Day 73 of Year 26
Surprise, I am back!
Earlier this week I took an excursion to Zakopane. Zakopane is a city alongside the Tatra mountain range. This mountain range works as a natural border between Poland and Slovakia.
I was excited when the trip was suggested because I have not really done any hiking or outdoor adventures (except Iceland, which I would not consider much). Pair that with the fact I have been pretty much seated in Krakow, and I feel a bit guilty to not be experiencing more of Eastern Europe. So, when this opportunity presented itself, of course I would be climbing up the stairs to the Zakopane Bus at 0630.
Not a morning person.
I am not going to bore with stories of climbing, but the entire hike was roughly 7 hours. We picnicked off a peak, ate dinner at a hostel in the mountains, and crossed paths with some badass mountain goats.
Hiking and heights are two things I am becoming fascinated with. While we only hit a peak of 2300m, the horizon was amazing to see. I want to climb higher, and the idea of camping out under the stars is something I really want to make a thing. So, I will have to think more on how and where to hike next.
The fitness side of me was curious on how to maximize endurance and strength for long duration hiking. While ascending, my quads were fatiguing. It was not limiting, but I do feel if one was to hike more seriously, they should incorporate a lot of lunges and step ups. Afterwards on our descent, I felt it in my hamstrings/glutes. Makes sense.
I find that stuff fascinating – When fitness meets real life, and how to improve fitness for real life scenarios.
I think fitness just for the sake of fitness is actually boring as hell. When I realized that was how I felt, well, it really made me question why I even did any of it. Once I reached what I wanted to (Needs, Goals, Timeframe :p ), I then thought, now what? Just keep doing this forever/until I cannot anymore? Not fun.
So, this hike has shown me new elements to train for. Essentially, step ups and single leg work are more of a priority. Couple that with some higher reputation days (in preparation for when I climb Mount Everest, naturally).
Okay, well maybe one day at a time, but I definitely want to climb some badass mountains now.
Tomorrow I am taking a night train somewhere for a couple days. I do not know where yet, but I am excited for experience night train life. I am sure that all be my topic point for tomorrow.
It felt so peaceful in the mountains. I liked that feeling.