Training for Everest Base Camp Trek

2015-05-11 10.59.01Incline Training For Everest Base Camp

I was pleased with my thirty minutes walking and twenty minutes jogging, both on an incline of two followed by fifteen minutes of walking on an incline of six on the treadmill tonight. Hopefully it will appease my personal trainer, disappointed because I had failed to complete two fitness sessions over the three-day break. The 14-kilometre ride on my bike wasn’t enough.

Seven months out from the trek we both agreed my training should be a mid week session and two sessions over my three-day weekend. I am pretty happy that I managed the slow jog on an incline. Jogging was part of my training preparation for the 2013 Everest Base Camp trek. I built up to participating in three  Sri Chinmoy five kilometres runs; not bad for never have jogged in my life before. Strangely I am missing the jogging component so I have started tacking on few short runs to my treadmill walks.

I usually listen to my MP3 player while I am on the treadmill or jogging. Tonight rather than distract myself with music I used the time to draft this blog in my head. Straight after my stretches I scribbled down my ideas.

Tip 1: I record my training on a calendar to track my progress. There have been times over the last two years since trying to get and stay fit, where there have been gaps due illness or injury. It is good tool to use as a reminder that it is possible to pick it up again.

Tip 2: Build the walking and incline training up very slowly. We live in a hilly area and have slowly been building more hills into our walks over the summer holidays. In a few months, we will get much more serious about the hill training.

 

Going For 1500 Vertical Feet

Sustained Incline Training for EBC Trek

TIP    Hill and treadmill incline training is important preparation for the EBC trek.

Having a personal trainer helps even if you live with them! ‘Smile!’ he said. I flung the towel at him. He laughed, ‘Straighten up. Strengthen those back muscles. Do 1500.’

Correcting my slight stoop with a hand either side of my lower back. Easy for him to say he wasn’t the one on the level 15 step incline, the highest on the treadmill. ‘Do you want the ipod? Turn on the air conditioner.’ No all I want is peace. Go away and let me mull on my blog posts that I need to write and publish. I finished the 1500 vertical feet in 51 minutes.

Now hopefully he will be happy given I missed my mid week training session. I look at the 555 calories burnt and  am reminded of the two pieces of homemade banana cake I ate for breakfast.

1500 vertical feet

Incline training today