Thursday, 10 May 2012
6 Weeks to go...training is stepped up!
It's insane how fast this journey is going...just the other day we were booking flights (March?) and here we are approaching June...scary and exciting at the same time.
With 6 weeks to go, I feel quite confident (yikes) that my fitness levels are on track - I'll never be quite as fit as the men on the team, but I can hold my own...I'm more of a slowly does it kind of person....I will do it, but not at the speed of lightening!
I learnt a few interesting things from a climber at Trappers store the other day....people with low blood pressure generally fare quite well with altitude...maybe that's why I never got one headache on Kili? But on the other hand I have awful circulation, especially to my feet - worrying when there's metal in there...only time will tell!
So my training pretty much looks like this at the moment: EVERY day...no more rest days (unless I've done a long hard race)...at least 1 hour of intense workouts. I generally do 60 minutes on the stairmaster - with ankle weights (2kg each) - they are hardcore, when I take them off I feel as light as a feather!
I also walk briskly on 15%/highest incline on the treadmill with these weights....man talk about sweating (or as Kate would say - I 'glow').
Running is always part of my training, at least every second day for an hour. On weekends I generally do a long run or race.
I will be adding my pack to the mix pretty soon, as well as heading to the gorgeous Drakensberg for some serious hiking...I cannot wait!
Weekends are also not complete without a visit to the infamous 'Westcliff Steps' - every time I go I really get worried that I'm not fit enough...but then anyone running up stairs at altitude will get out of breath, so I must just chill and believe in myself....Herewith some pics of the steps and the superb views from there...
I'm really getting super excited now, but also really worried about my 2 girls - they are older now and are asking very valid questions...I don't think watching the current season of Everest - The death zone - is helping much either :-).....but more on safety and all that later!