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Vrazeldazzle - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2014

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Jared Vrazel
City: Mannford
State: Oklahoma
Country: US
Begins: Apr 25, 2014
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Start: Keystone Lake Oklahoma
Trip Distance: 508.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 397
Journal Visits: 3,559
Guestbook Views: 381
Guestbook Entrys: 0

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Another Hike

The great thing about living in Oklahoma is that their are endless places to hike, run, and train. Living by the lake is even better, with hundreds of miles of corps land open to the public surrounding the water. The ever winding inlets and peninsulas are great for racking up some distance while providing a suitable escape at the same time. This time around my future PCT partner, Gage, joined me for the outing. Temps were n the upper 40's which provided the ideal conditions for pushing our physical limits. The idea is that instead of hiking 15 miles at a 2.5 mph pace, we opt for 8-10 miles at 3.5 or 4 mph pace. The trade off in distance for extra speed pushes the lungs and legs into shape faster, like a batter swinging multiple bats before seeing a pitch. By the time we hit the trail, our long term 2.5 to 3 mph pace will seem easy compared to the speed we trained for at home. It worked in the corps and it will work for this. We have 14 miler coming up Friday night, along with some gear testing in camp.

In other news, the holiday deals and clearance sales were taken full advantage of for my missing pieces of thruhike stuff. Managed to get a lightweight wind and rain shell, a fleece 1/4 zip, some quality socks, my hydration system, and a few other odds and ends to round out my list, and all at half price...score...all that's left is to upgrade the sleeping bag to a Marmot 40 degree bag, and I'm done with the larger items.

Its looking like the snow pack in the Sierras is leaning towards an early April start rather than late. 2 1/2 months...here we go.

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Meditation And Misery

"Never have I felt more content and at peace than suffering quietly, soaked with sweat and blood, ad midst the worst conditions imaginable, with a sheepish grin upon my face"
--Me

 

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