Insanity Done. Time to Run.

                                        No, I didn't drink the Champagne. My wife and daughter did.

                                        No, I didn't drink the Champagne. My wife and daughter did.

I want to run my age up Mount Moosilauke this summer. The problem is, I haven't done any serious running in more than a year. Hip problems. Plus, it's been a late winter. Even road running has been hazardous. 

So I adapted, doing the indoor workouts P90X2 and segueing into Insanity--an intense plyometric nine-week program with no weights. The theory is that by jumping up and down a lot in my cabin, I'll be better able to leap up the mountain. But now the meadow is mostly clear of snow, and the ice is mostly off the roads. The mountains are another thing. 

Here's this week's plan:

Monday: Finish Insanity. Done! Tuesday: Insanity Plyometric Cardio Circuit, followed by 30 minutes running the meadow. (Wait. Didn't I finish Insanity? Yeah, but I'm starting over with 40-minute routines instead of the hour-long ones I've been doing.) Wednesday: Insanity Cardio Power & Resistance, 10 minutes meadow warm-up, 20 minutes road. Thursday: Rest. Friday: Insanity Max Recovery, 10-mile bike ride (assuming the dirt roads aren't too muddy). Saturday: Insanity Pure Cardio, climb Cardigan. Sunday: Insanity Plyometric Cardio Circuit, 10-minute meadow warm-up, 20 minutes road.

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I can see the mountain out my cabin window. Just took this picture at 6:30 a.m. Look at all the snow up there. That's definitely an obstacle to training. But not as much as being 57.