Saturday, October 27, 2012
2012 is a record breaking year and the year is not over!
Last year, I did not get out much due to an ankle injury that I never did recover from. Eventually I found an ankle brace designed for athletes that provides support and does not hurt to wear. Thanks to that ankle brace (T2 active ankle) I am hiking again and I seem to have made up for some lost time. With my ankle brace I can hike in trail runners, but since both of my ankles are bad and I'm not yet wearing two braces, I have had to switch to wearing boots this year.
Ideally I would go on a long hike twice a week. I have found that if I hike twice a week I can loose weight without dieting. But getting out twice a week is very difficult with my obligations to my family and my chronic sinus issues. Still I have managed to get out 47 times this year and I am very close to dropping a full pants size.
When I made a preliminary graph for this year I was surprised to find that I have broken my six year record (I've only been keeping track for six years) for miles and elevation gain. I still have two full months left to hike, so I expect to shatter all my records as long as I can keep my sinus issues in check. I've already had one sinus infection this year, I was suffering from it when I tried to climb the Brothers. I got it treated with anti-biotics and I felt pretty good two days later when it was time to climb Mount Washington.
I don't let the snow or the rain stop me from hiking, but I do try to at least pick the driest looking day for each hike. So far there has not been a dry day in the last two weeks other than today. Today I am ill with a cold or something and can not hike. I hope I can get through this cold without getting a sinus infection so I can get out later this week and work on shattering my old records.
If I do make it out later this week, I'm pretty sure I'll be hiking in the rain.
That's okay, I am all set for the rain with newish rain gear and very new waterproof boots. I think my next trip will be a snowshoe trip and I'm looking forward to testing out my fairly new snowshoes on this unseasonably deep snow that has suddenly arrived.
Posted by Mossy Mom at 9:37 PM