Seconds after posting this entry, I'll board a shuttle and head for the north rim of the Grand Canyon. It's really happening. I'm really going.
I've been vascillating between elation and trepidation for the past 48 hours.
We loaded our backpacks yesterday and mine is heavy and awkward and I have no idea how I'm going to haul it across multiple terrains and altitudes.
But I'll figure it out. And I'll make it happen.
Our guide has already done the Rim2Rim ten times this year.
Ten. This year.
So... I will figure it out.
A good friend of mine sent me this beautiful article about reverence and it's direct relationship to the beauty and magnitude of the Grand Canyon. It's a lovely and succinct read. Give it a gander... http://www.spiritualtravels.info/ens-columns/on-the-rim-of-the-canyon/
And I'll see you good folks on the other side of personal accomplishment...
The trepidation is back.
I think that’s why I’ve had pizza, nachos, chocolate and Chipotle for the past four days.
Side Note: I wrote this blog entry two weeks ago. But posting it, got lost in my To Do list:(
Part of me says, you’re in good shape and everything will be fine. Stop stressing and get excited about this adventure. The other part of me says you’re less than 30 days out, last week’s 33-mile bike ride was more difficult than it should have been, and I’m crazy for signing up for this hike.
So… I had some nachos. And maybe a hard cider or two.
Last Side Note: I'm now less than three weeks out. Aaaagh!
But I got back on track yesterday. Did the stairs at the gym to the tune of the Hamilton soundtrack and got a good sweat on. Yes, I'm the gal at LA Fitness doing the Stairmaster in hiking boots while dancing. Don't judge me. It felt right.
That’s all it takes sometimes. A reminder of how good I feel, post-workout. Plus, I had the Hamilton soundtrack?
The good folks at Wildland Trekking suggest starting out with hour-long hikes, three days per week, with a light day pack. Working up to 6-8 hour hikes with heavy weights. And lots of stairs. Up and down (the ‘negative’ training builds strength as well) with heavy weights.
I haven’t tackled an 8-hour hike yet. And as challenging as the stairs at the Hollywood Bowl were, I did them sans weights. So I’m going hard, these next few weeks.
My friend Deb, the wonderful jewelry designer behind Twisted Silver, did the Rim2Rim in a single day. She cautioned me to begin hydrating several days in advance, pack duct tape and moleskin for imminent blisters and choose trail mix over candy for an energy boost.
I'll pack the Hamilton soundtrack, as well.
I'm an actress, a writer, a singer, and a move well-er. I love Scrabble, spades and air hockey. And P90X changed my life. But hiking the Grand Canyon is an entirely different beast. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space, right? Well, here's to the edge...