Wednesday, January 31, 2007

40 Miles on the Pacific Crest Trail

Last September I went on a 40 mile backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail (Donner Summit to Sierra City in California). This is something I had wanted to do for a long time. Since my friend, Jim, and I planned to leave a car at the destination and drive to the starting point, I felt it was more of an adventure than the usual roundtrip. The trip was all I hoped it would be. However, the longest lasting effect has been that I continue to enjoy the 17 pounds I lost and increased exercise I engaged in while training for the trip. My wife recently suggested I should identify the components of that successful training to apply elsewhere in my life. Having identified them, I now share what seems to motivate me:
  1. A focused goal
  2. A deadline
  3. "Skin in the game" - something of importance to me is at stake that I stand to lose

I will let you know if I succeed in carrying these over to work, personal projects, etc.

2 Comments:

At 2/01/2007 7:56 PM, Carter said...

David ... I suspect you meant to add "mile" to the 40 in your post. I admire your continuing to "push the envelope" not only physically but mentally. I can tell you that as you age ... "pushing the envelope" becomes an increasing struggle though no less important to both physical and mental health. You do encourage me to ... keep "pushing"!

 
At 2/16/2007 3:21 PM, bluespace1 said...

Thanks for the comment and you are correct - "mile" has been added!

 

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