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The Maybury Project

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  • Ok like enough already. Enough looking at this guy's ass through my ski goggles.

    You've heard of the Manhattan Project, well this is the Maybury Project. Like the Canadian athletes with Own the Podium, we need a similar coordinated, intensive effort. A team to push us to train and train hard. To start now if we have any hope of matching the Maybury this winter.

    Many consider the Maybury as the benchmark for backcountry ski fitness. In order to compete, we will need to train for maximum uptracking and endless powder descents (as well as "one last run" with headlamp).

    We will get some in-season chances to test ourselves. May I suggest early December COP ski mountaineering race. Or the CSMC POWfest in Kootenay Pass. Or the 1 Day Wapta. And of course the Mt Baker/Spearhead Traverse long weekend and/or Mt Shasta summit to parking lot.

    Fitness may include skate skiing at COP and Bragg Creek on weeknights. Spin classes. And even these

    We can't wait until alpine climbing is done in October..this requires dryland training to begin now.

    The intent here is to collaborate on setting training goals starting now to peak in the winter (like late January). Benefit of the group is we either can train together, train during the week individually and push each other by reporting to the group...or trash talk each other to get motivated to train. Whatever works for you.

    RobM has created a Google Spreadsheet to track hrs. Feel free to join in on that. We will work out best strategies for motivation in early September.[masked]

    We start a 16 week push Oct 1st.

    Are you in?


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  • Kiwi L.

    Ski season is imminent, yay! Check out this avalanche rescue story / training video: A gripping story of survival against the odds, and also a great reminder of avalanche safety steps required for skiing in the backcountry. We've already lost one this season - RIP Trevor - lets make sure we all come home safe this winter.

    2 · November 12

    • Alex J.

      Felt the burn this morning again with 4 leg simple yet so much burn ;}

      2 · November 22

  • Alex J.

    Who is Leg Blasting going into the weekend?!?

    Felt the buuurrrn again today.

    2 · November 10

    • Mika H.

      Leg blasters + running stairs today! With weather as nice as it is, it's time to hammer the legs going up!!

      2 · November 10

    • Myndi

      Yup!! Strength training in full effect this week! Along with some runs!

      2 · November 10

  • Alex J.

    Nice 4 day week coming up to push the fitness and then enjoy the 3 day weekend. Warm enough for the bikes for sure.

    One of our compadres noted the "extra weight of the boots and skis" this weekend and how perhaps he wasn't at season end peak performance yet...

    No time like the present!

    1 · November 6

    • Alex J.

      Feel the buuuuuurrrrn! I scheduled myself to do 4 Leg Blasters inbetween meetings at work so that it feels more like a break than having to do exercise ;}

      Getting the knee down low like a telemarker is really increasing the burn.

      Highly recommended.


      1 · November 7

    • Mika H.

      yep. that low knee is the killer in the set and after that you're feeling it.

      November 7

  • Alex J.

    OK getting back into it after taking most of the month off...hope others are taking the mental time to prep and gearing up or already going full cylinders. I saw the COP Ski Mountaineering race Dec 3rd "Vert 180" is announced...may be a good early season test of one's abilities...

    October 26

  • Kiwi L.

    Hey folks, how about we start the training spreadsheet again fresh at 1 Nov? To get more participation. Currently it's unfairly skewed to those of us who did lots of epic trips in Aug, before this challenge was posted. And Nov/Dec are the hardest months to get motivated..

    1 · October 15

  • Tom

    Found out about this book yesterday and bought it through Google Play ($13 vs. $42 at MEC). Good book, with good information and explanations.

    Also, if you haven't seen/read Mark Twight's book, "Extreme Alpinism" I recommend it.

    2 · October 11

    • Kiwi L.

      I've been experimenting since Feb with ketogenic (low carb) diet for athletic performance & endurance. Tom it's probably not mentioned in the book you reference, since this diet is quite new. It's been coming into popularity since Tim Olsen won the 2012 Western States 100 mile ultra, beating the previous record by 21 min. And prob more since this year's Tour de France - the winner & runner up were on low-carb diet. For me, it's early to tell, but so far I think it helps, or at least it certainly isn't holding me back. Eg during the epic 16 hr trip that Alex P and I did this year, I ate only ~20g of carbs that day and felt pretty awesome all day.

