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…

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 1

I didn’t have time to finish creating my exercise plan for the week, I went to the American Alpine Club’s Craging Classic in Moab over the weekend and had a great time but it meant starting the week without my plan finished. No big deal though, I managed to get it...

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...

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