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Training for the Mountains ~ September 2013

on September 27, 2013

After chatting with a friend that did Mount Kinabalu last year, he shared that he was training three times a week for six months prior to the climb. Ohhh gosh… I started in August and only have three months left. With only once a week training, I need to start pulling up my socks !

With that, I incorporated running into my training regime with my target of 50 times steps climbing each month + my weekly yoga sessions.

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Level 6 : 1 September 2013, Sunday

DATE

1 September 2013, Sun

COVERED

16 storeys x  12 sets of up + down

TIME TAKEN

5 minutes up + 5 minutes down = 10 minutes per set of up + down.

Total = 120 minutes

NOTES

Right calf + Left knee ache.

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Level 7 : 5 September 2013, Thursday

DATE

5 September 2013, Thurs

COVERED

16 storeys x  8 sets of up + down

TIME TAKEN

5 minutes up + 5 minutes down = 10 minutes per set of up + down.

Total = 80 minutes

NOTES

Both knees ached. Breathless. Stop at 8 sets cos’ ran out of water.

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Level 8 : 11 September 2013, Wednesday

DATE

11 September 2013, Wed

COVERED

16 storeys x 10 sets of up + down

TIME TAKEN

5 minutes up + 5 minutes down = 10 minutes per set of up + down.

Total = 100 minutes

NOTES

Right knee + Left calf ache. Minimal pain on next day.

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15 September 2013, Sunday : Covered 600m x 6 rounds

DATE

15 September 2013, Sun

COVERED

600m x 6 rounds  = 3.6km

TIME TAKEN

About 5 minutes for each round = 30 minutes

NOTES

Both calves ache badly on second round. Body only start metabolizing on 6th round.

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Level 9 : 17 September 2013, Tuesday

DATE

17 September 2013, Tues

COVERED

16 storeys x   10 sets of up + down

TIME TAKEN

5 minutes up + 5 minutes down = 10 minutes per set of up + down.

Total = 100 minutes

NOTES

Both Calves + Knees ached for 3 days.

Feels good to have aches! Feels “normal” once again. Did not ache much in all my previous climbs. Not sure if I had surpassed my threshold or that I did not pushed my body hard enough, I think it’s the latter.

Hence, when I had aches this time round, I felt happy !

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Saw this cutie before my run. 23 September 2013, Monday : Covered 600m x 8 rounds.

DATE

23 September 2013, Mon

COVERED

600m x   8 rounds  = 4.8km

TIME TAKEN

About 5 minutes for each round = 40 minutes

NOTES

Calves start aching only on 7th round. Great improvement! Body only start metabolizing on 7th round.

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Level 10 : 26 September 2013, Thursday

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DATE

26 September 2013, Thurs

COVERED

16 storeys x 10 sets of up + down

TIME TAKEN

5 minutes up + 5 minutes down = 10 minutes per set of up + down.

Total = 100 minutes

NOTES

Started to storm after second climb. Braved the rain and wind to continue climbing cos’ this might be the reality when I climb at Mount Kinabalu too ~ but hopefully not. Will pray for awesome gorgeous weather up on KK for that two days.

 Month

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

12 SETS

Sep

2013

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

8 SETS

6

 

7

 

8

 

9

10

 

11

10 SETS

12

 

13

 

14

15

RUN

16

17

10 SETS

18

19

 

20

21

22

23

RUN

24

25

26

10 SETS

27

28

29

AWAY >

30

PENANG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATE

STEPS

RUN

1 Sept 2013, Sun

12 sets

5 Sept 2013, Thurs

8 sets

11 Sept 2013, Wed

10 sets

15 Sept 2013, Sun

600m x 6 rounds

17 Sept 2013, Tues

10 sets

23 Sept 2013. Mon

600m x 8 rounds

26 Sept 2013, Thurs

10 sets

TOTAL

50 SETS

 14 ROUNDS
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5 responses to “Training for the Mountains ~ September 2013

  1. Guess you are doing good for physical training. Keep it up!

    However, do train at bukit timah or macrichie reservoir for uneven ground trekking. I can say the feeling of climbing on even ground and on rocky/uneven ground is completely different!

    Also, do prepare yourself for altitude sickness by perhaps reading a bit about it and how to minimise the chance of affecting you.

    You can read my Part 1 and Part 2 of my kinabalu climb for some tips though!

    All the best! 🙂

    • xia says:

      Hi there, thank you very much for the advice, tips and guidance. That was really helpful. I have been contemplating to bring my DSLR up to the mountains, but it seems like I should not after all. It looked like a really really ardous mission getting up ~ especially so for Part 2. Ohh goshh… I do not know what am I getting myself into. Getting cold feet liaoz… Haahaa… :p

      I hope and I’ll be praying that I can get past the altitude sickness, get up there to see the sunrise and yet get back down safe and sound. Surely wouldn’t want my birthday to become my anniversary too… Hehh Hehh… Wish me luck ya… Thanks lots… 🙂

      • Yup! In fact I saw a couple of DSO fall down the slope. Quite painful. You can try semi pro series. Try to climb light.

        Anyway don’t worry, although the task seemed overwhelming, it is definitely achievable!

        Good luck and all the best! 🙂

  2. Opps I meant DSLR, phone typo~

    • xia says:

      Wowww… Think maybe I should stand at the foot of the slope to collect all the fallen DSLR’s. Heh heh hehh…

      Thank you so much for the encouragement. Hope I’ll get back alive to do up my KK Conquered post. :p

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