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Uphills are still ... UP, June 30, 2011

Written by: Michele Straube | Date Posted: Jun 30, 2011

Stage 1, R161 (Monaco à Peillon) - did part of this yesterday 6.88 miles, 2,512' up, 1,446' down Stage 2, R160 (Peillon à Sospel) -did this from Peille today 11.84 miles, 3,988' up, 4,070' down More trail walking today, steeper up and down than I had expected. Long day (9 hours, including breaks). Thankful for Dr. Marrouche (couldn't do any of this without the ablation), Bob (coach, patient guide and beast of burden), Black Diamond (really appreciate the trekking poles and comfortable backpack) and CARMA Center (for hosting and posting the blogs).

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Notes-to-Self from First Trekking Day, June 29, 2011

Written by: Michele Straube | Date Posted: Jun 29, 2011

Get started early. We did and climbed .5 miles of stairs and then a mile of steep trails up out of Monaco before it got hot. Luckily, also had cloud cover in the early morning. (In fact, our last "view" (not) of the Mediterranean was from the middle of a cloud!). Got to 85+ degrees by midday -- hot and humid. Think I lost 10 pounds in sweat!

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Sightseeing Day, June 28, 2011

Written by: Michele Straube | Date Posted: Jun 28, 2011

Spent the day walking up, down and around Monaco. All is in a state of disturbance in preparation for the prince's wedding July 1 and 2. No tours of the Prince's Palace. No wandering through various other buildings just to look at the amazing architecture

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Travel Day, June 26-27, 2011

Written by: Michele Straube | Date Posted: Jun 27, 2011

It was a long, but relatively uneventful, trip. 20+ hours from SLC to Geneva (change in Paris), EasyJet to Nice, then local bus to Monaco. Looking out of the plane over the Alps and out of the bus into the "hills" leading up from the coast, I am wondering ... What have I taken on? But zipping back uphill from late night gelato, I confirmed that things are so so so much better than the last trek we did (Peru, where every uphill, even in town, meant counting my breaths).

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A Taste of Grandeur

Written by: Michele Straube | Date Posted: Jun 23, 2011

With only four days left to go before we board the plane, I am truly obsessed. Checking off things on the ever-growing to-do list, longer and steeper daily walks to affirm my readiness, and dreams about the wonderful food that awaits us.

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Heart Health, a Renewable Resource

Written by: Michele Straube | Date Posted: Jun 08, 2011

After thirty years of reduced aerobic capacity, with the few years pre-ablation seeing a rapid decline in stamina, breath and associated muscle loss, I had a lot of questions (and doubts) about what my "new" post-ablation heart and body would be capable of. No more wheezing or dizziness, yes, but could I expect to rebuild muscle and heart strength to keep up with my ultra-runner husband and coach Bob?

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Déjà Vu; Before There Was a Via Alpina

Written by: Michele Straube | Date Posted: Jun 07, 2011

My favorite book growing up was Heidi. Because of Heidi, I fell in love with the Alps before I ever saw them. My mother, brother and I visited the Swiss Alps when I was 11 or so; we went to Heidi's birthplace and hiked Heidi's mountains and meadows. I fell in love with the Alps for real.

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All Wired Up for Mt. Wire

Written by: Michele Straube | Date Posted: Jun 06, 2011

1.5 years post-ablation and time for another check-up with Dr. Marrouche (which always involves an MRI and heart monitor). Meaning I was wearing an 8-day heart monitor (all wired up) for last week's training hike up the steep side of Mt. Wire (2,115 feet in 1.5 miles). Thankfully, the monitor confirmed how great my heart feels, even during strenuous exercise.

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