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Take a Hike

By Jake | In Uncategorized | on December 29, 2012


Most of you that come to the gym also take part in other outdoor activities. Whether it is beach volleyball or ultimate frisbee it is always fun to engage in something new/different. I have always been interested in hiking, but never put in the time to do research on local trails. Yesterday a few buddies of mine had asked me if I wanted to go on a hike with them. Without any hesitation I agreed to participate. At first they wanted to hike through Mt. Baldy. That idea was quickly scratched seeing that it was 12-15 miles long. If you are not an avid hiker that kind of mileage could last up to 6 or 7 hours and we did not have that kind of time. It was also a dangerous trail because the trail was covered in snow and the temperature was very low. We quickly looked online and found Garcia Trail. This trail is in Azusa which is much closer than Mt. Baldy. The length of the trail is also much shorter. I think the total hike is 1.5-2 miles. It is 100% incline and according to the web site is rated difficult. Once we arrived we immediately noticed the popularity of this trail. There were people everywhere and of all ages. We asked a few people about the trail and they said it takes about 1-2 hours round trip. It did take about 50 minutes to get to the top of the trail. By the time we reached the top all of us were pretty tired and drenched in sweat. The view from the top was really nice. It was a perfect view of the San Gabriel Valley. We stayed at the top for about 15 minutes and then made our way back down. Since it was all downhill it was hard not to jog. It took about 40 minutes to get to the starting point. Overall I think Garcia Trail is very fun and challenging hike. Although it is short, you spend the first half of the trip going uphill. It can leave you with sore leg muscles, but it is a very small price to pay for a challenging hike. If anyone is around the Azusa area, take the time to check out Garcia Trail.

On to the PRs…

The gym was closed on Monday and Tuesday due to Christmas Eve and Christmas. Class picked back up on Wednesday with a team WOD. The workout was inspired by the 2012 Crossfit Games. Each teammate had to complete 30 reps of dead lifts, burpees, over head squats, pull-ups, and weighted sit-ups. The tricky part was that each individual had to finish each movement before moving on to the next. You could only go as fast as the person in front of you. The 4 teams that did this workout all finished in less than 25 minutes. After the WOD Portia worked on her jump rope skills and got her very first double under.

Thursday’s lift was the bench press. Shelley’s last work set was at 93lbs and she knocked out 11 reps. Andri got her set up to 68lbs and completed 5 reps. Chris Q. was able to do 7 reps at 63lbs. Abel worked with 205lbs and had a monster burn out set with 13 reps. The last PR was set by Nat, who got her first pull-up. The WOD was 3 rounds of 6 muscle ups (or 10 dips), run 240 meters, 10 toes to bar, and run 170 meters.

Friday’s lift was the back squat. The workout was a 9 minute AMRAP of rowing 250 meters, 20 double unders, and a 30 yard bear crawl. Every athlete finished the WOD with 2-4 rounds completed. During this WOD Jeanne knocked out her first double under.  

Please post any PRs that I may have missed.

WOD 12.29.12

Clean and Jerk 3×2

4 Rounds:

  • 10 Box Jumps
  • 10 HSPU
  • 10 Ball Slams
  • 10 Pull Ups

One Comment to "Take a Hike"

  • Michael H says:

    December 29, 2012 at 8:03 AM -

    Check out http://www.alltrails.com. A good resource on hiking trails accompanied with reviews, pictures and scale of difficulty.

    For those that want to hike locally, Palos Verdes has some great trails up in Del Cerro. Small short loops with a great view. Perfect for a slow hike or run with the dog.

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