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 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 »

  • Stay Injury-Free on the Treadmill

    Runner's World recently published an article Stay Injury-Free on the Treadmill and after reading it, I feel that as one who trains regularly on a treadmill, I need to comment on some of the points they made.1) Speedwork on the treadmill:because the treadmill keeps moving even as you tire, you may overstride—land with your foot too far ahead of your body—as you attempt to keep up with a too-fast beltThough this is also true when... Read more »

  • The 100 Calorie Diet Plan Food Portion Calculator

    In my latest book "The 100 Calorie Diet Plan" I outline a program using simple math to calculate food portions that will allow you to eat all day long and still lose fat. CLICK HERE if you want more info on that book.Get the information you need from the product labelFirst of all you'll need some simple basic information off the product label.Serving Size in GramsCalories in a ServingAnd that's it for now. Enter these... Read more »

  • Why I might never do another 5K Run

    I had some fun with my 7 Reasons I'm Not a Runner [ARTICLE] and now I discuss the highly revered 5K. It's a popular topic, and if you go to any of the common content-mills like Active.com or RunnersWorld you'll countless articles about how to train for it, how to run it, race day preparation, in-race nutrition, drop bags, and probably even how to tie your shoes for a 5K Run. I have commented a... Read more »

  • Incline Treadmill Calculator

    This is an Incline Treadmill Calculator I have been using for a couple of years now for my Elbrus Race training. I also use it for training for my speed ascents on Colorado 14'ers and Utah Wasatch Front peaks. Incline Treadmill Calculator(if it doesn't load correctly please refresh this page)If you have access to a Nordic Track or Freemotion Incline Trainer, they are able to go up to 40% incline. Some of their models... Read more »

  • Stairmaster Workout - Stepmill Calculator

    This is a Stairmaster Workout Stepmill Calculator I have been using for a couple of years now for my Elbrus Race training. I also use it for training for my speed ascents on Colorado 14'ers and Utah Wasatch Front peaks. UPDATE: I recently rewrote this to output data similar to the Incline Treadmill Calculator. I want it to work better with my "Couch to Colorado 14er" Training Program, due out in Mid-March. For the... Read more »

  • Ice Climbing Training: Shoulder Mobility Kettle Bell Circuit

    I don't train shoulders hard for Ice Climbing as they don't have to do a lot of work, but you do need to keep them in balance with your lats. If your lats are too strong for your shoulders you could have some mobility and injury issues. Here I'm doing a quick circuit with kettle bells to loosen up and dynamically strengthen my shoulders.Note that these are not traditional kettle bell swings. Don't throw a... Read more »

  • Ice Climbing Training: Ice Tool Chinups

    Now that I'm done with Elbrus Race 2013 I have to start training in earnest for the upcoming ice climbing season, about 6 to 8 weeks away. This morning I did an upper body routine and I'll be sharing that with you over the next few weeks so maybe you'll start training with some of my tips.This morning I did Ice Tool Chinups. Here I'm using a regular hangboard with the tips of the tools... Read more »

  • Seven reasons I'm not a runner

    I've had quite a few discussions with people who claim to be runners over the years. On Twitter and Facebook and in person.  Based on how these typically end up I have to admit I'm not a runner. 1. I can't run a 21 minute 5k2. I weigh over 150 lb3. I strength train4. I don't do yoga5. I stretch6. I like the treadmill7. I like using Nordic poles on steep trailsThere's a quick 7... Read more »

  • Testing out the foot - Stairmaster at 9600' in Breckenridge Colorado

    I had been to Utah and tested out the foot on the Stairmaster there, and managed to find a shoe/sock combination that worked. On Tuesday there I did 66 minutes at 75 steps/minute for 3300' of elevation. That's a bit less than a qualifier (3570'). I did that at 5200' of elevation in Utah County.On Wednesday in Breckenridge Colorado at the Recreation Center I set it at Level 10 (slightly different control panel) which equates... Read more »

