I just need one thing, an appropriate trail name because Malto just won't cut it for an feat this epic. How about Flash, Speed, Warp, History? Any others?[/QUOTE]
How about " ican". It is a good name since this type of speed just happens through internet as you mentioned.
It seems you are peparing yourself by hiking on weekends. Did you try to implement your Time table on test during one of these training days? It needs walking in darkness but mileage is mileage. Gives you a taste of it.
Fugetaboutit.............30 miles per day will be only good practice..........as humans we keep setting new bars/levels...............enjoy your hike
Training Status Report #1:
I walked short days ( 3 to 5 miles) for 9 out of the last 11 days at a decent pace. Yesterday, I included about a 1000' of fairly steep vertical. I have been alternating between flats and climbing. I will start to incorporate some running this next week and see how that goes.
My diet is starting to improve with more veggies and fruit smoothies. I'm looking to drop about 15 pounds.
Here's the bad new--That's about how I trained in order to do a six-month thru-hike. As a matter of fact, that's how I "train" year in and year out. I call it "keeping in moderately good shape," that is, being just above the level of a couch potato. Not the program of a world-class athlete, or even a middle school cross country runner.
Last edited by Marta; 11-16-2011 at 06:07.
Maybe post an update when you do your first 200 mile week, until then...
As far as "world class athletes", I think it rather takes "world class effort". Since the hike is at such a slow pace, I'm not sure "world class athletes" are required. It's more of a slow-twitch effort and most folks fall into that category.
Now, to get my weight below 247 shall be key.
You are 46 it isn't now or never. You can always do something now or later You could hike the trail in your 60's or 70's providing you don't get injured beforehand.
Now as to speed. Averaging 30 miles per day for a couple days can be done and is done by some. Averaging 30 miles per day almost every day from Springer to Katahdin with minimal time off? Not a chance. practice hikes in the desert is better than nothing but wont be enough. Days of rain (which WILL happen) will slow you down. Every super fast hiker I met in 2006 on the AT either got off trail early (most of them) or balanced out with more time off.
I think this guy is just trying to be funny. Its possible he could be delusional.
46 years old
not in hiking shape
The 3-5 mile hikes are IMHO a waste of time UNLESS you need them to build up to hike the longer miles. (If that's the case then even thinking a record is naive.) It will be the long daily hikes of 30+ miles that will build you up and teach you the failure modes of the long days. As far as what it takes to do a 47 mpd average, I doubt there is anybody on this site that can begin to address what is needed for that.
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BTW, I still think this is a joke, but nothing else really of interest going on here, so what the hell...
Please save me from going back over the posts and answer a couple questions:
When do you plan to start?
Goal, i.e. how much time to you think it will take?
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