Grey's Peak - another 14er climbed!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I have been working out with the intention of climbing a mountain or two this year. Two years ago I made it to the summit of Quandry, but it was not pretty. I struggled a lot to make it to the top. This time I figured I was in much better shape and would be able to summit easily like all the young people who pass me on the trails. My husband set the alarm early (2:45!) and we got up and prepared for our climb. I threw a jar of my oatmeal and chia seed mix into the car planning to eat it for breakfast. It was one I had made several days earlier and I think my son had eaten part of it... when I opened the jar it hissed at me. So I did not eat it. I ended up not having much of anything before we began our assent.
I did very well cardio wise. I did not have a bounding pulse or any thing like that. Mostly was not out of breath either. I was just Sloooow and tired. It felt like I could barely move, but nothing really was bothering me. We started at the trail head around 5:30 am and reached the summit by 9:30. It was worth it, but I am wondering if this is truly the hobby for me. I get bored, tired, and irritated and I need a lot of encouragement to get to the top. Then coming down I feel like I will never see the car again. It is always around the next bend! But I did it. I made it to the top and back. I rolled my ankle a few times and that has been sore. My calves got super sore - even with all the time spent on the evil stairmaster!
I did it. And I will likely do another one some day. Maybe.