The reasons are:
- I really, really want to do the SavageMan Triathlon (link for info) back home in mid-September. So, I need to make sure I can bike and run the distances (swimming, well, I'll just sort of relax through that part.) There's never been a 60-yr-old female competing before. I've done this race before but not at age 60. Even so, I still hold the course record as the oldest female ever.
- I'm losing weight too fast. I'm down 10 pounds after 200 miles. Ten pounds every 200 miles would be.... 50 pounds???? I'll settle for 25-30. New Jersey and New York are not as hard as PA, but NH and ME are rough. I need to back off on the hiking in order to be able to continue to hike.
- I miss my husband a lot.
I was extremely discouraged the last few days I hiked. My pack was too heavy, there wasn't enough water, I felt sick, I was lonesome, I wanted my husband. Now that I've been with him a few days, rested up and rehydrated and eaten more, and gone biking and running, I feel I can go out there and hike again. I weeded out some things from my pack:
- rain pants (used once, don't like)
- headnet for bugs (used once, don't like)
- surplus ropes and straps (useless to carry things that "might come in handy")
- switched to lighter rope and less of it for hanging my food bag
- carrying less writing paper
- switched from individual-serving Spam (4oz. each) to beef jerky for lunches
Out again tomorrow!