I was right, but there were still quite a few bodies on the trail. As I was making my way up I had a big realization- that these people were all HARD CORE! I have a list that I call HARD CORE of people that are inspirational and motivating to me- Gary Robbins, Simon Whitfield, Clara Hughes, John Wragg, to name a few ;). This day though, I realized that HARD CORE comes in various different forms, and it doesn't have to be a 100K running race, doing 120 Ironmans, or biking across the country, it can be as simple as trying something new and hard on a day that would shy most people away.
Tourists, fitness freaks, and first timers, there were some of each group! I even saw a little guy about 10 or 11 years old that was kicking my a$$ most of the way up. I was full of admiration and respect for these grouse grinders! Instead of being annoyed at the fact that there were so many people in the way, I applauded each and every being I saw that Wednesday morning climbing the Grouse Grind!