Hiker tip #2- Set a hiking goal

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
― Bruce Lee

Goals are there to assist us when motivation fades.

Last year, I organized my hiking and backpacking in order to sucessfully reach one goal- walking 1,000 miles in Maine. I thank Carey Kish for suggesting it. Here’s my blog entry with a link to Carey’s idea.

In 2015 I have set a new goal- walking or biking 1,000 miles. I don’t come up with these ideas myself- my son Lincoln suggested the 1 hour daily average. Thanks, Lincoln! He also suggested that I pony up and pay the $59 bucks to get the Strava premium app, which has great analytics, and additional features over the free version that allows one to set goals and track progress.

I have been using the Strava ( premium) app for three full months, and have been able to keep up with my goal of one hour per day average of vigorous walking or biking. In addition to mileage goals, the program is able to track energy expenditures.

In 2015, I’ve covered 396.8 miles in 97 hours, on 72 outdoor adventures. (No more gym for me.) My weight and total cholesterol are both under 200 (the first time in my life).

Here’s a screen shot of my progress to date (via Strava). This is just one way that graphics can be displayed in the program :

Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 6.56.31 AM

About Tom Jamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, the Continental Divide Trail in 2013, the Camino Portugese (2016), and Newfoundland's East Coast Trail (2017) . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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