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Climb Your Mountain

Sarah Maurer, CPT, MEd, from the Miss Adventure Pants blog, shares her best strategies for mountaineering training, sports nutrition, and motivation to help you climb your mountain in any body at any age. Discover how you can use classic endurance training and simple strength workouts to get in shape for mountain climbing, even if you live at sea level or the flattest place imaginable. Sarah earned her high altitude mountaineering certificate from Colorado Mountain Club in 2017 at age 41 and has since summited peaks in Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, and the USA, including Mount Rainier. She's living, breathing proof that you don't need to be 22 and have 6% body fat to be an endurance athlete. On this podcast, she shares her no-nonsense advice on fitness, (un)diet, motivation, and self belief to help you train for your goal. It's a mix of interviews and solo jam sessions you won't want to miss. So subscribe and get ready to blow your own mind.

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5 Levels of Fitness

What should you be able to do fitnesswise before you attempt to climb a mountain?I get this question a lot.Everyone's looking for a test.Should you be able to run a 5K before you climb Pikes Peak?Should you be able to ascend 1,000 feet an hour before attempting Rainier?Friends, here's the truth.There's no fitness test you need to pass before you climb your mountain.You should never let the fact that you're not meeting some imaginary benchmark stop you.However, because I know a lot of you are motivated by goals, in this episode, I'm going to give you five benchmarks you can use for different objectives.We'll start with an easy day hike and work our way up to high-altitude mountaineering and ultrahiking.Ready? Let's do this! Read Detailed Show Notes At:https://missadventurepants.com/56Mountain Fit Course:https://missadventurepants.teachable.com/p/mountain-fit/Facebook Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/missadventurepants/Try Breathwork with Sarah:https://missadventurepants.com/breathwork

23mins

8 Jun 2021

Rank #1

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Healthy Weight Loss

Think you need to lose weight in order to climb your mountain? Here's a crazy thought. Weight loss can actually hurt your athletic performance more than it helps. You could lose muscle, make yourself more prone to injuries, and feel too tired to push yourself in training. So in this podcast episode, we're going to dive into who benefits from weight loss and how to do it the healthy way. It's all about taking it slowly and respecting your body's need for fuel. Ready? Let's do this.Read Detailed Show Notes At:https://missadventurepants.com/55Mountain Fit Course:https://missadventurepants.teachable.com/p/mountain-fit/Facebook Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/missadventurepants/Try Breathwork with Sarah:https://missadventurepants.com/breathwork

26mins

1 Jun 2021

Rank #2

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Pacing Strategies

How fast should you hike up a mountain? Here's a secret. Almost everyone starts too fast. And then halfway up, they start to feel tired and panic. This is not a happy way to climb a mountain, and the sad thing is, it's so unnecessary!So in today's episode, I'm going to show you a super simple strategy to pace all your hikes. And I'll also share 5 pacing tips that have greatly improved my enjoyment in the mountains. Ready? Let's do this.Read Detailed Show Notes At:https://missadventurepants.com/54Mountain Fit Course:https://missadventurepants.teachable.com/p/mountain-fit/Facebook Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/missadventurepants/Try Breathwork with Sarah:https://missadventurepants.com/breathwork

30mins

25 May 2021

Rank #3

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Alcohol and Overdrinking

As humans, we've been through a traumatic year with the pandemic.Who could blame us for pouring a glass of wine when we miss our friends and loved ones — and also would rather eat broken glass than tune into one more zoom meeting?However, some of us (waves hand) have probably started to overrely on alcohol as a way to cope.And that doesn't serve us when we're trying to transform our bodies through months of endurance training.So if you can relate, you're going to love this episode.Because we're going to dive into what science says about drinking and athletic performance.And I'll also share what happened to my body when I stopped drinking for 90 days.Ready? Let's do this.Read Detailed Show Notes at:https://missadventurepants.com/53Mountain Fit Course:https://missadventurepants.teachable.com/p/mountain-fit/Facebook Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/missadventurepants/Try Breathwork with Sarah:https://missadventurepants.com/breathwork

27mins

18 May 2021

Rank #4

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A Stupid Simple Mountaineering Training Plan

Mountaineering training? Who's got time for that when the house is a mess, the kids are crying, the dog needs walked, and you spend 40 hours a week grinding away in a cubicle to pay for it all?If you feel overwhelmed by the time demands of training, this episode is for you. Today we're going to cut through all the crap and focus on the five areas that actually get you results in training.So step away from Outside.com. Put down the Training for the New Alpinism Book. And stop reading about Kilian Journet's epic treadmill workout. He's not you.Instead, let's talk about what works for the rest of us humans.Ready? Let's do this.Read Detailed Show Notes At:https://missadventurepants.com/52Mountain Fit course:https://missadventurepants.teachable.com/p/mountain-fit/Facebook Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/missadventurepants/Try Breathwork with Sarah:https://missadventurepants.com/breathwork

