Adventures in Colorado and around the World

Getting My Mountain Lungs and Legs Back In Shape

I recently checked out a new feature on Strava that measures “fitness” for all activities (it previously only measured fitness for cycling activities where you used a power meter). The graph is fascinating. Since March when I was released from the hospital and finally started on the road to recovery, my fitness has improved 933%.

It hasn’t been a linear journey. And if you look at the graph for my “all time” fitness, you can see that I still have a long way to go to get back into shape. But it feels good to know I can put in a hard effort and not be completely destroyed the next day. That I can look at a mountain and decide to climb it. That when I wake up in the morning and think about what I want to do with my day, I can get out of bed and go do it. Fitness is something that I no longer take for granted.

So what have I been doing to get back in shape? Climbing mountains. Lots of them.

I’ve also been following a pretty strict program of physical therapy exercises and stretches. If you want the full program, see below. I do these exercises almost every day. I also continue to go to physical therapy once a week.