Traversing Kilimanjaro, Part 4

I yelled at him to show me where we could possibly camp. He came over and we “discussed” a compromise. Wilson talked and I yelled and he finally said we could camp there. We had already paid $80.00 US to camp, which is far too much to begin with. I shook the guys hand after the said we could camp. Stan and I then set up camp, filtered water and cooked dinner. First came the soup then our usual post summit meal of mashed potatoes and gravy. The food was really good. As we were savoring our tea Wilson came over to discuss the trip, i.e. the tip. I sat there for about a half hour and told him what we thought and gave him suggestions for the future. He took them graciously. I told him to stop asking for tips early in the climb and to be better prepared. Read the rest of this entry »

Traversing Kilimanjaro, Part 3

The French people left at 2am. We saw their headlamps when we were packing up our tent. I can’t believe these people climbed the wall! They all roped up and it took them a long time but they did it. I admire them greatly. We got up to the crater at around 9am. Very cool place. As usual I had my “Kick Butt” tapes on my cassette player. They really help through the tough parts. The sun was shining up here and brought much needed warmth. There are great places to ice climb with all the huge ice walls of the crater. Read the rest of this entry »

Traversing Kilimanjaro, Part 2

Our first camp is beautiful. Stan and I set our tent up in a small clearing away from the porters hut. The porters use wood for their cooking fires and it tends to get really smoky if you camp nearby. After setting up camp we took a nap then found a water supply and Stan filtered water for cooking. Dinner was great! We had chicken and dumplings with apple-blueberry cobbler for dessert. The views of Kili poking through the clouds at sunset, are breathtaking! It sure does look far away from here. Read the rest of this entry »

Traversing Kilimanjaro, Part 1

With the completion of this climb, my husband Stan and I have climbed the highest peaks on 5 out of the 7 continents. What follows is a journal type record of our climb in Africa. Hopefully our experiences will be helpful and guide others to a great trip such as ours. We went up the Machame route and descended on the Marangu route (the traditional tourist route). Read the rest of this entry »

Treatment for the Common ‘Sprain’ Part 2

Stage 2. Stage II marks the beginning of scar tissue formation. At this time, heat is used along with passive range of motion. The heat helps muscles relax, stimulate metabolic activity in the area and increases the blood flow. Passive range of motion is moving the effected joint through a range of motion with out any effort from the patient. It is preformed by the doctor, therapist, trainer, etc. This helps keep the joint mobile while the scar tissue is forming. Read the rest of this entry »

Treatment for the Common ‘Sprain’ Part 1

‘Sprain’ is a term widely used to describe an injury to a ligament. Injuries to these structures occur when a ligament is stretched beyond its physiological limits. Read the rest of this entry »

Swiss Ball Leg Lowering

Starting Position:
Begin by lying flat on your back on the floor, hands at your sides. With the ball on the floor, grip the ball around the midpoint with the arches of the feet. Read the rest of this entry »

Strength Training for Swimming, Part 2

Some things to remember when you are lifting free weights — always get a spotter. Don’t be afraid to ask for one. The fitness staff is more than happy to help. Getting a spotter is the first step to safe and consistent lifting. Also remember to support your back at all times. Whether it is sitting at a bench to do your curls or overhead press, or making sure that you keep your knees bent and a stance that is shoulder-width apart, it will make a difference and protect the back. Read the rest of this entry »

Strength Training for Swimming, Part 1

Most people look at swimming as something that you only do in the pool. If you want to become a stronger swimmer, improve your speed and get faster at the turns, a strength-training program is a necessity.
What to do for strength training? A full body program is the best. You want to increase your strength without increasing muscle size significantly, as swimming has a large flexibility component involved. Read the rest of this entry »