Originally Posted by davewilson
m i want to be in very good shape. my knees are my limiting factor i'm gonna try the bike more this year until fall. then i'll hike/climb with the backpack more often. i plan on being 20 lbs less than i am now.
I did the tread mill thing plus the bicycle thing but only half hearted. It took me two weeks to get into shape during the hunt which is not a good thing.
What I'd recommend trying, if its available is one of those commercial tread mills, usually at a physical therapy place that elevates up to 35 degrees. I've built a riser for my tread mill which sure helps a bunch but the $3 bucks a day once in a while at the PT place helps also.
That thing simulates a good mountain hike as close as I've found. The treat mill and bike do the cardio/vascular thing pretty well but when dropping 20 lbs some extra effort is going to be needed to build muscle.
My other problem is that I detest side hilling so I tend to walk straight up the hill, as much as I can
. My steps are not much more than heel to toe at times.
But hey, you have a bunch of years on me.
Good luck on the Wyoming hunt.