Sunday, April 26, 2009

HIKING IS MY NEW FOUND PASSION!

I know it's been 3 weeks since the Easter trip but I just got the pictures my friend took during the week-end! And Andra asked for a trip report =)

We were in Willoughby State Forest near Barton (VT) which is pretty small and not touristy at all. It was really peaceful and quiet, in fact we only saw 2 other hikers the whole time...

First day: Moose Mountain

We did not see anyone on the mountain that day and it probably was because the conditions were EXTREME. There was a snowstorm (-3°C/26F) with 30 mph wind... intense. We did not pack for winter conditions and it was up to 15°C the day before so it was a little unexpected. We were cold as soon as we started our hike! The trail was considered moderate but the first mile was all uphill with a climb of 900 ft. It was all snow and ice, good thing we had our grips on. We stopped twice, once for a snack but after 3 mins we couldn't feel our fingers and we were really cold. That's at that point that we noticed Rocky was shivering so I put him in his little carrier (YES I know how crazy it looks to carry your dog in a baby bag!!) but he really needed it. I even had to remove one my fleece and put it around him....

After 2h30 of pretty brutal conditions we made it to a lookout and got a great view of the moutains around even if it was a pretty dark day.

We tried to eat our lunch but it was too cold so we decided to make it back. I felt really heavy carrying Rocky and it was hard to move fast. The descent was quicker but it was hard for the knees and ankles. At this point, I removed Rocky from the bag and he made it down the mountain by himself. We were so happy to get back to the car and put the heat on!! We had the remaining of our lunch there. We felt pretty hardcore but needed a 2h nap to recover LOL
Total: 6.8 miles in 4h15

Second Day: Pigsah Mountain
There is a God somewhere because our 2nd day was totally gorgeous. A little warmer 5°C/41F without a crazy wind. It was still cold but we were able to eat our lunch at the lookout point without shivering to death =) The trail was harder but still considered moderate by the map, we hiked 1200 ft. in 1.1 miles. The view from the top and onto Clear Lake was spectacular!! Rocky did really well in the warmer weather he was able to do it all by himself =) Very proud of my little Guy!!
Total 4.2 miles in 3h
Random news:
1- I am seeing a new physiotherapist and she says I don't have PF anymore but achille tendonitis. The treatment is cold laser, stretching, ice ice ice, exercices and no running for 2 weeks. I'm actually seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I've spent the last year being told there was 'nothing' where I had pain and now the physio has given me hope again!!! =)
2- I raced a 5K last week at the Montreal 21K. It was close to a PW (32:56) but I had a little 'surprise' at the starting line.... aka as my EX who showed up at the race.... messed up my game!
3- I'm starting to commute by bike on Tuesday (I'm off tomorrow) it's going to be a daily 50K ride.... I should be back in top shape for the summer! I'm excited and hoping to finally be able to shed the 30lbs I put on since my running has decreased dramatically.
That's it for me! Thanks for reading and I'm hoping to catch up with all of you tomorrow!
4- I went hiking yesterday again!! We went to Mont Sutton here in Quebec and we did about 4 miles in 4h so yeah it was steep!!

10 comments:

Melanie said...

great pictures and looks like a lot of fun! Great workout too I'm sure! Commuting by bike will be excellent exercise, enjoy!

Marlene said...

Those sound like some crazy hikes. Totally worth it for the views, I'm sure.

Glad to hear you are getting some answers from PT. It's so frustrating not knowing what's wrong!

Marcy said...

OMG look at all that snow! Great pic chica!

I'm SO happy that you're getting some answers on the foot thing. Dang it's been one heck of a process. I hope this is the fix ;D ;D

TNTcoach Ken said...

What is that white stuff????

Alexandra said...

Thanks for sharing your Easter hiking stories! That first one sounds brutal weather-wise! Glad it didn't turn you off from hiking! I like using poles on the descent, they help save the knees!

Glad to hear you see the light at the end of the tunnel with your foot issues!

b said...

Thanks for sharing the great experience and photos with us Sonia! It all looks so majestic :-)

Runner Leana said...

I love the picture of you and Rocky! Sounds like an amazing trip, despite the chilly weather. Fingers crossed that these treatments will help you get back to running!!!

Marky Mark said...

THat looks incredible but cold...pretty soon it will all be green and look very different!

Running Diva Mom said...

just found your blog -- looking fwd to following your journey!! :-)

prashant said...

Those sound like some crazy hikes. Totally worth it for the views, I'm sure.
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