My training regimen keeps me busy. The workouts are rarely boring. These posts document the chance encounters I’ve made along the way, and they show my current progress.

Lull

During the last few weeks since my last post, I have kept busy trying to keep busy. Like a ship that slipped its moor, I drifted away from a safe harbor back out into open waters.
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Der Berg Ruft

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Equipment Check

As my physical training for Rainier slowly tapered off, my mental training kicked into high gear.
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Interruptions

The Männer and I returned from the Karkonosze National Park in Poland during my 19th week of training. This week in the base training part of New Alpinism is for rest and recovery.
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Guest Post: Unexpected heavy pack training


From: Valentine
To: The Mountain Männer
Date: Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 12:52 PM
Subject: Unexpected heavy pack training

After a call with Jefe this morning, I ran to our new office in Sydney and began racking gear and routing cables.

Network Equipment for a Weighted Climb

Then we needed to move some of the core gear almost a mile across the city quickly. The gear was about 30lbs, and I had about 10lbs of other stuff in my pack. I put the firewalls in the pack, lashed the core switch to the pack and rolled!

Ready, Steady, Go!

C


From: Valentine
To: The Mountain Männer
Date: Sat, Dec 19, 2015 at 1:37 AM
Subject: RE: Unexpected heavy pack training

65lbs today, and apparently that was enough to bend the frame of this pack. :/

Bending the Backpack

On a Training Lifestyle

Like Lee, I recently asked myself whether I could count what I call lifestyle activity to my training plan. I spend these hours walking to the subway everyday or carrying the groceries home from our local supermarket on the weekend.
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Up We Go

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I noticed the earlier sunrises a few weeks ago. Like a groundhog, who didn’t want to see his own shadow, I failed to appreciate how a dark blue tint gently replaced the pitch black color of my early morning walks. The seasons have slowly started to change in Berlin despite an extended forecast for more snow.
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