Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2015 Year in Review. Mountains and athletics.

Nevada

You may find it utterly uninteresting or thoroughly fascinating, or something in between. As always, the stories behind the numbers are the more interesting part, but this clinical look at one turn around the sun provides an interesting glimpse into this one rambler's life. 

  • 954 hours of total action. That could be termed "training volume". This is the sum total of time spent moving. If there's 8760 hours in a year, this is just over 10% of the entire year. On my feet, on the go. 
Of those many hours, the more logical way to look at each activity is in terms of days. But I have hourly info too. Check it out. 


  • 23 days of alpine climbing (179 hours)
  • 77 days of backcountry skiing (367.5 hours)
  • 25 days of hiking (88 hours). Many days of climbing and skiing involve some hiking. These 25 days I just hiked. No climbing or skiing. 
  • 8 days of ice climbing. (38 hours)
  • 62 days of rock climbing (224 hours. I really try and count just actual climbing movement time. Not belaying. But sometimes I count the approach hike as part of the climbing day, which gets rolled into the hour count)
  • 6 days at the ski area (17 hours)
  • 9 days of trail running (14.5 hours)
  • 1 day of mountain biking. (1.5 hours)
  • 211 days in the mountains.


  • 15 days I lifted weights as my primary exercise. (15 hours) No mountain time on these particular days. I lifted weights on some of the other days, but these 15 days I did no mountain time. 
  • On two days my exercise was canoe paddling, and on one I noted in my log that I spent 1.5 hours "kid chasing". Thanks nephew Sammy for that one. 


  • 9 days I was sick
  • 38 days of travel. Sick days nor travel days count as athletic recovery. If anything, traveling or being sick is as taxing on the metabolic system as a day of training. Without the benefits. 
  • The remainder then, 92 days, were rest days. Some of those rest days were more effective than others. The average rhythm, one could deduce, is three days on, one day off. But that is far from the truth. Work, conditions, motivation, and other life realities conspire to make for a far more flashy training and recovery schedule. It is often a couple days off between bigger binges of action. 
Other life and travel stats.
  • Three countries (USA, Peru, Canada)
  • 14 US States (NY, PA, OH, IN, IL, IA, NE, CO, UT, WY, ID, NV, CA, MT)
  • At least 25000 miles of highway. 
  • One dead Subaru.





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