Stacia: I love The Incline. I love the challenge. I love the accomplishment you feel when you’re done. And I think it’s a great workout! So, I knew my buddy Eric had to give it a try, especially now that he’s working to intensify his workouts. That’s right – he was ready for The Incline! But I also knew he probably wouldn’t be excited about it given everything he’s heard.
Eric: Not only was I NOT looking forward to the climb, I was dreading it all week.
Stacia: Ok – he’s just being dramatic. Haha But if you’ve been to The Incline, or seen it as you’re driving through Manitou Springs, you know what he’s talking about. The Incline is an abandoned cable car route that heads a mile up Pikes Peak near The COG. So, now it’s virtually all stairs. (And for the record, The Incline is technically not open for public use. In fact, there’s a big sign that says "No Trespassing." But everybody goes there anyway…) And standing at the bottom looking up at all those stairs can be a little overwhelming.
Eric: I have never in my life done anything like The Incline. I knew it would be tough. But when the time came, I was ready! Once we got to the beginning of the line I looked up. I thought to myself, "oh boy. This could be trouble." At first it wasn’t too bad, but about 15 minutes in and a couple hundred feet higher the hill got much steeper. I started to feel the burn, my heart started pounding. I kept on going though! That’s the key, keep on going! That’s what Stacia and I did.
Stacia: The best part about The Incline is that you can go at your own pace. For example, we went up with our trainer Jerod Langness from 24-Hour Fitness. And obviously, he’s in much better shape than we are. Haha So, he was able to push hard and haul up those steps! If you’re feeling your heart pounding a little too hard (like me and Eric), you can stop. You can always meet your peeps at the top! Cause then… there’s the whole issue of getting back down.
Eric: No joke! When I got to the top, I got to enjoy the view for maybe 5 minutes. Next, the three mile hike back down. It’s not nearly as steep, but long. Going down was easier but three miles is three miles. It was still a workout, expecially since the trail wasn’t in the best of shape. I almost lost my footing a couple times.
Stacia: But the point is – you did it!!! WE did it! =) And it was quite the calorie burn. I ended up burning about 700 calories (which I was able to track thanks to my trusty BodyBugg.) I was pretty pumped about! How many did you burn, Eric??
Eric: 970 calories in just two hours! Jerod told me that because my body wasn't used to such an aggressive workout, my body just dripped of calories. I'll take it! But that brings up a good point: All that hard work could mean nothing just by eating a few too many pieces of pizza. It really made me realize that no matter how hard you workout, if you're not eating right, it doesn't matter.
Stacia: Very true. Of course, the BIG question is – Eric, now that you’ve done The Incline and seen how many calories you can burn… will you do it again??
Eric: If you asked me that yesterday, I would have said no. But now that I think about it, it feels really good when you're done and it makes you want to take on the challenge again. Set a date!!
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