Just thought I'd post to see if anyone is "in-training" yet this year. As if last year didn't kick my rear-end enough (I had back surgery), this year I had both knees carved on and yet another back surgery. Come hell or high water, I'll crawl up the mountain if need be. There's just something about the high country, when it calls, you must obey!
Planning on doing some hikes this weekend and I have been riding my bike around. I think my quads shrank after the knee carving (dual meniscal tears) so I need to muster up some energy/pain relievers for I am committed, no pain no gain, right?
Aside from the above, I have incorporated stretching, lunges, push ups and wall squats to add to my regime. When I head out for my 1st inagural hike this weekend, I'll be adding 40 lbs to the pack to stimulate the senses or flat out knock me off my game, whichever comes first.
Here's to all you die hard sheep hunters, best of luck for '09, come back with big grins, full packs & pictures/stories of your trials & tribulations!