Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Treadmill Training Report

Just a quick post to share my treadmill training report. A couple days ago I went up Quandary in a raging blizzard STORY HERE (with video).

Yesterday and today I rode the treadmill for some great training at a slightly higher speed than I can achieve outdoors, still having to nurse some injuries that have been slowing me down quite a bit, especially on the downhill.

Tuesday Treadmill Stats:

Time: 47:00
Distance: 4.030
Incline: 2%
Elevation Gain: 425.57'
Average MPH: 5.145
Average Pace: 11:40
Vertical/Hour: 543'
Vertical/Minute: 9.05'
VAM: 165.6

Wednesday Treadmill Stats:

Time: 66:41
Distance: 5.129
Incline: 2%
Elevation Gain: 541.62'
Average MPH: 4.615
Average Pace: 13:00
Vertical/Hour: 487'
Vertical/Minute: 8.12'
VAM: 148.5

I'm especially happy since I haven't been able to sustain speeds like that since my injuries about 6 weeks ago. It's great to get back in the groove.

I'm offering some Treadmill Training Programs over at Fiverr if you're wanting to get a customized 16 week training program with a few extras tossed in for good measure. It's a heck of a deal for only $5. CLICK HERE if you don't want to run in the snow this winter and want a meaningful training program that will help you achieve your goals.

Train on the treadmill, or train in the snow, your choice :)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Trail Running Slick Roads Winter is Coming


This morning I went out for my trailrunning adventure. It was 21F with a real feel of 4F. Yeah. So I dug out my Salomon Softshell Hybrid jacket and pants and my REI winter cycling gloves.

It was pretty cool, but most surprising it was slick. The rain/snow from the day before had stuck on the dirt road I usually run on, and the wet muddy spots were no longer mud slick, they were ice slick. Some of the puddles had frozen over. I didn't see any ice along the creek flow yet. But in the next week or two I do expect it. I'll be in spikes before long, if it keeps this up.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Joe Average vs. Fitness Model

For my book Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging I included several photos to illustrate the exercises. Actually, my book publishing software claims 88 photos in the book. For each of the exercises in the book I had two choices. I could put in a photo of myself, or a photo of a fitness model.

Fitness models aren't that hard to come by. In the two local gyms I've trained in here in Summit County there are about a dozen between them. The typical SHAPE magazine model, skinny as a rail, does several hours of cardio every day, no muscle tone, are pretty common. As is the slightly buff weight lifting type. I could probably have made a pretty good deal and put them in my book.

I've seen plenty of training instruction manuals that did just that. I didn't think it would be fair to my readers though, so I chose to use myself as the fitness model. I am a Joe Average in the big scheme of things. A nearly 50 years old faceless cubicle guy at 240 lbs. when I started. I slowly worked my way down to 180 using the exact same type of workout as in the book. In that time I've gotten to the summit of two of the peaks of Mount Rainier (of three), Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, Orizaba in Mexico, and Kilimanjaro in Africa, among many other lesser peaks.

I think I am the best representation of what you too could achieve if you put the book to work, follow the plans exactly, and keep at it consistently for the 16 weeks. There are even instructions for how to maintain your growth and progress after the 16 weeks.

So no, I didn't squeeze in any of the girls from SHAPE, or guys from Men's Health, but I am being totally honest and up front in my representation of potential results from this style of training. It would be well worth your while to get a copy and start training now for Spring 2015 or in the immortal words of Warren Miller:

 "If you don't do it this year, you will be one year older when you do."