Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Higher Gear

Alright. No more distractions. No more excuses. "Its too cold," "there's too much snow," "I'm tired," "I should be writing/cleaning/entertaining Maile the Great"...are no longer valid reasons for skipping out. Its time to kick my own ass and get moving. You see, I've got this beautiful machine that carries my mind, heart, and spirit to all the incredible places I want to go to in this world. And, the machine wants to move. Time to shift into a higher gear.

After, oh, I dunno, maybe 3 weeks, of thinking about it (aka lazy procrastination), I've completed my first training plan for this year's climb-o-rama. Time is flying faster than snow falling in our hills these days. Before long, the season will be in full swing. So, here 'tis, y'all. I cant wait to wake up with that familiar, lovely ache in my muscles again, and feel the glow of strength being built.

Yes, strength is important for hanging on in sketchy situations. Despite being a burly girly (in a past life, i'm pretty sure i was a hawaiian rock hauler who built heiau/temples), I know I cant rely on brut force alone. I need strong cardio and endurance to get me to the base of a climbs and to sustain strength through long days and routes. I need a sound, grounded mind to keep my head cool in airy situations that take my breath away. And, I need flexibility in body and mind to adapt to the terrain and conditions we come across. This plan is my attempt to work all of these aspects.

Included in my plan:
  • Hal Higdons free 12-week training schedules for half and full marathons. Whatever your distance, I highly recommend these (along with a running buddy for long, long runs). Hal has helped me complete 5+ half's and a marathon in '09.
  • Drills from friends in the twitterverse. Thanks jrmontag, TaxNerdAtPlay, and The Climber Girl for suggestions. Have one? Send it to me. (I have not read Eric Horsts books yet, but they come highly recommended. As soon as SPL has them ready at my library, I'll start reading and adding his suggestions in.)
  • Practicing yoga on-and-off the past 3 years, I've developed tools for maintaining mental peace and strength in addition to building physical strength. Eiric Ovrid of Yoga on Beacon, has been an amazing instructor for me -or teacher's assistant as he would prefer to be called- helping me to discover my own "teacher within". Whatever my mood, however much energy I have or lack, whatever my challenges are, I leave his class with an elevated feeling of calm, possibility, and optimism. As he says, "Its not good, its not bad, it just is."
    Maile the Great is a fan of OR's new climbing wall.
  • I'm lucky to work for a company that supports my "play." The new climbing wall at Outdoor Research is going to be a big part of my training ground, in addition to our workout room and proximity to the Seattle waterfront for lunch-time runs. 
    Wish me luck or better yet, join me now and again; I'm fueled by encouragement and camaraderie and would love your company. To quote a Sara-ism, "Shitballs."  This is going to hurt so good. Off I go.

    PS - music is key for me and training/working out. My dear friend Rachelle just sent a kicking mix-CD to get me moving and Kevin Rudolf's "Let It Rock" is my current fave (I havent figured out how to share this in a prettier way than the link, let me know if you want it).


    1. So awesome you posted this, Teresa! I found your blog through @theclimbergirl. Are you going to be posting your progress as well? I'd love to share it with other women at The Outdoor Women's Alliance if you are (and are up for that kind of thing!) One of our contributors just posted up a training blog for her double century ride she's going to be doing in Seattle and I think someone training for climbing would be a rad addition! We love to cheer each other on.

      Let me know if you're interested:

    2. Holy zip, your spreadsheet is awesome. And inspirational. A very smart way to get ready for the summer season. Right now I'm on the do-what-I-can-when-I-can workout mode. Perhaps I'll take some cues from you. Especially the "practice falling" part. Keep it up!

    3. Thanks for the encouragement, Gina and Julie. Phew... so far, i think the ass kicking is winning. I'm about 50/50 for completion but runs and climbing are starting to feel "lighter" and I'm experiencing less "ass gravity" - that lovely downward force in my head that makes me slow, heavy, and shorter than my normal 5'4".

      I've decided to give myself a point for every activity on the plan I complete. If i finish at 86% on greater, i'll consider that a success and have a sweet li'l reward in mind. Perhaps 86% is a cop-out, but I dont want to sabotage myself by forgetting that *life* can happen and intervene. What do you think; cop-out, or realistic?