Monday, February 4, 2013

Takeing on "The Wall"

 Our grandaughter,Jaime Lyons, a recent UVU graduate in athletic science has instigated a family fitness program that many of us are victims of. While she is sluffing off and teaching in the Ukraine, we are puffing our way into shape in various locations back here in North America. The way it works is simple enough. Eat right and exercise, go to bed early, read your scriptures and drink mega glasses of water. Our weekly exercise program consists of 6 x 1.5 hours of alternating walking, biking, working out in the weight room, swimming for Heather and hunting  golf balls for Norm.
We have a favorite place close to our house for biking, however till now we were limited as to how far we could go because of "The Wall" ( a steep mile long hill). Last year we had convinced ourselves that our 71 & 72 years and our 7 speed bikes were a limiting factor.
However now that we are perfected in our fitness, I for one have been whitling away at the hill for weeks, just a bit at a time. Today was the day for the full montey. I reached the top in jubilation, only to look back and see Heather coming close on my tail.    
The Wall is a favored route for bikers as it is on the St George Sand Hollow Triathelon route. A sign at the bottom just beyond the cattle guard reads "You Can Do It". About half way another sign reads "Almost There".At the top.......well the picture says it best. 
Here's Norm, the skiney guy in the black and blue jersey. What is all this silleyness doing for me? Well losing weight is good. (6.2 lbs since Jan.1) Doc says the high blood pressure has evaporated. Blood sugars remain normal and life is good.......and yes going back down the hill was a piece-a-cake.

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