I will exercise EVERY day for the next month...
Most people will probably think I'm crazy! But after finding a training regimen for Kilimanjaro online..that said..suggested -- to start 8 weeks before the climb...ACK!!! I'm scheduled to start climbing on Dec 27th. That is less than 1 month away from today.
So Saturday, I resolved to do some form of exercise every day up until the trip. So far, so good...
Saturday: went to the rock gym down south. While I'm not going for 4 hours like I used to at my peak...more like an hour nowadays...I still got a good workout. I'm not in the best climbing form anymore. But I did manage to throw down some routes that I couldn't conquer when I was in better form.
Sunday: hiked approximately 5 miles swiftly on varying terrain while carrying 35 pounds (that's about 37% of my body weight) of gear at Inks Lake; light weight training at home; a few pullups from the hangboard
Monday: combined walking/jogging for 1.25 miles and running up and down repeatedly on the bleachers (they're not that high, though) after work at the track at Williamson County regional park
Tuesday: that would be today...about a 3+ mile swift walk through the neighborhoods in the 44 degree weather. A good day to test out gear and my cold weather wimpyness. Well, maybe I'm not that wimpy after all! After an hour of swift walking, I was hot (granted I was wearing a 600 fill down jacket!).
tomorrow...yoga and climbing!
I'm also trying to train my body to intake more fluids. On the mountain, you're supposed to drink about 4-5 liters a day. Do you know how hard that is??? Well, still working on this one..having to pee every half hour sucks, though. But better now than on the mountain!
Well, whether I summit or not..that will be the question. If I don't summit, I won't be upset. I'm just glad that I'm trying. The fact that I'm even trying it is huge for me. I've always pushed myself to my physical limitations, and have seen that..wow, I'm not that wimpy after all! And this will be one hell of a challenge.
At least I'm more prepared (gearwise, at least) than this guy!!! A great story and what a pretty pink jacket! lol!