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RE: [ft-l] FTA - AT 1998



Another good way to train for the downhills is to stand backwards when using a
stair machine (if you have access to one).

-----Original Message-----
From:	Jeff Walters [SMTP:jeffjw@geocities.com]
Sent:	Friday, 02 October, 1998 2:19 PM
To:	ft-l@backcountry.net
Subject:	[ft-l] FTA - AT 1998

Is anyone else on this mailing list going on Kenneth Smith's FTA Appalachian
Trail 1998 backpacking trip?
 
I went last year and it was great!  One of the best trips I have ever been on. 
I am looking forward to getting back to the mountains again this year.  You
could say I've got mountain fever.
 
I'm trying to again work-out for this trip.  The better the shape I'm in, the
more I'll enjoy the trip.  I'm doing steps on a car ramp; you know the ones you
can buy at the auto parts stores.  30 minutes of steps on the ramp and my thighs
are tight.  But, if I remember the last trip correctly, I had more problems on
the downhills!  The downhills really hurt my shins and some stress in my knees. 
My question for this list is, "What exercises can I do to prepare for the
downhills of the mountains?".  I've looked around in my area for hills, ramps,
overpasses or bleachers -- but I'm hesitant to work out in this "high crime"
neighborhood.  Any ideas anyone?
 
Happy Trails,
Jeff Walters
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Anywhere is walking distance, if you've got the time.
(Steven Wright)
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