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Physical training

Physical training, week 4

by Matt Krause on December 3, 2011

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

I did 4 days of walking this week, for 48 miles (I took Monday off, since we got back late Sunday from Thanksgiving travel).

I also did pushups again this week to build upper body strength.

My recovery time is much better now.  In 24 hours I am fully recovered and ready to walk again, and I don’t feel wasted for the rest of the day after walking, like I did for the first week or two.

 

Physical training, week 3

by Matt Krause on December 3, 2011

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

I finished the third week of physical training.  Since it was the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, I only walked two days, for 24 miles this week.

I also started doing pushups, to build upper body strength for the backpack carrying.

Physical training update, week 2

by Matt Krause on November 18, 2011

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

On the trip I will be walking 10 miles per day, 6 days per week, for six months. Gotta prepare myself for that.

I finished my second week of walking training today. Sixty miles in 5 days, 3 hours per day.

I haven’t started carrying a backpack yet. I figure I’ll do the first cycle of training (3 weeks) without it. Walking 3 hours per day is enough for now.

I felt better this week. I still had some days where walking was pretty much all I could do for the day. However, on Wednesday night I was bouncing with energy even at bedtime, and at the end of today’s walk (the last for the week) I felt like I should do some jumping jacks or head out to an all-night rave. So there are still clouds in the sky, but the sun started poking through.

Physical training update, week 1

by Matt Krause on November 11, 2011

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

On the walk I will be doing 10 miles per day, 6 days per week, for six months. Gotta prepare myself for that.

I finished my first week of walking training today. Sixty miles in 5 days, 3 hours per day.

I haven’t started carrying a backpack yet. I figure I’ll do the first cycle of training (3 weeks) without it. Walking 3 hours per day is enough for now.

At first I thought anyone with two good feet and some patience could walk for three hours. Perhaps that’s true, but I did not realize how physically draining it would be to do it 5 days in a row. I sure am glad I started this training early. After just one week I already feel like a rickety old man.