PCT Day -66 (Yes, that is negative sixty six. Day 0 is April 21) Miles — I walked back and forth around the truck at work today. :P
I was thinking of blogging my trip to the PCT, but I loathe the thought of typing on my phone for an hour every day… Anyone with any sense would read that as “HA, I give it a week and a half”. I’d like to share my trip vicariously, and that just seems too onerous.
SO! What about a podcast? I can talk and walk at the same time. I can even do videos. What I don’t-get yet is how to publish the damn things.
From what I think I understand, I can host the actual files anywhere with a distinct URL – so maybe that means I can even host them here on google+ which means I already know how to auto-upload them. Then there is some admin work on actually publishing them as a podcast. Definitely a lot to figure out, but suspect once I do, it probably won’t be much hassle.
I ordered a fitbit today. The Fitbit Challenge HR. It monitors sleep, heart rate, and scads of other stuff. I bought it both as a tool to encourage myself getting healthy (whether I go on the PCT or not) and because it has a heart rate monitor, and that could come in really useful on the PCT to catch heat stroke etc. before it escalates in to a problem.
While this isn’t a medical “need”, I did pass out after walking a marathon in Hawaii, but for reasons that were clear/straight-forward after the fact. I sweat out tons of electrolytes, and the course drink was not replenishing any. Half way through the race my fingers started to swell, and instead of sweating what I drank I started pissing it all out. I imagine I had heat stroke, but not sure on that one.
Between the finger edema and the unexpected urination, I expect to see it coming and fix the problem miles before it cascades in to a problem again. Further, I will have electrolytes. It just occurs to me that keeping tabs on my heart rate could be another way to keep an eye on myself. Besides, I’m a nerd — ddddaaaattttaaaa Om-nom-nom-nom!