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.