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How I Accidentally Made Chris Hike on Steep Terrain for 40 Minutes on the “Most Energy-Depleted Day” of his Prep

One week until the show!  Chris referred to today as his “most energy-depleted day of the entire contest prep.”  He gets the least food and has exhausted his legs.

Due to his energy depletion, Chris rejected my idea of going on an 11 mile group hike today but decided to try to bolster the fiance points by planning a fun, low-energy, Saturday activity: fall foliage viewing!  The plan was to drive around central MA on a recommended “scenic byway” where we would run into some towns to walk around and possibly go on a couple of very short, easy walks that were listed in the travel brochures.

As soon as we got off the main road onto the “scenic byway,” we saw signs for a “Garlic and Arts” festival; we decided to check it out.


When we got to the parking lot, we saw there was a huge line (seen in the back left of the photo above) to get on the shuttle buses that would take us to the fair.  We did not feel like waiting and figured the fair was probably just a short walk up the road.  A fair official told us we could either walk 2.6 miles on the road itself to get to the fair or hike 1.3 miles through the woods to get there.  As 1.3 is shorter than 2.6, we chose the hike.


Chris near the sign at the start of the hiking trail


The same sign, enlarged.  Note the “600 feet of elevation gain/loss” and “Do not attempt this hike if you are unsure of your ability to complete it.”

We figured, how hard can 1.3 miles be?


Ominously, the exact same sign was placed along the trail again, 5 minutes into the hike.

As you probably guessed, 1.3 miles was not what it sounded.


It was beautiful and silent in the woods; I loved it.  …And it took us 40 minutes to get from our car to the fair.

Chris did not talk to me much as we walked.  He silently puttered along behind me.  I kept wondering if I should not have let Chris “attempt the hike” as I was “unsure of his ability to complete it.”

Humorously, twice along the trail, others, who were resting, commented on our appearance of strength and fitness on the steep hills; oh little did they know…

Chris survived but was utterly spent by the time we reached the fair and, as I wandered curiously from garlic-themed booth to garlic-themed booth, Chris bumbled along behind me chowing down protein bars in a daze.

As we left the fair, we noticed a parking lot, right next to the front entrance. So apparently, only suckers who don’t know any better hike steeply through the woods for 40 minutes to get to the Garlic and Arts festival.

When we left, I agreed with Chris that we should take the shuttle back to the car.


That’s a happy man who does not have to hike 1.3 steep miles back to the car.  (Note that he is wearing the same shirt he wore last Saturday.  Big red “Boomer Sooner” shirts are completely inconspicuous in New England…)

After the shuttle whisked us back to our car, we finished our driving foliage tour and, although we did stop to take pictures, we never wandered more than 20 feet from the car again.


Now that’s foliage!

More foliage

What foliage!

And, to conclude, tomorrow, Chris is going to shave his entire body.  Because you have to shave your entire body before a bodybuilding show.

Seven days!

Cape Cod

Last week, Chris and I vacationed on Cape Cod.  We stayed at my grandpa’s house where there is food for eating.  Also, Cape Cod has grocery stores.  We DID NOT stay at a reclusive settlement in the woods where this is no civilization or access to nourishment.  I mention this because Chris packed the following:


Protein Bar Cooler (SEVEN boxes!)


Yogurt and Chicken Cooler (that is a full size cooler jammed with yogurt and chicken)

He also brought a large bag of almonds, an oatmeal cylinder, and peanut butter (not pictured).

After the week was over, Chris said to me, “Hm, I think I only ate Greek yogurt, almonds, chicken, oatmeal, peanut butter, and protein bars all week.”  Yes, hm Chris, wonder how that happened…  (In the interest of accurate reporting, I must write that he did eat broccoli one night but other than that it was a pure sextafood week).

Chris is about 8 weeks away from his competition.  He hasn’t had any more hypoglycemic episodes but he is definitely lacking energy.  On Cape Cod, I like to bike and swim and generally do active things outdoors.  As I like Chris and want to hang out with him, I encouraged (read: pressured) him to do these things with me.

One day we went for a bike ride.  Chris is making me mention that it was a twenty-one mile (emphasis from Chris) bike ride but it was a leisurely ride by some ponds and we took breaks; young children biking near us seemed to be handling the ride just fine.


Looking Good


Riding well…

When we got to a pond near the end of the ride where I was looking forward to swimming, Chris rolled up a towel and proceeded to sleep for 40 minutes.


And crashing.

Later in the week, he did “swim” with me in a pond by flopping around in a bright yellow inner tube.


Chris and large yellow inner tube

He was concerned that the cold water and physical exertion of swimming would exhaust him so he hung out in his tube.

One day we kayaked.  Chris looked awesome kayaking.  Which brought me to a key life question: Did his beauty in a kayak make all his yogurt and lethargy worth it?


Chris, professional kayaker

Along with the activities I made him do outdoors with me, Chris kept up his regular workout schedule and, while he was lacking in energy at times, he never opted out of activity participation and was actually generally very cheerful.  He did tell me though that he is looking forward to going back to Cape Cod when he is not preparing for a contest so he can join me in one of Cape Cod’s other great activities:  ice cream eating.


This is a man who did not eat ice cream on vacation…but who is looking forward to the next vacation when he can :)