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Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2016
Hiking4.00 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.83 mph
2,676 ft AEG      4 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
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At this time yesterday, I wasn't feeling overly ambitious, so I made plans to wake up whenever, go feed my sister's cat, then meander over and do Pusch Peak. Well, something happened overnight and I was up and in the shower before 0500. I ran up to feed my sister's cat and toss it a toy for a bit then headed to the trailhead. Still thinking that Pusch would be my limit, I started off just before 0700.

Let me rewind just a bit. My Fenix 3 lets me race against any recorded track that has all the time coding included, and that's what I wanted to do, so I picked out a track that seemed challenging yet not impossible and I downloaded it. Just about that time, Windows decided to hold my PC hostage while it forced some updates on me, rebooting and updating several times. Ultimately I gave up for the night, deciding I would have plenty of time in the a.m. This morning came and now I was feeling more ambitious. I was unable to find the track that I had downloaded last night, so now, in a rush, I jumped online and re-downloaded the track again.

Now, back to the trailhead. I went to load my track and noticed that the mileage was right but the time seemed awfully short at 2:04. This can't be right, I thought, but as I hit the go button, the race was on and I immediately started loosing ground. It was not long before I figured out what the malfunction was. I had downloaded one of JJ's tracks :sweat:

I did not know what to do, other than ride it out and I did my best to. I beat my self down racing this guy. I was drenched in sweat. I pushed and pushed and just couldn't catch up. I literally stopped for 4 minutes the whole hike; about 2.5 to take pictures of sheep and about 1.5 signing the new register at the peak.

The final number was 2:15:08, bringing me in 11 minutes behind. This may seem tragic to some, but I considered it quite a success, which is why I shot home and loaded up for another showdown. :)
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