Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday - July 29

Road Run
 - 3 miles
 - 24:36
 - 7:56 min/mile
 - temp was in the 90s today at noon.  First mile felt smooth but the heat was felt after that.  Feet were hot by the end.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Find Your Outside

Seneca Rocks, West Virginia, “Go to the stop sign.  There is only one.  Turn left and then turn left again across the bridge.  We’ll be camped next to the big tree in a quarter mile.”  These were my directions for October 9-11, 2009.  My job was to show up, with a tent and sleeping bag, but even that was understood to be optional.  It was time to climb something. 

Let’s back up a bit though.  As a child, I loved being outdoors and my parents and grandparents encouraged exploring.  We were outside a lot.  I would read books and magazines about far off places and the high reaches of the mountains held a mystique all their own.  Epic tales were told about these peaks and the challenges they presented.  I needed to go.  As John Muir said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.”  But I lived in Toledo, Ohio and was active in team sports, so the mountains would have to wait. 

I was fortunate to meet Chris Rice in 2006.  Chris at 60 years old, was a retired walking US Postal carrier and had climbed around the country and world for 20 years and invited me down after a grip sport competition.  He gave me the above date and directions.  If I showed up, we’d climb.  I arrived late Friday night, set up my tent and tried to sleep with the unknown ahead of me.  Saturday morning came soon enough with a cool 30 degrees.  I rolled out of my tent and looked East.  The Seneca Rocks south summit stood highlighted in the morning light, 900ft. above where we slept.  Chris just looked at me and said, “That’s where we’re going.  Lets eat.” 

Eggs, bacon, coffee and then loaded up our packs for the 30 minute hike to the base of the climb.  Our climbing route was to be ‘Banana’ to ‘Gunsight to South Peak’, three plus pitches of climbing.  ‘Banana’ was our most technical pitch rated at 5.6, but I managed the moves with Elvis legs.  I forgot to mention I have a fear of heights, but I was committed.  ‘Gunsight to South Peak’ was easier climbing, 5.3, BUT it’s exposed with 200ft. of air under you.  I had lots of self-talk going on and kept my nose glued to the wall in front of me.  We sat on what I believed to be the smallest ledge ever as I belayed Chris across the south peak traverse to the summit. 

The guidebook states to “walk, crawl or slither” across (oh wow) 200-300ft. of open air on either side of 2ft. of rock, I slithered and shaked.  At the summit, Chris asked if I wanted to stand?  Nope, I’m good sitting.  I’ve never been so scared and so excited at the same time.  After a few pictures, we down-climbed a short section to our rappels.  Back on the ground, I could finally breathe normally again.  I was enthralled and could not wait for more. 

The explorer bug that sat dormant for years was reawaken.  The call and mystique of the outside was ever-present, and I must go.  I have now also had the ability to lead others to these magical places.  Jack Keroauc wrote in The Dharma Bums,
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

So if you are tired of the confining walls and someone else’s Youtube adventure, come with me and #findyouroutside.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sunday - July 26

Hiking w/ Kyle and Kilo
 - Wooster Memorial Park
 - 1 hour 45 minutes
 - 4.2 miles
 - 45# pack, felt much more comfortable on the shoulders today.

Friday - July 24

Mountain Bike
 - Vultures Knob
 - 5.99 miles
 - 58 minutes
 - 6.2 mph average

Felt good for a casual ride.  First time this year cleaning every climbing on this course.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday - July 23

10 minutes traversing on the bouldering wall
 - definitely still fatigued from Tuesday's campus work

Hangboard – 10 minutes (each hang done on the minute, ten minutes total)
1st. 15 second hang – Jug
2nd. 1 pullup – Round Sloper
3rd. 10 second hang – Medium Edge
4th. 15 second hang w/ 3 shrugs – Pocket
5th. 20 second hang w/ 2 pullups – Large Edge
6th. 10 second hang – Round Sloper
         5 knee raises – Pocket
7th. 4 pullups – Large Edge
8th. 10 second hang – Medium Edge
9th. 3 pullups – Jug
10th. Hang as long as you can – Round Sloper - 40 sec.

Expand-the-hands bands

Later in the afternoon.....

50 reps of each
 - 24" Box Jump
 - Pullup
 - 16kg 2-arm Swing
 - walking lunge (total steps)
 - hanging knee raise
 - 45# push press
 - back extension
 - 8kg Wall Ball
 - burpees
 - Jump rope - double unders
Total Time: 43:07

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday - July 22

Road Run
 - 3 miles
 - time 22:48
 - 7:32 min/mile

Erg - drag factor #3
 - 20 minutes
 - 4709m
 - 2:07.4 ave/500m

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tuesday - July 21

10 minutes traversing on the bouldering wall
 - always at least one hand on the wall during rests.

Bench neck work
 - 3 x 10 all directions

Campus Board
 - Large Rungs x 1 rung at a time, matching each, right lead then left.
 - 4 trips up total

 - Large Rungs
 - 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 (right then left lead)
 - 1-3-5-7-9 (right then left lead)

Expand-the-hands bands