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3 Excuses You Can Use When Mountain Hiking

by Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA

Go for a free hike up the Rocky Mountains with an outdoor Breathe yoga class afterwards, deluxe charter bus, lunch and snacks provided? Count us in!

Alexandra and I just finished attending and presenting at the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference that took place at the deeevine, high tech, and new Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, just outside Denver. CO (yes, I liked it so much I wanted to go back to grad school just to take advantage of all the Anschutz Center offers).

Prior to taking off we were offered two of 20 spots on a bonus pre-conference tour put on by Goodness Knows  Snack Squares and Zephyr Adventures. Fun fact #1 – I am SO glad I went on the excursion, which was beautiful, amazing, well-organized, and a great chance to take advantage of the beauty the area offers. Not so Fun Fact #2 – I SUCKED at this hike. As in sucked air. Big, wheezy, gaspy time. Yes, I was “THAT PERSON” at the tail end of the group who had to stop every 5 minutes to “enjoy the view,” “check my Omron Heart Rate Monitor,” “get my water bottle out of my backpack,”  “retie my trail shoes.” (THANK YOU Overland Equipment and Vasque Velocity for the super comfy backpack and trail shoes. At least I looked like a pro hiker and my feet felt great!)

So I compiled my excuses during the many breaks I took while climbing. Perhaps you can use some of them in your next outdoor workout:

1) I just flew in from sea level living to mile high altitude climbing. No wonder I felt my heart imitating the alien explosion birth in Alien. Pretty sure I did not look as good as Sigourney Weaver though. The fact that stoopidhead Alexandra whisked her little way up at the head of the pack was not taking this excuse away from me. Gasp Gasp Sweat pouring down back of my knees, face, underarms. Oh wait, she drove from Santa Barbara to Boulder so had time to acclimate. Excuse still intact and usable! And I was ahead of the 25 year old from New Jersey and 40 year old from Boulder. The three of us were making the front pack possible!

2) I have had 2 knee surgeries after all. Ok, so my knees did not actually hurt on the climb up since I have strong lower body muscles and powered each step through my glutes. Still, past surgeries and injuries are something to think about when contemplating a path straight up. I might think better if I sit down for just a panting moment.

Something was hot on this hike and it wasn't I

3) It was HOT! Yes, I flew in just in time for record heat in Denver. Don’t even start with that whole “it was just as hot for everyone else who was ahead of you, prancing, frolicking, and talking while climbing.” Heat makes me cranky so back off and let me enjoy the exercise, scenery, new experience, and rest stops.

Honestly, I thought I would ace this hike with lipstick and reputation intact given that I teach fitness 5 days a week and power walk almost every day. And I am happy to report that while my heart rate shot up to 158 while climbing, it dropped to 115 within a minute so my recovery rate was good.

What I learned from this potentially humbling experience:

  • Thank goodness I hike a lot at home as I had no muscle soreness the next day.
  • Breaks are my friend. Interval training is my friend. Guides who say “go as slowly as you want” are my friend.
  • For every thought I had to turn around early I had four positive, encouraging thoughts that kept me on track (literally).
  • The view at the top was worth the effort. I actually LOVED this whole day and was so grateful for the opportunity.
  • I don’t always have to be at the front or the best.
  • Alexandra gets to wear the backpack on the way up, not down next time.

As for the yoga class awaiting us back at the bottom of the mountain? I managed 5 minutes following the darling teachers’ well-cued Down Dogs, then took full advantage of the Corpse pose for the rest of class. Namaste ZZZzzzzz

Goodness Knows Alexandra did the whole yoga class. Grrrrr

Disclaimer: We were not asked to write about any of the above companies or products. However, we did receive the excursion free as well as the Overland backpack, Vasque trail shoes, and even a water bottle and yoga mat from Goodness Knows. All opinions are my own.

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29 Responses to 3 Excuses You Can Use When Mountain Hiking

  1. Tara Burner June 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    LOL hysterically here… love this post and wish I’d been there with you two!!!!
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  2. KymberlyFunFit June 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    We would have had such fun with you Tara! Well, except for the part where you would be flibbity jibbiting up the hill with stoopidhead while I was making sure the last person on the trail was ok. Wink wink Next year? Yes!
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  3. Tamara June 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    I’m sticking with the heat and altitude excuses myself! I’ve never felt so short of breath while moving in my life!
    So loved meeting you two in person and feel like we’ve been BFF’s forever!
    There may be a photo of you on my blog tomorrow… fair warning!
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    • KymberlyFunFit June 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

      Basically you are working a good news/ bad news scenario: Good news = BFFs Forever Yay! Bad news = certain photos that shall remain anonymous..
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  4. Jody - Fit at 54 June 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Dang I wish I had been there for the fun! ;-) It is a very interesting thing that we can work out like no tomorrow but something different takes us for a loop! ;-) Thx for the fun & informative post! :-)
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    • KymberlyFunFit June 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

