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[pct-l] 20 mile days
We've talked before. Hang in there buddy, I'll be 50 in a month. I
am training for next years thru hike from a somewhat sedentary job,
COP. I have been hiking 15-20 miles once a week now for the past
two years. My muscle tone has improved dramatically and since I've done
things gradually I have not had any problems with feet, knees, or other
areas. I'm 510 and weigh about 188 right now. I figure to lose an
additional 20 lbs. on the hike.
I did a "shakedown" hike two weeks ago on a section of the PCT near my
house section B California. I hiked in 100 degree weather and carried about
33 lbs. I figure this will be my heavy weight pack on the trail next year
for the Sierras. I did 17 miles with about a 3,000 foot elevation gain. I
definitely tired at the end but felt fine. The next day I was a little
stiff but it
worked out pretty quick.
I'm retiring early next March. I will then hike with my pack at about 30
3-4 times a week for a month or more. I hope this will do it. You are right
though. The difference between 30 and 40 was big. The difference between
40 and 50 is huge. Hope this helps some! Eric
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Olson" <email@example.com>
To: "pct-l" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 7:20 PM
Subject: [pct-l] 20 mile days
> This is for all the 50+ year olds who are thinking of hiking long
> at 20 mph a day average...
> The fellow who had done a lot of planning sounded like he was in the right
> frame of mind/body to successfully complete a thruhike.
> I spent 6 weeks taking care of my mom when she was in a
> bed this summer. I went up into Annadelle State Park at the edge of Santa
> Rosa, CA almost every day and hiked off the sense of not having a life. I
> made sure I pushed myself to climb at least 1000' four times a week.
> Usually, I hiked to the top of Bennett Mountain, 1700' of vertical. It
> three hours to hike about eight miles. Lots of poison oak...
> When it was time to leave I thought I'd hike th tahoe rim trail. I did
> planning, pushed myself in the time department when I was up in Annadelle,
> and planned to hike the 165 mile trail in nine days.
> I hiked about 39 miles or so, from Tahoe City to Mt. Rose Hwy in two days.
> I lay in my tent above frog lake under relay peak and realized I wouldn't
> able to complete the hike in the time planned. I'd hiked 4000' vertical
> that day and was beat. I have chronic knee pain from tight hamstrings and
> gluteus muscles. This is a problem now ten years old. I have big, thick
> muscles that require elongation.
> I hadn't stretched enough in the weeks prior to the hike. Even though I
> stretched ten times a day, or more, it wasn't enough to let me see my way
> through the weakness in the middle of my legs to complete the next seven
> days. I had the cardio fitness. My heartbeat seldom got above 130 beats
> minute, even at 10,000'. I didn't have the muscle readiness.
> I lay in my tent on a beautiful, cloud free evening where the temp was 70
> degrees, watching the alpenglow, wondering if I had the where withal to
> REALLY plan a trip lasting 2600 miles. Sure I could spend the first
> weeks doing 12 to 15 miles a day, working myself into shape. The first
> month. Is this practical at 50?
> I'm 6'2", 240 pounds now, down 20 pounds from two months ago. There's
> another 30 that needs to go away. Maybe more. I guess all this comes
> to a question. How realistic is it to think that even in excellent cardio
> shape, I could move in a month to 20 mile days and be energized,
> high, and routinely going to sleep anticipating waking up and leaping into
> the day. I lay in my tent above Frog Lake and realized I would probably
> through on ibuprophen, but pay a price in permanent damage to ligaments
> cushioning meniscus, etc. I could have finished the TRT. I chose not to.
> I've done all the tech things. My base weight is 12 pounds, sans food and
> water. Those aren't the suggestions I'm looking for. Anyone under 40
> simply has to sit back and listen. You can't imagine. The guy that laid
> out his plan - an e-mail thatcame in the last week has the idea. However,
> I'm more interested in stories of 50 plus persons who are coming from the
> sedentary, weekend warrior, discovering the effects of age frame...
> I have the vision. I need to create a path. I need to hear your stories.
> Please write about what you did and went through to start the trail. I
> dont' care if you finished or not. What did you do, and what worked, and
> what would you have done differently, if anything???
> Thanks for you support and input...
> Jeffrey Olson
> Laramie Wyoming
> I was rational.
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