Hello, KAYOTIC...and thanks for the welcome. All this hiking is kind of out of character for me. It's an Old Age Big Change after a misspent life with too much sitting and too much overeating.
If you or anyone else is here in central PA you may have heard of the Hyner Challenge, which is a heavy-duty 25 kilometer race over three awful mountains. My Coach at Curves persuaded me to enter and do the race - at my age, 71 at that time, I'm now 72 - and on less than a year of training. Lazy couch potato me. Was I crazy? There were a couple of old men older than me, but this year I was the oldest old lady to be in the race.
My Coach and I did the race together. And it was cold that day, upper 30 degrees into 40 or maybe 41, here and there a few tiny snow flurries. I read on Spark People that 55 degrees is best. Of course if my Coach had done the race by herself she would have come in after maybe some five hours or so, or maybe less. But she stayed with me at my slow pace.
When we got to the finish line my Coach hesitated a second so that I crossed before her. But I know better, she's faster than me, and she was being good to me. And there was still one woman (younger than me) behind us, and two more women who didn't finish and were brought in. So I wasn't quite the last one across the finish line.
But for an aging geezer couch potato, well, I'm not complaining. OTOH I'm bragging. My daughter tells her friends, "My mother raced in the Hyner, and was not the last to cross the finish line," and her young friends gasp, "YOUR MOTHER????!!!"
I'm thinking of this now...y'know...I couldn't have done this when I was young...would I have done this race when I was 30? 40? 50? NO, of course not! Are you crazy? 25 kilometers over those awful horrible mountains? I don't hike! I don't do those things! Only sporty athletic people do that. Only crazy people do that!
My thanks to people who tolerate my bragging. I fail a lot, and this success is a big deal for me.
As I mentioned, I met ChangingHorses on Spark People, and we get together and go hiking, which I appreciate big-time. I'm gritting my teeth at this cold weather. I don't like to go out, but I'll make the effort. And if it snows we'll do snowshoes, which will be new for me.
I most likely will not try to do the Hyner in 2014. I'm a caregiver, and things are deteriorating here. I can't train properly now, and I can't guarantee anything now; we may have a medical emergency at any time. But some year in the future maybe ChangingHorses and I can do it - but then she can go faster than I can...
I'm Laura, here in central Pennsylvania. I had the pleasure of meeting ChangingHorses on a PA team, and we get together from time to time and go hiking.
I'm a recovering couch potato. I love to sit on my butt and shovel food into the pie hole, but that's not a good way to be healthy. When I'm out struggling to get up a mountain and wondering what on earth I'm doing when I could be in McDonald's with a greaseburger and a book to read I keep reminding myself that I've beaten pre-diabetes and am now keeping it beaten. I'm keeping a healthy heart. postponing Alzheimer's, and working on not being a burden on my daughter and son-in-law in my old age.
current weight: 143.0
Fitness Minutes: (25,242) Posts: 1,071 10/31/13 1:43 P
Welcome to the team! Meetup is a great resource for finding hiking groups, there are a few in my area that post regularly (Northern Nevada). You are in a beautiful area, there should be some great hiking groups around!
highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143
H: 5''4" 53 y.o.
"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers
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wife and I live in Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We don't have to travel far to get out in the woods. We used to lead trips for PATC but that was before kids. Now they are mostly out of the house and we are hoping to get together with some others for outings.
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