“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Monday, November 5, 2012

Second Chances

Two posts from me in one day - I know, your minds are blown, aren't they?  :D
Mt. Rainier, July 2012
So, it finally hit working hours on the West Coast.  A phone call was placed to RMI Guides.  And it is official.  I'm going back to Rainier for a second attempt for the summit August 20-23, 2013.
I made need this when it sinks in.
Both of my parents will be on the same trip, which makes it even more fun.  In addition, my friend Wendy just signed up to be on the same climb team!!!  Woohoo to not being the only girl on my climb team!!!!
I can't decide if this is a woohoo face, a freaked out face, or both.
I have all kinds of plans for how I will train differently this time around.  Starting at 156 lbs instead of 220 lbs certainly can't hurt.
Where I started last time.
Where I'm starting this time.
Other than adding back in some strength training (slowly), most of the training for Rainier will start AFTER Goofy is over.  I'm a big fan of no overuse injuries.  
Ok, perhaps I'll stop BEFORE this point.  :)
I already have two big training trips to Colorado in the works though!  Anyway, that's my news!

Anyone else want to climb a mountain???

Anyone want to help watch my kid or do some training climbs with me in Colorado?  HA!

Have you ever signed up for something that made you both excited and REALLY scared at the same time?


  1. That's awesome news!! I wish I could do some Colorado hikes with you... as "fall" comes to Texas, I've been missing all the fall hiking we used to do in the northeast. :(

  2. Wow, lots of exciting stuff in your future :) YEAH!

  3. WOW Exciting! All the best with it this time around. Second time's a charm I think in this case!

  4. Congrats!! Give me an early heds-up on those CO practice hikes and I'll see if I can crash the party. :^)

  5. I love hiking/camping/anything outdoors, really. Having been a lifelong resident of OH,mountain climbing has honestly never crossed my mind :(. Good luck in your training!

  6. Can't wait to read your blog next year when you summit

  7. Someone is gonna need new mountaineering clothes! And if Terzah is coming than I HAVE to make Colorado work. Keith didn't tell me no (but he is super jealous), so clearly that means yes!

  8. Good for you, Mandy! And you are looking GREAT btw!!


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