Hello, Benjamin from Brother’s Campfire here!
Today I will spend most of my day at Church. Part of my responsibility there is to run the projector and I will be doing this later tonight. If you would like to listen live, you can do so here during scheduled services. Heritage Pentecostal . I look forward to knowing that you tuned in. If you have questions or would like a Bible study, let me know!
It has been a long while since I have discussed an endurance hike, one of my goals for the year. It has been my intention to walk 50 miles in a 24 hour period, my preferred route being Colorado Springs to Castle Rock by the backroads.
Training has been hampered by numerous health problems and I do not think I have walked over 15 miles in a day in the last 6 months. It is frustrating, but I aim to make it happen down the road.
There are a number of hikers who have traveled this distance in a day so it is attainable. At the moment, I am experimenting with hydration and nutrition and walking as far as my body will let me. I may alternate carrying a large pack and running to get conditioned.
The 35 mile hike last year found me in the 190/200 pound range. In the low 170s I am considerably lighter than last year so there is a lot of potential for get back in a travelling groove. I am flush with drive and motivation and try to surround myself with others of like mind.
So, just a few days ago, I spoke with a woman who is an avid backpacker and has been in the news for her technical skill in climbing and other physical pursuits.
She challenged my ego as to what is important to me and actually raised her voice in frustration that I had not been on the trail or practicing regularly on the Manitou Incline to meet my goal. Her personality demanded that nothing should stop me. It was a one sided conversation.
I was all fired up and ready to pull out the stops when realization hit me. This woman, fit as a fiddle and full of spit and vinegar had few if any meaningful relationships. She was so sold on herself and her newsworthiness that she was toxic.
My family comes first, and it is not important enough to me to train for excellence day in and out. I am not willing to sacrifice what I hold dear.
Gardening has been a well-placed distraction, but it does not bother me much. I love putting effort into Willow Manor. When I think of delicate plants, I think of my Beloved, my children, and my friends. They require my attention and care.
Will I walk 50 miles in 24 hours this year? Who knows. I would like to, but I need to consider what’s important to me.