At Mile 557.1 of the AT on Friday, May 29, 2015 (9:46 PM). Google Maps link to my location: http://maps.google.com/maps?z=14&t=m&q=37.00080,+-81.40437 Today I can say that I have completed 25% of the trail! At Mile 547.3 I passed the 25% complete sign. Of course a selfi was in store. It made me start thinking about what I have completed to far. Below are some of the calculations I did today while hiking.
Completed to date:
*60 days since I started
*53 days on the trail (60 if you were to count the time I was back in AZ)
*50 days of hiking (3 zero days)
*11.14 miles a day average (this will improve to 15+ with time)
*1,250,000 steps taken
*129,000 feet or 24.43 miles of elevation gained
*250,000 calories burned
*150 liters of water filtered and consumed
*25 lbs lost
*1 pair of shoes trashed (and being replaced for free! Thank you Salomon!!!)
* and last but not least… A shit ton of fun had!
This is definitely the most trying time of my life but at the same time it is absolutely the best time of my life! I feel amazing and happier than ever, overall. There are rough days where I question what I am doing but those days slip away with one good view from a mountain top or while looking back at the accomplishments of the day. Speaking of accomplishments, I have really had the opportunity out here to reflect on the importance of daily goals. I set a milage goal for the next day every night before bed. The next night prior to setting the next days goal I look back and see if I met, exceeded or failed on my goal. I use that along with the reason for success or failure to help adjust and set the next days goal. Reflecting on why I succeeded or failed allows me to pay close attention to my eating habits, consumption of water, and how my body feels. This ultimately is making my hike successful. When I am complete with this journey and return to reality and the work force I am going to continue to set daily goals personally and professionally. I always have set goals but I never really took the time to explore the reasons for success or failure unless it was required. I have learned exploring this actually sets you up to be more successful the following day(s). See I am learning something out here 🙂