I felt I need to include my last Saturday’s long hike for the record here. I have to count it as part of my shredding effort, for LISS and a bit of leg workout. =D
‘Skyline to the sea trail’, a 29.4 miles trail between Saratoga gap and Waddle Beach in Santa Cruz. It became one of my bucket list since last year, and I’ve always wanted to start from Santa Cruz instead of Saratoga gap to climb up the 2600ft elevation change.
When the opportunity presented itself, when Joy called out for the trip, even though I was still in China, I sighed up immediately. I knew I would still be bothered by jet lag, but I know it’s manageable. In fact, some cardio in the sun would help adjusting. But I don’t know I would be so weak and caught a cold immediately after I landed, and may even had a low fever on the morning of the hike.
Has the thought of giving up occurred? Definitely. I asked my body and it told me it can probably handle it. So, I still woke up at 6:00am, got ready in 15 minutes, and met the friends in Los Gatos at 6:30am as planned.
With my weaker body than usual, I lagged behind for the first half. My hip was not feeling right. My muscles were aching because of the light fever. Every step, I was relying more on the trekking poles. I had to constantly remind myself to engage core and glutes which were the only muscles not complaining at the time. For the first half, the motivation is to get to Big Basin Headquater, which is a mid-point, and that’s the first place I can get a car to end this suffer earlier.
I’m not sure if it’s the big lunch, or the long break I got, or the morale I got from re-union with the friends at the HQ, friends’ trust and encouragement made me continue walking for the last 16 miles. Along the way, I forced myself not to think about the long stretch, but only focus on ‘the step ahead’. ‘One step at a time. One mile at a time.’ is the sentence I kept repeating to myself. Finally, the destination is closer and closer. Towards the end, we got to observe the sunset from the hills, which is so amazing that made three of us speechless and gave us the extra boost we surely need to finish the last section.
And at around 9pm, we made it to the parking lot, and that marked our long cardio day. An estimation of 4900 calories burned for the day. Pretty awesome way to jump start my fat-loss journey I would say. =)
Oh, forgot to mention, for the food part, here is a list I consumed along the way (1400 calories?):
2 protein bars
1 nut bar
1 bag of nuts (~3oz?)
1 肉松饼 (from my China trip. =)
2 small sweet pepper
half bag of Costco Chef’s cut beef jerkey (half pound?)
Some sesame paste mix, 3 oz of beef for breakfast, and some random bites for breakfast.
After I got home, I ate a big bowl of greens, and added a few chunks of beef stew.
I did not pack sandwich for hiking not because I don’t want to eat carbs but because I don’t have bread at home … And having no time to prepare, I just grabbed whatever is available at home…