My Halfdome Adventure

June 17, 2014 | By Laura Vann

I honestly don’t know where the strength and stamina comes from, but I just climbed Half Dome for the second time. I was quite fit the first time two years ago at 47. Then I had a knee injury preparing for Mt Whitney and after climbing anyway, I needed about a 5 month break. Unfortunately, healing and resting, turned into lazy and unmotivated, which kept me out of the gym. I found myself weak and run down and thinking I was crazy for even attempting this hike right now. But I couldn’t let Ben get the iconic summit without me so I committed to the 8.2 mile trek to the 8800ft summit. With the roundtrip over 16 miles we made it in just less than 15 hours and gratefully without injury!

Climbing up the Halfdome cables

Climbing up the Halfdome cables

That really sounded crazy to me the first time…seriously I can barely stay on the elliptical for a half hour before I want to quit! I feel so much better in so many ways when I stay active and yet I honestly have to really talk myself into getting to the gym. I know it is key for disease prevention and beating anxiety and depression and I radically see the benefits loud and clear in my life. It is what keeps me fit and able to follow along with my husband in his passion for hiking. So why oh why is it so hard to stick with the routine? I just turned 49 and I know it is truly one of the key ways I can slow down aging so why do I drag my feet? Why don’t I just bound out of bed with enthusiasm to get to the gym? Why am I secretly relieved when my workout partner cancels? LOL come on I know you’re feeling me! Why do I put exercise low on my priority list? I just had to decide that if I valued myself, my husband and marriage, and the clients I serve, I needed to do it anyway. To be true to my calling I need to not only do the things that come easy to me but also be diligent with the ones that I struggle with.

I made it to the top!

I made it to the top!

I need to put guardrails into place to keep wellness, fitness and healthy eating as well as rest and refresh time all in the right priority. If I do not then I allow distractions and busy, and ”I’m too tired” and “there’s always tomorrow” to take away my good intentions. One day can become a week and a week four and a half a year later I’m wondering how I gained a size AGAIN. One small change at a time. One step at a time. I remember when I used to sit on the couch and watch workout videos…makes me LOL now…but hey one step at a time as long as it’s a step in the right direction, right? The change this hike was our diet. This time we ate “paleo” rather than carb loading like in the past. My husband made an amazing macadamia, cranberry beef jerky and we ate eggs and bacon and nuts and avocados. At camp it was grilled veggies and sweet potatoes with buffalo burgers. I am one that is blood sugar sensitive. When we hike I can immediately tell when I need fuel because I will get clumsy and cranky. In the past that would mean a high sugar “Gu” or grain based bar. I didn’t experience the ebb and flow of energy that I had the last time. I think this very low carb thing is working. Now to break the sugar addiction! That challenge is coming up. Would love to hear your experiences with how you make health and fitness fit into your lifestyle.

 

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