Ruckle Creek Trail

We did a conditioning hike on Ruckle Creek Trail up to Hunters Camp on Benson Plateau. Dinah and Leslie totally kicked my behind. This trail has some marvelous steep section that give the legs a workout. As Leslie pointed out to me several time that we had not done anything this steep during last years conditioning series. We did about 10 mile and 3800 ft. gain. It took me about 3 hours and 40 minute to get to Hunters camp and the ladies would have been there a lot sooner if I had not been slowing them down. With me having major leg cramps on the way down it took almost as long to get back. Now the question is can I train back up or have just gotten to elderly.