After a few drinks on Christmas night 2012, Garett and I made a friendly bet of trail running, hiking, ski touring or mountain biking a million vertical feet in 2013. As my husband was driving us home, we calculated the average vertical gain that would be required per day; way too much for me especially if I wanted to continue with CrossFit and yoga! I texted Garett and we agreed on ½ million vertical gain in 2013.
Garett hooked me up with a Suunto Ambit watch that I wore for all my trail runs, hikes, and mountain bike rides. In the past, I’ve never diligently tracked my mileage or vertical gain so this was a new challenge for me. I loved it. It motivated me to get out in the mountains on days that I was feeling less motivated.
The outcome: 460,224 vertical gain; shy of my goal by 39,224 or 107 feet a day! Hopefully, in 2014, if I can stay injury free (I had to take some time off for a foot injury) I will reach 1/2 million. To some ultra-runners, achieving half a million vertical feet in a year is nothing (almost laughable) but for me it was the perfect challenge: it pushed me but still allowed me to maintain my other athletic interests. (Update: 2014 results: 586,333 vertical gain and 2000+ miles)
Here are some highlights from 2013.
Devils Loop: 12,132 vertical gainhttps://debsholisticnutrition.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/the-bear-100/ Fat Dog 50 Miler: 10,900 vertical gain https://debsholisticnutrition.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/fat-dog-50-mile/
One of my favorite local hikes: Granite Mountain to the lookout tower 3,800 gain
Squaw Peak 50 miler Utah: 10,197 gainhttps://debsholisticnutrition.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/humpdayathon-2013/
Another local favorite Teneriffe Mountain: 3,800 gain
Before work on Monday’s & Thursday’s I take my dog up Little Si.