Outside it is sunny and 87 degrees with a 7 mph breeze out of the S/E. The sky is a fine shade of blue and the air is sweet as is the blessing of a good walk.
My bride and I have been talking about the possibility of some overnight backpacking trips once the muscle and bone adapts to my titanium knees. The walking is an attempt to aid and test recovery for just that.
Mark is the name and If there is more than one way to understand what I just said....I meant the good one.
Earth First! We'll dirt bike ride the other planets later.
Great topic Arson. I have been losing weight and exercising a lot more since I found the joy of hammocking. Having an interest like this has definitely helped me greatly in motivating myself to get into better shape. I have also been learning to kiteboard, and being overweight as I am does not make it much easier. It definitely helps to set some goals, and make some routines.
My first real trip was an over nighter in the Uwharries 2 years ago on a ~20 loop with something like 2300 feet of total elevation change IIRC.
It tore me up. Feet hurt, legs were ready to give out, was sore for a week, my knees felt like I was twice my age.
Last year I got in the gym a few times a month before hand but got side tracked from a virus and had a pretty similar experience on the trail.
I started using my gym membership a bit more often this year and by august had lost 42 lbs since my last uwharrie trip.
About that time I began an intensive plan to keep Linville Gorge from kicking my butt.
Day 1 Resistance training with special focus on legs and always including weighted lunges.
Day 2 stair master for 15-30 minutes if I could take it that long
Day 3 treadmill set to a speed of 3-4 at a 12 degree incline for 5 miles
Repeat twice a week.
I did suffer some a mild ACL sprain on my right knee that stayed with me a week or two after the gorge and I had the beginnings of the same sprain on the other side but not near as bad. I have black pinky nails from the Cambric descent and my traps were a bit sore because I'm a tad too tall for my pack but all of this was very mild. My legs felt great at the end of the trip and I didn't feel beat up at all. HUGE difference!
What I did learn though was that I didn't focus on or build any cardiovascular endurance and Little Table Rock ended up being a pattern of 30 feet up hill, then 30 seconds of catching my breath over and over.
I found out since the trip that even with all my training, just 5 minutes of jogging at a speed of 6.8 leaves me sore in places 5 miles of lower speed incline walking never did. I'm hoping to strengthen my legs, drop another 15-20 lbs, replace some of that with some muscle, and have some endurance for next time.
I also want to dig out my slack-line. I purchased on several years ago and never did more than toy with it a few times. In theory it should increase prioperception which should improve coordinating in everything you do on and off the trail. Plus its fun.
Just read about YOSAR rescue dogs in an old issue of backpacker I was thumbing through. They require you to be able to do 3 miles in 45 minutes with a 45lb pack.
That would be interesting to attempt.
Try incorporating sprints into your routine. Lately I've been doing 20 min on the treadmill going at 6 mph for 6 min then I incorporate 2 min sprints... ie 8 mph (or higher) for 2 min then back at 6 mph for 2 min on a cycle. Other times I incorporate elevation variations at 6.5 mph I go from 3 degree inclines to 10 degree inclines.
Try and trick your body and do things at your pace. I really focus on cardio and abdominal work at the gym a few weeks before a trip. Of course nothing beats actually putting on a pack and hitting the trails.
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I loved your video Arson, Almost meditative. I have tried all of my life to be a morning person. I am going to try more now.