This upcoming summer I’m taking it quite relaxed bringing the mrs out to Leadville to take her up some easy 14ers, but I’m not worried about that, I’m thinking long term, what should I do?
Summer 2020 I’m most likely headed to Bolivia/Peru for some large glaciated peaks above 6000m with that hopefully being a stepping stone to make it into the Tien Shan/Karakoram for some larger objectives in 2021 and beyond, so quite a ways away.
I’m more thinking about my current fitness, how to improve and what I could do.
34 year old male, 5’7, 185#.
Around 20 years of climbing on and off, but those 20 years have given me a great base of consistent training volume. Had a few years into heavy lifting and became certified weightlifting coach (Snatch & CJ).
While my lifetime PR Squat and deadlifts are above 500 each, that was a good 10 years ago but can still muster up 350 quite easy without my effort so I feel like my strength reserves shouldn’t be a focus.
I run a lot currently getting around 125-150km a week (mostly treadmill though) and mostly zone 1/2. I do upper body strength twice a week and bike approximately another 100-125/ week.
I’ve logged every workout for 3+ years and have been sitting around 1000 hours of yearly training during this time.
To prepare for the high altitude challenges that I’d like to head off to within the next 2 years is there something more I should focus on or continue with what I’ve been doing?
I’ve thought about dropping some weight but I enjoy being able to laugh through grunt work in the hills that makes others miserable. A lot of it is leftover muscle from lifting (my thighs/legs are enormous). But going into a caloric deficit, I’d have to pull back on my volume… and I generally just love training, even without a long term goal I’d run this much just because I enjoy it more than most anything.
I’m by no means an elite athlete or as quick as I’d like to be in the hills and dropping weight I could see making me quicker in some aspects but would I give up too much in others?