      1 · October 12

  • Alex J.

    1 · October 8

  • Alex J.

    Well no more excuses. August and September were for all the promises and prognostications. We've had 2 months to pretend. It's October...time to get busy.

    3 · October 2

  • Mike S.

    This is ridiculous. What happened to fun?

    1 · September 28

    • Alex J.

      No time for fun Mike. Plus fun is overrated...pain is much more enjoyable ;)

      1 · September 28

    • Kiwi L.

      4 hours in the mountains is 4 hours of fun. 24 hours in the mountains is 24 hours of fun. I don't see why we can't be having fun all the time, on all our trips in the mountains, long or short.

      1 · September 28

  • Tom

    Several years ago Nancy Hansen was doing a presentation to the Calgary section of the ACC. She concluded it with these words. Remember, it doesn't have to be fun, to be fun. :)

    4 · September 28

  • Alex J.

    It's like Dynafit was watching us with the Maybury Project and decided to support us!!!

    September 26

    • Mika H.

      not to be the last person, ski strong, get laps and feel like I'm 20 again.

      2 · September 27

    • Kiwi L.

      Haha sure, feeling like 20 again sounds great. I was also thinking of doing the 6-pass trip in a day, in the spring. And/or skyline trail. And Yoho traverse.

      1 · September 27

  • Alex J.

    OK we're 1 week away now from getting going on this 16 week training leading us to be in a position to out pace Mr. Maybury in mid-January.

    Clearly we will need to both train for the uphill and the downhill.

    What are others using or have used for a good 16 week endurance training plan?

    Here is a running one that breaks the weeks up nicely.

    September 25

  • Kiwi L.

    Hey Alex, what did you do on Saturday that was 20.75 hours?

    September 19

    • Tom

      Lisa, you're hilarious lol

      1 · September 20

    • Kiwi L.

      What, Tom, I can't tempt you to do a 21 hour epic to surpass Alex's? (There's always the option of an unplanned epic, of course.)

      1 · September 20

  • Myndi

    I'm looking at everyone's training hours and I need to step up my game! It's been a slack month for me...time to pick it up!!

    2 · September 2

    • Mika H.

      yep. I echo those thoughts.

      September 16

  • Alex J.

    RobM found this good link

    Talks about stronger ankles which I agree and think the swimming with fins on can work wonders.

    1 · September 16

  • Tom

    So, is part of the plan to have "training sessions" where we have the opportunity to push/pull and generally harass the others into upping their game?

    1 · September 9

    • Alex J.

      Bring it on Waddell

      2 · September 9

    • Tom


      September 9

  • Alex J.

    Even though we talked about not getting going until the 16 week mark around the end of September...the spreadsheet leaderboard suggests a number of you aren't sitting still ;}[masked]

    September 9

  • Alex J.

    Mika asked when we're get at it...answer is soon. We're about 19 weeks away from our target probably still dabble here for another 3 weeks and then begin a 16 week plan.

    Over the next 3 weeks we will keep the discussion going and canvas ideas on what a 16 week training plan to demolish Maybury is going to look like...

    1 · September 5

    • Myndi

      Interesting...I've never heard of that race. You've piqued my interest now....and there's a pool just down the street from me too that I should check out. :)

      September 9

    • Myndi

      Stairs and hill repeats are awesome as well! I'll have to mix those in too :)

      September 9

  • Kiwi L.

    Does time spent sitting on a ledge waiting for a chopper count as training hours? (This wasn't me by the way... two CSMC members who shall remain nameless for as long as it takes for gossip to catch up.)

    2 · September 6

    • Mika H.

      Only if we're heli skiing? ;)

      2 · September 6

  • Alex J.

    OK - Meetup admin interface is a little screwy and I managed to delete the Maybury Project while I was trying to remove the repeat events....

    Apologies to all those committed people who I removed haha - crap.

    I would re-add you but I don't know all who was on. Please re-join.

    The current thinking is that it makes more sense to put the date at the "finish line" of say mid-January and then have running commentary that builds our momentum to get to that date.

    If we do these meetup monthly events then people have to re-join and we lose all the previous conversations.

    1 · September 2

    • Kiwi L.

      Maybe you could maintain a "sooner date" for another week or two, to give folks time to see the posting? Some folks only review imminent / upcoming trips.

      September 6

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