Saturday, April 2, 2011

Conquering the Incline!

Today was a great example of why Colorado is an amazing place to live!  With the weather at 75° and blue skies, everyone was getting outdoors to do something.  Trinnie took the family and friends to the park, hundreds of bikes were on the streets and highways, Manitou's streets were packed, and scads of people flocked to the Incline, myself included!

Haywee did the Incline last weekend for the first time, and she had encouraged me to do it, since it's such a great workout.  It's altitude training at the extreme, and you get everyone on the trail from kids, dogs, runners, hikers, military personnel in training (either with rucks or boots on), high school athletes and Olympic atheletes.  Oh, and me, budding Airmen!  Let me show you a couple photos I snagged online, just to give you an idea.

How it looks from the (almost) starting point.

Resting along the way is a must!

Now, the Incline is technically on private property, so there's "no tresspassing" signs posted.  You can imagine how effective they are.  The Incline runs along the old route of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, and the "steps" all the way up are railroad ties.  It's an extremely strenuous workout, and you better believe I was strapped with both my Garmin to record my stats and my RoadID!

Haywee said to "pace myself," and I didn't set a pace, per say, but I took it slowly and stopped and rested whenever I needed to.  I was proud of myself though, as I didn't sit down once!  I ended up walking ahead of them eventually, and chugged along, listening to my iPod.  Here are my stats:

  • 1.13 miles
  • 1 hour 32 min
  • Average Heart Rate: 156 bpm (it would get in the 170s, I'd rest until it dropped to the 150s, then keep going)
  • Calories Burned: 1002
  • Ascent: 2443 feet (6611 - 8548 ft, roughly)
Barr Trail (the way down)
  • 2.77 miles
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Average Heart Rate: 116 bpm
  • Calories Burned: 403
  • Descent: 2186 feet
I had heard from folks that there's a "false summit" to the Incline.  I was proud to say that I did not recognize it until I was halfway past!  The views from the very top are beautiful, naturally, and look down on all of Colorado Springs.

I'm really proud of my performance, since this was my first time on the Incline.  I'm feeling good about my fitness level and my adjustment to the altitude.  The only bummer today was sliding a little when I was coming back down the trail.  I braced myself with my hand (you can imagine where this is going), and hurt my wrist a bit.  It's not bad, but I'm icing it and I decided to postpone my pushups until I feel better.  

Oh, and did I mention that I ran my mile this morning before doing the incline?  Hell yes, I'm a rockstar! I feel great and other than my wrist, I have no soreness or aches!


Lou said...

the incline you are one brave girl. hahah i always felt bad for the hubby when that was their PT for the morning. haha

Erin said...

I've heard they're not supposed to do it for PT, since it's illegal. Either that or I've heard of a unit who did it and then had a soldier hurt themselves, that they left behind - not good! I'm glad to have accomplished it, and Haywee's boyf congratulated me and said that I'm officially a COS resident now! :)

Kate said...

Awesome job. I'm totally impressed. I have a friend that lived in CoSprings so ill have to tell her about this! Major kudos to you!

Sara said...

I had two friends there on Saturday too!! One made it almost half way and turned around. The other one finished with her husband, who is Special Forces and made it to the top and then came back down to meet his wife and help her the rest of the way. What a sweet man!

It's AWESOME that you did it. I heard from my friends that it is brutal!

Erin said...

@Kate - It's a great workout! Thanks!

@Sara - Have you tried it yet? It's brutal, but I'm thankful to know that I've done it!

Our Little Fam said...

Yahooo... Great job! Looks brutal but fun :)

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