Climbed a mountain and then some!
The Cardio Queen resurfaces – Day 4 almost 5
Sorry I haven’t blogged in a couple of days. A BIG thanks to those who have checked in on the blog. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your comments here. I read them every night before I go to bed.
Days 2 and 3 at Fitness North were incredibly tough for me.The cardio workouts are beyond intense. I had waves of nausea for 2 days straight, and on Wednesday I was in so much pain I literally thought I was going to die. No kidding.
That said, the pain came from an incredible experience climbing Oberg Mountain…in snowshoes…in the cold…accompanied by our program director Leif the entire way. YES, I climbed a mountain! OMG, it wasn’t pretty but I got the job done and it feels great. Leif was fantastic the way he encouraged, coaxed, prodded and supported me during some tough moments — though my whining, tears, and even a spell of anxiety/difficulty breathing. It was by far the hardest thing I have done to date. But I did it! And it is indeed an experience I won’t forget.
We’ve now snowshoed for 2 hours per day for three days straight – Britton Peak, Leveaux Mountain, Oberg Mountain up the mountain, and today Oberg Mountain the foot trails. We’re doing cardio circuits, pool cardio and more 5-6 hours on top of those two hiking hours and there is no stopping. Every inch of my body hurts, but particularly my knees and back. Yet each day we are pushed past any personal limits or “I cant’s” and we do it.
The meals are great and we have a food plan and prepare the food in our condos on our own so we’re learning all of the nutrition aspects too. The end of our first week is nearing and I honestly can’t wait. Though part of our group goes home Sunday, I need that free day to check back in to life and get some real rest.
I wish I had something more clever or funny to blog about. To be honest, I am just doing the workouts, changing clothes about 100 times per day, eating what they tell us, and sleeping. So far, almost no time at all to fit in personal time, and I have to admit the emotional part of the journey hasn’t really been getting addressed either.
It is just one foot, one snowshoe, one cardio workout in front of the other. One day, one step at a time. Keep the encouragement coming — I sure could use it.