Apr 15 Weekly Exercise Update

Monday – I’m recovering from the Mount St. Helens summit attempt and also doing laundry and other household chores that just have to be caught up on after being away for 8 days.

Tuesday – I climbed at TRC.

Wednesday – nothing, dinner with a friend.

Thursday – I climbed at TRC.

Friday – nothing.

Saturday – I hiked about 8 miles at Raven Rock State Park.

Sunday – nothing.

Apr 8 Weekly Exercise Update

Monday – no idea yet!

Tuesday – I climbed at Warehouse Rock Gym for 2.5 hours.

Wednesday – nothing to note, walked around the capitol building in Olympia, WA.

Thursday – I climbed at Warehouse Rock Gym for 3 hours.

Friday – rest for the big day Saturday.

Saturday – Mount St. Helens summit attempt! You’ll just have to visit that link to check it out.

Sunday – flying home.

Apr 1 Weekly Exercise Update

Monday – rest?

Tuesday – I climbed at TRC for 2 hours.

Wednesday – I hosted my model railroad club meeting so I wasn’t able to do anything else.

Thursday – I climbed at TRC for 3 hours.

Friday – nothing?

Saturday – helped my friend Jes move, so while it wasn’t a “workout” it was lots of moving and lifting.

Sunday – travel to west coast.

Mar 25 Weekly Exercise Update

Monday – Rest again, with the excuse that I had an early and healthy small portioned dinner. I didn’t want to exercise after eating. Plus, I’m on that what would appear to be week long rest.

Tuesday – I “could”/”should” have at least ridden my exercise bike for some virtual miles this morning, but no, I slept in. Tomorrow I kick things back off, the workout routine spins back up. I need to not only get that going again after a week off, but I need to focus more on my food intake. It needs to be healthier!

Wednesday – I rode 3.4 virtual miles; Program 3, Level 2, 12 mins. Also did Routine 2.

Thursday – I climbed at TRC for 2 hours.

Friday – This morning I rode 3.2 virtual miles; Program 6, Level 2, 12 mins.

Saturday – I went climbing outside at Pilot Mountain with some good climbing friends. There wasn’t too much hiking involved but I tried to power through what there was. Climbing was good fun!

Sunday – I sat on my ass and did Game of Thrones all day to catch up for the new season 3.

Mar 18 Weekly Exercise Update

Monday – I believe I did rest today.

Tuesday – I climbed at TRC for 3.5 hours.

Wednesday – I think I rested again… :/

Thursday – I climbed at TRC for 2.5 hours.

Friday – I skipped again… uh oh.

Saturday – I hiked 4.5 miles at the Eno and had a 90 minute massage.

Sunday – I belayed at TRC for less than 2 hours, I did not climb. Though it would appear as if I’ve fallen off the wagon… well, I have sort of, but I thought I nice week of recovery after nearly 2.5 months of going hard would be good for my body. So long as I kick things back off by Wednesday next week, the previously statement will hold true. If not… I’m going to have to will it back into action!

Mar 11 Weekly Exercise Update

Monday – REST!

Tuesday – I climbed at TRC for 3 hours.

Wednesday – I rode 6.4 virtual miles; Program 6, level 2, 24 mins.

Thursday – I climbed at TRC for 3 hours.

Friday – I did Routine 3 with Ashton.

Saturday – We originally had plans to go outdoor rock climbing at Pilot Mountain but cancelled for fear of the weather forecast. People who went said it was nice. Bummer. So I got a lot of things done around the house and exercised my liver in the evening celebrating St. Pats.

Sunday – More work around the house… I relocated my office desk to my 2nd bedroom and put handles on furniture. I wouldn’t call these activities cardio or sweat inducing, but I didn’t sit on my ass all day. Then I ended up climbing for 2 hours or so at TRC in the evening.

Making Kilimanjaro Official

It’s official, I’m registered for the Mt. Kilimanjaro climb! I’m VERY excited! So far I’ve been having a blast doing hiking training with Ashton, Janice, Amy, Tomas and more. We’ve hiked at Umstead, Raven Rock, Harris Lake and I’ll miss an Eno River hike coming up, but there will be plenty more opportunities.

