radson wrote:Is a strong core that important? Just to be a bit contrarian but I have never come of a hill and thought, gee I wish my core had been stronger. I usually wish i had spent more time training my quads or shoulders.
Andrew Rankine wrote:I am not sure, but if you are talking about doing the European Highpoints, you might also be considering how much body fat you will have at the end of it. With all of the drive time, loss of sleep and being in a rush, you may not be able to get enough food to maintain your body fat percentage. For Elbrus I don't think it would hurt to have fat reserves because the altitude will make you not want to eat and you'll lose some weight. Same thing for the other Caucasus highpoints. Then going into the rest of Europe you won't have too much trouble, but reserves wouldn't hurt there either. Ideal, I do not know...I would think it varies by individual.
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