Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mountain Project and fall outings

For almost a year, I have been basing my training approach on advice from Mike Wolfe and his new business, Mountain Project.  And I continue to grow stronger and more durable, both racing and in the mountains.  I recently got in touch with Mike again after a summer of hard high intensity work, and was reminded once again how helpful his insight has been.
A couple of my home strength workouts.  Stale.
Looking forward to working with Mike to focus this hard but very important work.
As the days get shorter, and folks turn from a summer of playing outside to more focused work in the gym, I heartily recommend working with Mountain Project to sharpen your preparation for ski season or any other demanding mountain sport.  Mike has spent over a decade pushing his body to (and at times over) the limit, and as a result, has a complete understanding of what works and does not.  He is also a mountain athlete in the purest sense, and has tuned his training for moving efficiently in the mountains.  Check it out here.

Here's to a few weeks of alternating between strength work in the gym, hanging out with Mr. Samuel, and trapsing around the hills, soaking in the wonder of of fall.
Snowbowl lap with Sam.
Throw in golden larch and a few sets of baby squats and you have yourself a nice fall outing.
Since Blue Mountain, I have been out a reasonable amount, but have generally been skunked by weather.  Jeffrey and I tried to do a Sweeney peak/Holloway lake loop in the Bitterroot on a frosty Saturday morning, but bailed on the ridge traverse due to rime ice and hateful, biting wind.  We still ran up through the beautiful chain of lakes to Holloway, and made it into a quality outing.  Must get back and do this one soon.
Snow at Holloway lake.  Feeling vindicated with our decision to bail from the alpine.
Jeffrey, heading home.
I also failed massively on the must-do North to West fork Loop in the Great Burn.  I turned around at the Stateline in a semi-hypothermic state after being hammered with rain for several hours.  Ditto on getting back to do this one.
Rainy day in the Great Burn.
Members of these conservation partners in the Great Burn may be
diametrically opposed politically, but are working together
to make a positive difference on the ground.  Thanks.
And, after rain put the kibosh on a planned Lolo pass bike ride, I did my first 100-mile bike outing, riding to Hamilton and back on the paved Bitterroot trail, with a small additional detour to fill 'er out to 100 mi.  Aside from an hour of unpleasant 40 degree rain and getting a little whopped by 6 hours on the bike, it was a fun outing.  

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