You guys, I am posting this FROM A BULLET TRAIN. I love living in the future.
Since I'm posting from my phone, this will be a quick one. But I thought you should probably know that I climbed a mountain. Mt. Fuji, to be exact. Only the tallest mountain in Japan. I accomplished this feat with my friend and former coworker Amy. She's from Colorado, but fortunately (for me) currently lives in Maryland, so she was also not training at altitude. So we both agreed to a Slow and Steady (with frequent short breaks) plan of attack. Which is how we came to refer to ourselves as Team Tortoise and our climb as the Turtle Trot.
Before you get too impressed, allow me to clarify that there's no actual skill involved in climbing Fuji. It's just a very long, very steep hike, for the most part. We felt like having trained together for half marathons came in handy as we were able to accept that yes, we were tired and sore and it was far from over and was going to just plain suck for long stretches of time. And it did. There's a reason the Japanese proverb is something along the lines of: a wise man climbs Fuji but only a fool climbs Fuji twice.
The actual impressive part is that I only fell down about two or three times the entire way up AND back down. I expected it to be easily ten times that amount. It does help to have a total willingness to use one's hands and/or butt at any time.
I'll write a real post later with pictures and everything, but right now Team Tortoise is off to Kyoto, where we'll shuffle our way around the temples, shrines, and palaces. Slow and Steady (with frequent short breaks) (for coffee or ice cream).