Week 2 ended with a bushwalk at Dorrigo National Park. I decided that I would test my knee out and see if it could handle a good walk. This is the first bush walk I have done in 3 years and the first walk since I tore the cartilage in my knee week 2 round 2. The only exercise I have done is swimming or aqua-robics.
I had a 2hr time slot and thought I would attempt the circuit – down to Tristiana Falls and round to Crystal Showers and back up to the Rainforest Centre. When I got to the sign at the start of the track it said the time for the walk is 2hrs 30min.
I made a decision at that point that I had to complete it in 2hrs as I didn’t have time to take 2.5hrs. I set off at a determined pace. The downhill sections were the worst. They were a bit hard on the knee but not too painful.
It was so peaceful. I love the bush. I love to hear the whip birds and all the other wild life. I was dodging vines and trying not to trip over exposed roots and rocks. I considered it safe to hike as it has been really dry – I don’t walk in the national park when it’s been wet as I hate leeches!! Thankfully there weren’t any around and I walked out unscathed.
It didn’t matter how many photos I took of the steep climbs they looked flat!!! As soon as the ground starts to rise my heart rate quickens – A LOT!! I was sweating and puffing and I could feel the flush on my cheeks. Even though the air was cool I was hot.
It’s a great walk. I stopped for the occasional photo and swigs of water. Other than that I kept up my pace trying to complete it in 2 hours. I drank in the serenity while I left a trail of lard behind me. I could feel the kilos slipping away – well I was hoping anyway that I was burning something!
The last 15 minutes was the longest part of the whole walk. I never thought it would end. It just seemed to keep going. I was back at my car in 1hr20min!!!!! WIN!!!
Very happy I was. I burnt 667 calories – not 1000 – but was still happy. This Saturday I aim to swim 2.8km and then go out and do this circuit again but in reverse. From memory the way I did it this time is the hardest. The climb from Crystal Showers back up is the steepest. The climb from Tristiana Falls is longer but not as steep. I will know for sure this Saturday!
Great way to exercise and relax at the same time. It’s a beautiful place and well worth a visit. Looking forward to Saturday 🙂