I’ve been pining for a good hike and to get back to some of our favorite trails. Yesterday, instead of walking up the mountainous 147 foot McIntyre Ski Resort, I chose the closest place with a “Mt.” surname: Mt. Uncanoonuc with its vast vertical of 600′. It’s only 20 minutes away in Goffstown, has a road to the top, lots of cell phone towers at the summit, and barely any views. But it has a rich history, and it was the perfect opportunity for me to test my progress.

Filters make everything more exciting

Filters make everything more exciting

I didn’t make it to the summit.  I only made it about 200 vertical feet. My thighs were not having it. I turned around like any sane person should when it stopped being fun and the trail was still never-ending telephone poles. It was also buggy and muggy; not ideal conditions for a fun hike.

Instead of fully giving up on my hiking day, I decided to go back to McIntyre and do the familiar routes and work the thighs even more. On these hills, I was much more successful. My engineering mind says that the main difference was the incline – the Mt. Uncanoonuc trail had a much steeper incline which used my quads, glutes, and thighs in a slightly different manner than my usual routes around McIntyre. It’s only been 9 weeks since my transplant, and I keep reminding myself what the surgeons remind me: it will take a year or more to be fully healed. In that respect, I feel awesome and am not surprised that I struggle a bit hiking up mountains.


3 thoughts on “Hiking

  1. Jenn says:

    Keep climbing, derek! You r doing great!

  2. Mary Brower says:

    you are doing so amazingly well!!!!!!! You were so right to listen to your thighs!!!! so that sounds wrong…. oh well…. keep up the walking…. do the inclines gradually…

  3. […] hunching over, and thought I ‘felt normal’, but couldn’t do a push-up. In mid-July, I couldn’t hike 200 vertical feet, and now we were on our first airplane trip since surgery. […]

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