I apologize folks, this posting was originally published when my blog was a baby and I don’t think many people read it. So I am reposting it since many were curious when I shared some photos taken during my hike to the top of Pacaya. During this adventure I learned the hard way that I had let myself go. I was a bit hesitant about hiking a volcano, but I thought “Hey, I used to ride my bike 40 miles a day. I’ll be fine.” Of course it had been two years since I was riding my bike every day. Granted I walked to work each and every day, but that was only 25 minutes each way on a level surface. Not much of a challenge.
It didn’t take me long to figure out that I was completely out of shape. Just the hike to the base of the volcano wiped me out. I was out of breath and my legs were dog-tired. The views, though, were amazing.
Then our guide pointed to our destination. I was horrified!
How in the world would I force my tired body to the top? To make matters worse, the climb was much harder due to the ash and volcanic rock. It was like climbing a mountain covered with ten inches of snow. Once you plunked your foot down, it sunk several inches. Then you had to exert to not only dig your foot out but to move it forward. And repeat the process all over again. If you weren’t dealing with the ash, the volcanic rock was just as difficult to step on.
At first I was self-conscious about being out of shape. That only lasted the first twenty minutes hiking in the ash. After that I only wanted to make it to the top, even if I had to crawl. Careful though, as you get closer to the top don’t touch the rocks. They are hot!
I made it to the top and saw the lava flowing out of Pacaya. Almost missing this experience proved to me that I needed to get into better shape. I did not want to suffer so much to see something so beautiful and amazing.
Last weekend I was in an outdoor store that was going out of business. This is a shame since I love these types of store. But it didn’t stop me from buying stuff, including a pedometer. Even though I have been better about exercising since my Pacaya experience, I thought more encouragement wouldn’t hurt. I have always done better when I can see progress. So I thought the pedometer would help me get outside more and walk and add up the miles. Summer is approaching and I want to enjoy. Thanks for reading this and if you are reading it for the second time, I really appreciate it!