Monday, May 2, 2011

A Condo Dweller's Workout

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We currently live in a condo and those close to me know that I long for the day that we don't; I want a yard for Aias to run around in, my seedlings want more space, etc. There are some pretty cool things about condo living however, and right now I'm going to share one of those with you. It's goofy but hey, we will take what we can get!

We have a love/hate relationship with the Grouse Grind in this family, and last year Morgan took Aias up the Grouse Grind dozens of times. For those of you that don't know, the Grouse Grind is a 1.8 mile (2.9km) trail with an elevation gain of 2,800 feet (853m)... and the terrain is composed with 2,830 wooden stairs. The Grind doesn't open until it gets a lot warmer and we want to train for it, so Morgan suggested we put the baby on his back in the MEC Happy Trails baby carrier and do several laps a day up our stairwell. We have a puny 9 floors in our building (many buildings in the city have 20+) but 9 floors is better than none. The plan was to walk as fast as we could up the stairs, then take the elevator down and repeat. The elevator doesn't count as cheating because when you get to the top of the Grouse Grind, you take the gondola down. We would start with 5 laps, move onto 10 after a few weeks, and then maybe 15 or 20 eventually. 

So, we did it, and it was kind of awesome. I have to admit, though, the scenery could have been better. There's a lot to be said for trees. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up with them on the Grind this year. 

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1 comment:

  1. Hilarious! If you count the three flights in our townhouse, I probably do half a Grind a day :)


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