8:42:39 (Part 2)

31 05 2007

Balancing Act!One of the main reasons I was able to do this was the workouts. Over the last 5 weeks we have done a lot of good things that have prepared me physically for this hike. This is every exciting for me since I am 31 now and I am doing some of the most physically/mentally demanding activities of my life and I thought that I would slowly become a couch potato :).The Snow of Spring!Back to the story. The first hour and 20 min was a slow incline through Lynn Valley. From there you hit the mountain straight on. It is like climbing a wall for 30 min. After that you have about 30 min of steady incline and then you meat the snow. This is where things changed… there was fog everywhere and our visibility was about 25 meters. This is normally not bad but if you don’t know where the peak is and the markers are under a meter of snow you depend on the visibility to find you way.Hanging by a ThreadWe reached a point were we found foot prints in the snow, which had most likely been there for less than a week, so we followed them for about 30 min until we reached a river. At this point the markers were on the other side of the river so we climbed down about 2 meters of snow to the bedrock of the river. Crossed the river by hopping rocks and then climbed another wall of snow on the other side! (I loved this part!)I was exhausted by now but we had decided to make it up to the top of theKneel to the Mountain mountain and we were not going to give up because we were tired! We followed a few more markers and then there was nothing. No foot prints. No markers. I guess this is the part of the story where I tell you that I have a compass in my watch and that if got lost we could follow our own foot prints through the snow (just in case you were worried).ClimbThe next logical step was to gain altitude. Although we did not know the path, we did know that our goal was to get to the highest place around, so we started climbing the side of the mountain again. This time through the snow. Actually, we used the snow to climb. We would punch wholes in the snow with our feet and gained on the mountain side one step at the time. THIS WAS VERY PAINFUL. Both me and Shane were stopping every few steps to let the muscles have a rest and then we would continue on.aeTo be continued…

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Stretching

31 05 2007

Among some of the challenges that I have faced over the last seven weeks, the greatest has been stretching. We do worm ups before our workout but we have left the stretching to be done at the end of the day to increase flexibility and improve circulation in the muscles (When I stretch at night my workouts are greatly enhanced!)The hardest part of doing the stretches for me is remembering to do it. I know that it sounds a little pathetic but when you have been at work all day, come home to play with the kids, put the kids to bed and cleaned up the house, ones memory has good reasons to have faded.Since I have never been a very disciplined person I have had to look for a structure to fit it into. So, now do my stretches during the commercial brakes while watching ‘Scrubs’ at 10:00 pm. 🙂 I know… even more pathetic!ae 





The Whole Picture

31 05 2007

The Whole PicWhen in search for a fitness regime that works for us (often based on what the guys and gals doing it look like;), generally, we tend to really focus in on the exercise program itself. We tend to overlook the other things that go along with it. Primarily diet and sleep. Then as we move thru the program and find ourselves not looking like those aforementioned guys and gals of idol worship, any number of things happens. We get discouraged and stop working out all together. We get pissed off, stating it doesn’t work and stop working out all together. We don’t question the validity of what we are doing, we don’t change, we just keep going…..for months, even years, waiting for our desired outcome to manifest itself (still with the same results).

So to ensure that we, here at Gym Jane, give you the whole picture, we’re going to elaborate, just a tad, on the other stuff we do outside of the workouts. Nothing complicated or anything, just the little extra’s that help make a difference.

Now remember, these aren’t the hard and fast rules. These are things that we’ve found work for us. And you may find, if you are able to incorporate them into your day to day life, that you’ll get more, not just out of the workouts, but out of what the workouts do for you.

For elaboration see: Diet, Stretch, Sleep

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8:42:39 (Part 1)

30 05 2007

Starting OffThis number might seem like nothing to the average person but when you are trying to find your way through a trail that has not been opened yet because it is buried under a couple meters of snow this number is a painful one. (it should also be said that the markers were under the snow!)This number is how long we hiked looking for Coliseum Mountain (outskirts of Vancouver, BC). It stands at 1440 meters above the sea level and it is rated for expert hikers. According to the leaflets at the park there are a few precautions that should be taken when on this trail: have a topographical map of the area, only trail during the summer and make sure to be ready for an intense 10 hour hike!Finding the HillSo… let revise what we had. We had a leaflet that told us what things we need to make sure to have, food and gear. I should add at this point that our gear for hiking is at the same stage as the gear for our gym. It is rudimentary at best. To illustrate my point, as part of my gear I was carrying a poncho!According to our calculations we were short on the requirements but given that we only red the leaflet when we were 4 hours into the hike, there was little to do about it.Keep on Walking!It was hands down one of the most demanding physical activities I have ever been involved in. Apart from the temperatures which ranged from a 16 c to close to zero at the top and the lack of proper gear, the terrain was quite demanding and traitorous. There were a couple of times where we were climbing straight up the side of the mountain and one of those was in snow! I should clarify that I LOVED this hike. It might seem that I was in constant pain* or that I was cold the whole time** or that we were lost,*** but I have a great experience.ae* YEP** MOSTLY*** Men NEVER Get Lots





The KettleBells

30 05 2007

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These hunks of iron add a whole different dynamic to your workout. They challenge your balance, coordination, mobility, not to mention all the teeny, tiny muscles that can otherwise go unnoticed during isolated movements, being compensated by the bigger, pretty ones. These were the only weight resistence tool used for nearly 2 years, before moving into the system we use now. They are about $100.00 and go up as the weight goes up. But so completely worth it! One weight will give you all you need for months to come, as you learn all the nuances to make it more challenging. Purchased these thru DD, although there are many other places that sell them.





Dare

30 05 2007

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat”.

Theodore Roosevelt





The Look!

29 05 2007

After much public pressure its time to get pictures on this thing. For most of you the pictures will not be a new thing since we have not really advertised the site a lot but for all the old viewers we are removing some major eye soars and adding some new colour!

We have also made some visual changes.

We hope you like it.

ae