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MOAB149
03-28-2010, 06:10 PM
Just wondering how the rest of you train for a STP or any other ascent for that matter. Last year, my wife and I covered about fifty miles on the AT including trips up Canon, Lafayette, Jackson and Washington. We started training in March. Lots of hiking, walking, jogging and biking. Including three shackdown hikes on the AT here in PA. Bet we covered several hundred miles before setting off for the Franconia/Presidential ranges. Anyway, we still struggled on Mt Washington. Maybe because we did Lafayette the day before. Just wondering what some of you do to prepare. Stairmaster, Eliptical bleachers at the local stadium. Suggestions, advise please.
Cheers,
Dave

Charlie
03-28-2010, 08:17 PM
well i try to go to the gym every other day but i work 4-10hr days and some times i just dont want to go after work .most of the time if i know im going on a big hile i will make sure i go to the gym a lot before that day

Brad
03-28-2010, 08:59 PM
I am thinking about it.

Snow Miser
03-29-2010, 12:42 PM
Usually I try to do as many hikes as possible before July to build up my endurance. When time is limited, I do a lot of aerobic walking up and down the steep hills in my neighborhood. This seems to work quite well.

MOAB149
03-29-2010, 09:31 PM
Bob,
I hit the Stairmaster today at the gym. Wow, that thing can beat you up. Anyway, I'm gonna try to work up to six miles on it by July.
Cheers,
Dave

Snow Miser
03-30-2010, 07:35 AM
Bob,
I hit the Stairmaster today at the gym. Wow, that thing can beat you up. Anyway, I'm gonna try to work up to six miles on it by July.
Cheers,
Dave

Dave, You will be ready for any mountain after doing six miles on a Stairmaster. Good luck.:)

mtruman
03-30-2010, 08:10 AM
As much walking and hiking as possible is our routine. Lafayette the day before certainly could have been your problem. We did that it reverse a couple of years ago - starting a 4 day hut to hut (with Franconina Ridge the first day) the day after STP. Day 2 was really tough. Amazingly it got better after that.

Brad&Val
03-31-2010, 06:53 PM
Running hills usually keeps me fairly fit, but there is nothing to compare with actually hitting the trail. I find that hiking increases my comfort level with uneven footing and helps to strengthen my core and leg muscles which help my knees on those long descents.

I would also suggest resting for a day or two prior to any major hike. When ever I do a Presi traverse or something of that magnitude, I will usually rest at least the day prior.

MOAB149
03-31-2010, 10:39 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. My knees are my Achilles heel, LOL. I always wear braces and plan to for STP '10.

Snow Miser
04-01-2010, 07:51 AM
Dave, I think for many of us "somewhat" older folk, the knees are a weak point. I used to have trouble with mine, but began taking NutraJoint a couple years ago, and I feel it has really helped. Some may say it doesn't work, but either way, I have far less trouble with my knees during and after hikes.

njhiker
04-01-2010, 10:28 PM
I typically hike about 4 -5 times per week typically for 2 hours on weekdays and on the weekends for up to 4 hours. Each time I carry my 2 1/2 year old on my back along with water and my camera equipment. The weight helps and my boy loves the hikes and being outdoors.....

Only problem is, now he can hike a pretty decent/steep hill near me which is 1 mile up and 1 mile down. He is getting to the point where I'm afraid he won't let me carry him anymore!

MOAB149
04-06-2010, 08:54 AM
Here's another question concerning long climbs like STP. What do you recommend as a pre-hike meal?
Cheers,
Dave

Snow Miser
04-06-2010, 03:01 PM
Last year our pre-hike breakfast consisted of these breakfast sandwiches (http://jimmydean.com/products/muffin-sandwiches-sausage-egg-cheese-on-a-muffin.aspx) which we were able to microwave up quickly. We combined them with some coffee, OJ and milk. Of course, we did stay in a motel so there was a microwave available.

For the trail, we brought granola bars, trail mix, and my favorite Rosie's (http://rosiesbeefjerky.com/) Beef Jerky.

MOAB149
04-06-2010, 03:32 PM
Thanks Bob. Some days, I feel great on the trail and other days I'm just not feeling it. I normally start my day with coffee, fruit and oatmeal. At my age I need an edge. Although, I'm proud to report I celebrated my 59th birthday yesterday, with a 100 mile bike ride. Afterward, I was so wound up I could not get to sleep until after midnight. Wow, talk about the endorphin high. I was on cloud nine. BTW, for lunch, I munched on fresh strawberries, Hershey Kisses and Rice Cakes. Also consumed two quarts of Vitamin water during the day. This part of Pennsylvania is not too flat so I still lost five pounds on those hills around Gettysburg.
Cheers,
Dave

Snow Miser
04-06-2010, 07:16 PM
Happy Birthday Dave! Wow, that's incredible that you did a 100 mile bike ride by yourself. I know some people that do that kind of mileage, but there is always a group of 20 - 30 bikers. Hats off to ya!!!:)

Charlie
04-06-2010, 07:54 PM
well Dave your not the oldest for STP Brad has you beat ,and when i started STP i said if i hike with an old man this should be cake . well let me tell you i was wrong he kicked my but .
but he is the best person to hike with we set a pace and he does not show off by hiking to fast for me . last year we had Ed O hike with us and he to is great to hike with .
lets just say i gave them plenty of times to stop and take pictures [ and wait for me to catch up ;) :rolleyes: :D ]

MOAB149
04-06-2010, 08:48 PM
I'll be going up the mountain with two of my former Scouts. Both are college athletes. It's gonna be interesting.