      I am just thinking how much MORE FUN we would have had with you and Tara with us as well. Except for the part where you and she would be waaaaay ahead of me going up the mountain taking away my excuses about age and sea level. Darn you fit boomers and Floridians!
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  5. Heather June 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    so fun! I HATE that I was supposed to go but had to miss it. I was looking forward to that hike!
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  6. Robert@Marangu Kilimanjaro Route June 26, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    I have learnt that the mountain guide might say ” walk as slowly as you want” but believe me when you start to feel you are dragging a group of 20 behind in schedule, it wont matter what he says. You will have to bear the ascent while trying to keep up and by the time you are preparing for the summit attempt, you are too gone to stand. It always pays to have a month or more in preparation for a mountain hike or climb

  7. Shira June 26, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    Hi Kymberly! If hiking breaks were a person, they’d be the kind of chick hat would save you a great seat in class and always tell you how skinny you look even if you’re retaining water. Glad taking a few breathers and the higher ratio of positive thoughts helped you and your sis handle that grueling climb in such unexpected heat. Isn’t the mile-high city supposed to be a lot cooler than the rest of the country?
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  8. AlexandraFunFit June 26, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    hahaha Shira, that’s funny. BTW, I didn’t take breathers & breaks. I ran to the top, then waited for ages !!!! for my sis to arrive with my water bottle. heh heh
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  9. Shanti (antishay) June 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Lovely review of the hike – I wish I could have been there! Now that I’m reading your blog, I understand this crazy banter humour of yours!! x__x Very entertaining :D
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  10. KymberlyFunFit June 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Now if only my sister and I understood it! Mwah hah haaaaa Looking forward to interviewing you for our radio show, AuntieAntiShay
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  11. Talia @ Bite Size Wellness June 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    I love you guys! Seriously hilarious post and I can definitely relate! I am from Colorado and I can agree that hiking in the Rocky Mountains is NO JOKE. Thanks for being my evening pick me up. xx
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  12. Elle June 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Actually, that altitude thing is actually a very viable REASON why you had problems.. never mind the heat and the backpack.

    Glad you made it to the top to take in the great views!
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  13. christieo June 27, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    hahaha! Too funny! I’m glad you made it and also those would have been all my excuses too (they’re all valid!) Wish I could’ve flown in early enough to go, i HEART hiking so.much.
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    • KymberlyFunFit June 27, 2012 at 7:51 am #

      Oh excellent point Christie and Elle – those are REASONS, not excuses. Quoting you both then! But I might have taken eeeexxxxtttrraaaa time to get out my water bottle while “enjoying the view” of my feet and the ground, doncha know. Insert racing HR here.
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  14. Executive Coach June 27, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    I know if I had been there that the breaks would have been frequent. And I would have felt like such a slacker! I love the admonition that taking breaks (and taking in the view!) is one of the keys to a successful hike!
    Dr. Lynn K. Jones, Certified Personal and Executive Coach

  15. Mary @ Fit and Fed June 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    I love the Boulder area, I’m glad you got to hike there and enjoyed the views. When I visited I could definitely notice the altitude on the hikes, it does make a difference.
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  16. Lisa Eirene (@LisaEirene) June 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Hiking doesn’t have to be a marathon race! There is definitely nothing wrong with taking it slow, stopping to rest and enjoy the lovely views. There’s tons of hiking here in Oregon and while I have a fast pace, I still stop to smell the roses. :) And take a million photos.

    • AlexandraFunFit June 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      Oh, Lisa, I used to live in Oregon. What area are you? There are so many lovely hikes in OR. I miss Mount Hood. Heck, I miss the hikes in the rain in Lake Oswego, when my friend and I would get soaked, then come home for tea & chit chat.
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  17. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf June 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    haha! This is awesome. So you mean that I can stick to my “I just had knee surgery excuse”?
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    • KymberlyFunFit June 28, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

      Yes, but just for hiking straight up mountains. Not for Stand Up Paddleboarding. Then you have to keep rocking it!
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  18. Mariella Lombardi June 29, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    Hi Kymberly,
    I love hiking but I like to take a lot of breaks too. I mean we don’t have to exhaust ourselves just to make an impression.
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  19. July 4, 2012 at 4:43 am #

    Awesome adventure and good on you, you made it! Being fit does pay off especially in activities like this. recently posted..Cooking Classes in Chiang Mai, ThailandMy Profile

  20. Jamie @ Jogging Strollers July 4, 2012 at 5:05 am #

    Hee hee thanks for this, I will definitely be using some of those excuses. Well done on completing the hike despite everything!
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