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To the Top!

20 Aug

Wednesday marked the day of my real reason for making the trip back to Colorado.  That was the day I planned to beat The Incline.

The months leading up to my trip, I worked diligently to strengthen my legs and my stamina, knowing I’d have to overcome the altitude and lack of oxygen.  I was also determined not to slow down Abby, who I know is an Incline expert, and who agreed to make the trek up with me.  Heck, she went just the week before to test it out for us and beat her best time.  So yeah, I was bound and determined to not look like a sloth.

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The trail started out relatively flat, but got steep pretty quick.  I was breathin’ heavy right away, but soon fell into a groove.

There wasn’t much talking going on, as I was saving my breath, but I managed to sputter out a few words.  “What kind of time are we lookin’ at?”  And “Ugh, I thought THAT was the top.”

Every once in a while, I picked my head up to look around and admire the view, but mostly, my head was down and I trudged along.

At times, the people in front of me would “pull over” for a drink and a rest.  I just kept on going.  I basked in the glory of passing someone, even though it seemed to take a great deal more effort.  Abby would say good morning to each person we went by.  I barely managed a grunt.  Hopefully she was polite enough for the both of us.

As I took my last step, I turned to face Abby only a few steps behind me.  34:05 she stated with a smile and a high 5.

34:05!  WAY better than the 50 minutes I had set as a reasonable goal for a flat lander.  And only two minutes slower than her best time.  My chest swelled, and not just from trying to suck in the thin air.  I was proud of myself.

imageWe wandered around the top of the incline a while.  Abby pointed out the guys who were lifting a barbell over their heads.  We questioned how they got it up there, but then got our answer when they took it apart, split up the pieces, and ran down the mountain.  We just stood out of the way.  Best to let them go first.  They were making me look bad anyway.

We made our way down the 3 mile trail, occasionally having to get out of the way of runners.  I could barely keep from skidding while walking.  No way was I gonna run.  Besides, I remember how painful it is to run down a steep hill.   And I t was nice chattin’ with Abby.  I didn’t want to ruin it by panting through it all.

By the time we got down, I was starving.   We went to a place known for their big portions, and they didn’t disappoint.  I’m ashamed to admit I couldn’t finish it all, but I gave it a great effort.

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We went our separate ways for a little while to shower and rest up for our next set of stairs at Seven Falls.

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Here’s where I was proud of Abby.  She’s afraid of heights, and I know from watching my Hubby, that fear can be paralyzing.  But she pushed her fears aside and climbed up the steep “ladder” where we were awarded with beautiful views.

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I went first on the way back down, hoping to block her view.  It’s really is a steep drop, and this is only from halfway up….

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It was a great day.  Everything I dreamed it would be and more.  Abby, thanks for sharing the day with me.  And get ready!  I’ll be back for bigger and better things…..

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Posted by on August 20, 2016 in Friendship, Health and Fitness, Vacation

 

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9 responses to “To the Top!

  1. agg79

    August 20, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    34.05? Not too shabby for a flat lander. You definitely earned that breakfast! Another few runs up the Incline and you’ll be ready for the Olympic team. I am still impressed that you and Abby did the Incline AND Seven Falls in the same day. That’s a pretty serious stair workout. No way I could do the Incline, much less the Falls, and not have to take on some oxygen. I’m sure Abby did it without even breathing hard. Still, I’ve added both to my bucket list. It’s good that you were able to go up before it gets shut down for repairs.

     
    • shadowrun300

      August 21, 2016 at 3:59 am

      When I planned this trip, Abby warned me it would be closing for repairs shortly after. I timed it just right.
      And now that I know I can do it in 34:05, I want to do even better. I’m such a glutton sometimes, but the challenge is so fun!
      Come to think of it, I don’t think Abby even broke a sweat. I, on the other hand, was dripping. I hope you’re able to cross it off your bucket list at some point. It’s definitely a thrill. 🙂

       
  2. Abby

    August 20, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Great narrative! Felt like I was right there 😛
    But I’m certainly no incline expert. Before this, I’d been on it a total of 5 times and 3 times were stop-and-smell-the-roses-and-chit-chat treks. You made a great showing, flatlander or not -put some locals to shame! (except for maybe those barbell guys…)
    And looking at your photo of the downward stairway at Seven Falls, it’s a good thing you took the lead or else I might still be there!
    So fun! Glad you’re back home safe!

     
    • shadowrun300

      August 21, 2016 at 4:19 am

      You’re the most expert-est of anyone I know. (Because dang it, I didn’t get to know the barbell guys… 😉 )
      When I looked down those stairs from the halfway point, I couldn’t believe you were able to take the first step down. Does it make you less afraid for the next time? Or even more afraid. Either way, I won’t make you do it again.
      I didn’t think we’d ever get home. 14 hours on the road. I think Kansas doubled in size since the last time I drove there.

       
  3. Tee

    August 24, 2016 at 1:24 am

    SO much fun! I’m jealous, but loving the photos and reading about how much fun was had. I’m with Abby. The heights thing freaks me out! I wonder if I would be as brave as her and face the fear?

     
    • shadowrun300

      August 24, 2016 at 4:29 am

      We talked about you, and would’ve loved to have you there! There’s only one way to find out if you’re as brave as she is… 😉
      It was a great trip. I took the two middle boys who felt right at home in the mountains. And the day I spent with Abby, they went up to Pikes Peak on the train. We’ve been home almost a week now, and I’m ready to go back.

       
  4. llcooljoe

    August 24, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Wow you both did so well. Love all the photos. And the dayglo outfits! I think I would have enjoyed the food part the most! Ha.

     
    • shadowrun300

      August 25, 2016 at 12:40 am

      Our dayglo outfits were unplanned, but as Abby said, could have come in handy if they needed to look for our lifeless bodies….
      The food part was definitely a perk of hiking a pretty difficult trail. 🙂

       
  5. Ramzu Zahini

    September 30, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Stairs…. my nemesis.
    Hahahaha!

     

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