Using Fitbit for Pre-Training Training PCT 2015

Since I am dealing with the back injury, my exercise training is very different from what it was in 2012/2013. I have to focus on being able to adequately walk (and healing the back) before I can even begin to think about tackling wearing a pack and hiking tough and/or inclining terrain. And I have to keep weight loss a priority over speed, distance and my sometimes overwhelming urges to conquer ridiculously steep fire roads and preposterously steep cattle trails.

Oh California! Home of ridiculously steep fire roads and preposterously steep cattle trails.

Oh California! Home of ridiculously steep fire roads and preposterously steep cattle trails.

Soon after my meeting with the Neurosurgeon, I bought a Fitbit, thinking a good way to get started would be to see what amount of steps I was getting. It wasn’t surprising to see that my stats were dismal. I set my daily goal to 7,000 a day, and slowly worked my way toward it. Two times as I increased my steps, I re-agitated my back enough to have to spend days doing not much else than lay in bed. But overall, progress was made.

By the time I went to drop The Gnomes off at Reds Meadow, I was fluctuating between 7,000-8,000 steps a day, on average. And I had also lost almost 12 pounds(HOORAY!), since buying the Fitbit. At Reds, I happily found myself averaging 13,000+ a day while hiking around the area. This was so encouraging that I decided it was time to solidify a PCT pre-training training plan, using the Fitbit.

So the weight I lost was equivalent to Seven the Cat. A whole cat!

So the weight I lost was equivalent to Seven the Cat. A whole cat!

10k  steps roughly equals 5 miles for the average person. A lot of variables increase or decrease that mileage, so I’m just using it as an unscientific marker for progress. My goal is to be at about 17.5 miles a day, aka 35,000 steps, by the beginning of 2015:

Week of July 6- Increase to 8k a day

Week of July 13- Increase to 9k a day (where I am at today)

Be at 10k a day by the end of July

15k a day by the end of August

20k a day by the end of September

25k a day by the end of October

30k a day by the end of November

35k a day by the end of December.

I know, it’s not a sexy, hardcore pre-training training plan to write home about. But I think this is what’s gonna get me there. I will have to work on hiking endurance, and then pack endurance later. And I also think I’m going to have to partner with a Sports Physical Therapist to work around nerve damage.

Yes, it's true have this posted in prime locations to remind myself, you know, WHY.

Yes, it’s true have this posted in prime locations to remind myself, you know, WHY.

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