The scariest moment is always just before you start. – Stephen King
Two years ago a bunch of friends planned to climb Pikes Peak – – a 14,000 ‘ climb, staring at 6,500’. It is a total of about 13 miles. I planned to join them and then a health challenge hit and it wasn’t possible. A big disappointment filled my heart in missing the adventure and in feeling like a ‘loser!’
Last year, the same time came and Forest joined our friends on the Peak Climb, but my heart wasn’t in even trying. The climb seemed daunting and I had nothing in me that wanted to even try. I had walked away from that dream.
Ever feel you have missed your ‘window of opportunity’ on something that matters to you?
Well this year I had a breakthrough by doing my first 10K in May. I had not done a lot of cardio training prior to the Bolder Boulder. Granted I only walked, but I discovered I could go that far and I wasn’t even really winded at the end. That began to give me hope for that buried dream – – climbing Pikes Peak.
I began to ‘peak’ at my dream. Could I? Would I? This 90 Day Challenge is about building muscle through endurance training. I began to notice how much stronger I’ve been feeling. . . . the ‘peaks’ at my dream have become longer and the desire is creeping up on me.
Today, Forest and I did a ‘qualifying’ hike. It was just less than 5.5 miles and I wanted to do it in less than 2 hours and feel ok at the end. If I couldn’t do that, I would walk away from doing the “Peak” this year on September 9 with our friends.
Well — — I did it! Yep, I did it!!!
I had a major discovery on this hike. My blood sugar starts dropping around 45 minutes. If I wait for an hour to eat something, I quickly lose energy, focus and ability to climb. Without noticing, I would not have discovered a key support for me. I know I need to eat regularly during the day, but didn’t think it would be more frequent when hiking.
A friend who just did the Peak in just over 4 hours, said that consuming energy snacks every 30 minutes made a big difference for her – – today, that ‘made sense’ to me.
When pursuing a goal – – – pay attention! Your team will give you nuggets; your body will give you insights IF you are paying attention!
Now, there are 20 days before the climb of Pikes Peak – – – -how will I prepare? What will I do? Stay tuned!
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