You are really enjoying the fitness minutes and that is the key to making exercise fun. I have hiked the place you mentioned and it is very beautiful. Thank you for the trip down memory lane with your descriptions of what you saw. I wish you well on your goal to be able to hike again.
Friday I hiked from Brighton to Sunset Peak. I hiked past 3 lakes, viewed 2 others. I counted 30-40 varieties of wildflowers in bloom. I crossed into another county without knowing it. I stood atop a summit 10648 feet in elevation with views in all directions.
My destination was the saddle between canyons, but when I got there, the sign said it was .3 miles to the peak. There was no way I was going to pass that up when I was so close. After crossing to the other side of the mountain I was quite surprised to find myself hiking in sand at 10,000 feet!
I used to hike in my younger, skinnier days, then my life was trashed by carbon monoxide poisoning and I put on 170 pounds. I hiked as many as 20 miles in a single day back then and it seemed so much easier. Of course that was 20+ years ago, too. But in being able to hike to the top of a mountain with a significant amount of elevation felt like I had reclaimed something precious.
Saturday, after Boot Camp, I hiked again up another trail. Due to time constraints, I wasn't able to reach the destination, but I still saw some beautiful scenery only reached by foot or parachute. There is something very empowering by reaching such remote and rugged spots under your own power.
Two days cardio: 520 minutes. A little extreme, some might say, but I want to be able to go backpacking again and be able to hike 7 or 8 hours on occasion like I used to.
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