I went on my first hike last night with some guys after work. I had mentioned with them I'd like to get into hiking, but they do some pretty heavy stuff, so asked them "if you ever do a beginner type hike, let me know".
Well, the main guy who organizes (and usually wants heavy duty hikes) is on vacation, so another guy organized one, this week, and a small one so I could come along. I thought it would be strenuous, like maybe a 15 mile bike ride.
BOY WAS I WRONG!! HOLY COW it was hard.
The hike, Little Si, has 1200 feet of elevation over 2.5 mile hike (5 mile round trip). It was waaaaaay harder than I ever guessed it would be. I had to drive to work today instead of bike in because my legs feel like uncooked noodles. I was aching in every point on my body, I sweated completely through every clothing garment on my body. It was quite a workout. I'm sure a lot of it was that I was using "different" muscles than I'm used to, but still......WOW.
Anybody else into hiking? I have an even healthier respect for the sport now.