Category Archives: Fitness

Muir Seminar, Day Two: Learning to Walk

My first night in the cabin was fairly restless.  Efforts to make something resembling a pillow from my parka and other assorted clothes proved largely unsuccessful, so I was unable to assume my usual side-sleeper position.  Efforts to drown out others’ snoring with my iPod proved similarly fruitless—I remain convinced that someone in the cabin has emphysema… Read More »

Five Days on the Mountain

A couple of years ago, my friend and I “climbed” Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48.  While a decidedly long and strenuous trek, it wasn’t mountaineering in the true sense—there was nothing technically demanding, no specific skill required.  So when said friend inquired about climbing the slightly shorter but heavily glaciated Mt.… Read More »

Universal Gym Truths

No two gyms are exactly alike, but some things are true wherever you go.  A few of those things: Incorrectly racked weights. No matter how well the weights are labeled and their proper locations are marked, some asshole will put them back in the wrong place. Clearly, the 25 lb. dumbbells don’t go between the… Read More »

BMI sucks. Use the Beast Index™

Roughly speaking, the Body Mass Index (BMI) is a relative measure of body mass to height.  Originally developed in the mid-19th century, BMI is an attempt to quantify an individual’s tissue mass and then categorize that person as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on that value. There is plenty of criticism of BMI as… Read More »

Embracing injury as opportunity

After seven or so years in the sport, I finally suffered my first real running-related injury this past Spring. On or about Easter Sunday, I partially ruptured the peroneal tendon in my right ankle. It was an overuse injury brought on by (surprise!) trying to do too much too quickly. In a blow to my recovery prospects, I self-diagnosed… Read More »