Hitting the (Great) Wall
Today was Day 3 of training, which meant: conditioning! It wasn’t as terrifying as I feared, but it was still pretty rough, after all of the other things we’ve been doing, and my abs hurt like a mother. I’m really, really glad I’ve been doing so much circuit training over the past 2 months, because I wouldn’t have made it through otherwise.
It feels like I push myself harder and harder each day of practice, which is a pretty awesome feeling. But, granted, my muscles have been stiff, so I’m not sure if I *am* pushing harder, or if it just feels like it because I’m so sore. 😉 Still, if I could train like this all the time, I wouldn’t hesitate to do it. It makes me sad to realize that, by the time my body adapts to all of this training, it’ll be time for us to leave.
Anyhoo, today was the “mandatory” trip to The Great Wall, because, yeah, it’s one of those things that you have to see if you come to China. As much as those of us in the wushu group complained about our sore, tired muscles, we all knew that we had to hike up the Wall. There was a tram you could ride for 60 yuan, but that’s simply not the same as making the journey up.
Can I just say: HOLY CRAP AMAZING views. I’m punching myself in the head repeatedly for not bringing a wide-angle lens, but even that wouldn’t completely capture what I saw. The mountain winds were gusting, there was green all around, with hazy skies, and sections of Great Wall winding into the hills as far as I could see.
The carvings in the bricks of the Great Wall were something I found bit mysterious… I suspect the mystery is largely because I can’t read Chinese, but I have to wonder who wrote these words when, and what they were saying.
And, there’s no shortage of photo ops to pose for on the Wall, so I had to get one of the ladies in my group to take my victory picture, once I reached the top. Climbing all those steps certainly felt like a feat worth celebrating! Captain Morgan wishes he were this awesome. 😉