The Difference Four Years Can Make - A Hiking Tale

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Yesterday I hiked a challenging trail at a local National Park (you can click here if you wish to see pictures of the trail and learn more about it

The trail is 1.6 miles one way up a large bluff - with lots of steep inclines and switch backs - according to the website, there is an elevation change of 435 feet - I have climbed this trail a couple times about 4 years ago when I was the fittest I had ever been - I probably weighed between 245 and 250 at the time, but I had been exercising, and so I was able to make it to the top as long as I took some breaks to catch my breath

Yesterday I climbed that trail, by myself, all the way to the top without stopping once! The last time I had attempted it alone was October of 2007 and I made it to the top but I stopped numerous times along the way - I don't know how long it took me then, but I did record yesterday's time for the round trip - 1 hour, 6 minutes and 30 seconds - going up it took me 34:45, coming down was a little shorter

Here are a couple of pictures - since I didn't take my good camera with me and only had my phone, one of these pictures is actually from 2007, but since they are both October, they look about the same

the trail going up:

the trail headed down:

and a side by side of me October 2007 and 2011 (pardon the red face and messy hair):

I want to try to do this a few more times before the weather turns bad - it really gets the heart pumping and the thigh muscles burning - plus it is a really pretty, peaceful walk - and the views from the top are astounding
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