Out of Breath and Dizzy
I typically consider myself to be in pretty great shape...not amazing, but also not bad, as a 46 year old father of three girls. As I had mentioned the flight the previous day was pretty shaky and turbulent and my stomach and head were off with some slight vertigo and blah feelings. I was feeling better this morning but as I continued to ascend the mountain and get higher, the combination of heights, looking down in certain places and up in others, continually feeling like I was doing squats as I stepped from rock to rock to climb I would need to take a break, catch my breath and perhaps get my bearings and a sip of water.
The quads, hamstrings, glutes and all joints around my hip, knees and ankles were definitely getting a workout, but I refused to quit. Stopping and resting was ok, but there was no stop until the top.
I was surprised by the amount of people on the mountain this day and saw people of every age and physical shape/ability from what looked like a 3-4 year old taking on the rocks to some who appeared to maybe be in their 70's when I also saw someone carrying there child in a backpack up the hill again.
So now twice I am thinking there is no way that I can quit. If one man can do it with only one leg and another can do it with a child on their back, then there surely is no excuse for me...outside of physically passing out from dehydration or similar...though I did come prepared with a liter of water so when I felt the need to rest or catch my breath, chat with people or let people pass down or up where the trail narrows I made do and grabbed another quick sip.