The best part about hiking days, well, maybe not the best part, as that would be the part about being out on the trail, but the 2nd best part is that my calorie requirement increases drastically, which means... FOOD! And on hiking days it's all good quality food to ensure that I don't wimp out halfway through.
Today's hike was an upside down hike. We started on top of Mt. Wilson (5,712 ft), hiked down ca. 3000 ft. over 5 miles, jumped the stream a couple of times, and then hiked back up to the top over 5-1/2 miles. This was a loop, not an in and out hike. Had to dodge quite a bit of poison oak and poodle brush on the way, too.
Quite a challenge. Especially since I was not at 100% today.
I'll be doing this again at the end of October as part of a longer hike, and hope to be able to do it on a full charge at that time.
Been feeling slightly burned out for the past couple of days, but had committed to this hike, so I went. Still glad that I did.
As I was huffing and puffing up the mountain I did have a chance to reflect on my September goals a bit more and here is what I came up with:
1. Salad a day
September is a rather hot month around here, and thinking back and forth this will be the easiest way to get my veggies in.
2. Let no produce go to waste
I'm terrible at that and often end up tossing spoiled fruits and veggies, not because I buy too many at a time, but because I'm too lazy to fix them! This month's focus will be on not letting that happen.
I joined BLC20 as a maintainer. I've never done a BLC challenge and since everybody seems to be talking about it, I just had to find out what the fuss is all about. Believe it starts next week. The entire thing seems really complex, so I'll have to muddle my way through.
4. Minimum 1000 fitness minutes
This is a long-standing goal, which I've been able to meet rather effortlessly the past few months.
I'll be blogging daily updates during September.
Days 1 & 2: Salad a day