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Training for my Hike (July 2021)

Updated: Jun 17, 2022

Well, a major accomplishment for me this week was, after my fourth attempt, I finally made it to the top of the Colby Trail! Again, this is a rather tame trail for most but hard for me. I really wanted to quit several times on the way up but what kept me going was my goal of hiking the Grand Canyon and if I were to ever do that hike, I would not be able to quit! So, although I had to stop and rest several times, I made it. What a joy! Now I will continue to train on this trail until I can make it to the top and back without stopping to rest.

My plan is to build up to 5 to 6 hour rather strenuous hikes in an environment that I will be able to stop should I need to due to exhaustion or injury. This is important until I am familiar with what my body can accomplish.

A couple of things that helped me to the top of the Colby Trail were continuing with the daily neighborhood walks of 4 miles and secondly and just as important was Yoga to help my breathing. Specifically, Kundalini Yoga. So, I concentrated on my breathing, and it worked! once I got my breathing rhythm, I was able to climb much further with fewer stops for rest.

I will also start doing yoga poses to help my rather stiff body loosen up a bit and hopefully make me a bit more flexible. The REI site has 6 yoga poses to help with Hiking Prep.

https://www.rei.com/blog/hike/6-yoga-poses-to-help-you-return-to-the-trail

I have also started strength exercises, squats, squats with overhead presses, lunges, stair climbing and step-up exercises. Here are several sites for hiking training exercises that I found useful. I will add more exercises as I get used to this initial set.

https://yonderlustramblings.com/top-6-hiking-training-exercises-you-can-do-no-matter-where-you-live/

https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/hiking-training.html

https://fitfortrips.com/fitness-training-for-grand-canyon/


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The Martinez Family will join you on this journey! Let's lock elbows and do this!

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! "

- Audrey Hepburn

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rexwiig
rexwiig
Jul 17, 2021
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Martinez Family, Angel and Plamena, thanks so much for your encouragement and support I can use all I can get! Elbows are locked! I love the Audrey Hepburn quote that’s very fitting as I start this journey, I have many doubts and trust me encouragement helps! I look forward to having you guys along.

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Karima Hirani
Karima Hirani
Jul 11, 2021

you did it Rex!

so proud of you!

expect a book about grand canyon trails in the mail.

my husband Al is so excited about going with you as well.

your friend Pete has also expressed interest in going. so it looks like you will have a posse of people going with you

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rexwiig
rexwiig
Jul 11, 2021
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Karima, Awesome! Thanks so much for your encouragement it is much needed. I think the more the merrier! My business partner and his wife may join us also. I hope I'm not in trouble with Al because I stayed late at the Pantry again! This is good for me as it takes my mind off a lot of things. I think I shall wait out front for my book now! : ) Thank you.

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