I updated my training log and I’ve completed 250 trail miles since January 1st. Those are miles with at least thirty-five pounds on my back. I’ve been pretty lucky. It has been a low snow year and the trails near my house have been open all winter.
I will train in most conditions. Rain, snow and cold do not stop me. They are opportunities to test my gear. The only condition I will not train in is ice where I cannot wear my micro-spikes. I’ve quit my job effective March 30th. I’m not going to hurt myself now. Crashing and burning before I even leave would be too embarrassing.
I did back-to-back nine mile days with forty pounds. After adjusting all the straps on my backpack, I have it dialed in. Yesterday, those forty pounds were nothing.
I have an event tonight, but I will be able to hike tomorrow and Thursday. I’ve set a goal of 100 miles before I leave.