Overcoming Disappointment


It has been a tough couple of weeks, I won't deny that it has been difficult to reconcile the loss of the opportunity to be the first American woman to summit K2.  I am sincerely (really, sincerely) proud that this boundary has been broken.  It is a win for strong women everywhere.  Do I wish that it was me.  Absolutely.

Thank you to Jon Vroman and the Front Row Factor for the opportunity to verbalize my conviction to live authentically and to realize my goal of summiting K2. 

Check out the podcast. 


And, what's wrong with #2?

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I am not in Pakistan.

Unfortunately, my plans to climb K2 this summer did not come together.  While I am deeply disappointed, I believe that resilience is about being able to gracefully overcome the unexpected, which is important in the mountains and in life.  I also have to remember that I have experienced both amazingly good and disheartenly bad things in my life.  I firmly believe that all things - good and bad - happen for a reason.  Sometimes the reason isn't immediately visible to me, but it is there.

So, my plan is to continue moving forward, toward K2 in 2018.  This additional time will, no doubt, prepare me for success as I will have the opportunity to climb some exciting peaks between now and then.  Stay tuned!

I am very grateful for the loyalty of SYSTANE and their eager willingness to support my K2 2018 dream.  You guys are incredible partners!

Finally, best of luck to the teams attempting K2 this year - I am looking forward to following your safe and successful climbs.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier is one of my favorite mountains to climb, maybe because it is usually shrouded in clouds and therefore elusive to Seattlites.  My goal today was not to reach the summit, but to hike to camp Muir at 10,000 feet with a heavy pack.  

It felt good to move on the snow and I was thankful from intermittent clouds which (almost) sheltered be from sunburn.  

Female Physiology & Altitude

During my hypoxic training, I've been reading ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life by Stacy T. Sims, PhD.  At least I think I'm reading it, it's difficult to tell since I'm hypoxic the whole time.  But one thing did stick with me today: 


Yay for  that piece of data!

I've just begun reading, but so far Stacy's look into how women's bodies respond differently than mens is fascinating.  Check it out!

Data Doesn't Lie

It's difficult for me to resist sharing data ;)

Today Scott at UpHill Athlete and I reviewed my workload over the past few weeks, and the data doesn't lie, unfortunately.  The Morton's neuroma in my left foot has had a negative impact in the amount and intensity of training that I have been able to maintain.  The good news is that things are trending in the right direction and I am committed to getting back on track.  

Tired Puppy

6,636 feet of elevation gain (and loss) in two days was enough for little Chevy.  After today's hike he promptly laid in a stream in protest and shot me his best sad puppy face.

Thankfully my foot seems to be handling back-to-back days of hiking with a heavy pack well (yay cortisone!) and my legs and lungs feel strong, too.  

I'm looking forward to starting the muscular endurance phase of training soon :)