Seven Summits Body on Blogger

These are links to posts from my original blog on blogger = sevensummitsbody.blogspot.com. I started posting there, then switched to posting here, and now post in both places. Longer articles are generally here, and shorter snippets of thoughts are posted there. Go check it out if any of these headlines appeal to your curiosity. Thanks!


  • The 100 Calorie Diet Plan

    "The 100 Calorie Diet Plan" is a small simple guide to using scientifically sound methods to calculate your personal caloric needs and then divide them up into easy to use portions to control appetite and eating patterns. Over time you can be enabled to achieve your own goals without unduly suffering, as with other diet plans. After years of not being able to efficiently lose weight, not matter how much I worked... Read more »

  • Treadmill Training Example

    This morning I trained on the treadmill at 8% for almost 50 minutes shooting for 3.0 miles.Here's the stats from that Friday:ITM:Time: 49:40Distance: 3.001Incline: 8%Elevation Gain: 1267.62'Average MPH: 3.625Average Pace: 16:33Vertical/Hour: 1531'Vertical/Minute: 25.52'VAM: 466.8That's actually a pretty hefty VAM for that low of an incline. The vertical feet on all the NordicTrack treadmills is off. It gets worse as it gets steeper. I have mentioned it a time or two before, and my gut feeling is... Read more »

  • Trail Running on Groomed Snow

    Back from the wet Seattle forest, I'm now doing mixed training. A few days outside and a few inside. I've been outside for a couple days and the snowmobiles for Keystone Resort emergency services have packed down a good track in many places. Some are loose chop from the belt, and they ran a snowcat up it to flatten the whole road surface.In the past week I've run into a handful of "Nordic Skiers" and... Read more »

  • Treadmill Vertical Goals Chart

    The following table contains mileage goals for a set vertical goal. In other words, if you set the treadmill at 3% and want to get in 1,000 feet of vertical in your session, you'll need to go 6.31 miles to do it. If you are able to run at 6.3 MPH at this inclination (3%) then it will take just a touch over an hour to get in your 1,000 feet. (chart similar to those... Read more »

  • Trail Running in the Pacific Northwest

    I have the opportunity to spend some time at sea level near Redmond Washington. While here I did some running. I had to use some rec paths to get to my beloved trails. On the second day there was a lot of mud and puddles and the trails were slippery. My feet were sore from the time on pavement, but the trails were a lot of fun. Almost made me want to move out here... Read more »

  • Treadmill Pushing the Limits

    I spent quite a bit of time on the treadmill this week working on some goals. I have a huge project I'm trying to put together involving an extreme endurance challenge in a remote and inhospitable environment that is really exciting to me, and forms the basis of my current goals for mileage, speed, and vertical. Keep tuned for a notice about it on Kickstarter. I'm really excited. Have I said that already?Here are some... Read more »

  • New Years Resolutions at Eagle Colorado

    Last weekend, November 14-15 I was the featured author at the Eagle Winter Market and Holiday Fair in Eagle Colorado.I took a few boxes of paperbacks to sign and sell. The most popular ones were the New Years Resolution Special. For $30.88 you gotSummit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Baggingand your choice of one of the following:The 100 Calorie Diet PlanWeight Training Secret Manual: 8 Hacks to Beat the PlateauFinding Time to TrainIt... Read more »

  • Running in Foot Deep Powder Snow at -1F

    This morning I went for a 5 mile run at -1F. That's one below zero in words. It wasn't too bad. Especially considering I've been inside on the treadmill for the past couple months rehabbing an injury I sustained setting a downhill PR on Mount Royal in Frisco CO.It was great running in foot deep powder. We've had some good snow the last few days. That's part of living in a ski resort - you... Read more »

  • 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: 47:00Distance: 4.030Incline: 2%Elevation Gain: 425.57'Average MPH: 5.145Average Pace:... Read more »

  • 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.... Read more »

  • 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... Read more »

  • Trail running first snow

    Woke up this morning to snow on the rooftops, in the shadows and on the grass. The ground is still too warm for the snow to stick. I went for a run and it was snowing graupel. I wore my windproof tights and a jacket over a medium base layer. I wore softshell gloves, helmet liner, and a nylon baseball cap. I was wearing mountaineering socks under my Hoka Stinson Evo Shoes. Winter is well... Read more »

  • Back in Training

    Ice Season is just around the corner. There are a few thin trickles of ice near my Summit County Colorado home and office that are sometimes good enough to climb in the first week of November. I'm counting on it.I've returned to weight training on a regular basis after having had almost a year off. I had some injury and illness issues that prevented me from going to a gym but now I'm back in... Read more »

  • Are Wearables a Threat to Fitness?

