Do you want to know how I spent my first weekend back from Peru? Ideally it would have been sleeping in, cuddling with my 115lb puppy, boozy brunch and maybe some Pinterest DIY projects to fill the afternoon. Nope. Peru changed things. Talia and I talked about how great we felt after the trek [because 4 days of vigorous hiking was the most progress my body has seen in YEARS] and we wanted to keep it up. So we woke up early again and did the Manitou Incline. Along with my fiance and friend Renae.
I’ll give you the nitty gritty. The Manitou Incline is a 1-mile ascend with 41% incline [68% at its highest] and you climb 2,000 feet in elevation. Did I mention the incline consists of 2,744 steps? Locals call it the “holy grail of cardio”. This was actually my second time hiking Manitou [I hiked it right before Peru to “train”] and I have to admit, it was a lot harder the second time. I struggled. But in my defense, I was getting over a cold and I couldn’t breathe out of one nostril, which is essential if you’re climbing in thin air!
Hiking seems to be my thing lately. But winter is coming, which means no hiking for a while. So with the temperature dropping and a waistline expanding, I’ll have to find other ways to keep it up.