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Thanks for all the input , and advice , folks. I will let yall know how my June race goes, how I trained for it, and my fall plans.
How heavy do you recommend loading the tire? I've heard of tire drags recently, but have wondered how heavy the tire needed to be.@Coyote
You have received great advice, Uphill Athlete is the industry standard for vertical endeavors and box steps etc. can't be beat. One other option I have used in the past to great success for vertical endeavors is the long distance tire drag. Get a car tire, weight it appropriately, and drag it for long distance (2 miles+). It mimics uphill movement almost perfectly and it is a great break for the monotony of step ups.
Depends on what your goals are.How heavy do you recommend loading the tire? I've heard of tire drags recently, but have wondered how heavy the tire needed to be.
Thanks for the reply! That is all very interesting and helpful.Depends on what your goals are.
Light weight long distances. I would just start with the tire, then as you improve add weights. Plates fit perfectly in the center.
Medium weight medium distances.
Heavy tire short distances.
My personal weights are as follows
Light: 50-150 lbs
Med: 150-250 lbs
Heavy: 250+, the current weight of the heavy tire I have is about 500lbs. That is pulled for about 20m repeats.
Sweet - ive used a step up protocol to prepare for winter adventures for many years.Hello,
Here is the last article on the blog, which gives a weighted step-up protocole :
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@LoneRider - that is a beautiful looking hike!!!Recently I climbed up a local mountain, Koko Head, which is a non-technical climb that's 1.4 mile round trip with a 1,200 foot elevation gain. All that long, slow distance endurance work and kettlebell ballistics came in handy. The 5/3/1 2x/week barbell work was a sort of 'cherry on top' for my mountain strength.
I hiked it with my parents, both of whom are in their sixties.
An article describing the hike written by an Aussie blogger: Koko Head Hike
Hell it was motivating to hear my Dad tell folks who felt intimidated by the climb that if a seventy year old man can do it, they sure as Hell could.
the old be careful what we wish for.WARNING*****WARNING******WARNING
Jaded old curmudgeon rant ahead….
Climbing used to be this kinda cool counter-culture thing that was mostly practiced by edge-dwellers. This was of course way before climbing gyms. It was practiced on real rock and in the mountains of the world. There was real risk and danger involved. (Still is in some cases) Then along came so-called Sport Climbing. Which as the t-shirts used to proclaim is neither. (A sport or climbing). Then came indoor climbing on plastic. It started slow, but is now insanely popular. After a while many of these gym climbers decide they want to climb outdoors on real rock. So now we have an issue where there is a huge overuse, damage and access issue in many traditional climbing areas. Some areas have been closed, and others are now restricted in some fashion or another. Hence… ‘get off my lawn’.
Another thing is that many gym climbers go and climb on rock with zero knowledge and understanding of the safety considerations involved. Totally ill prepared. At times harming themselves, and/or others, or damage to the very resource they are trying to use. Unnecessary rescues occur. Much of this behavior results in additional access issues and closures. I have had to rescue these folks. I have had to intervene in several cases where a fatality would have occurred without my intervention.
Serious (trad) climbing on real rock and especially alpinism are some of the hardest ‘sporting’ activities known to man. Not much else comes even close.
The Olympics and other competitions only serve to enhance the popularity of the activity, thus perpetuating the issue.
From a personal philosophical perspective I just don’t like the idea of competing in this activity. To borrow from and paraphrase from Alex Lowe… The best climber in the world is the one having the most fun (not the one on the podium…)
Same applies to surfing…