Monday, August 6, 2007

Hiking IS a sport!

Yesterday, while we were hiking 8 miles at the top of the Sandia MTs and I was huffing and puffing, I decided that hiking can be VERY challenging. I am not sure, with the way my legs feel today, that triathlon training totally prepares you for hiking in the Andes. BUT, I went and got new hiking shoes afterwards, we tried out our Camelbaks, which were gathering dust in the cabinet (BTW-never leave them in the garage-the mice like to eat the bladder), and got to try out our goat legs..
We did some pretty technical stuff for part of the hike. Thanks to Josh Hillis and all the squats i have done lately, I think this was easier for me than it would have been. We had Gerry, the 70 year old leader, whom I liked ot call Crazy Power Man, who kept telling us, "just 50 more feet"! I finally caught about the 3rd time he said it that it was BS and we were in for a long ass day..Good news-we were with almost all the friends that are going to hike the Inca trail with us at the end of the month. Most of us have been friends 15+ years and we usually go scuba diving so this will be a new experience for the group. We laugh ALOT on those trips and cannot imagine this one being any different. i am always the resident "nurse" I guess cause I use to actually practice nursing so I come loaded with all the drugs-could medicine, antibiotics, Tylenol, Advil, etc..One year one gal got "pink eye" on a dive boat in the Bahamas. now try and find some eye drops there!
Today was swimming and Josh's workout. I is tired!!


moi said...

Just wanted to say thank you for your kind words on my La Luz blog. The race was awesome!

So a few more hiking workouts like the one you did yesterday and you might be ready to join the crazy hordes next year :o)?

Bones said...

Humm, Maybe I'll try that hiking thing as soon as IMKY is over!