    Wearables are electronic devices that you wear on a regular basis. Think of the various BitFit wristbands and the like. That's the most basic way to explain it. A lot less complicated than a Heart Rate GPS Watch. Though a science fiction branch of this is offering blood pressure readings remotely from your phone and a wealth of other really important functions. In spite of that though, a growing swell of intense marketing is trying... Read more »

  • Bunch of Running Shoes

    I've been rotating my running shoes since 2011 when I began running sort of seriously. Unless you take my various RUNNING articles under consideration. In that case it might be difficult to apply the word "seriously" to anything I write regarding running.I began with a pair of Asics Gel something or other. Classic shoes with a classic fit, huge rock solid heel and heel cup. I believed myself to be an under-pronator, based on a... Read more »

  • Goals for Strength, Power, and Endurance

    Like no one can serve two masters, you can't have two primary goals. You could have a primary goal and a couple of secondary goals, and a handful of minor goals, so long as there are no direct conflicts. In general. There might be some exceptions.Recently on a Facebook group I belong to for Ultra Runners (running a distance greater than a marathon, typically 50k, 50 mi, 100k, 100 mi) someone posted about slow tired... Read more »

  • Personal Trainer Personalities Part One

    I've seen quite a few personal trainers over the years. I've interacted with quite a few too. Over the past few years I've had a few contact me on various social media sites. If you recall at one time I was certified by ISSA, which is recognized by many clubs and institutions. While this lends a certain amount of credibility for some, there are always the college educated ones out there too.If you've never climbed... Read more »

  • Mud Run on Keystone Gulch Road - May 3

    Springtime in Summit County is called "Mud Season" for a reason. Here's a brief video I made of my run up Keystone Gulch Road on Saturday May 3. It was a real blast. There were maintenance crews from the resort up the road putting in small trenches to keep the erosion down. I encountered snow, ice, slush, mud and the very rare and coveted dry dirt. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];... Read more »

  • Skewed Anti-Cardio Study Example

    I've mentioned the prevalence of the "Anti-Cardio" smear campaigns, usually advertised by someone trying to sell a HIIT or other Insane or Box program. Here's a perfect example of how these studies work:One study divided participants into two groups. One ran on a treadmill for 30 minutes 4x a week for 4 months. The other group did only one set of either burpees, mountain climbers, jumping jacks or squat thrusts with 20 seconds on 10... Read more »

  • Running Advice Sarcasm

    A very long time ago I had the misfortune of asking various "runners" questions about "running" and got some very interesting answers. I use the quotes here to emphasize that most of the stuff I got was pretty worthless in the big scheme of things. In fact, you would have to consider them to be sarcasm.I wrote a slightly tongue in cheek article as a result "7 Reasons I'm Not a Runner" HERE.Trail Running in... Read more »

  • The One Exercise You Must Never Do! And Other Marketing Scams

    The One Exercise You Must Never Do!Come on, I know someone has sent an email to you with that headline. Maybe one of the Facebook Pages you follow or liked? Maybe on an ad-supported blog? I've written here and on a few other blogs about how our poor minds are assaulted by:Bad MathBad StatisticsBad MedicineBad ScienceThis is a perfect example.Running will kill you and make you fat and make your heart explode and cause world... Read more »

  • Weight Training Secret Manual: 8 Hacks to Beat the Plateau

    It's awesome to write my first training program manual, publishing it on Amazon, and in that same week rise to the top of the ranks in two categories that are completely relevant and somewhat competitive. I want to thank everyone who took advantage of the two free days of celebration with free downloads on Amazon [CLICK HERE].#1 for Kindle->Short->22-32 Pages->Sports & Outdoors#2 for Kindle->eBooks->Nonfiction->Sports->TrainingI wrote the training manual to address a need common among those... Read more »

  • Training to Climb Kilimanjaro

    In one of the Social Media sites recently I saw a link to this great statement about training to climb Kilimanjaro.Preparing for a Kilimanjaro Climb:Most people prepare for Kilimanjaro with fitness training .. getting reasonably fit makes sense, the gym work outs or sprinting up flights stairs etc will not prepare your body for the demands of a Kili Climb. You need to get your body used to walking for several hours for several days,... Read more »

  • Fun with statistics

    Have you heard the news? People who take any dosage, any amount, for any duration, of Vitamin E are twice as likely to die from any and all causes. I've posted about this hilariously scary statistic a time or two. Imagining the horror of someone popping open a bottle of Vitamin E and just as the pill touches their tongue an airplane engine comes crashing into their bedroom and wipes out the house and takes... Read more »

  • Winter Trailrunning Footwear

    I've discussed my winter trailrunning footwear with a few people now who are curious how I can run at -10F in regular running shoes without freezing my feet. I think the clothes you wear on the rest of your body are an essential part of the mix. If your core gets too cold your body will shut down the flow of blood to your extremities resulting in cold fingers and toes.Winter Trailrunning Footwear Base Layer... Read more »

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