Monday, March 10, 2008

Week 2 of 14: Bump it up a notch

Some weeks are longer than others. My most recent week was over a month long. Delving deeply into experimentation with energy, I’ve emerged renewed just in time for Spring and the awakening of our great Mother Earth. Thanks to those who continued to check this blog. I had vastly underestimated the number of regular visitors.

Kudos to those of you who kept on training. Renee, 49, asked me some interesting questions about preparing for her first 14er. One of her concerns was her age. She wondered if she was too old to do a 14er. As far as I know there’s no age limit on climbing. If you have the drive and desire to climb, then by all means go for it!

Renee also wanted to know if she should do a 14er with a group of people or if it was ok to do one alone. As with most things in life, some people thrive in a group setting, while others bask in the solitude of being alone. I’ve done many 14ers solo during a weekday without seeing anyone else all day. It is perfectly fine to go it alone. If this is what you choose, then self-reliance is your mantra. Be sure to have the proper conditioning, be certain of your route, and tell someone where you are going and when you are expected back home. We’ll go over the essential gear at a future date.

Because the 14ers are so popular, it is often rare to have one of them to yourself. Especially on summer weekends, there can be literally hundreds of people slogging up the trails.

Week Two Training
NOTE: These workouts assume a novice climber, without a base level of physical conditioning. Adjust them to suit your lifestyle and use commonsense.
1. Each morning read your 14er intention out loud.
Our sample intention: On or before July 15, 2008 I climb Mt. Wilson quickly and easily with two friends who share my passion for the outdoors.
2. Wearing a 12 lb backpack, walk 2 days this week for 30 minutes and one day this week for 45 minutes. Your pace should be brisk. Go ahead and swing your arms. Many people choose Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for their walks (taking Monday as a rest day).
3. On alternate days, Tuesday and Thursday, stretch or do yoga for 60 minutes.
4. Substitue a fruit or vegetable for one serving of junk food.

Have a great week all!