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Date: Mon, Aug 20th, 2007
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I am a 50 year old male in good health but currently overweight. I weight out today at 212 pounds and am 5'6" tall. I am ex-military; an ex-business person; and an experienced hiker. I mention my background because it is relative to any training program. On the one hand I am positive that I posses the intestinal fortitude to simply go out onto the trail in April and get in shape as I go with all the ills that would accompany that scenario. On the other-hand I have the common sense, training, experience and forethought to not put myself, and possibly others, in potentially unsafe circumstances. Consequently, it is my intent to get my mind and body in as good of shape as the time permits. Below are my thoughts along this line.
I began my training regime, in earnest, a few weeks ago but for the purpose of this journal I will only include record entries as of my first Journal entry of August 15, 2007. I thought a few words of explanation about my training program and geographical location was in order. Hereafter, I will only log training entries in the Training area of my journal. Interested readers may look there if they want to know how I'm doing in that respect.
I live in Olympia, Washington. Olympia is geographically located at the southern most extreme of the Puget Sound in western Washington State. The city center is absolutely at sea level and is surrounded by hills ascending in elevation. Because of time constraints and economic factors associated with my school and work I must do the vast majority of training in the immediate vicinity. One might imagine how the meaningful training, in a near sea level environment, for a long distance hike where the highest elevation gain is in excess of 10,000 feet would present unique challenges.
Within the Olympia core area are four parks relative to my training program. Capitol Lake, a lake circuit that's not quite two miles at sea level with no elevation gain; Garfield Park, a wooded urban utility corridor about a half mile long drastically descending in elevation from at least 500 foot elevation down to sea level; Priest Point Park, a wooded coastal park with a well developed trail system where about three miles of trail, with +/- 400 feet elevation gain/loss, is relative to my purposes; and Watershed Park, a wooded park with a two mile loop with +/- 200 feet elevation gain/loss.
It is my intent to hike these trails or a combination hybrid of these trails starting at two miles a day and building up to 15 miles, or better, a day. I intend to hike on a 1/14 day ratio. For every one day off I will hike fourteen days straight barring illness, personal injury, or calamity. I will spend at least three days a week in the Gym for a two hour weight session working on my arms, stomach, and chest. Further, I intend to hike with a 50 pound bag of sand in my day pack with a two liter bladder of water. I will amend these target numbers as seem prudent. I will hike and camp with actual equipment and trail weights in the wilderness as the opportunity presents. If circumstances allow I will attend the local Mountaineers Scrambling Course usually taught in this area around January/February each year.
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