I have a confession to make. I don't follow a strict training plan for Everest. 😳
Let me explain.
I don't believe in training not being fun. So a regimented, monotonous training plan would suck the fun out of the preparation for the expedition for me. This might disappoint some, as usually people expect your training routine to be so hard core that on your day off you might only run 20 miles 🤣.
"So how are you training then?" you might ask...
I loosely follow a schedule of 2 hours of cardio and strength training per day with 1-2 days of rest per week. My preference for cardio training, from funnest to least funnest, is (😃) swimming, biking, hiking, stair stepper, rowing, running and sprints (😒). For strength training, I do bodyweight training only, except for when I put on a 40 lb. backpack (filled with random bottles of water and blankets for weight distribution) while on the StairMaster. I decide which activity I'm going to do based on my mood rather than a schedule, so there can be quite a bit of variation in routine.
To get myself ready for the cold on the mountain I swim in the San Francisco Bay. On rest days, I go to a sauna and steam room with a cold plunge pool. These regular hot and cold exposures increase my body's performance under stress. I always get at least 8 hours of sleep per day. Not only do I love sleeping, but it's very important for my recovery.
My performance schedule might lack concrete structure, however I am serious about tracking fitness analytics to ensure that I'm improving my performance. I use an Apple watch to record my workouts and heart rate. The most important metric for me is my heart rate during exercise, during rest and it's recovery after a workout. When at altitude in hypoxic conditions, my resting heart rate is 100+ beats per minute and then much higher when climbing. In summary, all of the training that is done before the climb is to sustain this crazy rate of heart beats for 1.5 months of the expedition without getting a heart attack!
In order to alleviate the initial shock of arriving at base camp at 17,000 ft. I will be spending 2 weeks in Granby, CO training at 8,000+ ft. altitude prior to flying out to Kathmandu. I will continue my cardio and strength training routine at a local gym and also outside. I purchased traction cleats to ensure I won't be slipping and sliding down the sidewalk when going for runs. I will also be bringing my snowshoes to go snowshoeing in the mountains in search of higher altitudes.
Posting a few examples of my training...