Decided to hike today for training, which for me isn’t as much of a leg workout as a heart workout. Well, heart going up, legs coming down. My poor knees…
Not a lot of time to hike so I decided to just do the flatirons, starting from Chautauqua. I was a little discouraged with myself as I kept stopping a lot on the way up – I partly blame God for the amazing vistas. Imagine my surprise when I reached the summit in 55 minutes! That’s definitely a new personal record; I think the best I’ve done previously is 75. Going down took a full 45, but my excuse was that I stopped quite a while to enviously watch a few guys shimmy up the first flatiron. Must find someone to take me climbing.
While hiking I decided to listen to the Wicked soundtrack on my iPod. And I admit I sang along at parts, when I wasn’t huffing and puffing or near groups of other hikers. Let me tell you, there’s nothing like singing “Defying Gravity” while standing on the edge of a precipice overlooking Boulder with your arms spread wide. Really, it’s like a spiritual experience.
Only six weeks to go!