In 2008, Jeremy and I went on a camping trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. We did some day hikes and
“car camping,” but for one night we backpacked deep into the woods for
an overnight stay. That was really rough on me. The altitude is no joke
and the hike was long and steep. I wasn’t in great shape at the time. I
think I might have been an “occasional elliptical machine user,” but
that was about it. Jeremy, who wasn’t a runner at the time but has
always been naturally athletic, flew ahead of me on the trail and had to
keep stopping to wait for me. He was patient as always, but I slowed us way, way down. At one point, I became so overwhelmed
with exhaustion that I had a panic attack. I started crying and heaving,
unable to catch my breath. It was scary! Once Jeremy was able to calm
me down, we continued the hike but I’ll never forget that moment.
Last weekend we weren’t able to do a long backpacking adventure, but we
did get up into the mountains for a hike. It can’t completely compare
because I wasn’t wearing a pack, but man what a different experience it
was for me. I scrambled up the path with ease, taking large strides. My
legs felt strong as I stepped up on rocks and the “stairs” that were
built into the path. I felt my heart pounding away, but it was
invigorating and not scary. My lungs brought in deep breaths of mountain
air without panting. I hiked with a smile on my face and joy in my heart. We even jogged/skipped/hopped our way back down in our heavy hiking boots as we were trying to beat the rain.
And the best part? I led Jeremy up the path and he
even admitted at one point that I was handling the exertion better than
he was. I felt such a rush of pride when he said that. And I knew it
was true! *girl power* :)
I am 7 years older than I was on that first trip, but I feel younger.
My stamina, energy and overall health has increased 10-fold. And that is
ALL, without a doubt, thanks to Zumba. Don’t you ever tell me that Zumba is inferior or “not a real workout.” ;) I talk to my students about the
interval training we do in Zumba a lot - we take our heart rates high
then bring them back down and repeat - and I’m here to tell you that
it has benefited me! It has improved my endurance, strength and stamina! I
already knew it was true, but it took a trip to my favorite mountains
to reveal just how far I’ve come. Talk about an NSV!!
Sgurr Eilde Mor by Sven Via Flickr: and its wee Coire an Lochain in front. I was walking up Beinnein Mor when passing this place. I remember it from two years ago, but then the weather was quite miserable. This time the weather was much more inviting and Bert and I decided to have a rest, watch the light change and listen to the wind.