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!
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!
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!!
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.
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 hadinjured 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!
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.
On week 12 of our training to hike Mt Rainier, we did a 9 hr hike so that pretty much sums up the week!
We were getting too comfortable hiking Crowders Mountain and Umstead Park so we needed to change our location. We decided to climb Mt Mitchell. For our Mt Rainier hike we will gain almost 10,000 feet in 2 days so we needed to train in a similar environment. Mt Mitchell doesn’t elevate that high but is the highest peak east of the Mississippi and the only peak close to us.
Mt Mitchell is located 127 miles northwest of Charlotte, NC and about 32 miles northeast of Asheville, NC. It’s the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains at 6,684 ft. and it’s beautiful up there! Driving through the Blue Ridge Parkway is awesome! I really wanted to drive a bit more while we were in the area but we needed to get hiking.
These 2 weeks were a bit of an adjustment just to get back into my regular training to climb Mt Rainier. I really enjoyed my time in Brazil and the pace of life down there!
I took 3 days off in week 10 to slowly get back into my weekly schedule, but was able to do a couple of Crossfit workouts, stair intervals and a long hike on Saturday.I was planning just to take 2 days off this week but Saturday was a long night! Catie and I went to a Justin Timberlake concert and then we went out with a friend we haven’t seen in a while, so a 5 hr hike plus a long night….a day off was required! The Saturday hike was the longest we’ve done so far and we needed to take snacks, lunch and plenty of water. For the hikes we’ve done prior to this one we’ve only taken water with the exception of the 4 hr hike in week 8 when we stopped and had some Açaí!! This hike was an excellent opportunity for us to start planning and trying the actual food/snacks we will be taking when we climb Mt Rainier. RMI Expeditions offers a meal plan for the days we will be up in Mt Rainier but they don’t offer a gluten free option.
To follow up on my last post , our final destination was Brazil!!
I was very fortunate to get tickets for a World Cup game and even better to get tickets for 3 games!!!! This has been a dream for me and today I am able to live it!
Below I want to thank everybody involved in making this happen:
Thank you FIFA for giving me the opportunity to buy tickets!
Thank you airbnb for providing me more options other than hotels with their ridiculous prices!
And finally, thank you to the Brits for inventing Fútbol (soccer or football) or at least creating a structure around it and letting it flourish in the British Isles and eventually the world, and becoming the most popular (and beautiful) sport in the universe!
On Friday of week 7 we took off for Brazil and our first stop was Miami. The MIA airport is awesome for layovers if you’re in the newer terminals. They have a lot of options for food, drinks and Catie’s favorite Cuban coffee, especially the Cortadito. Unfortunately our flight into Miami was delayed due to bad weather and we missed our connecting flight to Brazil so once we landed in Miami, coffee was not my priority. My priority was to get to Brazil!
After almost 3 hrs of running around the airport and talking to a bunch of people we were able to get a flight the next day to Brazil, so we stayed the night in Miami with my family. At least the next day we were well rested and ready for the World Cup only one day late!
We arrived Saturday night into Fortaleza in the state of Ceará located in the northeast of Brazil and I was ready to experience the World Cup! But I was quickly reminded by my lovely GF that we needed to hike for 3 hrs the next day. Good thing she came with me because I would’ve totally dismissed the training!
On this post I think I’m not going to write a lot about training!! I did in fact train on week 6 & 7 but my main focus was the FIFA World Cup. For those out there who don’t know what the FIFA World Cup is, it’s a Fútbol (soccer or football) international competition contested by 32 men’s national teams that is held every 4 years and the tournament lasts a month.
This year the tournament will be held in Brazil in 12 different cities. And by the way, the World Cup is the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world!! and I’m a huge Fútbol fan, so I will attempt to watch all 64 games live, ohh yes…. all of them….that’s my GOOOOOL!
The current format of the tournament has 8 groups of 4 teams each and they play against each other and only the top 2 teams of each group advance to the following round. In the group stage, teams accumulate points when they win (3 points) and when they tie (1 point) and zero points when they lose, so the top 2 teams with the majority of points advances to the next stage. Also……if teams have the same number of points at the end of all of their group stage games, whoever has the highest goal difference (goals made – goals received=goal difference) gets positioned in a higher place and the top 2 teams advance.
Hello everyone…hope all of you are enjoying the great weather we are having (at least here in the south we’re getting good weather!). I continue to prepare for Mt Rainier with muscular strength, endurance, & cardiovascular training. Hikes are becoming more comfortable and I’m getting really use to wearing my backpack.
This week was my little sisters High School graduation so Catie and I went down to Miami for a couple of days to spend time with my family, attend her graduation and eat some of Mama’s cooking!