Blog posts in Training

Mayflower Gulch Training Day

As I plan for my Mt. Huntington ascent, I’m training for the long hard days that are typical for big Alaska climbs. It’s important to mix up cardio, strength and just being outside on your feet all day. Backcountry skiing last week at Mayflower Gulch between Copper Mountain and Leadville provided the perfect setting. Timmy O’Neill described it as a “cathedral of gendarmes plastered with late season snow.” Deep in the cirque, I could hear the echo of the ridgeline standing out against the immensity of the sky.

Echo Location Part 1: Batman in Training

I love creating systems which break new ground. Lucky for me, an amazing sensory system for navigating as a blind person already exists. It's essentially what bats do, a kind of echo location, mastered by the guru, Daniel Kish. Flash Sonar is the name Daniel coined, in which you make sharp clicks with your tongue and listen to how the sound echoes off objects to figure out their size, shape, and distance. Most blind people have learned to do this to some degree, but it’s passive and not developed with a conscious process.

Diamond Down

Three weeks ago, I was in Phoenix giving a presentation and planned a kayak adventure on the side. Diamond Down is a 53-mile section of the Colorado River about 4 hours from Phoenix. It travels through the last stretch of the Grand Canyon and makes for a perfect day trip. It’s also perfect training for the longer 277-mile run of the GC that I have my sites set on for next fall. We actually had to cancel our first trip scheduled for mid-September.

No Barriers South Pole Allied Challenge Meets the Queen

It is utterly amazing to witness individuals who push themselves to show the world what determination, teamwork, and a common vision can accomplish. Imagine cross-country skiing nine miles a day with a total of 208 miles over the course of 16 days in temperatures as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit and winds blasting against you at 50mph. To add icing on the cake, put yourself in the shoes of someone pulling 154 pounds on an arctic sledge with your eyes and hearts set on the vision of reaching the South Pole.

Trail Running with Uri

Here is a short video of me running with my guide dog. We both love getting out for a romp!

Spring Skiing

When you ask folks in Colorado about the skiing this season, there is a collective groan of disappointment. The year before, we were spoiled by one of the biggest and best snow years on record and now we are feeling a bit let down. Nonetheless, spring is the time to get out and enjoy ski mountaineering on the higher peaks! Warm, sunny days followed by cool nights help consolidate the snowpack, making it relatively safe from avalanches. This stability enables backcountry skiers to enjoy the steep bowls and chutes that are too dangerous earlier in the season.

Recovery

Recovery is a vital part of training. And the older I get, the more I have to recover! All those accumulated little injuries begin to take a toll. While rest and massage great ways to heal your body, lately I've been receiving treatments of cold laser therapy. This is a clinically-proven method for stimulating your body's own healing mechanisms. Check out this video to learn more:  

Training for the River, Part 2

Here is the second part of my training with Anton video. I should point out that this is just one of many workouts that he puts me through. We mix it up a lot and I'm always worn out by the end of a session! Next will see some healing that he helps me with. If you have questions for Anton Ferguson, you can reach him by email: contact@fitnesslaser.com

Training for the River, Part 1

I am often asked how I train for adventures. So I thought I'd show you what it takes to get ready for an expedition. Over the past couple of months, I have been preparing for a whitewater kayaking trip in Mexico. This video will give you an idea of what I've been doing with my trainer, Anton Ferguson.

Rollins Pass training ride

As some of you know, my tandem partner, John Lemon, and I are training for the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race, which is just a month away. We've been doing local rides on the road bike during the week and getting out for longer rides on my mountain bike on the weekends. This past Sunday, rode over 11,680-foot Rollins Pass--both ways!

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