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« on: June 24, 2007, 01:18:57 PM »
If you train for our walks , what do you do and how often.
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2007, 04:59:48 PM »
Although there is really nothing that can replicate hiking on a rocky uneven terrain with tons of elevation change..... :roll:

Most of us have taken our packs filled with cans and water, etc.... to practice hiking with the weight and getting used to the packs. Some good places close to SA to do this would be Govt Canyon SNA, Hill Country SNA, Lost Maples SNA, and Enchanted Rock. Freidrich Park isn't too bad and it's really close.

You can also use a treadmill to build stamina for elevations. One thing I DO recommend is to get those abdominals a little tighter too. Really helps your back and posture and makes you feel stronger when you're hiking. I would say a good well rounded exercise regimen is the best. :D

Proper nutrition too. Lack of proper food will have you worn out and cramping no matter what shape you're in.

That's just my opinion. I'm sure that there are many others here that can add valuable tips that I have not mentioned! :wink:

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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2007, 05:37:59 PM »
Drifter, I second Muse's suggestion of hiking to prepare for those more demanding treks, and I also second her suggestion of Government Canyon.

There are enouigh trails in the "Backcountry" to get a 10+ mile hike, with reasonable elevation gain and loss.

I frequently hike there, and highly recommend it.

My second choice is Lost Maples, but that seems to be at least 2 hours each way.

With Government Canyon--at no more than about 30 minutes away--a  good hike to work up your sweat and heart rate can be done in a morning, or an afternoon.

If it has been raining, call ahead, as trails close if ther is much rain.
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2007, 07:50:20 AM »
Ten years ago Lorraine, my wife bought me a weight vest with 45 lbs of lead weights.  Since then I have walked in the neighborhood for at least an hour 3 or 4 nights or mornings a week.  I also use a cliff climber but now that it has found its way into our bedroom it only gets worked on , on the weekends.  I like government canyon but since I am the only one from the family going and it seems to cut at least half of a sat. or sunday I find myself not going. When Hondo the dog was younger he could go but now that is a risk in the heat.  Thanks for the ideas, and have a fun week. Hope to see you both at the next meeting.  Oh, I agree on the change of venue.  Maybe that place out Blanco road that has the great sunsets.  What is the name?
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