Back in 2014, when I went to Asia for the very first time, for a study exchange to Lingnan University- Hong Kong. This is perhaps a fishers island as I remember. People traveling to Hong Kong often get trapped by the concrete jungle not realizing that what surrounds the city is the most essential of this place. Believe me, the nature is just 🤩 try #fisherisland#dragonsback#lionsrock#victoriaspeak#bigwavebeach#lantauisland don’t forget to say hi from me, and enjoy the Orient !
In this moment, I had NO clue how I was landing onto that diagonal wall. I saw that everyone was struggling with this one not because its difficult but because its frightening.
Sometimes you gotta just take the leap and trust that your body will know what its doing
Dragons back didn't slow me down this past weekend! 🦅🇨🇦 Although this past weekend wasn't the performance I hoped for, slightly due to weather and ripping my hand open.. it was by far one of the best race weekends and I'm so excited for next years NorAms. I'm coming with a vengeance, Hopefully mother nature is on our side!
After a few days in the city we were itching to get out into nature, but we had no idea it would be quite so beautiful. We took the metro and a bus through and out of the main city, winding up the rolling hills to Shek O road, where a couple of mosquito filled portaloos marked the start of the trail. We set off up the winding path around midday, for a very hot and sticky hike. Being so exposed, the very occasional wooden shelters offered much needed shade for water stops, and amazing viewpoints dotted through the trail were just enough motivation to keep going. A couple of hours in, we reached tree cover, and descended steeply through the woods until we eventually made it to Big Wave Bay. Again we couldn't believe we were in Hong Kong! We dived into the sea and had an icy yuenyeung (coffee and tea combo!) at the beach shack, before catching a bus towards home. This 8.5km hike took us just over 3 hours - so hot but so rewarding, just take lots of water and snacks! It's always nice to get a different perspective of a place, and while Victoria peak is a popular way to see Hong Kong from above (and a great option if you have less time/energy as you can get the peak tram), we highly recommend the #dragonsback if you're into the outdoors!
An iconic hiking trail in Hong Kong, relatively easy to walk which is perfect for beginners. The endless-looking stairs at the beginning might look a little intimidating but it isn’t as bad as it looks.😜 You’ll be blown away by the amazing views after the climb! You can do a loop and leave from the same entrance or continue towards Big Wave Bay to spend the rest of your day chilling on the beach.🌊 If you only have limited time in HK to do just one hike, Dragon’s Back is definitely our top recommendation.✨
How to get there: Take the MTR Island line to Shau Kei Wan station (exit A3). Transfer to bus 9 at the bus terminal outside the MTR station to To Tei Wan station, which is right in front of the trailhead.
A couple of Saturday’s ago, I hurt my leg while running a Terrain Race. I did my best to rest it and stay off of it all week in preparation for #noramchamps . I skipped the 3K to give myself an extra recovery day, and got myself hyped up for the event I was most looking forward to: the 15K (we all know how I like my miles).
The moment I started hopping around at the starting line, I knew I was in for a rough race. Every step hurt, but I sure didn’t drive all the way to Stratton for nothing. After a few painful miles uphill, I knew I didn’t have my speed, so the race became about keeping my band. When Stairway to Heaven took me out after over an hour, the goal became about finishing. I’ll tell you one thing, adrenaline and supportive friends make all the difference in the world, because there were points where that finisher medal even seemed like too much. But damnit, I sure as hell did it. And I only cried about nine separate times throughout the race.
This fine Tuesday morning, I found out that I have a couple of fractures in my leg. Six weeks on crutches and no weight bearing means I’m out for West Virginia, and my #roadtoTahoe for 2018 is over.
To say I’m bummed is a massive understatement, especially when I feel like I was finally starting to find my stride in this sport. But I’m going to do my best to stay positive... I don’t need surgery. I didn’t make it worse by running this weekend. I got a badass medal. And, most importantly, I have one hell of a support system around me (I’m looking at you, #raceEPIC family at @epichybridtraining).
Also, look at how subconsciously smart I was being on Dragon’s Back! Landing on my good leg and everything! For real though, this freaking thing was the worst part of the race for me. So, SO much worse than running up and down a mountain on a broken leg.
Up next? My birthday, a lot of upper body and grip training, and plenty positive thoughts. Let’s do this.
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Proud of this one. Nothing quite gives you pause like a 10ft gap to a wet slippery bar with an 8 ft drop to the ground below. I counted to 3 and made myself jump. #noramchamps#mittoughteamusa#dragonsback