I need to be in tip-top physical (and mental) shape for my Grand Canyon trip in the later half of May.
Here are my stats:
- 168 lbs as of 3/15. I don’t have a scale so I depend on the one at the gym. I’m about 5’5″.
- Emotional vegetarian.
- Strong walker.
- Working towards a modified primal living lifestyle by restricting carbs, embracing dairy and enjoying avocadoes & nuts (along with plenty of veggies).
- Consistently track my food.
- Previously flirted with running and swimming.
- Have had issues with my post-tibial tendon and shin splints.
- Occasionally hit up the gym for the elliptical and abs machine.
- Currently advanced beginner to mid-level yogi (I can hold my own in Steve’s class! .. though I may wimper a little).
All I know for this trip is the following:
- Start early.
- For the lower body and for endurance walk, jog, run, use the treadmill, elliptical, and stairs, etc. Legs need to be in condition and used to downhill and uphill.
- For carrying the backpack work to strengthen the upper body, stomach and back area: swimming, weights, fitness machines, walk with a weighted backpack.
- Most of the backpack weight will be transferred to hips, so stomach and lower back exercises and stretches are important.
- Break in hiking boots.
- Enjoy the heat!
- Consider the change in elevation.
- Secondarily: losing weight should help.
Here are my foci:
I need to lose weight. I’m not concerned with a particular amount by the time of the trip since any bit will help, but I do have long-term weight-loss goals. As far as I’m concerned, a proper diet is all one needs to lose weight (quantity AND quality).
- back machine: back
- crunch machine: core
- Stairmaster: legs, endurance
- elliptical HIIT: legs, heart
Running: endurance, legs, tendons
Swimming: upper body, upper back, some core
Walking with loaded daypack (30-35 lbs) & boots: upper body, lower back, upper back, core, endurance, heat, confidence
Yoga (Hatha): stretching, flexibility, general strengthening (core, legs, upper body)
I know I’m already behind and that this will be a tough journey. I have plenty of doubts of my own. I’m hoping that by tracking and having a visual sense of my progress I can succeed in making this hike the best it can be!