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Ugh....Butt kicked by Camelback!

Monday, November 19, 2012

My dh and I just got back from AZ, (Scottsdale to be exact) last night. I was very excitedly planning on taking a Zumba class one day, doing the fitness gym another and a few hours one day hiking up Camelback Mountain which is just a short walk from the resort. "Short walk" as the description given by the brochure.

Dh and I decided to do the hike the first morning we were there, since he had meetings the rest of the time. Great, I thought, but little did I know. Instead of taking the young and fit desk clerk's advice, we drove our rental the 2 miles to a street that we could park on. Then, started the hiking.

It was about a mile to the start of the trail, which wasn't too bad. (Btw, gorgeous homes to look at!) The clerk had informed us that the trail itself was about 1 1/2 miles up and went 1,200 ft up in elevation, which we thought would be no problem. Well, after about a mile and stopping about 3 times to let my heart rate slow a bit, I really started to question our decision. Then, we turned a bend and I thought I would die. It looked like the last part went straight up! There was even a helipad for rescue when people needed help! All I could think of was what in the world did I get myself into?!?!? My dh asked if I was ok. I said yes, while inside really questioning my sanity. He suggested that we should just keep going until I didn't feel like going any further.

Surprising myself, we did make it to the top and back down without needing to bother any helicopter pilots, but it was a dang good thing we had driven. I really don't think I could have walked back to the resort without highjacking a golf cart. Needless to say, I did not get to the Zumba class and didn't even get to the gym. My thighs were so sore the rest of the trip that even walking up a flight of stairs was a challenge.

I workout some, at least a couple times a week and really thought I was in better shape than that. I do have a lot more weight than I should be carrying, so know that didn't help the climbing or my blood pressure etc. (Been having some issues with that the past few months anyway.)

I bought a T-shirt before we left to come home with a picture of Camelback Mountain on it. I decided I'm going to use it to excersise in as a reminder of my experience. Not just the butt kicking, but also that I didn't give up and made it to the top and back down again safely! Maybe the mountain kicked my butt this time, but I think I'm going to do some butt kicking of my own to get myself back to a healthier me! Lesson learned, Camelback Mountain. Thank you, I think? :)
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  • v SCUBADIVA50
    You conquered Camelback Mountain and that's very inspiring! Good Job!!!!!
    1282 days ago
  • v JER-BER
    That's my girl, what an experience! Zumba? After that? Are you kidding? You probably did enough to cover at least 3 Zumba classes in a row. emoticon You never give up and that's what is so impressive. Maybe you took on more than you thought, but it sounded like a wonderful experience, memories to share, and quite the workout! emoticon Great blog Tobes, we all can learn from this too. Jer emoticon emoticon Go get em tiger!
    1286 days ago
  • v LIBBYL1
    better than any zumba class! well done
    1286 days ago
  • v BLESSED2BEME
    Great idea about the shirt and maybe someday you'll get to go back to that mountain and tackle it again and see the difference your body feels once you make getting in better shape a priority and stick with get your fitness minutes in!

    Yes, great lesson and great way to share it with us!
    1287 days ago
  • v PSCHEP
    Love it! Congrats on making it through the experience to tell the story emoticon
    1287 days ago
  • v DONNABRIGHT
    emoticon
    1287 days ago
  • v GOLFGMA
    Very good blog, well written and entertaining. So glad you made it to the top. The Tee shirt is a good reminder of what you can do! emoticon
    1287 days ago
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