cycle 2 Week 11

Circuit of the week Round 1 One arm Plank row * Flying arms (dumbbell Scaption) ** Squats * Skiers Round 2 Squat, curl, press * Dips Wall sits * Mountain Climbers * Med weight dumbbell ** Light weight dumbbell  Workout Descriptions: Core! Circuit Cardio Stretch...

Cycle 2 Week 10

Circuit of the week Round 1 Paint cans ** Lawn mowers * Tailgate step ups Jumping jacks Round 2 Split stance alternating hammer curl * Pushups Levitation squat * Bird dogs * Med weight dumbbell ** Paint Can aparatice Workout Descriptions: Core! Circuit Cardio Stretch...

Cycle 2 Week 9

I finally made it through part 1 on my Tai Chi app. I have all the postures from the lessons memorized; now it's a matter of working on perfecting them. The routine has three parts and they recommend that students work on part 1 for a long while before moving on to...

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