My girlfriend Kellie is trying to get back on the exercise wagon so we took a short (just under 3 miles) hike in the Mc Dowell Mountains.
Gorgeous day. I'm the one in the big sun hat. :-p
I hiked Pinnacle Peak this morning. I haven't hiked it in awhile because out had been known to kick my butt for the rest of the day. It is a 3.5 mile round trip that is 1.75 miles in with a steep hike up when you turn around to go back.
I am definitely in better shape because it want that bad and I had a personal best time of 1 hour 15 minutes. Yippee!
It was a gorgeous overcast morning in Phoenix.
Some photos from the mist and me with my new hiking poles. I think my atms and back are going to be protesting tomorrow.
I will say that the hiking poles did help with going uphill.
4.4 miles in 1 hour 40 minutes. Not bad but not my best time.
Since my weekend hikes seen to be uphill, and I have to climb OUT and it's steep going into the grand canyon, I picked up some shock absorbing hiking poles.
I'm going to get a good hike or two in over the holiday weekend.
I have been biking all week in continued training.
There is a nice 3 miles I can do right outside my house. I can get it done in about an hour or less but don't have time before work right now due to the late sunrise.
Today I captured a beautiful sunrise over the McDowell Mountains.
The other photos are of my hiking shoes, Brooks Cascadia, and the hiking belt I use to carry my phone and other small items to keep my hands free.
Sunrise is my favorite time of day.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I started a diet and exercise program shortly after the photo with my brothers was taken. I primarily started because I didn't want to be the Mom that no longer fits in the rides at Disneyland OR can't keep up with my kids.
I haven't cut anything out of my diet, just moderation.
The picture with the pack shows my progress. About 20 lbs on the scale but many inches lost. The less weight I have to haul in and out of the Grand Canyon will make it more enjoyable!
Over the Christmas holiday I had a lot of time off and decided to spend time hiking.
I hiked Bell Pass twice over the holidays. Once the hard way (11 miles round trip but I only went 6 miles) and the easier way the second day but only going 5 miles.
Photos from the 2 days. I love the desert at this time of year.