Hey guys! Happy Monday! Can we all agree that Mondays don’t have to suck?! Let’s make it a good day. How about a picture of “Thug Bonnie in the Mountains” to help start your day off right?
Awww yeah, that’s better. 😉
What were you up to this weekend? I had a wine and games night with the neighbors Friday, two great workouts with clients Saturday morning, and a fun 30th birthday party for our friend Rachel later that evening! So good to connect with people in homes and gyms!
I’ve never opened myself up to work on weekends, but I’ve been having fun training people on Saturdays and occasionally Sundays too. It always ends with me getting a workout in too (“Well, I might as well stay and train myself!”) and it’s fun because it feels somehow more lighthearted than a weekday, for some reason. Do you train on weekends? Would you join a bootcamp or class on a weekend?
(See how laid back I am? Backwards hat and everything, man!) 😉
On Saturday afternoon Mikey’s appointments cancelled for Sunday so we decided to head to the mountains Sunday and climb a peak! The avalanche conditions were great – very low all around – and the stability was solid. After vacillating on where to go, we ended up deciding on Pope’s Peak, which sits above a hanging glacier to the west of Mount Whyte and doesn’t look like any exceptional. Except that there are 2 glaciers to look at (we didn’t have time to explore the lower one today), and its north face sits in a hanging valley framed above Ross Lake and provides an incredible view! Seriously stunning, seriously big mountains.
Pope’s Peak, situated on the border of Alberta and British Columbia, is 3,163 m (or 10,377 ft) and is considered a technical climb to do when conditions are stable (source). And while conditions were good in terms of avalanches, everything was wind blasted, so it was lots and lots of traversing across wind slabs, which made for some really tough skiing conditions. With a later start and these conditions, we weren’t able to summit (or rather, had up to the col – it’s not necessarily a peak that you summit on skis but there are some crazy lines that we heard about a gym doing up there, rappelling over cliff bands and then hucking down on his skis again!).
We still had a great time though!
It always takes me at least an hour to warm up…This climb it was about 2 or maybe 3 hours before I started to feel like I was awake, alive and feeling good. I think I’m a little low on sleep after the weekend, and my body really wanted to rest today, but a 6 am wake up was worth it in the end! I’m always huffing and puffing in the morning as Mikey leads, and then I get a surge of energy and feel like I could go all day and lead as Mikey starts to fatigue in the second half of the day. Not sure if it’s a male/female thing, an endurance thing, or just the way our bodies are wired, but I always finish a day (long endurance hike, a ski tour, etc) feeling great!
We got out to the mountains and moved, which was a big stress reliever and great event to do together too – one of mine and Mikey’s favorite things in the outdoors! Funny coming from a California girl – who would have thought? – and one of my go-to healthy habits – getting outside!
What did you do this weekend? And how do you feel on all-day activities in terms of energy ebbs and flows? Stay tuned for an at-home, bodyweight workout you can do this week tomorrow on the blog and have a wonderful start to your week, friends!
Live well & be well,