Reaching the top or falling short?

Success. How do you measure it. How do you quantify it? This is such a huge question and the answers…well can be tricky. We find in our daily lives or in training that sometimes success …just can’t be quantified.

TotalCyclist Camps has really been on a growth trajectory. Sometimes good. Sometimes bad. I wanted to really develop a sense and a pulse of where the camps stand in our business. So, I decided to challenge the biggest asset to our Camps…Dr. Christy (Rocket) Keely…to her discomfort zone. Unknown!

I received 2 round trip tickets to Mexico because of a Snafu from last years trip. So, tying in the Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo (Dallas TX) into this trip made it a smart move on our part. Rocket was not told very much about the trip. There was a reason. I wanted to see her reactions to some of the plans that I was making. I wanted it to be VERY much like a TotalCyclist Camp. Everything planned out from the staff side, but yet the Campers really don’t KNOW what we will be doing on a daily basis.

My goal was to have a Diva/DudeCamp experience for the staff to see what our thoughts were and how we can change and adapt to make the camps even BETTER!

The base of Izta. 3rd highest climb in Mexico: 17, 160 feet.

The base of Izta. 3rd highest climb in Mexico: 17, 160 feet.

We hired a guide. SMART! Started from Mexico City at 5am. (Not smart, no likey early early mornings) The base was about 2 hours from Mexico City. Immediately getting out of the car you could feel: The chill and the altitude. There were 7 of us total, including the guides. The goal for the day was to try something out of character and get some input from others on what we can do to make our Adventure Camps even better. This Volcano took it to the Nth degree.

Rocket wasn’t prepared and I failed to prepare her accordingly. Surprises are great if they are followed up with a preparation and a plan. Fail: 1 Success: 1.

We started the climb up…and up and straight out of the gate is was really …really UP!

Rocket wasn’t prepared and I failed to prepare her accordingly. Surprises are great if they are followed up with a preparation and a plan. Fail: 1 Success: 1.

We started the climb up…and up and straight out of the gate is was really …really UP!

We managed to keep pushing towards what my goal was: /The Highest point for a one day hike. Climb from “The feet to almost the head”.

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We negotiated many different micro-climates and the climbing was challenging. Very much so. Lot’s of stop and go to recollect anyone who was dragging a bit. Frankly, at one point we were all dragging!! Our guide did say he was impressed with our fitness but not sure if that was a atta boy or really we were doing something.

I have to give it to the Divas and Rocket. Rocket didn’t have the correct hiking shoes and INSISTED on carrying the backpack. Very similar to what the Divas would do!

Fail: 1 Success: 2

After 3 hours we finally reached the highest spot for a one day hike. We saw a cute little, I mean LITTLE mouse who was foraging for food. WE obliged :)

Fail: 1 Success: 3

Now it was time to descend. WOAH. That was a challenge in its’ own right. This is where climbing and hiking gear were critical. HELMETS! I found myself leaning back to keep from falling forwards. Rocket had to REALLY focus with tennis shoes on. I really should have prepared her better with hiking shoes!

Fail: 2 Success 3

The biggest challenge was the first 750 meters. Rocks, Scree, slippery slopes and more. But it was surely a big rush. We started picking up speed and managed to negotiate the entire hike in 5 “ish” hours. Maybe more.

Fail 2 Success 4.

If you EVER get the chance. Go climb it. It’s so beautiful and somewhat liberating. Hat’s off to our guide and fellow hikers/climbers on an amazing experience.

Success is trying something out of the ordinary in extra ordinary circumstances. This reminds me so much of what we do at our Camps. Challenge, succeed. If you would like to know more about our camps, and join us on some amazing adventures with great coaches… check it out here!