We had our first pre-hike training last evening; and my weaknesses showed themselves.
My first thoughts were...."I can't ..."
It was said that I had balance, but was weak in my core.
So, those are the areas that will need extra attention.
I am in awe of women who have kept their bodies and muscles strong...for years!
This morning in my yoga, I noticed the poses that will work on my weaknesses and felt that they were a gift to me.
How cool....I have movements I can do that will strengthen my body so it will be able to withstand hiking for many miles a day!
For some reason doing yoga became very personal and like I said, A gift to me.
This changes the energy or resistance I had previously. Also having a goal to work towards. I simply can't go IF I don't do the work today.
The hike itself is 10 months away and yet each thing I do today will impact it.
It is like the hike began last night.
Yoga, snowshoeing, and strength building exercises will sculpt me into a hiker.
Yep, that is right...a Hiker Lady.
She is beginning from a very floppy, soft and squishy place.
Her form will slowly become defined.
I must push just a bit harder each time I want to sit down, rest or quit.
It isn't the hiking boots and pack and gear...(which are very important) but the lady beneath it all.
I can't order the correct one; I have to become her.
As I envision the steep climbs, the strength to carry not only me but a full pack, I kick higher; push deeper and breathe.
The body I have now has been perfect for what I have done....but as I increase the adventures I want to experience; I have to increase my muscles.
Getting 'in shape' for the reason of being in shape never interested me.
But, getting in shape to navigate a wilderness hiking trail, for some reason has me moving.
I want a body that can hike with ease. One who can move without too much difficulty. One who can do 15 miles or more a day. Yikes! I have 10 months to create her
Hiker Lady...work in progress.