Roxanne & coworker Magda Boulet on the summit of Ojos Del Salado at 22,615 ft following a Rapid Ascent of the peak in December 2017
Four words: training, training, training, and more training. As Roxanne prepares to make her Lightning Ascent of the highest peak in the world, she is focusing on four key training areas:
- Physical training
- Hypoxia training
- Heat training
- Nutrition and supplementation
Let’s start with the nuts and bolts. While Roxanne has been planning to climb Mr. Everest for over seven years, the main preparation began one year ago. First up on her to-do list – get as aerobically fit as possible! Roxanne hit the trails around Berkeley, raced ultra-marathons, and eventually tested her fitness last November with a mountaineering trip to Ecuador where she topped three 19,000 ft peaks in five days.
Since December, Roxanne has been averaging 20 hours a week of training. With the help of Seth Keena, Scott Johnston, and Steve House of the Uphill Athlete team, she crafted a weekly training regimen that would prepare her for her summit attempt.
[Note: Steve and Scott are world-renowned alpinists, authors of Training for the New Alpinism, and co-founders of Uphill Athlete. Scott and Steve coach many of the top mountain athletes in the world, and they just released a new manual with Kilian Jornet called Training for the Uphill Athlete.]