  • Leashless dog and the sprained ankle

    Well, at least this will be excellent material for my Elbrus pt. 2 book...I can't lose training time, I can't lose fitness. But I have to eat and rest and heal. Quite the paradox. Elbrus Race 2013 coming up in 3 weeks now. Was getting to my peak. Hoping for a very fast recovery, or at least enough to let me run uphill fast two critical events. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs =... Read more »

  • Training at Breck Rec

    I'm not used to training any other place than in my basement or garage, but when we moved to Colorado this summer I had to figure out a training program that would work for me. I'm peaking for Elbrus Race 2013 right now, so I can't really bail on weight training, in spite of the heavy mileage in running and fast hiking I've been doing. In spite of the great quantities of vertical I've been... Read more »

  • Front Squats with straps

    Several years ago I broke my right wrist. The scaphoid bone [CLICK] which is very difficult to heal properly. I managed to heal well enough, but lost a lot of flexibility and stability. When I climb too hard too often, like doing multiple 5.11 over a few weeks, I have to take time off to heal.The usual front squat, done with an Olympic style grip, is impossible for me. Even with all the various drills.... Read more »

  • What the Doctor said about my HAPE

    I managed to get in to see my family physician, who I've seen for the past 8 years. He knows me pretty well, and his office is only a few minutes away from my house in Utah. I was in Utah to take care of some business and pack up a few things that needed to be in Colorado.At the office I described my symptoms and told him about the oddities in the x-rays from... Read more »

  • Running after Alpamayo

    While on my attempt on Alpamayo I became sick at base camp. It was almost identical to the illness I felt in September of 2010, while attempting Elbrus.I awoke with a start in the middle of the night, unable to breathe. I sat up in my sleeping bag and the effect immediately wore off and I coughed out some thick gunk from my lungs. I laid back down and again had to sit up. I... Read more »

  • Breckenridge Colorado Independence Day 10K Trail Race

    Yesterday we went to The North Face store in Breckenridge CO to get my packet for the run. I did it two years ago, and managed to find my stats on Garmin Connect. I wore a 305 GPS/HRM watch then. My old watch time was 1:11. I am hoping to beat that if at all possible, though I haven't been training for faster trail running. With my current emphasis on Elbrus Race 2013 I've been... Read more »

  • Trail running 10 miles

    Did a little over 5 miles up and back on Keystone Gulch Road toward Outback and up Foxtrot ski run. A little more than 1500 feet of elevation up and down. Training for Elbrus Race 2013. ... Read more »

  • Fruit and Protein Shake Mix

    I've been keeping my Training Load (from PolarPersonalTrainer.com) in the red zone for most of the last few weeks. That allows me to eat a few more carbs for recovery and healing. One way to get a few more carbs in is to add berries to your protein shakes. I usually have 2-4 protein shakes a day depending on my own nutrition needs. For one or two of them I use a more complete nutrition... Read more »

  • 100 calories of craisins

    Another demonstration of what 100 calories of nutrient dense food looks like. Dried fruit has had the water removed so is mostly concentrated carbs with a lot of sugar. Keep in mind that it can be a part of a healthy diet if you plan accordingly. ... Read more »

  • 100 calories of Walnuts

    Walnuts are often cited as an excellent source of protein and essential fatty acids in a handy to carry and easy to eat form. Many of these sources also point out that walnuts are extremely calorie dense. That translates to "a lot of calories in a small pile".In regards to that, here's a photo of 100 calories of walnuts. 15 grams of walnuts is about 100 calories. This is 15 grams of walnuts. This is... Read more »

  • Lemonade the old-fashioned way

    A long time ago we got a citrus press and used it to make orange juice out of those baby "clementines" oranges. My youngest daughter got a total kick out of it, and it's been our little daddy-daughter activity ever since.While I was working in Utah my wife grabbed a bag of lemons as a surprise for us to make lemonade while she was in Ohio for "Skate for Hope", a breast cancer charity ice... Read more »

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