Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Getting back in the game

This past weekend I decided my IT band had rested long enough and it was time to test it out a bit. The truth is I've been too busy to do much anyway, but moving in to a 3rd floor apartment has probably been a decent workout by itself.

Anyway, I decided to get on the treadmill in the workout room at our apartment complex. I figured this would be a good way to feel things out while allowing the option of stopping at any time without a long walk back to a trailhead.

I ended up doing about 2 miles of mostly easy running/jogging plus one hard mile in the middle. I had basically no pain, just a couple minor twinges. Things felt good enough that I did a similar routine tonight. I'm not having any pain, but it does feel a bit tight/stiff so I'm keeping up with the ice and stretching, but I'm cautiously optimistic for now. I think it's going to be a while before I'm back up to 10+ mile trail runs, but 2-3 miles on the treadmill is a good first step.

Also, I was pleasantly surprised to find out I'm still in pretty decent shape despite my 2 or 3 weeks without much running/hiking. On Saturday I did a 6 minute mile and today I did a 5:30 mile, but I think that was wind aided since the AC vent was behind me. I'm not sure how the treadmill stacks up against running on a track as far as difficulty, but for now I'm pleased with that. Despite the monotony of running while staring at a wall, it's kind of cool to be able to exactly control your pace and effort and see an immediate measure of your fitness. I haven't really done this since I ran track and cross country in high school.

For now my plan is to ease back into things and up the mileage very slowly. Hopefully over the next several weeks I'll keep feeling better and be back to normal sometime in September.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Flagstaff bouldering

Well, I'm back from Vail, but as I expected, I had no time to get out for a hike. However, I did get up to Flagstaff to go bouldering yesterday morning. Over the past month or so, my climbing has pretty much been cut to zero. Between moving, work and trying to study for a prelim. exam later this month I just haven't had much time. The previous time I climbed was about 2 weeks ago and I was unable to do First Overhang (V5), a problem I flashed.

Brock and I got up to Flagstaff yesterday morning before 9 and headed to Upper Y wall. We warmed up a bit and hopped on the Upper Y traverse. This is one of three excellent moderate traverses on the mountain, Three of a Kind Traverse and the Monkey Traverse being the other two. They're all about V4 in my opinion and all require some figuring out to suss out all the beta.

Anyway, I surprised myself by falling off the last move of the traverse on my first attempt, completing the second half on my second and sending the full traverse on my third. Despite feeling like I've lost a lot of finger strength, apparently my endurance is still decent.

If you're wanting to work on endurance, all three of these traverses are pretty close to one another so try running laps on them. I've done all three in a session, and in the future I'd like to see how many times I can do them all in a single session. As usual, I forgot my camera, so no pictures. However, I'll leave you with this awesome guide to Flagstaff bouldering which includes most of the problems on Flagstaff. Also, here are links to pages which describe these three traverses (Upper Y, Three of a Kind, and Monkey).

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Well, I'm pretty much moved in to my new apartment so updates should pick up soon. In the mean time, here's a very brief update.

The wife and I got a kitten the other day. Her name is Sammie, she's just over 2 months old and she's extremely cute. She's been pretty well behaved for a kitten, even going straight to the litter box. Here are a few pictures:

Tomorrow I'm off to Vail to present a paper at a conference. I'll only be there for 2 days so I won't have much free time, but I'd love to get in a hike if I can. I'll post up pictures if I get outside at all.