Trained today in some of the coldest weather recently. You can see we got a nice 606 calorie burn, despite the (-12ºC, or 12.2ºF for those of you in the US) pulling tires tonight up Signal Hill. We only had time for one lap, but it felt good. Piled on the warm clothes, left the office, and made it happen. It was kind of fun climbing the hill in the dark, which I hadn’t done before. Thinking of giving it a go again tomorrow AM, so I don’t have to go after work. I want to get 5 good training days in a week, a day of yoga, and a stretching day.
While the conditions were cold and windy (I’m calculating the wind chill to be -7ºF), it made me think about Alan Arnette’s recent post about mental vs. physical toughness, when attempting Everest. After the Air Force Academy, I always found that mind beats body almost every time. High altitude, cold, fatigue, etc. will wear you out physically, but as long as your brain can keep you motivated and making good decisions, you can probably still top out (though this is not true of high altitude sickness–that requires you to descend if meds don’t help). I didn’t summit Mera because I wasn’t prepared for the conditions at the top. My pack felt heavy, my legs were exhausted, there was barely any air to breathe, my wife was sick at the bottom, the rest of the group had turned around, etc. These things make you second guess why you’re standing on top of the mountain. I’ll need to train this out of me for Bolivia this year.
Glad I have one trip under my belt, so I can be ready for the next. Everest is shaping up to be a 2017 trip, due to work restraints, but we’ll see if we can squeeze it in for 2016 still.
Training for Illimani again today. Weather was a bit brutal. Cold and windy on top of Signal Hill, but we made some big improvements from last time. We hauled up tires, backpacks, and wore ankle weights to help simulate the weight of our legs with climbing gear on and the slowness of climbing at altitude. You can see from the Garmin page that we did about 4 miles. It was a great day to train and glad we got up and made it happen.
Video from Climb. Pretty out of breath!
Looking to keep dropping weight and be ready for this climb in July. Time is running out! Time to get of the computer and find some healthy food for dinner.
Bolivia training is off and going! Christine and I have been in the gym and hauling tires up Signal Hill here in St. John’s.
I’m really excited about this trip and am happy with all the gear we bought last year. On Black Friday, I ordered all my own climbing gear to go along on the trek. Airfare is bought and TravelEx insurance will be updated tomorrow. I’m really lucky to have a chance to do this climb with IMG. Very much looking forward to the thin air and the tough climbs!
IMG’s webpage has a great description, “For our July and August expeditions we start with a couple nice training climbs in the Condoriri area of the Cordillera Real like Pequeño Alpamayo (17,482′). Then, we head over to Huayna Potosi (19,974′). These are excellent climbs, requiring a variety of snow and ice climbing skills. If you have the time, take advantage of your acclimatization by adding the higher and steeper Illimani (21,200′).” Since Christine and I signed up for all 3 climbs, we have a lot to prepare for. We need to prep TA and Alan style!
Sunset on Signal Hill. Tyler Russell 2014.
Christine on Signal Hill dragging tires. Tyler Russell 2014.
We are both eating healthy and working out. Hoping to slim down a bit more this month so I can squeeze into the next size down where most of my winter gear works much better! The more cardio, the better right now. It’s important that I don’t cut much muscle as I lose, so I do need to keep lifting to maintain my strength.
It’s time to kick some ass and take names! Wish us luck. Tomorrow is a climbing day again…