Date: July 29, 2018
Location: Eagle Mountain Park - Fort Worth, TX
Distance: 7.58 miles
Trails: All major trails MAP
I had a late start for Hike 25, but that’s okay because I went anyway. I took our dog out at 7:15 AM and it was a cool 82, but by the time I made it to the trailhead at 8:00 it was nearing 90. Eagle Mountain Park is one of my local go-to hiking spots, so I knew exactly what to expect. I normally just start out on the main trails, but today I felt like changing it up and going to the north, short trails first, in case it got too hot I’d have an out. I did the trails, no big deal, but I was feeling heavy and tired. I pushed through, to the south, main, trails and the temperatures continued to climb. My fatigued feeling was really showing, as I slowed down and started to develop a bad attitude.
Today’s saving graces were a good lake breeze and plenty of shady spots along the trail. At mile five I stopped to find my towel because there was so much sweat in my eyes and I also found a snack and thought it may help my fatigue – I’m not sure if it did or not, but it was tasty. Skout bars have always been a favorite but the Oregon Blueberry Almond bar hit the spot. Two guys came running by, and offered words of encouragement and with that, I carried on. I felt refreshed from the break and reminded myself that it is not a race and it I’m not in any hurry. I sipped my water and headed towards one of my favorite parts of the trail – the lakeshore.
As I followed the lakeshore, through shaded tunnels of trees, I started to feel more alive again. It could’ve been the shade, the breeze, the flat trail or all of it but I wasn’t complaining. I meandered around, and made my way back to the exposed, main trail that took me back up to the parking lot. I was not thrilled about all of the sunshine, but I pushed through and made it to my Outback. I blasted the AC, drank some icy cold water from my RTIC tumbler, and took off to home. What-A-Day.
Tips for Hot Weather: (from my perspective)
- Start out hydrated and hydrate as you go.
- Take extra water!
- Don’t push yourself too hard, a hot day is NOT the day to test your limits
- Remember to rest and take a snack to help with lost nutrients
- Eat before? Eat well the day before… don’t go on a completely empty stomach.
I got home from this hot, hot hike and had a big lunch with lots of water and then proceeded to nap for 3 hours. I was drained, and still am! Hot weather hikes are my least favorite, but working to make the best of what I have within my reach. I hope you found yourself outside this weekend and made the most of it! Happy trails.