Thursday, May 29, 2014

AT's AT Hiking Training Plan, Week Eight

Week: May 19 - May 25 (7 Days)
Miles Hiked (Week): 5.75
Miles Hiked (May): 27.00
Miles Hiked, (May Goal): 30
Miles Hiked (Yearly Total): 54.50
Pounds Lost: N/A
Percentage to Next Milestone: 0%
Pounds Lost (Total):  0.2
Weekly Goal Met: No
Nights Camped (Week): 0
Nights Camped (Total): 2
Nights Camped (Backpacking): 0

Because I didn't get back to town until this morning, I did not weigh in on either the official Monday or fallback Tuesday slots, so the weight report will have to wait until next week. It probably wouldn't have been too good of a weigh in, what with another holiday weekend. However, it wasn't as bad as it could be, all things considered. I made some relatively responsible choices, and still got 5.75 miles of hiking in over two days. Not great, but not too bad.

This leaves me with one day left this month to get three miles. That should be hard to achieve, as I've hiked at least three miles almost every day that I've hiked this month. However, my hope is to get much more than that in.

Next year, at the bare minimum I'll need to hike eight miles a day. Actually, it will be more 15-20 miles a day, but especially early on eight miles is a reasonable floor for mileage. I've only hit eight miles a couple times over the past four years, and only once (The Cades Cove Loop Road) did I do it in one hike. It won't be a full simulation of the challenges I'll face, as I won't be hiking with a full pack, and the terrain will be a bit more forgiving than the Appalachians. However, it will still be a big step forward for me.

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