Went hiking again - up Valdevaqueros Mt. just above Tarifa.
Not a long hike in terms of distance - maybe between 6km and 7km (my total for the day according to my app was 7.93km). Not even high in terms of floors compared to Chefchaouen as this was only 44 floors (Chefchaouen day was 85).
But it was much steeper.
I was determined and started really strong, keeping up with the guy at the front. I felt great, my legs felt strong and I wanted to go for it. But about half way up, we stopped to wait for the others and I started to feel light headed. I sat on a rock and when the rest had caught up and were ready to go on, I sat up - and then became really dizzy. I had to sit down again and started to feel sick too. I drank more water (I had been drinking all the way) and had a bite of protein bar and splashed water on my head, face and neck as I was rather hot. But I still felt dreadful and had to lie down. However, once I was lying on the grass, I started to feel better again really quickly. It wasn't long before I was able to continue, but I had to take it much more slowly.
We got to the top and had lunch, which I was really ready for. I was feeling much better by now and hungry!
There was yet another test of my capability with altitudes. There was a huge, flat rock protruding from the edge of the cliff, some 300m or so above the ground below. We were literally up with the birds!
Everyone else piled onto the rock for lunch - there was a smaller rock on top of the big one that acted as a 'seat' but I stayed on a patch of grass safely away from the edge of the cliff.
For a while....
Then I decided I didn't want to be 'Billy no-mates' so I ventured onto the edge of the rock.
I won't lie - I was scared. But I wasn't in the grip of terror. I gradually became more comfortable, although the senses were definitely on full alert. Probably about a 6/10 in terms of anxiety. I faced towards the cliff, so only looked out over the edge occasionally.
Afterwards, everyone took it in turns to be photographed on the rock - including me. I even managed to push myself to sit on the 'seat'. I was mightily proud of myself for this achievement.
Then we hiked a little more to the top and there were more rocks to climb and more rocks to sit on. I am becoming so much better with all of this and it feels great to finally be kicking that fear into touch.
Going back down felt much easier, my legs felt strong still - so it's the stamina and cardio fitness I need to work on.
Still managed to go to a dance party in the evening!