I have been working on developing my aerobic base using Phil Maffetone's aerobic base training method for the last 3 months or so. My sport of choice is hiking so that requires a lot of endurance, beside conditioning and strength. I was looking for some help on working the uphill endurance portion of hikes.
I am 42, so I keep my heart rate around 140 for my conditioning workouts according to the Maffetone guidelines.
My training usually involves 3 session of work in the gym during the week (stairmaster for 45 min @140 bpm + some weights) and then one longer hike each weekend--say 8 miles, 1200 foot elevation gain. So that can involve 4 miles uphill at a time.
My biggest challenge is still doing the long uphill hikes. That really does zap my energy and I feel terrible. Certainly I am feeling a lot better since using the Maffetone method. But I want to improve my uphill performance.
I was not clear on this, but should I be training some of these long hikes at the low intensity or below 140 heart rate level? It does feel crazy slow, considering that both the strength and conditioning needs of going up hill. I was just trying to get these hills conquered through. Usually the long hikes are with a group and so the pace is set by the group. Anyone have suggestions on the right kinda training plan for hill training to develop endurance.