Training – Week Four

Quarry at Mt. Waldo.

Quarry at Mt. Waldo.

I again only exercised three times this week. I’m getting more and more busy as I get closer and closer to my leave date for the AT. I’ve always been a procrastinator, so I’m not surprised. We are getting down to crunch time! Therefore, next week I’ll do week four over again so my body can catch up to the intensity of the workouts in weeks five and six. The workout can be found here: http://www.fitclimb.com/page/6-week-beginner-mountaineering-plan-week-4.

All my workouts were done outside this week. Here is what I accomplished:

Monday: I returned to Mt. Waldo in Frankfort and hiked it in reverse. It was another beautiful day! Kirsten and I decided to go down into the quarry and slide around on the ice. It made me feel like a kid again, a feeling I am constantly chasing. As adults, we often forget the joys of childhood. We can have them in our adult like too; we just need to recognize the opportunities! The hike took us about two hours round trip because we didn’t worry about what the watch said and just enjoyed ourselves.

Kirsten and I above the quarry on Mt. Waldo.

Kirsten and I above the quarry on Mt. Waldo.

Sun behind us at the first viewpoint.

Sun behind us at the first viewpoint.

Tuesday: Rest Day!

Wednesday: Today I went for another hike up Chick Hill using the trail that goes up Little Chick Hill. Krystian and I also decided to hike down the snowmobile trail. This turned out to be a good decision as one of Krystian’s snowshoes broke on the way down! This hike took about two hours round trip. I was definitely feeling tired and pack-muling it didn’t help. I had a hard time keeping up with Krystian, but I still had a blast. Nothing like a little fresh air and views of Acadia to put life into perspective!

Pack-muling it!

Pack-muling it!

Thursday/Friday/Saturday: Rest Days!

Sunday: Laura, my hiking partner and sister, and I decided to go skate skiing. Bond Brook Recreational Trails posted that they had recently groomed the ski trails, so we decided to give it a try. The trails had been groomed, but all that did was break up the ice. There were still chunks all over the trail making it hard for the edges of the skis to grip as the skis glided. I went down a couple of times because my skis were sliding all over the place! This actually made me work harder. I would fall near the bottom of hills, when my speed was high, and I’d have to get up and climb the next hill with no forward momentum. Still, I had no complaints on that gorgeous day. As we skied, there was a halo of yellow light around my shadow! Now that’s what I call a sunny day. We skied for about 50 minutes and my knees were only a little achy after the workout! I can tell that my muscles are stronger than the last time I skate skied. I guess this training stuff must be working!

The moon was up during our ski.

The moon was up during our ski.

Laura and I mid-ski.

Laura and I mid-ski.

Open field at Bond Brook in Waterville.

Open field at Bond Brook in Waterville.

As I said earlier in my post, I will be redoing Week Four of this six week training plan. Now he’s a video of Kirsten and I acting like children!

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Training – Week Three

Bar Harbor/Acadia NP from the top of Chick Hill

Bar Harbor/Acadia NP from the top of Chick Hill

I only got in three days of training this week. Yikes. As I got to the end of this week, I felt fatigued and a little sick, so I decided to take a few extra rest days. This really reminded me how important a healthy body is to keeping my training momentum going. This means eating right and taking proper rest time, including sleep at night as well as taking rest days from exercising.

Now, as a recent college graduate living below the poverty line, it can sometimes be hard to eat right. We all know that healthy foods are more expensive and the food pantry down the road mostly hands out bread and potatoes. That being said, it can be done (frozen vegetables to the rescue!) with meal planning and eating leftovers. (This can be challenging as well when your roommate decides that your leftovers are now HIS leftovers!) This is what I will attempt to do over the next three weeks. Eat healthy.

I could also get more sleep at night. Usually, I wake up early in the morning, despite my late bedtime, and get up for the day. I end up needing to take a nap late afternoon/early evening and this leads me to staying up late! Alas, the whole cycle starts over again. I will try to avoid taking naps so that I can get back onto a regular sleep cycle. This will hopefully help me feel stronger and more alert during workouts and I can avoid getting sick.

Week three of training went as follows:

Monday: My friend Amy and I decided today would be a good day for a hike, so we headed for Chick Hill in Clifton. As we got to the parking lot, there was another hiker who was packing up to leave. I asked about trail conditions, because we were trying to decide whether to take snowshoes or not. I am so glad I decided to ask! This kind, fellow hiker pointed us towards a trail that I didn’t even know about and suggested skiing back down. We didn’t have skis with us, but we plan on returning to try it out. However, we decided to try out the trail instead of walking up the road/snowmobile trail. This is a fun little hike that brings you to Little Chick Hill, then back into the valley and up to Chick Hill. The hiker at the trailhead informed us that between the trail (up) and the road (down), we were completing a three mile loop. Our hike took an hour and a half up, using the trail, and a half hour down, using the road. What a beautiful day and wonderful hike!

View from Little Chick Hill.

View from Little Chick Hill.

Amy and I, all smiles!

Amy and I, all smiles!

View of Chick Hill from Little Chick Hill.

View of Chick Hill from Little Chick Hill.

Looking back at Little Chick Hill from the top of Chick Hill.

Looking back at Little Chick Hill from the top of Chick Hill.

Tuesday: Rest!

Wednesday: Today, I decided to train at the gym. The training plan calls for 75 minutes of stairs, but there was no stair trainer there. Instead, I biked for 40 minutes and ran for 35 minutes with hill intervals. This was still a challenging workout!

Thursday: Today was another sunny and beautiful day, so I decided to go for another hike. I found Waldo Mt. on a trail website and decided to check it out. The mountain is located in Frankfort, which is right by where the Penobscot River enters the ocean. With snowshoes, it took Sage and I and hour to climb up and half an hour to climb down. It was fun to discover this mountain and I will use it in the future for more training. After I returned home, I completed four sets of strength and I also incorporated some balance exercises.

Viewpoint on Mt. Waldo.

Viewpoint on Mt. Waldo.

Sage and I with some light snow coming down!

Sage and I with some light snow coming down!

Turns out Mt. Waldo is some sort of quarry?

Turns out Mt. Waldo is some sort of quarry?

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Rest days!

Stay tuned for next week’s training!