I KILLED the hike! It was an incline on a fairly packed trail with some rocks we had to watch out for but apparently this is my power hiking environment! Two of the women stayed with me because they couldn't let the "old" lady out perform them and the three of us made it to the end of the hike. The hike coordinator had only expected our group to make it 1/2 way. Our trail leader gave my pace credit for getting us all the way in. It was exhilarating and exhausting!
After lunch we attended a cardio class called "treading". We picked our poison: treadmill, elliptical, or reclining bicycle and then we went at it as hard as we could for 5 minutes followed by a 5 minute active recovery period. Then a 4 minute hard interval followed by 4 minute recovery, 3 minute, 2 minute, 1 minute and then we repeated the 1 minute a couple of times. It was the hardest thing I have had to do. I was on the treadmill. I increased it higher then I have run before and I just kept running and when it was all over I was done. Not with the class, not with the day, I was done with it all! I looked at Denice and told her I wanted to go home! And then I burst into tears. The trainer came over and said you were amazing, you ran the whole thing. What? I wasn't supposed to run the whole thing? Well yes, if you can do it, you should do it but come to find out the other women my size and my age start out walking on the treadmills...
Today I hit my wall, Denice is a great roommate she talked to me about patience and posted a quote about growth, lots of hugs, swimming came next and that was good. There have been tears today but I am better and stronger and today I did some rather amazing things and so I guess I will stay a little bit longer. I am missing a lot of you a whole bunch.