© 2010 Aaron aaron_at_top

Reaching

It has been several decades since I’ve pushed my body to the point of exhaustion, then 20% beyond to reach a goal – to avoid quitting.

Muscles burning, stomach revolting, sweat pouring, heart pounding so hard I could feel my armpits swelling. Calf muscles screaming, neck yelling, skin cold and crawling … crawling … to the top right there … right there. Then, cool air and a burst of adreniline upon reaching the top, drawing me along the ridge past people calmly walking – toward rest. Resting, congratulating, breathing, relaxing, muscles freezing and stiffening, then a cold, quick, blurry ride down, pinching the breaks, white knuckled while glimpsing the forest and views on the way – home.

This was my experience, as closely as I can capture it. A ride up the Zugerberg on a sunny, cool, Swiss Fall day.

Comments

  1. Dave Roeder
    Posted November 16, 2010 at 5:04 am | #

    Impressive and fun! Can you walk today?

  2. Posted November 16, 2010 at 5:50 am | #

    You know, I think I’d do this again. I was surprised that I had no aches or pains the day after. However, the few hours following the ride definitely produced some stiffness, especially after sitting still for a while enjoying the supper that Kim prepared Sunday evening – acorn squash with butter, apples and brown sugar. A rich, delicious meal to end an equally rich and savory day!

  3. Posted November 18, 2010 at 5:08 pm | #

    Job well done Aaron!! That’s a great picture!!

  4. Janalee
    Posted November 21, 2010 at 11:46 pm | #

    🙂

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