Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fit by Fibloggin' Week 6: Into the Grand Canyon



This update is a little late because I was tired from our trip yesterday and didn't even think about posting. My husband and I took a long-weekend trip to the Grand Canyon, flying into Phoenix and driving into the park. 

In the photo above, you can see the Bright Angel Trail, which descends into the canyon.  We did the 6-mile roundtrip hike, which sounds easy if you don't think about how steep it is. Honestly, the three-mile roundtrip hike would have been challenging.  Going straight downhill for three miles was tough on my knees. And then climbing back up was exhausting. 

I did really well until the last hour, and then I was needing to stop frequently to rest. The air is very thin compared to home, which is roughly at sea level. We also didn't bring quite enough water, which had a huge effect on my mental state.  There was supposedly a place to refill at the three-mile turnaround, but we didn't find it. I am definitely not a desert animal. 




Weight change from last week: down 0.4 pounds
Days tracked last week: All 7
Average hours of sleep: 6 hr 40 m
Average steps: 15,432
Hours of training: Roughly 11, including the hiking.

I'm glad we did the hike. Supposedly 80% of people who visit the Grand Canyon never drop below the rim.  Even so, I'm still a little sore today. 


4 comments:

  1. I have never been to The Grand Canyon!!! I still need to cross it off my bucket list- and NOT be one of the 80% who don't drop down into the canyon!

    Also - I am going to be presenting at Fit Bloggin'! :) Can't wait to hopefully meet!

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    1. Look forward to meeting you there!

      There are several hike options at GC. Just bring plenty of water with you when you go, as it's the desert. Don't count on being able to refill like we did.

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  2. Oh my goodness... that is so beautiful. And well done on that epic hike!

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    1. I got lots of photos -- more in my FB album. It was unbelievably gorgeous.

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