I am having some anguish over aging and living at sea level the last 6 months. Mainly, I am frustrated with my fitness, sea-level living, and lack of a training routine the last few months.
My 2012 so far.......
January 20th - moved to North Cascades Institute for a 4 week Wilderness EMT/EMT-B course.
February 18th- 1pm completed course and tests, drove to Seattle, packed and arrived at airport
at 10pm for flight to Phoenix.
February 19- March 16- Climbing and adventuring in Phoenix, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and
Colorado. Driving with Prairie. She dropped me off in Boulder on the 16th.
March 18th- Back on the road with 8 seventh graders for a week long canyon trip in Utah.
March 24th- Returned from Utah, de-geared, re-packed for personal flight out.
March 26th- Flight to Seattle
March 28th- M.A.P.L.E (our sprinter van) packed up and headed East, Wes and I together after a
March 29-30- Driving to Estes Park, Colorado. Home. Brief stop in Spokane to visit friends.
April 1st - Work at Ed's 6:30 am, unpack M.A.P.L.E, drive to Denver in the pm.
April 2nd - In Denver for two days with Wes, he is working in Aurora through mid-May so staying
with him and training.
|Wetsuitless at an exercise competition.|
Well, I am home for awhile....2 months anyway, and need to really get on the training. Yosemite in June!
|Photo Dan Gambino. March bouldering in RMNP|
I chuckle. Wes uses this line on me all the time.
My new years resolution for 2011 was to climb The Nose of El Cap in a day and place top 5 in my age group in a triathlon---in the same month. I have placed before in triathlons, I just struggle with focusing on them solely. I love climbing!
I wait tables and guide for a living, which means unless I am sleeping I am on my feet. Swimming, biking, running, hiking, climbing, and working on my feet = really tired legs.
I did not achieve that goal last year, partner changes and an adventure to the Cirque of the Unclimbable's stirred the pot.
|Wes and I on Lotus Flower Tower|
This year, though, I have reminded myself of this lofty, obscure, and self-proclaimed goal. Since I am training to climb the Nose in a day, what a better way to cross train then do high intensity activities such as swimming, biking, and running!
I hope to succeed at one or both this summer. The logistics of the Nose, climbing 5.11 run-out or french-freeing fast is a certain challenge. It is April, the trying hard and training harder has only just begun.
Since January, I have been doing 50 push-ups or dips, 150 sit-ups a day, along with stretching and yoga daily. Running and climbing happened in spurts during my EMT course. Since February, I have been climbing more, doing sprints at the track again, swimming, and hope to start biking now that I am in one place.
The southwest road trip helped get me into long climbing days, but not as high intensity as I would like. Jes Meiris (my Nose partner this June) and I have a goal of moving for 8 hours of activity. I need to up my heart rate for longer. Waiting tables keeps me moving for 12 hours, but again not intense enough.
|Jes climbing at Shelf Road|