Thank you!

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    Just wanted to say thank you for writing TFTNA and for establishing such a great community here. Last weekend, I successfully summited Mount Elbrus via the South Route. Now, I know that’s quite a wimpy climb for a lot of folks here, but 6 months ago I could barely run two miles and it seemed like an insanely ambitious goal!

    If I hadn’t purchased TFTNA six months ago, I honestly think I would have failed– my training at the time was all weightlifting and HIIT. Reading that book was a paradigm shift for me. I even bought the training log and started meticulously tracking each week. Although I faced IT Band injuries, Dengue Fever, and a shoulder subluxation along the way, the program was my North Star that kept me sane and on track.

    I especially want to thank Scott and Steve for responding to a few of my questions along the way. I never would have expected that kind of care and attention and it really meant the world to me. Particularly helpful was the advice to include some muscular endurance workouts even though I only had a 9 week base period. Those workouts were the most realistic preparation for what to expect on the mountain and paid dividends although I only did a few.

    To make this post more than just a thank you, here are some things I found helpful as an absolute beginner:
    – Tracking macro’s with MyFitnessPal and linking it to heart rate monitor (at first I was not accurately accounting for calories burned while running and therefore eating too little)
    – See a physiotherapist early and often for injuries, do rehab work religiously
    – Foam rolling and yoga helped me lessen the impact of long runs
    – I think I should have done more recovery rate hours. My weekly volume was around 4 hours but it was all running– I think a few hours of light hiking could have been added without overtraining (or could have replaced some running volume). I was hesitant to push running volume due to aforementioned injuries
    – SLEEP. Best way to avoid sickness

    Anyway, thanks so much! I’m properly hooked on the mountains now. I’ll be taking 1-2 weeks off for my body to recover then I think I’ll continue with base period training, rather than starting over with the transition (since I only had 9 weeks of base)– or should I start over? I’m hoping to get some time in the Alps later this summer/fall, as I’m based in London.

    Thanks again!

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    Scott Johnston on #23927

    Michael;

    Congratulations on the climb and on making the most of your training to prepare for it. You are exactly who we wrote this book for. We’ve been rewarded for our efforts to get that book out by this same type of feedback and it is what drove us to write Training for the Uphill Athlete. We want to help people succeed with their mountain dreams.

    What you learned about training and its effects on you will be of so much value when you want to repeat this cycle again. I’d recommend at least a short transition period of 3-4 weeks before diving back into the base period.

    Scott

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    Steve House on #23934

    Congratulations Michael! And excellent points that everyone can learn from. The Alps are a logical place for you to climb, let me know if you need any tips or contacts down there. Cheers, Steve

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