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Testing Our Limits (all the gainz)

Yeah, physical gainz are life, but what about emotional and mental gainz though, bro?

Ever heard of the Chilkoot Trail? (If you’re a Yukoner, of course you have.) It’s 53-km trail from Dyea, Alaska to Bennett, BC. It was used by would-be gold miners during the Klondike Gold Rush to get to the Yukon gold fields in Dawson. It was pretty gruelling. (Look it up.) Depending on how hard you push, the hike usually lasts between 3-5 days.

I’ve always wanted to do it. So I finally registered and booked the time. I’m doing it in August.

I’m just a little intimidated.

I’ve done overnight hikes before, but never a 5-day hike. In many respects, I’m stronger physically than I have ever been in my life – which is awesome and that makes me really happy – but my endurance isn’t great… And to be honest, it’s more my emotional endurance that could use some help. There’s a thing in the mental health and psychology realm called “distress tolerance”… and I don’t really have much.

I’m not an athlete. I don’t come from a sports background or even a competitive background. When you say “go hard or go home”… well, I go home. To nap. I don’t find pushing myself past my comfort zone to be fun or even rewarding. When things start feeling hard, I get overwhelmed, I panic, and I bail. These are just #truefacts.

This doesn’t mean I don’t work hard. I do like feeling strong and using my body. I’ll ru