1/18/04

Wow... I actually made it to a peak today. It was quite the formidable task, too, and I did it solo, which is also new. I took Holy Jim Trail to Main Divide to Santiago Peak. That's about 15 miles round trip, with 4,000 ft of gain. Needless to say, but I'll say it anyway... I'm tired. I cannot remember my legs ever having been in this kind of pain. It hurts in muscles that have never even been sore before. The hike up took 3 1/2 hours, plus a 15 minute break for snacks. The way down was about 2 1/2 hours of moving, plus a half hour of talking to people and giving moleskin to some dude with really bad blisters. That's about all I'll say about the trip until I do a write up on it except that it was great to finally make it to a summit goal. The writeup will be short, with just a few pics, but hey, I gotta write up my first successful peak hike. It doesn't make up for the 2 failures at White Mountain, or the 2 failures at San Jacinto, but it's a good start. If my legs work at all tomorrow, I will run again. It feels really good to be active again. And this time I'm actually using the workout tracker Excel chart that Josh made. I've worked out for 8 of the past 15 days... and that doesn't include gym workouts at Tony's, every M-W-F, well, at least it's supposed to be. I took over 2 months off and just started again a week ago. Let's hope I can keep up all this activity... if I do, I'll be in the best shape of my life before summer.