Keeping Fit

posted Jan 15, 2011, 5:32 PM by Paul Wagner
This time of year, we spend a lot of time thinking about summer, and the trips we'll take.  But we also try to stay in shape, despite the obvious temptations of holiday food and drink.  Those temptations are even stronger in our house, since M is a chef and P works in the wine business.  You can imagine how that works.  Well, maybe you can't. 
But we do spend some time getting fit, or trying to maintain our conditioning.  M goes to the gym three or four times a week, for a variety of workout classes. That seems to work pretty well for her, especially when she adds an evening walk to the mix. 
P is a litte more hard-core.  He loves to ride his road bike--and will do that over 5,000 miles every year.  This year he did over 6500.  That means lots of rides longer than two hours--and quite a few over 50 miles.  His cardio seems pretty darn good these days.
We seems to notice a difference once we hit the trail.  M starts out strong, but seems to lose steam after an hour.  P, maybe because of his longer workouts, seems to be able to keep up the pace much longer...maybe because he's used to those long bike rides?
But we're curious.  Do you do any endurance training or similar sports?  How much, and how long?  Jogging or swimming fit the bill...are we missing some others?  And how do you think that affects your backpacking?