If you’ve been reading my blog since last summer you know that one of my favourite workouts of all time is the Grouse Grind. Commonly known as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster” the Grind is a just under 3K climb up a mountain in North Vancouver. It’s been updated over the years and it’s mostly stairs now, and if you’re able to make yourself uncomfortable, you can get into a great rhythm and push it, and it truly is a workout that is unlike anything else I’ve done.
Lots of people don’t enjoy the crowds and the amount of stairs, but I love challenging myself against my previous times, and chipping away at my fastest times, and most of all, I enjoy passing people. I consider everyone that I pass on the way up as a “kill” and I keep count. Yep, I love that extra competition that I can tap into during a workout. Call me a weirdo, but it’s something about the Grind that I just enjoy so much.
And then the view at the top, well that’s always rewarding, and whether you’re running down the mountain on the BCMC or taking the gondola down, it’s always satisfying to know that you climbed all that ways up, on your own 2 legs.
Always satisfying, and usually for me, it’s something I’m proud of. You noticed that usually didn’t you? I did the Grind on Thursday and the feeling I felt during and after wasn’t empowering, strong, or anything positive. It was embarrassment.