• Training

    Training After Elbrus

    For the past few weeks after my attempt on Elbrus, a volcano in Russia and one of the Seven Summits, I have been working to regain my strength and fitness, and I have to admit, this is probably the fastest I’ve ever gotten back into the groove for training after an expedition. In addition to doing some heavier weights in this training cycle, I’ve also done some family hikes and road bike rides with my 11 year old since returning from Elbrus. It’s fall here in Utah right now, and the colors are just awesome, with a lot of reds this year. I’m looking forward to going out to Colorado…

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    My Training Log from Elbrus

    Here are some examples of what I’ve been doing the past few weeks while training for Elbrus. The following is only the cardio segment of each day so that you can get an idea of what type and amount of cardio I do while training for a big mountain. Note: ITM = NordicTrack Incline Treadmill (-6% – +40% inclination) July 30 ITM: [123′ – mostly 6.0 mph] 2.34 mi – 24:00 – 1% – (5.85 ave.) – [10:15 pace] – 123.552′ – (309/5.15 vert per hour/minute) Afternoon: Ski Erg: L5 – 06:00 – 983 meters – 6.108 mph – 9:49 min/mi – 2.731 meters/second July 31 Freestrider: 24:00 – L10…

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    Training Log Example – Weekly Blog Log

    The below is an example of a training log taken from a Blogger Blog I share with my wife to track our daily workouts, eating, and goals. I use a little shorthand, since I’ve been doing this for years. Each day immediately after each exercise I write what I do on a small whiteboard I got from Target for $1 in those little bargain aisles just inside the door. I can usually get 2-3 days to a board if I’m doing weights, or 5 to a board if I’m doing just cardio. Right now I’m in full-on training mode for Elbrus Race 2012 (still not locked in, so not totally…

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    Book Review: The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing

    The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing by Phil Maffetone I’ve been training hard for quite a while now, and learned to cruise at 165 bpm heart rate. I have to go fairly quickly on the stairmaster to accomplish this, max’ed out the elliptical way before that, and can only run fast enough to accomplish it at an elevation of 6% or so on the treadmill. Some recovery issues have prevented me from weight training very¬†seriously¬†for a few months now. As well, my continuously decreasing pace for the last few half-marathons and marathon. Based on the reviews for this book, and several top ranked triathletes having successfully used this…