Monday, September 28, 2009

Took a Shot At A Goal

At the beginning of this year I made out a list of goals I wanted to achieve.  Other than eating fish once a week (which is improving, but not nearly consistant enough) I had one last goal to reach.

About an hour from my house is a place called Grouse Mountain.  Up the side of this mountain is a trail that was built and is now known as the Grouse Grind.  It is relatively short, 2.9 km / 1.8 miles ... however, it also has an elevation gain of 853 meters / 2800 feet with 2,830 stairs with an AVERAGE grade of 28%, often steeper.

There are some areas where you literally crawl on all fours.  And a few places where ropes have been placed and you can (and once I needed to) actually haul yourself up by the rope.

2 minutes in you are already gasping for air and wondering why the heck you even started.  10 min in you're sure you are going to die, and soon, but the sheer volume of people following you up keeps you going and refusing to turn around.

It is an INTENSE workout.  Not really what you'd call a hike.  It is referred to as nature's stairmaster for good reason.  You just climb, and climb, and climb (many of these steps I took TWO at a time).  And on a nice, sunny weekend you do it with probably thousands of people

I did this "hike" in May 2007 and it took me 1 hour & 32 minutes.  That was pre-weight loss.  Then Last August 2008, I did it again.  I'd lost weight and was in much better shape so was looking for a big improvement in my time.  However I was sadly mistaken and it still took me 1 hour and 25 minutes!  I was very disappointed.

I knew I'd improve on that time. But I didn't realize until I checked back today how MUCH I had improved.  As I approached the top, my son was waiting and he said "you're going to be under an hour - RUN!!!!"  My personal trainer, he's tough and definitely is great for pushing me at the end.  I did it in 58 minutes & 42 seconds.  That's over 26 minutes better than last year, and 33 minutes better than 2007!  WOW, that's all I can say!

My son finished in 46 minutes.  When we got there he looked up from the parking lot and said "Crap, I forgot how high it is".

Feeling OK today, but my hips can definitely feel I did something different. 

My goal was to do this climb in under 50 minutes, but I think now I can see that that was way too lofty.  I may reach that one day, but not right now.  I'm very happy with my time.

3 more days of shredding left!  I had to miss 2 days at the end of the week but it was for very good reason and I don't feel at all guilty.  Sometimes other things are just more important, and I more than make up for it.


Missy said...

WOW! Great job! I'm impressed that you took on such a crazy challenge and that you crushed your previous time!!! Amazing!

Tamara said...

What a rush! A really spectacular accomplishment Heidi! I can feel your excitement in your post. Realy really inspiring!

Dee Dee said...

What a fun thing to do with your son! Great accomplishment!

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of you dear daughter. You are doing great. I know you are disappointed at your weight loss being so slow but I know you will make your goal. Maybe not exactly when you want it but very soon. Keep on chugging along!

Susan said...

What a great goal, it wish we had something like that near me !

Bare It All said...

What a cool annual event! That is a huge time difference!

Tiffany said...

Wow, that IS AMAZING. You must feel so proud of yourself.

The trail reminds me of some of the trails that Tommy Europe makes people do in "Last 10 lbs".

Heidi said...

Tiffany --- that IS one of the trails that Tommy Europe uses sometimes. There are quite a few trails like that nearby that one that are similar too, though I haven't been on any of them.

Tricia said...

Wow, what a great achievement and its wonderful you were able to share it with your son.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog earlier. I'm looking forward to catching up on yours.