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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #30 on: July 16, 2007, 05:42:03 PM »
Geez!  A 12-hour hike!  Reminds me of when I was in Japan and climbed Mt. Fuji, an altitude gain of about 12,000 feet.  By choice!  Took me 11 hours.  Needless to say, I was wiped when I reached the top (awesome view), and slept in one of the little shacks they have on top of the mountain. 
You slept well, no?  :D I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. Sounds like an awesome hike! Did you have to use a guide or something? 8000 feet is the tallest I've ever climbed. You put that to shame.  :P Much of this hike was around 5000 - 5500 ft.

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #31 on: July 17, 2007, 09:31:56 AM »
Yep, I slept really well on top of Fuji-san.  It started raining about 4 in the morning, and was still raining heavily (and cold! Probably in the low 40s) when I started down the mountain at about 7 AM.  I had a poncho, but still got soaked. 

No guide- there is a road that goes part way up Mt. Fuji, and a well-established trail.  Hundreds of thousands (I've seen estimates of 300,000) of locals and tourists make the climb every year, via the established route.  But I didn't go up that way.. I walked from the town of Gotemba (where I had taken the train to, from where I lived in Zama, near Yokohama).  Instead of taking the road, which winds up the mountainside, I saw a place where I could go straight up the slope, shortening my distance.  It was interesting, because Fuji is a volcanic cone, and the lower slopes consist of this loose, black sandy volcanic material.  Imagine trudging up a sand dune for hours, going up thousands of feet.  I doubt if many people climbing Fuji do it that way- the vast majority drive up the road to one of the 4 or 5 "stations" and take the trail from there.  I eventually reached the trail, probably at about 8,000 feet.  The last few thousand feet before the summit are the hardest, because of the thinning air, and because of the steepness of the trail.  I'd like to try it again, if I ever go back to Japan.  I think I'm in good enough shape right now that I could do the same climb I did back then (1988).

Btw KP, as much mountain hiking as you do, I think you could do the Fuji climb easily.  Highly recommended to anyone with any interest in hiking who will be visiting Japan.  Climbing season is July and August- all the other months of the year, there is usually snow on top.  I can understand why it's one of the most photographed peaks in the world- it's a gorgeous, symmetrical mountain, and when you approach it, the hugeness of it boggles the mind.  It seems to keep its distance, until you're actually part-way up the slope.  :o

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6901.html
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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #32 on: August 07, 2007, 12:56:38 AM »
Well Doug, I'm not gonna to try as long as it means getting to Japan by foot first.  :P Money is sort of tight.

I like mountains with no real road. Just a track. And a lake on the way up. For fishing. I like.  :)

6 km jog before breakfast this morning. I'm not a fan of working out on an empty stomach, but for some reason I've had good experiences with that this year. Hilly route. PWO: 0.5 l pomegranate juice.

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #33 on: August 10, 2007, 03:25:16 PM »
6 km jog, same route, Friday Aug 10th. Much colder this morning. Unfortunately extremely warm from then on off... I need colder weather for a while now...  :-\ Not rain, though.  ::)

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #34 on: August 11, 2007, 03:47:26 AM »
YES!!!!!!! I GOT MY WEATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!  :) Ah... I feel so alive (compared to the rest of the week anyway).  :) 

Weight training, upper body (total 50 min). 2 walks of 30 min each with my dog. Later, I have planned a 3h (?) hike.

I'm doing this... how do I explain it. I do 100 rep of squats, lunges, kick backs, step ups - exercises for emÖ gluteus maximus. I divide it into 10 rep at the time, and try to reach a total 100 rep throughout the day. I just work it in, in my daily life. I noticed it when I injured both my hands at the same time a few years ago, I used my (mostly left) foot to open/close/turn off things. My left side became much firmer than my right. It's so easy, yet so effective. Also daily: 50 sit ups, 20 push ups and some exercises for my back (2x10). No weights of course, since itís technically not exercise.


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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #35 on: August 14, 2007, 12:07:08 AM »
3 km jog two days ago.

6 km jog this morning.

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #36 on: August 23, 2007, 07:44:21 AM »
The weather has  been extremely warm lately, making my life miserable. My allergies are killing me. Worst part is I'm not looking forward to shorter, colder days either. I'm guessing where I've lived the past year made it worse. The indoor climate is horrible. You just hope you wont get ill, you know...

Today: 45 min biking. PWO: 20 g protein powder, 5 dl blueberry/ grape juice (no sugar).

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #37 on: August 23, 2007, 12:52:52 PM »
Body weight training 1h 5min. I forgot how much fun it was (and hard)!
PWO: 20 g protein powder, 3 dl no sugar fruit juice and 1 large apple.

It's always fun to see what the fruit juice actually contain, the name isn't always soothing. This one wasn't that bad, but the name can often be misleading. It reads: Big: Raspberries, Grape and Aronia. Smaller letters: Apple, Strawberries, Red Currant. Ingredients: 44% grapes, 29% apple, 20% raspberries, 5% aronia, 1% strawberries, 1% red currant. Wasn't too far from the truth. I'm sort of impressed.  :P

Also today: morning walk with the dog, usually 20-30 min. Afternoon walk: 1 h 15 min. Soon adding evening walk - guessing 20-30 min too. The afternoon walk I've really come to enjoy. It's stress relief big time.