33mins

11 May 2021

Rank #5

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How to NOT Die in the Mountains (with Ken Yaphe)

Picture this.You’ve taken vacation days from work and flown across the country to climb a Colorado 14er. Let’s say it’s Longs Peak.As you’re climbing, you look into the distance and see dark clouds gathering. You wonder if you should call it a day and head down, but you don’t want to miss your only shot at Longs.Also, all the people around you — the tourists in flip flops and jean shorts — are still heading up.In this moment, how do you sort through all the feelings and doubts and make the right decision?Well, the good news is that wilderness decision-making actually has some brain science behind it.Today on the podcast, we’re going to dive into the thought errors that might cloud your thinking so you can notice them when they’re happening and make safer choices.And we’re going to get some help from an avalanche educator who has studied lots of wilderness accidents, figured out what went wrong, and how we can all do better.Ready? Let’s do this.Read Detailed Show Notes At:https://missadventurepants.com/51Mountain Fit Course:https://missadventurepants.teachable.com/p/mountain-fit/Facebook Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/missadventurepants/Try Breathwork with Sarah:https://missadventurepants.com/breathwork

38mins

4 May 2021

Rank #6

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5 Ways Mountaineering Will Change Your Life

Holy tits, it's episode 50 of the Climb Your Mountain podcast! Thanks so much for listening and helping to make my little pandemic project such a success.This week to celebrate, I'm going to share five ways mountaineering has changed my life (and will change yours too).If you're just starting this journey, you may be like, Sarah, WTF? You just work out, get in shape and climb the mountain. Why make it complicated?But friend, I promise you. You are going to come out of this mountaineering journey a whole new person.And thinking about it just lights me up, because you have no idea how awesome it's going to be.Let me show you what I mean.Ready? Let's do this.Read Detailed Show Notes At:https://missadventurepants.com/50Mountain Fit Course:https://missadventurepants.teachable.com/p/mountain-fit/Facebook Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/missadventurepants/Try Breathwork with Sarah:https://missadventurepants.com/breathwork

25mins

27 Apr 2021

Rank #7

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When You Want to Quit

You've had it with mountaineering training, and you're ready to quit. You think you should be faster and stronger by now.You're convinced you're not ready.And at this point, you're so miserable, you can't remember why you wanted to climb that stupid mountain in the first place.Friends, if this sounds like you, know that I have been exactly where you are. And that I know that it really sucks.But before you totally throw in the towel, I want you to take a deep breath and pause.Because the truth is, wanting to quit is a pretty normal experience in endurance training.But by making some changes to your thinking, you'll often find the strength to carry on — and even renew your excitement about your goal.So fire up this episode, and I'll do my best to talk you off the ledge.Ready? Let's do this!Read Detailed Show Notes At:https://missadventurepants.com/49Mountain Fit Course:https://missadventurepants.teachable.com/p/mountain-fit/Facebook Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/missadventurepants/Try Breathwork with Sarah:https://missadventurepants.com/breathwork

19mins

20 Apr 2021

Rank #8

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Bad Training Days

You've been training for your mountain for four months, and today is your last training hike.You're thinking of this as your last test before the main event. And suddenly it turns into a total shit show. Your butt is totally burning on the hills. Your pack is hurting your back. And a few hours in, you get terrible diarrhea and have to stop. Now you're convinced that all your training was for nothing, and you have no business climbing that mountain. Friends, if this is you, I'm here to talk you off the ledge. The truth is, bad training days happen to all of us. And you know what they mean? Honestly not much. In today's episode, I'm going to show you how to manage your mind around bad days and keep your eyes on the goal. Ready? Let's do this. Read Detailed Show Notes At:https://missadventurepants.com/48Mountain Fit Course:https://missadventurepants.teachable.com/p/mountain-fit/Facebook Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/missadventurepants/Try Breathwork with Sarah:https://missadventurepants.com/breathwork

23mins

13 Apr 2021

Rank #9

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Write Yourself an Adventure Permission Slip

If tomorrow a deadly pandemic swept around the earth and you had to spend a year at home, would you be satisfied with your life?Oh wait! That just happened.And if you felt restless and trapped all year — if you felt your life literally slipping away — maybe it's time to make some changes.In today's episode, we're talking all about inspired action.I'm going to do my damndest to light a fire under your ass so that you climb that mountain, take the trip, run that race, and check off the bucket list before the next disaster comes along.If you've been waiting for the stars to align so you can finally live a life of adventure, here's your permission slip to start today.Ready? Let's do this!Read Detailed Show Notes At:https://missadventurepants.com/47Mountain Fit Course:https://missadventurepants.teachable.com/p/mountain-fit/Facebook Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/missadventurepants/Try Breathwork with Sarah:https://missadventurepants.com/breathwork

18mins

6 Apr 2021

Rank #10