training despite chronic injuries or pain?

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    I will be doing my third round of the MTG group this fall and, this time around, want to figure out how to work with, rather than power my way through, limitations imposed by chronic pain and accumulated wear-and-tear. I’ve been having various forms of outdoor endurance fun for forty years and though I’ve never had a really serious accident, I’ve acquired the typical resume of breaks, tears, bruises, and bumps. The result, in my mid-sixties, is bouts of chronic pain and inflammation along with the physical limitations that go with them.

    I am learning how, given the variablitiy of my present-moment capabilities, to be flexible about my mountain objectives. What I haven’t figured out yet — and what I am hoping to get some guidance on from Steve, Mark, and this group — is how to build a training plan that can accommodate progressive improvement alongside rehab work, be measurable, doesn’t make things worse, and recognizes the limits imposed by old injuries and an aging body. Training as if I am still forty, which I tried for a while, hasn’t really worked out.

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    Richard Coburn on #70991

    I’m no coach but thought I’d chime in. Depending on wear and tear and limitations. I’d look at determining the minimum amount of specific hours for whatever your goals are. I’d supplement aerobic work with non weight bearing work like cycling and swimming. Maybe zone 2 work could be uphill hiking instead of running for example.

    Susan on #71007

    Thanks for the input. I have similar issues to Bill. Prior to a recent summit of Mt. Baker, I developed tendonitis in ankle and knee. I switched to indoor cycle classes and swimming while maintaining strength routine 3x per week and 10+mile walks with a light pack.
    It worked – but for future reference it would be good to know some measures:

    1. Does 1 hr of swimming or 1.5 hrs of cycling fully replace the fitness benefits (aerobic capacity, strength….) of incline treadmill or stairclimber for similar times? What would you need to do to ensure you maintain climbing fitness with low impact alternatives?

    2. How much strength might you lose by not doing a fully weighted climb (e.g. with 55lb pack for 90 minutes) – i.e. can weights/ strength routines replace adequately?

    3. For people with similar issues, would be interest to know their opinions on CBD creams/other medications to relieve tendonitis pain.

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