The hubs and I spent the weekend in Colorado Springs since he had work there, and the hotel was already paid for. We had a great time and even got to see the Air Force/ BYU game. We also tackled this mammoth of a mountain that morning before the game. You see that line that goes straight up the mountain? Yes, we hiked that.
His friends kept telling us that we needed to do the Manitou Incline while they laughed a little under their breath. I didn’t know what was so funny until we drove up to the spot and saw it. Oh.. that is why incredibly in-shape men were laughing. This thing is a beast!!!
If you can make it out on the graph, it goes from around 6,700 feet above sea level to around 8,900 feet above sea level in 1.2 miles. I had no idea how painful this 1.2 miles was going to be until we were 15 minutes in and nowhere near halfway done. We decided on the long loop b/c if we didn’t do it, we told ourselves we were “pussies.” Yes, desperate times for motivation call for truck driver talk.
After taking 2 breaks already, halfway up I had to sit down. I was dizzy because of the lack of oxygen and the elevation that I was NOT at ALL used to being in. I was going to puke. Or faint. I was breathing hard, and my heart felt like it was going to beat right out of my chest.
I didn’t want to fall down those steep “stairs” and kill myself. It was like a stairstepper that never shut off or just went crazy and you had to keep stepping and stepping while oxygen was getting pumped out of the room. After 5 minutes of collecting myself, the hubs and I started again.
Living in Albuquerque started looking really good since the elevation where my mom lives is around 6,000 feet. No wonder all the running pros train there. My measly 2,100 feet elevation in Spokane was biting me in the ass.
We finally made it to the top. It was the hardest 1.2 miles that I have ever done in my life! We didn’t look at our watches when we started but we are guessing that it took us 45-60 minutes to complete the trek up to the top including breaks. Probably somewhere closer to the 60 minutes.
I can’t believe there is some old local guy that does it in 17 minutes!!! We saw some Air Force Academy kids at the top, and they did it in 41 minutes.
We took the long way down, and I would be lying if I said my legs weren’t shaking the whole way from the initial climb up. Good thing there were plenty scenic shot areas on the way down!
I’m STILL sore from this climb and I’m doing a Half Ironman on Saturday! That is what a beast this thing is!
We still had fun, and I kind of want to go back and try for a better time…
What did you do this weekend?