I don't know when the subject first came up, probably a few years ago, but sometime after we were married Jordan and I began talking about running the Grand Canyon. By that I mean Jordan began talking about it while I sat and listened thinking "oh God this does NOT sound fun, I hope he'll move on to another idea." I know the thought came back around for last summer and I said "maybe next year" (again hoping he'd forget about it?? He didn't...) Once again, he brought it up last fall and had even done some research on logistics. Once again I thought "normal people go and look at the canyon... or maybe hike from one rim to the other over 1-2 days, why can't we just do that??" Nope! Jordan wanted to RUN rim to rim to rim, a round trip total of roughly 46 miles, and he wanted me to do it with him...
On Tuesday Jordan and I had the unique opportunity of hiking the Virgin River in Zion in what is called "The Narrows" hike. The Narrows had been closed for 40 days prior to our arrival, since March, for the spring snow melt. We learned Monday, our first day in Zion, that they were rumored to be opening and immediately made plans to take advantage. Because the river temps were in the 50's and the water levels were chest high at times, we rented full dry suits, boots, neoprene socks and hiking sticks from a local outfitting, Zion Guru. All proved to be essential in our hike both for comfort and safety.
After dressing in our "space suits" as I liked to call them, we hopped on the shuttle for a 40 min ride to the Temple of Sinawava, walked a mile along a paved path to our launching point, and jumped into the river. Almost 7 hours later we emerged, tired, exhausted, cold and only haven covered roughly 8.5 miles. Growing up having LOVED rock skipping up rivers and streams, the hike was a tremendous treat for me, yet also very humbling. While I won't replay it mile for mile, here are a few lessons that I learned from the river:
No one path is necessarily the correct one. Each has its share of challenge, adventure.
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
Another year has flown by, which means it's time to sit back and reflect on the past season. It has been a season of challenge in many regards, and most definitely not the season I had hoped or planned for. Thinking back to my coaching meeting in January, coach Jim and I had discussed taking things to the next level and I set some pretty high goals for myself. That remained the plan through June, until I through a complete 180 by dropping Chattanooga and deciding to focus on my health. I can vividly remember that day, sitting next to the pool after a short workout when coach asked if Chattanooga was still in the cards. I don't remember whether or not I actually responded, but I do remember the emptiness and defeat I felt in that moment knowing in my heart that the answer was no. I consider myself a "fighter"... being Italian makes me stubborn to the core and I am very loyal to the commitments that I make. However, in that moment God was calling me to let go of my own personal plans and trust in Him instead. As humbling and difficult as it was to walk away from Ironman training this past season, I'm incredibly glad that I did.Hearty Miso Soup
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