No Pain, No Gain

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

I'm hiking Barr Train to the top of Pikes Peak with some friends in a couple of weeks. I'm getting ready now, and I'm getting sore getting ready!

No Pain, No Gain.  That's what they say.  OK, I've got the pain part, I hope there's some gain too!

I'm in the home stretch for the Pikes Peak hike preps now.  I'll be tackling that trek in a couple of weeks with four friends.  In the meantime we're all working hard in the gym and on the trails to get ready.  One buddy lives in Texas, another in Niwot, so they'll be arriving just in time for the hike. Some of us can get together for some prep work.    I can't say enough about how cool a workout the full loop is at Waldo Canyon.  I blogged about it a couple of weeks ago.  I've been back for more.

I did it today with my buddy Joe who's part of the Pikes Peak plan.  So is 11 News Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe. Brian and I hit the trail at Waldo on Friday.  Twice in three days is about my limit. I'm pretty sore today, but it's worth the effort to get ready for the big day. Being better able to handle Barr, should be the gain part.

Below are some pictures of me and Brian semi-tired at mid-hike, and very tired at the end.  It's 6.85 miles, and it goes up (I believe) 2250 feet in elevation, then back down.  Brian and I did it in 1:42 on Friday ( a new personal best for me, a first-time time for Brian.) Joe and I did it in 1:38 today, a new, new personal best for me.  Brian and I figure we wasted 4 minutes on Friday taking these pictures, so it's a tie!

If you go to Waldo have fun!  Maybe I'll see you out there...when I'm not so sore.

We'll talk again soon.



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