So, now I’m pretty much packed up and ready to head back home tomorrow. Been out at the Springs again for the last week and a half. Pretty busy time here, too.
Got a classroom session learning about fly fishing last Thursday, followed up by the field portion the following Saturday. That was quite… interesting. It was a long day in the out doors; standing in a freezing stream from about 0900 to 1430 (a partial fasting day) whilst being buffeted by constant 25 mph winds, and the occasional snow/sleet/rain. But a good day out of doors, nonetheless. I’m seriously thinking of taking this up as a recreation and excuse to get outdoors when I get back home.
I went up to a cliff dwellings site up in Manitou Springs and crawled all over it. Pretty cool.
PT-wise, I was pretty active, this time. I’ve learned *not* to PT the first day or two out here. When I first started coming out here, I thought it would be best to acclimate by immediately hitting the gym, sometimes even before doing any unpacking except for the PT gear. I figured that would stimulate my system to adapt to the altitude quicker. But, it seemed that I always ended up getting bad headaches and super-dry sinuses after doing that.
So, I backed off, rested a couple of days, and boom… little or none of the symptoms of altitude problems (and–it is super-dry out here in Colorado). I don’t know if it’s a coincidence, or if I’ve finally adapted pretty well, and only slightly detuned after not being here for a couple of months, or, if indeed it was the resting a couple of days that did it. But hey, if and when I come back, I’ll use the same strategy.
After those couple of days of rest, I hit the gym in the morning and did a basic PT. Started with 20 minutes of intervals on the recumbent stationary bike, then jumped up for the first half of the UAW (Ultimate Aerobic Workout–now that I think about it, it should be called the Ultimate AN-aerobic Workout…), which takes about 15-20 minutes of lactic acid-building effort.
After a day off or so, I did another morning PT, following a Tabata protocol, using the GYMBOSS for the 20 sec on/10 sec off, for 8 rounds… and doing four cycles of that. I started with pulldowns on the cable machine, switched over to ballistic push ups on the ab bench (using the bench to do non-standard hand positioning push ups), then hit the floor for eight rounds of abs of different stripes, and finished up with jumping lunges. THAT was a tough one, lemme tell ya. Another guy was there, and we finished up around the same time. He noticed my training shoes (the Asics wrestling shoes) and the way I was training, and asked if I was a wrestling coach… 🙂
Saturday was the all-day outdoor adventure, which, though it sounds easy, ended up being fairly taxing.
Sunday found me hiking all about the cliff dwellings, and Monday’s treat was a morning raid similar to the earlier Tabata day. For some fun, I used the cable machine to do clean and jerks this time, and varied the other exercises somewhat.
As it was a fasting day, I went ahead and did an afternoon session, too, taking a Tabata run/walk for the first eight rounds, then recovered for a long walk, interspersed occasionally with a run along the way. I ended going a ways up from my hotel, then found a nice park (Monument Valley Park, I think), then back “home.” Just about 2.26 miles or 3.64 klicks. Not a killer, just something to keep me busy and warm.
So, I’m looking at getting one more in tomorrow morning before going in to work, and heading out to the airport after. Maybe that’ll help me relax more for the journey back. We’ll see…