Monday, August 15, 2016
Chilly Wichita Falls Ides Of August Mountain Climbing
This was on Sunday, yesterday, the busiest I have ever seen the Mount Wichita area of Lake Wichita Park. Lots of mountain climbers.
Upon arrival at the Mount Wichita parking lot I saw a person running at high speed almost at the summit of the mountain.
Turns out it was the same lady you see in the photo. When she reached the summit I asked her what was wrong with her.
Nothing said she, I am just winded.
No, said I, I meant what is wrong with you that you are able to run up this steep mountain so fast, non-stop.
To which she told me the run I witnessed was her third of the day, with three more to come.
I then realized it was she I saw near the summit upon arrival.
She told me the run I witnessed was her fastest yet. 42 seconds. A smart phone was used to time the run.
I tried running up Mount Wichita the first time I climbed the mountain. I tried this because upon arrival that day I saw a guy running up the mountain, with that guy making it look easy.
It took me about 5 seconds of trying to run up the mountain to realize this was not possible in my sadly lacking state of fitness.
Yesterday I mountain climbed because I thought the newly arrived cool temperature would be conducive to easier mountain climbing. It wasn't.
Today is even cooler, at 77 degrees. Brrrrrr. But no wind. Yesterday was breezy.
I went swimming this morning soon after the sun's arrival. The pool lost a lot of its heat overnight. Not to the point of being cold, but much cooler.
A harbinger of the coming Fall.