Ok, so I'm in a good shape. well, excellent really.
I play fairly competitive soccer regularly (not kick-about, competitive armature league) and played all my life. I swim (and used to do so competitively as a kid/teenager).
People always complain that I run instead of walking. I blast up stairs/escalators many times during the day, every day. No extra weight, never had any. And blah blah blah.
I was even barely hungover that day...
I did read that it's gonna be hard, but I thought "well, maybe, but not for me".
Boy, did I overestimate the shape I'm in and did I ever underestimate that stairwell (actually seems to be an abandoned railway to the top).
It was really, really grueling. I had to take 4 or 5 breaks, just to seat on the steps for 2 minutes every time and take a break.
Plus I hate hot blasting sun and there's absolutely no shade on the way up. probably better to go at dusk.
By the end I felt like laying down in the bushes and taking a long nap))). But then again, no shade.
Glad I got a cap on and some Propel water.
Do bring water or Gatorade or Propel or some such. Yeah, hat is a good idea too. Some climacool or similar 'breathing' shirt would be a good idea.
As hard as the way up was, I disagree about way down - I pretty much ran down in just a few minutes (way up took over 20) - just watch your steps. Also my legs didn't hurt the next day, in fact after sitting in a car for a couple minutes I was fine.
Tons of parking near baseball fields at the end of Koko Head Park Road.
The views on top are pretty cool, and just knowing that you've made it makes you feel better.
Will definitely recommend it to anyone in good shape and not recommend it as a way to get in shape.
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