We are 23 days away from our departure for Peru and 27 days from our Inca Trail Trek. Preparations have begun in earnest. We have the trip planned out, but now I am very interested in getting as fit as I can. The Trek lasts 4 days and covers around 27 miles. To those of you who marathon, that sounds ripe for a race, and yes, they do hold an Inca Trail Marathon. But here is how we’ll split it up over 4 days. Lowest point is 8,000 feet and highest point is 13,779.
|Day 01: Cusco to Wayllabamba||7.4||1,312|
|Day 02: Wayllabamba to Pacamayo||7.4||3,985||2,017|
|Day 03: Pacamayo to Wiñay Wayna||9.3||2,952|
|Day 04: Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu||3.1||984|
I worked on my base fitness by training for and running the Women’s Half Marathon on November 7.
I also tested all of my gear on the Humphrey’s Peak hike on October 23. That was a 10 mile hike with about a 3,500 foot elevation gain/loss.
Now I’m spending 4 weeks recreating the mileage of the Inca Trail. My goal is to accomplish the Trek comfortably, which means not feeling too sore to sleep each night. I would also like to keep all of my toenails, a feat I have not been able to accomplish on past through hikes.
Monday I hiked Camelback with the day pack I will carry on the trek. This hike offers lots of scrambling, with an elevation gain/loss of about 900 feet. I packed my day pack exactly as I will for the Inca Trail and it weighed 26 pounds. That was too heavy, especially considering I don’t have to carry a tent, sleeping gear, or cooking materials. After the hike, I tried to pare down what was in my pack. There weren’t many things I wanted to take out. So instead of removing much more from it, I decided I’m going to lose 5 pounds to take care of that extra weight.
Yesterday I did a 7 mile South Mountain Trail run at dawn that was delightfully cold, rocky, and beautiful. The sun was in the east and the moon was in the west. I didn’t take my pack because I ran with Miranda. She’s a great motivator! This trail offers an elevation gain/loss of only 400 feet.
Today I did a 5 mile South Mountain Loop with pack. This one offers an elevation gain/loss of almost 1100 feet.
Here I am on the hike. So far so good!