Yesterday I was reading about some mountaineering workshops, while I was reading the requirements I noticed that physical requirements were being able to carry a 60 lb backpack up 4,000′ in elevation.  60 lbs is over 50% of my body weight, and I’ve never actually climbed 4,000′ in elevation at once.   Knowing I can’t do this I started looking into fitness training for preparing to climb.

The plan I found to begin with is 3 days a week after 30-45 minutes of cardio, and 2 days of weight training, with the weekends off.  My plan is to use bicycling as my “cardio”.  
Since my list includes riding in the Miner’s Revenge bike race in MI I figured using cycling as exercise now will help with that.  I also plan to “thru-bike” a 65-mile trail nearby next summer.
Starting with riding my bike three days a week, and at least six miles a day (I’ll increase that gradually) hopefully I’ll be ready to do my thru-bike, and it’ll be good exercise! At least until is starts to snow, and then who knows… So I have until October or November, and then from April until July to be ready! 

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