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #38 on: August 23, 2007, 10:26:22 PM »
6 km jog (about 30 min). The hills are still a little rough.  :P Didn't sleep well tonight, and that definitely didn't help.
PWO: 5 dl fruit juice (- 50g carbs).

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #39 on: August 24, 2007, 05:41:40 AM »
Weight training, upper body 1 h. I'm gonna feel this...  :-\
PWO: Medium apple, 10g protein powder/ 3 dl orange juice (no sugar of course) and 20g protein powder.

I haven't desided where to take my dog for a walk this afternoon. I want to change it up, but there is this one route I really like. We drive up in the mountain. Just about where the tree line starts to break up, pretty flat at first, then it's modest uphill. Lakes, fresh air, scenery...  :)

My uncle is taking this years hunter's test (whatever it's called), and he wants me to come with him to the shooting range. Me don't want to. I got my license last year, and went with him then, but I didn't hunt much (eh pretended to). Ugh. Better come up with some sort of excuse pretty soon. He's the type of guy that doesn't take no for an answer (and that only pops into my life whenever he wants something from me). His son is almost old enough now, so maybe I'm off the hook next season. It's not like I'm going to get what I shoot anyway. It's split between the entire team.

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #40 on: August 24, 2007, 10:13:09 AM »
Weight training, upper body 1 h. I'm gonna feel this...  :-\
PWO: Medium apple, 10g protein powder/ 3 dl orange juice (no sugar of course) and 20g protein powder.

I haven't desided where to take my dog for a walk this afternoon. I want to change it up, but there is this one route I really like. We drive up in the mountain. Just about where the tree line starts to break up, pretty flat at first, then it's modest uphill. Lakes, fresh air, scenery...  :)


Sounds like you're doing great, KP.  Yes, you'll feel your muscles- in resistance training, DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is especially strong in muscle groups you haven't worked in a while, or if you work them with different exercises.  But I actually look forward to DOMS, because it signals that I had an effective workout, and that the muscles involved will grow back a little stronger than they were.  That's a good thing!

I really like being in the mountains, although our mountains in San Diego County aren't high enough to have a 'treeline'- the peaks are covered with trees at about 6,000 feet (Mt. Laguna).  We have a couple of mountains up near L.A. in Riverside County, I think, which are 11-12,000 feet, but that's about a 2-3 hour drive and I have only been up there a couple of times in 6 years.  I should do some hikes in our San Diego mountains, since they are very accessible.  Lakes, fresh air, scenery- yep, all good stuff.   :)

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #41 on: August 25, 2007, 10:27:01 AM »
Sounds like you're doing great, KP.  Yes, you'll feel your muscles- in resistance training, DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is especially strong in muscle groups you haven't worked in a while, or if you work them with different exercises.  But I actually look forward to DOMS, because it signals that I had an effective workout, and that the muscles involved will grow back a little stronger than they were.  That's a good thing!

I really like being in the mountains, although our mountains in San Diego County aren't high enough to have a 'treeline'- the peaks are covered with trees at about 6,000 feet (Mt. Laguna).  We have a couple of mountains up near L.A. in Riverside County, I think, which are 11-12,000 feet, but that's about a 2-3 hour drive and I have only been up there a couple of times in 6 years.  I should do some hikes in our San Diego mountains, since they are very accessible.  Lakes, fresh air, scenery- yep, all good stuff.   :)

You like doms?!  ::)  I'm not one of those people!  ;)

The treeline around here varies, but at the lowest I think it's 700 m. That's, what, 2.300 ft? It's always strange seeing peoples (Americans) photos from mountain hikes, there is almost none with real mountain terrain (well, glaciers). I used to be like, "those people don't go for real hikes!" Kidding!   ;D It is weird how much of a difference there can be.

I sure didn't know much about San Diego County, at all.  :-[ You have that tall mountains?.. It's not great when the drive is going to be longer than the actual hike, no. 

Hope you get a chance some time soon. It's well worth it! :)

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #42 on: August 25, 2007, 10:30:27 AM »
Body weight training 1 h 15 min. No real PWO.

My dog ran off this morning, so I didn't go for a morning walk with him. I haven't decided whether to walk him this evening, either. I'm sort of avoiding him today, and I hid all his toys. Tomorrow I can't be mad, but today; a little.  :-X

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« Reply #43 on: August 26, 2007, 07:21:51 AM »
Yep, couldn't resist the rain and storm so we went up in the mountains for an evening hike last night. Waterfilled bogs. "Hooray..." I was dressed well, so atleast I wasn't cold. 1 h 10 min.

Today: body weight training 1h 20 min. PWO: 5 dl orange juice and 20 g protein powder.

I think my right leg is turning slightly outwards in the hip. My hamstrings are tighter on that side. Always has been. Maybe I'll talk to my doctor about it so he can send me to a physiotherapist. It should have been done ages ago. It gives me trouble with the knee too. Those people take pretty well paid, though.  :(

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #44 on: August 26, 2007, 11:19:52 AM »
Hike in the forest with the dog 1 h 20 min. Rain coming down in buckets.