…well, more exactly, I only climbed Mission Peak today, near Fremont, CA, a measly 2500 ft.
Apparently not related to bodybuilding at this point, but please bear with me.
Last time I did this was a few years ago, I was weighing 50 lb less (but about the same 10…12% BF), and that was before I started to lift weights, and before the accident 18 months ago that smashed my ankle (still not fully recovered, still got some robocop components in my foot).
So in the last few years I did mostly resistance training, and pretty much ZERO endurance after the accident (almost not even walking the first couple months or so).
So let’s see - 50lb more, no endurance training in ages, an ankle still not 100% functional. I fully expected to fail.
I almost chocked myself halfway through, I was going way too fast and I guess I just exceeded my body’s ability to absorb and process oxygen. I took a break, then resumed at a slower speed.
Around the 75% point was probably the worst, but by that time I was thinking I’d rather be food for the vultures than fail.
So I made it. I climbed all the way to the top.
A few observations:
- When I did this some years ago, I was so tired after that, I was almost in shock. It was amazing how quickly I recovered today.
- Even while climbing, a few quick stops and slightly slowing down was all I needed to enter a “steady state” which took me all the way to the top. Again, the recovery was very quick.
- I just didn’t notice I was carrying 50lb more.
- Climbing down was hard for my knees, just like leg extensions.
So it seems that even if you do just resistance training, something gets carried over to other kinds of effort - in this case, I was able to walk that steep trail for several hours and yes, it was hard, but I recovered very quickly.
I guess this is old news for the pros, but it was fascinating to do the experiment on my own body.
This is awesome. I’m gonna do it again a few times, then look for something harder.
Oh yeah, my “post-workout nutrition” was a super burrito and a large horchata, lol.