Field Notes — 9/6/13

Since the start of the year I’ve begun preparing for my first hunt. I’ve worked on my archery and have been heavily training myself through strength training and cardio so that I can tackle the steep terrain of a spot & stalk hunt in the Cascade mountain range. This weeks Field Notes is focused on the physical training and the articles that I found to be helpful and insightful for my own training.

Training Raw for the Hunt
This is a great read that I’ve referred back to a few times over the past year, mostly as a reminder and some inspiration for why i’m doing all those squats/deadlifts, miles of running, hill work — the list of what all i’ve been doing goes on and on. Check out this article!

Learning to make the most of your oxygen from the pros
I’ve always had a strange fascination with free diving. Pretty much since I ever saw that move The Big Blue. When Outside published this story and it showed up in my twitter feed I wanted to see what I could gleam from this remarkable sport. Especially since I had the feeling that the demands of mountainous terrain would require large lungs to have the endurance to pack and hike for miles and miles. This article offers up some great tips to increase your lung capacity.

Breathing Exercises

Fitness Coach: Does the Order of my workouts matter?
The insights in this article highlight that depending on what workout you are doing then there might be an order of operations to effectively maximize the benefits of your workout. It presented a perspective that totally makes sense and I had given some base thought to — hence why I thought to pass it along.

Training is Easy. Recovering is Hard.
This article really focuses on recovering and the difficulties that we put on ourselves in an effort to achieve our maximum fitness. It’s all about choices and sometimes making the tough choice is necessary. One point they bring up “It means that you put away the computer/TV/smartphone/video game and go the heck to sleep. Or It means that you spend some intimate time with your foam roller, lacrosse ball, stick, ice pack, or other self-care tool/torture device.” It is decisions like those that will help one grow and develop further. 


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