Sunday, October 17, 2010


Well, the wedding went off fairly well. I hit some klinkers but don't know if anyone noticed or not.

I have been negligent. Seduced by the quick status updates and easy friend-tracking of Facebook. But it's hard to put the story of my life on Facebook. I need to post here.

For instance, I didn't post a report of my 2010 SavageMan Triathlon. Unlike last year's race, which I breezed through having a blast, this year I found it grueling and life-changing. Yes, actually life-changing. I need to write about that.

I am thinking about a second Appalachian Trail thru-hike attempt. In 2012, to celebrate being 60. Yes, in 2012 I will be 60. Actually I'll turn 60 in December of 2011 but I'll be 60 when I do my hike.

To keep from re-hiking already-covered miles, I may very well start in Maine and go south. That way if the Trail beats me again at least I will have seen a different part of it.

I've been following the absolutely riveting story of a southbound thru-hiker, on Trail Journals. His trail name is Churchill, and he writes like..... well, like a dreamer who's a realist, or a realist who's a dreamer, or both. You can find his ongoing story at My American Dream at Trail Journals. He's like a book I can't put down. He started in Maine in July and is now going through the Shenandoah/Blue Ridge region of Virginia. I remember so well being there. Yesterday he described standing on a cliff taking in the view and daydreaming...... I'll bet I know exactly where he was standing. He daydreamed about hang-gliding, but it also involved an imaginary hiking partner in the person of John Denver, and ended sadly, with a twist. This guy is an incredible writer. He's gotta get his journal published. It's something rare.

If anyone read my blog last year while I was hiking, you know that weight loss was one of the things that put me off the Trail. Well, by New Year's, I had gained it all back, plus more. This spring and summer, I've lost over half of it, training for SavageMan AND just changing my eating habits. I don't go hungry. Sometimes I still get cravings and graze or binge. But mostly..... I eat to nourish myself. It works.


Angie said...

I'm reading Churchill's journal as well. Followed your link here. That's a great plan for a 60th birthday celebration! I would love a chance to hike the AT...even a piece of it! I'll have to go back and read about your previous experience.

Anonymous said...

It's great to see you posting again! Sorry to hear the SavageMan was grueling this year. Please write about how it was life-changing.

AT top-down at 60. Now doesn't that have a ring to it? :-) Yes, most people go South - North but I've long thought I'd rather tackle it N-S and start in late spring to maybe miss the worst of the weather, and go against the stream.

Good for you playing for a wedding! Keep it up, make a few extra bucks for the trail.

Evie in WV said...

I'm also glad you are posting again. I've missed you.

I will also be 60 next year and when you start your hike. I'm in WV and I'd love to meet up with you and hike the few miles in WV. Afterall, you were a part of the inspiration for me to get healthy in the last year.

So you've been on FB all this time. I did not think to look there. Now I have. Please friend me.