Since coming back to Chiang Mai (we were in Taiwan for 2.5 months, and then in southern Thailand for a few weeks), I’ve been inspired to be more physically active.
There’s this beautiful mountain right in Chiang Mai city, called Doi Suthep. Most people take taxis or ride scooters up, but cyclists ride up for fun and training.
Wat Phra That is Doi Suthep’s most popular temple and sits at an elevation of 1,056m above sea level.
My first time to the temple was pretty pathetic. It took me over 3 hours and I even cried! I had stopped 400m away and declared that I was done.
Now my PR is 1 hour 31 minutes, but mostly I go at a leisurely pace of 1 hour and 40 minutes.
These times are considered VERY SLOW in my circle of fit vegan cyclist friends.
Martin’s PR up the mountain is something like 42 minutes.
But anyway, you gotta start somewhere and that’s where I am. I’m proud of that because I’ve worked hard for it, and it feels good.
It used to be that after my ride up the mountain, I would come home and pass out immediately. I was cooked.
Now, I feel great during and after the rides. In fact, I’ve even been cycling up everyday for 4 days in a row, which I couldn’t physically do before because I needed LOTS of recovery time.
Since I’m on a roll, I figured I would make a new fitness goal for myself.
I want to Everest!
Which means cycling up and down the mountain enough times to equal having climbed Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world at 8,848 m!
While it sounds impressive, the top people have everested in 48 hours. Me? I plan to do it over 2 weeks! lol.
But everesting is everesting. Whether it’s in 2 days or 2 months. Actually there are official rules for Everesting, which I have only glanced at but it doesn’t appear to have a time limit.
Never before have I made any kind of fitness goals for myself, and now I’m Everesting! A testament to how my life has changed since taking off from ‘normal’ life.