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  • How's the Sheep Shape training going?

    Hey all you Sheep hunters! Let's spur each other on! How's the training going? What are your goals? How good of shape are you in so far? You only have 5 weeks left if you're going early like we are. I've been nursing a bum knee for 3 months. Meniscus they say. Never had a problem before but it acted up while jogging last April, cut my ski season short too! But I'm up to hiking up and down hills with a 75lb pack, biking 20 miles a day 2 or three days a week, throwing in some squats or deadlifts and upper body also. Knee feels pretty good. My goal is to be packing 100lbs+ by August 1. It would be alot easier if I were 20 years younger!

    My buddy and I drew DS203 so I may never get this chance again. Can you tell I'm excited?!? Somebody pinch me, I must be dreaming!!!
    A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and donít have one, youíll probably never need one again

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    I'm trying to mountain bike 100 miles per week, up from 50 to 60 miles per week during the late winter/early spring. Not too many hikes yet, but the biking has really improved my wind and leg strength. Need to do more hiking to get my new boots broken in. By the time I get back and recover from a late July/early August 10 day backpacking and scouting trip I should be good to go for my late August hunt. I'm already in far better shape than I have been in for any previous hunt which is a nice feeling.
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    • #3
      sheep shape

      today i ran, not jogged, 4.4 miles. i have been doing this 5-6 times per week. i also swam 3/4 mile and did a good ab workout. i expect to repeat the same workout for the 4th of july.

      terrible the way work gets in the way of my workouts though. nevertheless, i am now down under a 33" waist and have lost 12 lbs. since i started. i have the last hunt and i will be ready.

      good luck.
      Cold Zero
      Member: S.C.I., N.R.A. Life Endowment Member & L.E. Tactical Firearms Instr.

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      • #4
        First Sheep Hunt

        Going to be doing my first sheep hunt in early August. Don't know if I'm in good enough shape yet or not. Been hiking 5+ miles 3 times/week with 100 pounds, plus steep mountain trails 1-2 times/week with about 40 pounds, then squats and rowing on my bowflex a couple times/week. Lost 30 pounds since April. I guess we'll see if it's enough!!!
        "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything."

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        • #5
          conditioning

          blackfoot;

          from my exerience, i have concluded that whatever shape you are in, it is never enough and can always be better. heart and desire are very important as well.
          Cold Zero
          Member: S.C.I., N.R.A. Life Endowment Member & L.E. Tactical Firearms Instr.

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          • #6
            80-90lbs pack, 3-6 mile mountian trails every other day.

            MD

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            • #7
              Cycling Class

              I go to cycling class at the gym 4 days a week and hit it for 1 hour

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              • #8
                i talked with my outfitter today. prospects are shapely up nicely.

                i am heading out now to pound the pavement again.
                Cold Zero
                Member: S.C.I., N.R.A. Life Endowment Member & L.E. Tactical Firearms Instr.

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                • #9
                  sheep training...

                  I've been running 3 miles every other day for two months. I'm getting ready to start the stairs/incline thing now and will be increasingly adding weight in a backpack towards the opener.
                  Even with all the prep work its still physically draining getting in there, it gets easier as one hunts, imho.

                  Oh yeah, bought quality insoles today for the boots, the athletes foot makes some excellent ones. They are spendy--but worth it!

                  Frank
                  Proud to be an American!

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                  • #10
                    Nice job

                    Sounds like lungs are puffin, quads are burnin and backs are aching!! I think I can smell the testosterone from here!!

                    It seems there's nothing that gets you into shape for hiking with a heavy pack better than... hiking with a heavy pack. Especially on hills in rough terrain. You start to feel your ankles and muscles in your feet, calves and other places that you forgot (or never know) you had. It's like running on a treadmill and then running for real. Big difference.

                    Insoles are a must as far as I'm concerned. I use them in my street shoes, downhill ski boots and hiking boots, everything. When you haul 100lbs plus you gotta have a firm foundation for them feet.

                    Now... shutdown the computer get to packin!! Times a wastin!!
                    A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and donít have one, youíll probably never need one again

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                    • #11
                      Isn't round a shape??

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                      • #12
                        Every Thing Hurts

                        My feet my ass my back MYMYMY got it? Drew DS204 down 40 lbs! Hey what's that hanging out from under my gut??? Never mind! FEEL GREAT! Walking 1 hour per day Gym 1 hour per day 200 lbs on my shoulders every other day. Will be hitting lazy mountain the last 3 weeks as much as possible. Any other valley mountain trails? Good luck ALL!!!!
                        Louie

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                        • #13
                          Lol!!!

                          Originally posted by AkHunter45
                          Isn't round a shape??

                          LOL... It is if your'e a tire! Or if you have one...
                          A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and donít have one, youíll probably never need one again

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                          • #14
                            LOL.........i was just kidding of course! I've been doing sit ups for the last 2-3 weeks before i go to work and started running 3 miles a day. I'll be jumping on the eliptical and start riding my bike starting next week with occasional hikes up baldy with a full pack and pounding the weights as well.

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                            • #15
                              Sheep Shape

                              I try to stay in reasonable shape year-round. In the winter I go to the gym 4-5 times a week during my lunch hour. Alternate upper body work-out with exercise bike. I substituted the bike for treadmill running this year because I hurt my back and the treadmill was higher impact. I found by spring my legs were stronger than years I've done the treadmill. Once summer hits I abandon the gym for outdoor stuff, hiking, mt. biking, etc. starting around mid-april I use my lunch hour to climb the stairwell in the office building I work at. It's 20 floors to the top. I carry a 50 lb water jug in my pack and climb to the top, ride the elevator down (saves on the knees) and repeat. I'm up to 6 round trips now. I try to do this 2-3 times per week. (Boy do Iget some strange looks in the elevator). By the time August rolls around I'm about as ready as I'll ever be.
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