Tuesday, June 14, 2016

1 mile above 6,035 feet

"How do I let you talk me into these things?" I don't think I'm that persuasive, but somehow on Memorial Day this year, my wife asked me just some 10 minutes into the climb that exact question as we embarked on the ever popular Manitou Springs Incline.

"The Incline," as it's informally called, has been ringing in my ears for years and I had yet to find the time to make it south the 1.5 hours or so to climb the behemoth trail and experience the 2000 feet of elevation gain.

We didn't set out to break any records that day except maybe to beat the weather that was slowly creeping in on us.

Honestly, I was shocked at how well my body was handling the multitude of steps and elevation gain. A true testament to the work I'd been doing the last 10 months in my own workouts with strength and endurance. I truly was moving through the obstacle of 12-15" steps without much stress. Granted more stops were being made than I had anticipated but again, we weren't in any race.

However, about two-thirds of the way up, we started to hear the rumble. The mountainous shake of thunder nearby and the slow drops of rain that grew heavier as we climbed higher. Nevertheless, we kept going finding some shelter off to the sides of the trail.

And then, we reached the last 300 steps to go, which is also the area commonly known as the 'false summit' which leaves one to believe they've reached the end of this hiking hell. Pushing each other along, not letting my wife give into the challenge we had already conquered so valiantly, we finally reached the top finding reward in a snack at the final crest of this beast of a trail.

You can't help but flash a smile to the others that come over the crest of the trail's peak knowing what they'd just endured and that you all had achieved the same distance and in the same mixed sun and rain cover above.

So, with more steps than my Fitbit cared to track (it died naturally cause I'd forgotten to plug it in the night before...oops) and with many hours up and then down the Barr Trail to return to the parking lot, I learned that sometimes fitness is not fun for everyone (my wife vowed never to do that again :) And that we can surprise ourselves with feats that once seemed impossible, finding that they can be truly unforgettable...I wonder how fast I can get up next time...there's an app for that!

In health,
Corpo Fitness