Energy to climb Mt Rainier

Have you guys ever heard of Tony Robbins? I mentioned him in a post regarding  morning routines. His morning routine is really cool (literally). He does Contrast Bath Therapy and a thing called Priming every day. Check out the post.

I’ve  heard about him for quite some time but never really got  into learning about  his teachings and such, but for the  last year I’ve been really trying to improve my overall physical and mental health, my finances, and my relationships, to truly be the best version of myself and he was a common denominator in a lot of my findings.

I’m a big fan of TED Talks (if you’re not you better get on it!) I saw a Ted Talk featuring Tony Robbins …one of most viewed videos by the way…..and his energy & knowledge  blew my mind and I wondered how does this guy get all of his energy. I want that energy!

He does  a number of seminars  every year and I really wanted to experience  what he does up close and personal. He has a couple of seminars that we could choose from  so we decided to sign up for the “Unleash the Power Within” seminar in Chicago.  It was life changing— truly life changing. I am truly  at lost for words on how to describe what these 4 days (long days I might add)  did for me and Catie.   He really goes deep into our psyche & subconscious to  help us discover what our limiting beliefs are,  to help us  uncover the person we really want to be, where we want to be in our life, and most importantly how to get there.  The simple (and very summarized) answer is that we need to change our physical, mental and spiritual State.

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Stand Up Paddling my way up to Mt Rainier

Hello everyone hope all of you are enjoying this summer weather!

After moving to CT in mid-February warmer days were in my dreams every day and we finally got them! Summer had been great to us, and living on the Connecticut coast is awesome. There are some nice beaches and towns to visit. We live right in the middle of Connecticut so we have access to some really cool places.

My favorite beach (so far) are the ones in Hammonasset Park in Madison, CT.  The beaches in this park are outstanding.  They are truly beautiful and the park is also really cool for camping, running, and obviously hanging out on the beach!

Stand Up Paddling


In a previous post I talked a little about Stand Up Paddling and my total failure on my first try…it was bad! But I committed  myself to the idea that I was going to get back on a board and do it…and I did!

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Running to the top of Mt Rainier

One of the RMI guides we met last year in Mt Rainier was Katie Bono who has the fastest ascent(& descent) on Mt Rainier. She did it in 4 hours 58 minutes  41 seconds. That my friends is impressive!

Not a lot of people can climb Mt Rainier (as you all know from my first experience!) better yet run up and down it. Check out this blog post from Katie describing her climb(run!).

This would be me after that run!
This would be me after that run!

I will skip the summit this year due to my lingering issues with my hamstring & lower back but I’m working hard to get them back to their natural state and be able to  achieve my  goal of summitting Mt. Rainier. Continue reading Running to the top of Mt Rainier

Mt Rainier Training Plan – Part 2

Hello everyone. Hope you are all having a wonderful winter! (Just two more day till spring though!)

We actually moved to Connecticut in mid-February so have experienced some interesting weather the last couple of weeks but it’s been good for me to get a bit more comfortable walking on snow. Don’t think this snow is similar to the one up on Mt Rainier but at least its snow!

For the last couple of months I’ve been preparing to start my Mt Rainier training and also researching other training regimens to add to the training I did last year. I found a really interesting and specific training program that I’ve been “testing out” for the last 2 months and it’s awesome and it’s kicking my butt!

It’s a 10 week program specifically designed for mountaineering expeditions such as…you guess it Mt Rainier!!

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Morning Routine to reach my summit!

On Summit Day we woke up at 1 AM and barely slept 4 hours. It was a rough night.

With the excitement of the upcoming day, being a bit scared on the outcome, and sleeping at 10K plus feet wasn’t a perfect sleeping scenario and don’t forget the other 15 people sleeping around you!

As you all know my first attempt to the summit didn’t turn out as planned. The guides turned me back when we were close to 12K feet, due to my inexperience and my clumsiness. They agreed I was too much of a liability so they sent me back to Camp Muir with 4 other team members- – – not the outcome I was hoping for, but I will go back and get to that summit!

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Mt Rainier is Gluten Free?!

When we arrived at BaseCamp after our Mt Rainier summit attempt I was really bummed because I wasn’t able to get to the top. I was very disappointed to say least…. but I still had my appetite. We were hungry, so we ordered some subs, beer and wine and we met as a team one last time….we were all eating like we hadn’t for days!

And also, as a treat, we met Dave Hahn. He is one of RMI’s more experienced and accomplished guides and if you don’t know who he is….he’s a rockstar among the mountaineering/climbing community. He’s an absolute legend. He’s the only non-sherpa climber to reach Mt. Everest 15 times.

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Sleeping then Dreaming of Mt Rainier

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season! I really love the holidays— the food, hanging out with the family and just chilling.

I’ve been very successful working on my Yoga and meditation practice…still only meditating 10 minutes per day so my goal before the end of the year is to start meditating for 15 minutes. I’ve been practicing Yoga at least twice a week and sometimes 3 but I do a couple of poses everyday to make it a habit.

Soon I’ll do this!!

Yoga SUP

I’ve been travelling for the last 2 weeks out of the country, I love to travel, but one thing that I hate is sitting in a plane for hours!

I travelled to Brazil so the flight was 9 hrs….. I dread these flights due to the fact that I can’t sleep on planes…and if I do, its just for an hour or so, so when I arrive at my final destination I’m so tired, groggy, and usually  not in a friendly mood!

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Yoga to Climb Mt Rainier

After my experience with Bikram Yoga I wasn’t discouraged and continued to pursue the right form of yoga that best suited me. I found a Hatha Yoga studio called “Integral Yoga Studio”.

Hatha Yoga consists of 4 disciplines, Asana (postures) , Shatkarma (cleansing techniques) , Pranayama (breathing techniques) , Mudra (gestures) and Meditation.

I got a really good feeling when I arrived at this studio—very simple & clean, and it felt so serene. The instructor and owner of the studio is an Indian gentleman who’s been doing yoga for a couple of decades. He decided to quit his job (Engineer) to pursue his deep interest in yoga.

This class was more like what I was looking for.

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Rock Climbing & Yoga

When I returned from Mt Rainier I was very disappointed about the premature halt  of my summit bid, but I have committed myself to  train the correct way for my 2015 summit bid!

So first I needed to heal. I was dealing with my IT band , my plantar fasciitis  and my hamstring, so I needed to get my body right. I’ve been dealing with injuries for the last couple of months but it feels like its been forever; there’s always something bothering me. Also I need to improve my balance, footwork, and flexibility.

After the Mt Rainier climbing season is over, a lot of the RMI guides scatter all over the world to work as guides, ski patrol , ski instructors etc. and a common denominator that I heard a lot of them say was in their “off season” they do ice climbing or rock climbing so I decided to give it a try.

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Mt Rainier Training Plan

Hello everybody and thanks for visiting my blog. On this post I want to share the training plan I followed for my first attempt to summit Mt Rainier. It was a 4 month plan and I tried to follow it as much as I could.

If you go back into my archives  you can see that I added some CrossFit workouts, swimming, and also started hiking with the backpack with some weight in it, so you guys can modify it to your liking but the goal is to be ready to hike back to back days for at least 9 hrs with 40-45 lbs in your backpack. Physically that’s what you need to be ready for the summit .

There are other technical skills that I lacked that I will work on for my second summit bid and I will share these with you guys…so stayed tuned!

click here to go to the training plan page, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.