The U.S. Olympic training center is located in Colorado Springs, and many of the athletes incorporate the incline into their workouts. As gold medalist Rulon Gardner aptly states regarding this grueling challenge, "It's not running. It's not walking. It's surviving."
The thin air in this high altitude makes the climb even more brutal. This was our first attempt. We hiked to the half way point and then took a hiking trail back down. We were exhausted and very proud of our accomplishment! Someday we shall conquer the summit!
Hiking this trail is technically illegal, but you are allowed to hike it at your own risk. Today alone, 100's of people were hiking it!
Some athletes actually run to the top!
I can do this! I can do this!
At this point on the incline, hikers can opt for what has been appropriately dubbed, the bail-out trail. Needless to say, we happily opted! This trail is loaded with switchbacks and leads back down the mountain.
Back at the bottom after our grueling workout! We high-fived and Tim rewarded me with a big kiss! Mission accomplished!