LAST EDITED ON Jun-02-10 AT 05:40 PM (MST)
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I began the year with information that I had high cholesterol, so for the past 6 months I have been working out with the goal of loosing weight, reducing my cholestrol levels, and getting in shape for this years hunts.
I had to sit out the backpack style tough hunting last season because I herniated a disc and had surgery in August. So, this year I have been going nuts waiting for my chance to begin climbing the mountains in search of a big buck.
My goal this year is to spend lots of time scouting during the summer in multiple states, then hit the archery hunts hard, and then maybe a little muzzleloading and rifle. My son has himself a rifle tag this year, so we'll be looking to get him a buck. I'll do a seperate Hunt Adventure thread for him.
So, with that in mind, I have been working hard to get in shape for this summers backcountry packing trips. Began running and pushing my limits earlier this year. Right now, I am still lifting weight about every other day (lighter weight workouts), running about every other day and have recently replaced my weekly "long" run with a day of hard hiking.
Today I completed my 2nd pre-season workout hike. I climbed about 3 or so miles and I'm guessing 3000 or so vertical feet. Haven't checked Google Earth yet to see numbers. Last Friday I hustled to the top of My. Olympus above Salt Lake City here. That was a 4100 vertical foot climb, 3.2 miles each way, took 1 hr. 42 min to the top, and my legs hurt real bad for several days.
Here's a video clip of my 2nd pre-season hike, along with a few photos. Hope it motivates you guys.....GAME ON!!! LOL