My largest reverse sponsor so far has been REI. Yes, I’m paying them (purchasing gear)… I have a good bit of outdoor gear, but I really need more to purchase more. I’m compiling a gear list for Mt. Kilimanjaro and will keep filling it up as I get more. Some things I can rent from the outfitter Tusker Trail such as my 0 degree sleeping bag and other things I simply need to add to my own collection of outdoor gear. There is no slowing down my interest in outdoor activities.

Sometime in June/July I’ll head out to CO and meet my Uncle Keith to camp and hike some 14ers. After we acclimate, I believe we are going to do 3 in 3 days; one of those will be Pikes Peak, the others are TBD. Stay tuned to my website as I keep the blog entries coming!

Mar 4 Weekly Exercise Update

Monday – I did PT routine 1 of 3 and feel great. The hip dips are starting to get better, I think.

Tuesday – I climbed for a couple hours at TRC.

Wednesday – Shopping at REI, laundry and packing gear for backpacking this weekend got the better of me and so no workout today.

Thursday – I climbed for a couple hours at TRC.

Friday – Myself and some friends hiked about 4 miles at Grayson Highlands/Mt. Rogers State Park in Virginia. We set camp at 5300 ft. and the temp dropped to 15 degrees Friday night with a 10-12 degree windchill!! BRRRR!! It was a cold weather challenge.

Saturday – We woke, got some breakfast in us and hit the summit of Mt. Rogers, the highest point in Virginia at 5729 ft. then headed back to camp, packed up and headed to the next camp at Scales, which I think is around 4700 ft. We hiked a total of about 8 miles.

Sunday – We woke, packed camp and hiked hard for about 5 miles back to the start. What a great 3 day 2 night backpacking trip!!

hydration, or lack thereof

Hydration, what do you know about it? I’ve learned something clear about my body and how hydration impacts it, and most notably while skiing this past weekend I realized it wasn’t my lack of caffeine or sugar from my morning sweet tea that I love which caused my late afternoon headaches, it was dehydration!

Over the course of my training for Kilimanjaro, I increased my liquid intake to at least 2 liters per day. I would say I’ve done a really good job of this. I have 20 oz of water during breakfast as well as 12-16 oz of sweet tea. I generally have at least 1 L of water during work and while working out I visit the water fountain frequently. While skiing, I might have managed 32 oz of liquid before hitting the slopes, 20 oz of that was Mt. Dew. Now I have no issue with a small bit of soda here and there, but I didn’t have any water again until lunch at 2PM after skiing for 4 hours. I managed 20-24 oz then headed back out for more skiing.

Was I replacing what I was using? Not a chance! I had a whopper of a dehydration headache, but plenty of water and 2 pints of beer during dinner knocked it right out, at least “just enough”. The next day while traveling, I did not do a good job on catching up on the liquid I had missed the day before and had a headache again by the time I got home. I drank a liter of water and two 12 oz beers and started to get things flowing again. Finally on Monday I drank close to my normal amount of fluids, but I still feel like I’m catching up.

Moral of the story? The Mayo Clinic suggests an average male should have 3 liters of fluids per day. Of course it would be a good idea if most of that is water. I’m not quite at 3 liters, but I’m getting there! Some tea and beer can’t hurt too much, and I’ll have soda here and there, but when you hear some people drink a 12 pack of diet Dr. Pepper every day, you just have to wonder what is happening to their body. Yikes!

Stay hydrated!

Feb 25 Weekly Exercise Update

Monday – Well, if I have my count correct, this is the start of week 8 of my training! It’s been a fun ride so far, learning new things, adding new workout routines… all while having my schedule turned upside down. I had intended to workout today, but somehow I FAILED at time management. I did get my stabilizer ball and bosu blown up, so they are ready to go for next time… and I ran out of milk, how terrible!

Tuesday – I climbed for 2 hours at TRC doing some more laps.

Wednesday – I did PT routine 3 of 3 to the sound of Van Halen’s 1984 album. Today I weigh 193.6 lbs.

Thursday – I climbed at TRC and worked on some lead climbing.

Friday – rest

Saturday – I hiked somewhere between 8-10.5 miles. We had some GPS estimates that different from the same hike.

Sunday – more rest today, but I had fun watching Top Gun in IMAX 3D.

Climb though it may be a challenge.