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Day 57: No pain!

Day 57: No pain!

Start: 727.00 bush camp
End: 743.87 bush camp
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Food. Mom has been preparing a majority of my food, and OH-MY-GOODNESS it just keeps getting better and better. I need to keep better notes so I can give feedback, but Mom! Tonight’s meal was the best. I had chicken chili with pepper jack cheese. I am pretty sure mom made the chili herself, then there was a generous portion of freeze dried chicken, and to top that off mom obviously figured out how to dehydrate cheese without making goo. (Lower temp I suspect?) In addition I added a packet of olive oil and pepper, and three packets of salt. I am always craving salt, but that may die down some now that I am in the mountains instead of that damn desert.
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Another fabulous meal—> real_pesto!!!! Dehydrated pine nuts and basil, with moon cheese (and a few packets of olive oil). I think mom made me 1 cup of rice to go with and I probably need a portion 2x as big, but it is AMAZING.
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One of my goals on this trip is to back away from being diabetic. My blood sugar score was 6.1 before starting, 6.4 is considered diabetic. However many carbs a day a normal person can handle, it is less than that for me. Just because I can easily eat 4K-6k calories doesn’t mean my body can process 2x-3x the carbs of a 2000 cal diet. Otherwise healthy people have gotten diabetes on trail doing exactly that(Idahoan instant potatoes every meal anyone?)
I’ve tried a couple of days with zero carbs (eating just trail mix minus the m&ms) and my energy levels stay stable. It is impossible to avoid them on zero days in town… If for no other reason than beer.
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I am sleeping tonight at 10,350ish feet. Last night at 9000. I am definitely acclimating to the altitude, not really struggling to breathe at all (San Jacinto at around mile 180 had me stopping to gasp for two more breaths every ten steps. It peaked at 10,800). I am pretty sure I could do Rainier right now no problem. Will put that to the test in three days with Mt. Whitney. Rainier is 14,410 (or 11 depending on the year) and Whitney is 14,505, so only 95 feet higher.
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Pain. I have been in a lot of pain every day starting at about 12 miles and getting pretty awful by time I stop. The pain is where my Achilles Tendon attaches to the heel. It has hurt, a LOT. (Yes, my calves are very tight, yes, I stretch them all the time). Today was no picnic, plenty of up and down, high altitude all day, put in my 17 miles… Pain free!
I don’t know why, but I hope it is a new trend.
Huh… Environmentally the only thing I can think of is cooler temps? Might make sense.
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P.S. 17 has been my target mileage for a while. If the pain stays gone I won’t increase it till I leave the sierras.
P.P.S. Tomorrow I will be very close to Whitney. Then the next day I go 9 more miles to snuggle up to it. Then full moon Whitney night starts at 1am! So lucky to have the full moon!

 

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This next one looked like it could come alive and grab you.

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Dead squeeze bag.  :p

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Charlie Hough
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