If you know me, or if you just read my blog and know me online, it’s probably pretty obvious that I have a wee bit of an obsession with the Grouse Grind as a summer outdoor workout.
For those not aware, the Grind is a 3km climb from the base of Grouse Mountain to the Chalet/Gondola at the top, mostly climbing stairs . It is known as Mother Nature’s stairmaster, and is open from mid May to mid October (depending on weather conditions).
For me, the Grind is all about challenging myself. It’s never ever easy, and since the trail and workout doesn’t change, it’s all about pushing yourself, and expanding your limits. Some people hate the monotony of climbing the exact same route, but I relish it as a way of gauging where I’m at physically. Sometimes, I don’t even bother to push the pace, because I know I’m still getting a great workout, and I’m still outside, and doing a heck of a lot more than someone on the couch. Other times, it’s all about getting into the zone, finding my rhythm, and getting to the top as fast as I possibly can. Even though it’s same workout, there’s so many different ways to approach it and make it your own. Besides, what better competition is there than yourself?
Getting better is all about maximizing the effort and streamlining your climb. I talked about my Grinding tips a couple of times last year, here and here. I will be writing an update soon, as I pinpoint more of the teeny tweaks I’m making to get faster.
Last season, I climbed the Grind 25 times, and was consistently climbing in 47-49 mins. Only twice did I dip below 45 mins, and 1 of those 2, was sub 44 mins! Already this season, I’ve climbed 4 times, and have a brand new PR of 43:40!!
I love seeing the progress I’ve made on this workout, it’s a great feeling to see the numbers dropping, to know that I’m still constantly improving, getting stronger, getting faster, and also getting lighter along the way.
Of course I love goal setting, and think it’s an important aspect of bettering yourself, so I decided to set some 2013 Grinding Goals!
- Grind more than 25 times
- Really try to get there at least 1/week June/July/August/Sept
- Consistently go sub 45 mins on hard grinds
- Goal time for the end of the season sub 42:00
- Encourage/Inspire/Motivate as many people as possible to do their 1st Grind, or in my dad’s case, convince him to come back for his 2nd Grind! The 1st time sucks, but it does get better (I won’t say easier, but at least you can pace yourself and know what to expect)
Are you a lover or a hater of the Grind?
Do you have any Grinding Goals for 2013?