Yesterday we booked my flight to Madrid, Spain for May 20. I should begin hiking about the 23rd. Preparation is gearing up as it’s now beginning to get real.
My main goal on this hike is get in at least 810 miles. Add that to the 2,190 of the AT and I’ll be over 3,000 miles of long-distance hiking.
I’m still kind of tinkering with my route. If you know anything about the Camino de Santiago, I will probably be hiking portions of 5 different Caminos. I’ll add more info on the Caminos to website over the next couple months.
I’d like to invite you to join with me in preparing for this hike. How, you may ask. To start, take 3 minutes to read the article linked below (or skip to cliff note below that).
Gist of it is that push-ups are good for you and that the more you can do, the better. Not exactly rocket science but makes sense to me and will help my physical preparation. I immediately decided that I was going to set a goal of being able to do 50 push-ups by May 20.
Now, for your part, I’ll only ask 2 things of you:
- Set a goal for yourself to achieve by May 20. Push-ups would be a good thing. If you can’t do push-ups, sit in a chair and hold your legs out in front of you for a certain amount of time. I don’t care what you do, how you do what you do, or how many you do of what you do. Just do something! Make it a goal that you have to work to achieve. I will tell you that I just maxed out at 27 push-ups a half-hour ago and my goal is to be at 50. I will have to be committed to that goal to make it.
- Share that goal with someone. That is probably one of the biggest reasons I was able to hike the AT. I told people…lots of people…that I was going to do it. You have a much greater chance of reaching your goal if someone else knows what it is. I don’t care who you tell about your goal, just tell someone. I just told you mine..You can tell me yours if you want. I’ll just warn you in advance that, if you tell me, there’s a strong possibility that I’ll tell you that your goal should be higher and I’ll also hold you accountable along the way. Just keepin’ it real.
I’ll give you until Feb 20 to set your goal. Then 2 months of work to achieve it. Some times we don’t reach our goal. Who cares? It’s about the effort. Get into the game and challenge yourself.
It won’t take more than a few minutes of time each day to do some push-ups. How can getting a little exercise and having a goal to strive for possibly be bad for you. Just sayin…