Category Archives: Tapering

Mt Rainier is calling!

Mt Rainier is calling!….This week we head west to Seattle to conquer (attempt) Mt Rainier!

These past two weeks I really began to decrease my training. At this point there’s not a lot of fitness I can build on. Knowing me, I would have had injured myself if I pushed it too much these last couple of weeks!

My main goal was to finalize the equipment, list out the food we need to buy when we arrive in Seattle and  finalize any other open item I had to get done before we fly off into the sunset!

These past couple of weeks have been a bit slow and not that full of things (training primarily)  to do so I’ve caught up on some reading and read a couple of blogs I’ve been neglecting. It’s been kinda good! And most importantly, I’ve been working really hard with my Physical Therapist to improve my IT Band issue and other aches & pains  I’ve magically acquired these  last few weeks!

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Training for Mt Rainier comes to a bump in the trail!

I visited my Physical Therapist and it wasn’t as bad as I thought! My IT Band (iliotibial band) was very tight & inflamed. The IT Band is a ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin; the IT Band attaches to the knee and helps stabilize and move the joint. When the IT Band isn’t working properly, movement of the knee becomes painful. I’ve been doing a lot of prolonged and repetitive activities for the last couple of weeks so it caused my IT Band to get a bit inflamed causing my knee pain.

In Week 14 I really decreased the training as my knee was still bothering me and my Physical Therapist recommended that I reduce my workload as much as I could while she did her magic! I did two 1 hr hikes— one with weight and another with no weight. On the hike with weight, I was planning to do a longer hike but my knee started to hurt so I decided to stop the hike and rest. I tried to do the Daily Dozen 2.0 one day but while doing the squats and lunges my knee was bothering me so just did a few reps of these exercises and decided to modify it moving forward. I changed the three-quarter squats for a plank, the lunges for V ups, the deep squats for steam engine laying down and the burpees for a plank.

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