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09:20 pm: Brutal
Wednesday night I climbed the hill behind the house in the dark, but Thursday I didn't have time. So I climbed yesterday evening, and then I had to climb that stupid hill twice today to make up for not climbing on Thursday. That makes three climbs in under 24 hours. This last time  Iris climbed with me, and I told her I would beat her to the top. She stopped to look at mushrooms, admire the view and mock me, and was hardly out of breath when she got to the top long before I did. I stopped about 10 feet from the top and couldn't get my legs to carry me any more until I rested for a few minutes. I don't know how fast my heart was beating, but it felt a lot faster than the 190bpm that is the fastest I have measured at the gym. I eventually stumbled the last few feet and sagged for a good 15 minutes before I could get up the strength to walk back down. My legs are puddy-like and knotted, all at the same time.

The hill isn't actually that high; from here to the top is probably 250 feet up. But it is about a 45 degree slope, and there is no good footing, so every step feels like climbing ten feet. When I was young I would have run up the hill and been disappointed to get to the top so soon, but these days getting to the top feels like an accomplishment.

I'm going to have to climb again tomorrow, but will put it off until late afternoon to give my legs time to recover. Hopefully by then I'll have massively strong legs and won't find it too difficult.


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Date:February 22nd, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)


The record needs to be set straight. I was comockitating with Dan.
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