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Training for the Mountains ~ November 2013

on November 30, 2013
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My last walk up 16th storey… Goodbye 16th storey. I gonna miss ya… 🙂

I have come to the last month and last training session before my trip to climb Mount Kinabalu next week (2 & 3 December 2013).

How time flies…

August, September, October and November were gone in that twinkle of an eye.

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Surmounted this monster 202 times…!!

After all these months, I have realised that the more one trains, the more one improves in it.

During my very first session of steps climbing, even climbing 6 times of 16 storeys was a killer.

My legs, calves, thighs and everywhere else was aching tremendously.

By the second and third month of training, I was climbing more at 10 times, 12 times and even 14 times of 16 storeys.

It was no longer an issue and I was feeling less breathless with less aches as compared to my first training.

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We went further with each cycling session and I think the morale of the story is “Keep Going, Keep Pushing and Never Give Up…!!”

This was akin to my cycling expedition at Pengerang.

In my first cycling expedition, my friend and I did not even manage to arrive at our destination and we had to turn back due to time constraints.

During the second session, we managed to arrive at our destination in Desaru.

In the third session, we went even slightly further to Tanjung Balau.

The morale of the story is to Keep Going, Keep Pushing and Never Give Up!

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Struggles today to bring on Strength for tomorrow.

With every training, we are not only training our bodies, we are also training our minds.

The mind is the forerunner of all good and evils.

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When my mind was defeated… so was my body…

In this last month of training, during my steps climbing session on 13th November, I was feeling really “exhausted” (not physically, but mentally).

I kept asking myself why did I want to do it and that it was so silly and redundant.

During this session, my mind really pulled down the entire body system.

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I pulled myself together again and screamed… Don’t Give Up…

I was breathless, tired, aching all over and my timing was atrocious.

I then realized that the mind was the ultimate weapon.

The moment negative thoughts set in, the mind has already programmed the body to ‘shut-down’ the system.

Hence, no matter how much I walked, the body was literally dragging the mind.

It was terrible!

Since then, I have decided to do away with these negative thoughts and focused on getting to my goal and objective.

 
TRAINING SESSION 1 :

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DATE 6 November 2013, Wednesday
COVERED 16 storeys x  14 sets of up + down
TIME TAKEN 5 minutes up + 5 minutes down = 10 minutes per set of up + down.Total = 140 minutes
NOTES Minimal aches and pains.

 

TRAINING SESSION 2 :        

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DATE 13 November 2013, Wednesday
COVERED 16 storeys x  12 sets of up + down
TIME TAKEN 8 minutes up + 6 minutes down = 14 minutes per set of up + down.Total = 168 minutes
NOTES Worse training session ever! Kept asking myself why did I want to do it and that it was so silly and redundant. With that, the mind shut down the entire body system and the body refuses to go on. Terrible! If one can’t have positive thoughts to spur you on, at least have random thoughts. Having random thoughts were still better off than having negative thoughts. Negative thoughts dragged down the entire system and it was as good as not having the session in the first place.

 
TRAINING SESSION 3 :

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DATE 17 November 2013, Sunday
COVERED 700m (with loop extension) x 10 rounds  = 7 km
TIME TAKEN About 6 minutes for each round = 60 minutes
NOTES Body start metabolizing at 6th round. Both knees start aching on 8th round. Literally, “no sweat” at the end of 10th round.

 
TRAINING SESSION 4 :

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DATE 20 November 2013, Wednesday
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 I was back to steps climbing and this time round, I had better make sure that I was not having negative thoughts as per the last time round. And I think I did well ~ at least I was back to my 5 minutes up and 5 minutes down ‘normal pace’. Actually, at this juncture, I felt going at 5 minutes up and 5 minutes down was bad and slow, considering that I had been training for the last 3.5 months!

 
TRAINING SESSION 5 :

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DATE 24 November 2013, Sunday
COVERED 600m (without loop extension) x 10 rounds  = 6 km
TIME TAKEN About 5 minutes for each round = 50 minutes
NOTES Perspired like crazy because weather was scorching. By second round, I could already feel the body draining away.Weather was the second most important factor during the training (apart from the mind). Yummy weather makes the training much more endurable whilst a scorching or wet weather could really kill or dampen the spirit. There’s nothing much we can do about the weather, except to pray for nice yummy weather for those days that I will be there.

 
TRAINING SESSION 6 :

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DATE 27 November 2013, Wednesday
COVERED 16 storeys x  14 sets of up + down
TIME TAKEN 5 minutes up + 5 minutes down = 10 minutes per set of up + down.Total = 140 minutes
NOTES This was my last steps training after 4 months.I had thought that 14 sets will equate to 7 km which was the distance from Mersilau start point to Pendant Hut (my route when I climb Mt Kinabalu on 2 December 2013). But unfortunately, the 14 sets did not equate to the 7 km I was hoping for. Nonetheless, the 5.2 km was still a good warm-up as it equated to Mersilau start point to the intersection where the RTM station towers were.I did a simulation for this training as well. I had packed ready my backpack for the trip and I slapped it on for this last training. I even simulated with two 1.25l of hydration which I would be purchasing when I get there. With that, I was able to gauge how I would perform for my climb. My ‘real’ backpack was actually much lighter than my ‘training’ backpack. Despite so, I could really feel the strain on my shoulders when I was on my 10th set. And here, I was climbing well-built concrete steps unlike what I would be facing when I get to the Mersilau route. I really wonder how I would perform for the ‘real’ climb ?

 
TRAINING SESSION 7 :

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DATE 29 November 2013, Friday
COVERED 700m (with loop extension) x 10 rounds  = 7 km
TIME TAKEN About 6 minutes for each round = 60 minutes
NOTES Despite that my calves were slightly aching from the 14 sets of climb from 2 days ago, I decided to do a 7 km run so as to get my body accustomed to the 7 km track that I would be climbing. For afterall, this would be my very last training in preparation for this trip.Calves ached even more after the 7 km run. Perhaps it wasn’t such a great idea afterall ? With only 2 days to recuperate before I meet the devil, will I be able to make it ? Wish me luck… 🙂

 

 Month

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

1 AWAY JAKARTA 2 AWAY JAKARTA 3 AWAY JAKARTA

Nov

2013

4 AWAY JAKARTA 5  614 SETS 7 8  9 10
 11 12 1312 SETS  14  15 16 17RUN
 18 19 2012 SETS 21 22 23  24RUN
25 26 2714 SETS 28 29RUN 30  

SUMMARY FOR NOVEMBER’S TRAINING

DATE STEPS RUN
6 Nov 2013, Wed 14 sets
13 Nov 2013, Wed 12 sets
17 Nov 2013, Sun 700m x 10 rounds
20 Nov 2013, Wed 12 sets
24 Nov 2013, Sun 600m x 10 rounds
27 Nov 2013, Wed 14 sets
29 Nov 2013, Fri 700m x 10 rounds
TOTAL 52 SETS 30 ROUNDS

SUMMARY OF SUMMARIES  

DATE SETS STEPS ROUNDS DISTANCE
August 2013 50 33,151 (est) Nil Nil
September 2013 50 33,151 (est) 14 8.4 km
October 2013 50 28,858 16 9.6 km
November 2013 52 34,477 30 20.1 km
TOTAL 202 129,637 60 38.1 km
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2 responses to “Training for the Mountains ~ November 2013

  1. donkeynoseey says:

    Planning to go there next year alone.Are u going alone?

    • xia says:

      Yup, Donkeynoseey… I’m going alone. Flying there tomorrow and climbing on Monday & Tuesday.

      Will share my experience when I get back… 🙂

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