Monday, June 10, 2013

Gain

This week I had a significant number gain. 

It wasn't on the scale though, I haven't stepped on that in 2 weeks. This gain was in elevation!

Living in Pennsylvania, I spend my days at a few hundred feet above sea level. But Friday, I flew into Denver (5,000+ feet) and met my parents, who are currently parked in Estes Park, Colorado (8,000+ feet). 

Making an 8,000 foot change in altitude can be really hard on your body. It can cause headaches, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, and more. 

My parents decided it would be a good idea to give me Friday and Saturday to adjust. Saturday we did mostly driving around Rocky Mountain National Park, stopping here and there for a few short walks to test my lungs. 

This was a half mile path up and back, above 12,000 feet. It was freezing up there, and I definitely felt more tired and my heart rate as up more than usual. But overall, it wasn't bad. 

The real test came yesterday when we hiked starting at 8,600 feet and went up to 9,600 feet. The views we were rewarded with were spectacular. Pictures don't do them justice. 

How'd I do with the altitude? I hardly even noticed it. Once again, that's a change that tells more than the number on the scale ever will! 

For more about our hike, check out my parents' blog at http://ohtheplacestheygo.wordpress.com!

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