Hiking in the Swiss Alps
Written by: Annie Goldenberg (Micah’s Mom)
Up until a year ago, I was the kind of person who never was a runner or lifted weights or even pushed myself excessively when it came to exercise. Then a year ago I started going to Crossfit215. I was 59 years old the first time I set foot in that gym and I did not think I would be able to keep up with anyone there. But luckily I stuck with it and shortly realized that the only person I had to keep up with was myself and the part of me that wanted
to feel stronger and do stuff I’d never done before. One day as I was cutting a few corners in my workout, I read the board at the old gym and it said “if you don’t give it
your all, the only person you’re cheating is yourself (my version of what I can remember from that board). Wow! What a novel idea that was. This was the next
level. Being accountable to myself about how far I could go. When it seemed like I couldn’t do anymore, I would hear, “come on Annie, you’re doing great,” and stay in making each movement the best it could be and see where it took me. There was always more in there than I thought. Surprising myself like that felt great. But the greatest part of that was that it started spilling over into the rest of my life….I can do more that I think I can do and the only way to find out how much I can do is stay in the present moment and make it the best whatever it is, at that moment.
Given the changes of my life since March that was very timely and supportive discovery. But then it gets better because I sign up to do this training in Switzerland and as it turns out it involves hiking through the Swiss Alps for anywhere from 5 to 8 hours each day for two weeks at altitudes of 5 to 9 thousand feet. Not only had I never hiked before but if anyone tried to get me to hike I would refuse and get angry at them. So you can imagine my surprise when I could keep up with people 20 years younger than me, not just climb the regular trails, but scale up and down rocky cliffs and basically move like a mountain goat (my true Capricorn nature finally comes out). Not to make it sound easy, it wasn’t. There was the day we were walking across a bridge and I lost my footing and fell into the water and soaked both my hiking boots from the inside out. I had to slosh up and down the mountain for seven more hours that day. Still, how different even that was because I could still enjoy the day and the challenge of hiking in soggy boots. Everyone around me kept saying, “I think she can do all this stuff because of that CrossFit thing she does back home,” as I helped other people get around mountain passes that were worn down and barely passable. That felt good. And looking out at the magnificient view from the top of a mountain, jumping into an ice cold mountain lake and walking across the pass they call the razor’s edge because the drop on either side would kill you instantly, that feeling I had never even dreamed of before. Yup, going back for more next summer.
Thanks Crossfit215, Micah, Perrin and all the lovely folks I have met here.Read MoreRead More