Have you ever climbed The Incline in Manitou Springs, Colorado? The Incline starts at an elevation of 6,500 feet and ends at a whopping 8,590 feet! That is over 2,000 feet of incline. Here is there real kicker, it is only .88 miles! All that gain in such a short period of time. Don’t think that just because it is less than a mile that it is even remotely easy. The Incline is definitely not for the faint of heart! The Incline is closed for repairs until December 22nd making this a great time to train for it!

Training for the Incline

If you have not climbed the Incline yet then you should definitely train for it! If you wanted, you could just show up at the base and give it a whirl. However, we recommend training before you try it. Here is a list of ways to train for The Incline.

  1. Step-Ups – Legs, legs, legs. You need to strengthen them up for the many stairs you will be climbing up! Step-ups are a no brainer when it comes to preparing for The Incline.
  2. Lunges – As said before, you need to strengthen your legs. Lunges are a great way to increase your balance and strengthen your legs!
  3. Squats – Squats are a great way to increase your leg strength. Practice on proper form, chest up, drive through the heels, and send the glutes back. Your glutes will thank us while you’re going up The Incline!
  4. Stairs – Whether you are taking the stairs over the elevator, or adding them into your workout, this is a great way to build up your stamina for this climb!
  5. Running Hills– Take your run to the hills. Whether going on a hilly run or doing hill repeats, this will help prepare you for the massive incline. Hill work will definitely increase your endurance!

Achieving a Better Time

Maybe you have already done The Incline but you want to improve your time. There are ways to shave off a few seconds or even minutes. Here is a list of ways to get a better time on your next climb!

  1. Start earlier – If you are going at the heat of the day, your time will suffer. Also, it might be more crowded later in the morning. So, get a head start and avoid the crowd. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. is when it will be more busy and hot!
  2. Warm up – Don’t just go to the base of The Incline and start! Go for a warm up run before hand and get your muscles ready for the difficult climb!
  3. Minimize your breaks – Hold steady. Try to take fewer breaks than you did the previous time you climbed. Or try not to stop at all and hold a good pace!
  4. Know the Incline – Push the flat spots and be firm on the steep areas. Pushing yourself on the flats will surely shave off a few seconds!
  5. Pick up the pace – Try to that The Incline in intervals. Tell yourself that you should go hard for a minute and then hold steady for two minutes.

Hopefully this inspires you to add The Incline to your list. Need help getting started or to be held accountable? Contact us and we will be there with you the whole way! Happy climbing!

Written by Jacquelyn M