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.
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!
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!
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!