Saturday, December 22, 2007

This is one of those days...

...when I feel like bashing my head in the wall. Yup, cedar fever has officially hit me.

For those of you not familiar with cedar fever, it's about the most awful allergy anyone could have. And it's one of my worst allergens. But of course I live amongst the cedar trees. Yeah, it sucks...

For a little over a year now, I have been on allergy shots. Three shots 2x a week for a long time, then once a week, and now am down to 3 shots every other week. Allergy shots suck, but I thought I would give them a try given that I have some of the worst allergies on earth. Cedar season would be the test to as if the shots actually worked.

My thoughts...um..I feel like shit...they're not working...

What to do. Hmmm...every year I go through the same thing. Cedar fever. I want to move. But can't really do that because my husband has a great job. So moving is out of the question. Suffer. Yeah, every year I suffer.

This year, I cannot escape too much. We'll be off to Phoenix until New Years, so that'll help. I won't get the full blown sinus infection until 2008. A short reprieve.

Subsequent years...I think I'm just going to have to exile myself somewhere from the time between mid December to early February. But I can't do it this year..work becons. I'll be miserable...fuck...

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Training for Aconcagua...

...well, sort of...

Sean wants to climb Aconcagua about a year from now. Ever since we did Kilimanjaro, he and I have been on a 'we want to climb X mountain next' kick. But it's been about 2 years since we conquered Kili, and we have climbed nothing.

Since then, we have learned some things. Sean is well capable of doing those things -- mountaineering and whatnot. As for me..well...I've learned that I have physical limitations preventing me from doing such extreme things...

The summit of Aconcagua is 22,841 ft in elevation -- the highest peak in the Americas. I feel that I could go to those heights with proper acclimatization. However, the climb itself...I have come to the conclusion that I can't do. The reason: you have to be able to hike for hours and miles at high altitude, ascending, carrying about 60 pounds in your backpack

Yeah, the 60 pound pack requirement automatically knocks me out of doing it. Up Kili, I carried about 30-35 pounds, which is my limit for that kind of hike (high altitude, many miles, many hours, multiple days). That's about a third of my weight. 60 pounds...that's over half of my weight, so there's no way.

At first, it was kind of a bummer to find out that I can't do it due to physical limitations, but I've come to grips with it. The big mountains are not for me. But I told Sean that if he seriously wants to do it, that I would train with him. Mostly, so that I have motivation to get my own ass in shape.

Tomorrow we start our training regiment. We'll wake up at 5:45am (wake up, let the dogs out, blah blah), and walk around our neighborhood til about 7:10am -- about 1 hour walk. Sounds easy, huh? Well, we live in the hills near Lake Austin and Lake Travis. And there are some serious hills around here. And getting your ass up at 5:45am to do it..we'll see how it goes.

I won't tackle the mother of all mountains in the Americas, but I think next year I'd like to do some of the Rockies or some of the mountains in the Pac NW for training. So that's my goal...the Rockies, the Pac NW next year...