Now, for my challenge. When I found my calm last night, I felt the urge to give myself a huuge goal to work toward. Making this lifestyle change is one long challenge, but I've taken on another kind of challenge - and by far my biggest one yet. I have exercised regularly since I started this journey 4 months ago, but now I'm about to take it to the next level! I'm going all in!
This is a drawn map of my home town, Bergen. As you can see, we're located between a series of mountains - 7 to be precise (and of course a multitude of other mountaintops as well). Every year, the local "tourist association" arranges a 7-Mountain trip. That trip would be way, way too hard for me. Climbing 7 mountains in one day is not physically possible for me this summer. However, on the same day, they arrange the 4-Mountain trip. Basically you skip the first three, and do the hardest one + three others. If you click the map, you can see the route. It begins at "START 4-Fjell".
It begins with a steep climb up Mount Ulriken, roughly 640meters. Then we descend and cross the valley, and start climbing towards Mount Fløyen (a local tourist hotspot, over-viewing the entire city). This is roughly 400meters up. Moving on to Mount Rundemanen, heading up to 560m, and climbing down via Sandviksfjellet Mt..
- The hike is 17,5k / 11miles
- The total ascent is 1200m / 4000 feet
Clearly, this is a huge challenge for me. Not only am I overweight, but I need to increase my fitness level greatly to be capable of going through with this. I need to make a whole new plan for my exercise. I need to build up stamina on walking for longer distances, hiking on steeper mountains, carrying a heavier backpack. I need to prepare my knees. I definitely need to prepare my lungs. If anyone have ANY type of advice, I greatly, greatly appreciate it.