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So…2019, eh? Well, let’s get after it.

My 10th annual, and fantastically original, set of bold predictions is dropping on your lap today like a hot splash of spilled coffee. Enjoy, but do go towel off after.

What might I try to achieve in the upcoming year?

 

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The World Vision International Walking Challenge is over!

For the 30 days of November, I stepped briskly about DC and other places (like Richmond – pictured), pitting myself against all walking challengers.

What did I get for my efforts? A 2nd place finish and victory for my monthly goal!

 

November Goal: Finish with 500,000 total steps.

Result: Success!

I walked 683,584 total steps in fact. Or an average of 22,786 steps per day. Try it, it’s not easy. Also, I had to step up my game during the last week, since the person in 3rd was gunning for me, using the notorious ‘training for a marathon’ scheme. Nope, didn’t work.

 

Walking Challenge Top 5
1st = 772,883 steps*
2nd (Me) = 683,584
3rd = 663,644
4th = 613,308
5th = 602,601

* I understand the 1st place person put a treadmill to good use. I did not. I was outside, in the fresh air, hiking or exploring.

My Daily Breakdown

  • 30,000+ steps in a day (8 times)
  • 20,000+ (11)
  • 15,000+ (7)
  • 10,000+ (3)
  • Sub-10,000 (1)

 

I also made a second goal, about helping Capital Bikeshare move their bikes around the city or some such.

November Goal #2: Finish with 500 total Bike Angel points.

Result: Failure! Epic! 347 points total.

I basically quit this goal with a week left in November because I traveled to Charlotte and Richmond. But up to that point, I was definitely in the conversation for reaching this goal as well, on a pace of 15 points per day (I would’ve needed a pace of 16.67 points per day).

Now step out and walk!

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November is World Vision International’s 2nd annual Walking Challenge.

Last year I finished 3rd overall with 644,051 steps in 42 days (it ran from 8/21 to 10/1/17). The 1st and 2nd place finishers were FAR, FAR ahead of me (200,000 and 100,000 more steps respectively).

Last year my average was 15,335 steps per day. Not too bad…but let’s up the game and go for an average of 16,667 steps per day to reach 500,000 in 30 days!

 

Goal for November: Finish with 500,000 total steps.

 

Also, I’ve been participating in the Capital Bikeshare Bike Angels program, and in the first three months finished #5, #5 and #4 in the overall points rankings (for the whole city!).

My last point total was 253 in October, so let’s double it and set my November goal to 500 points!

 

Second Goal for November: Finish with 500 total Bike Angel points.

 

It is on!

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When you absolutely, positively, truly must have a list of New Year’s Resolutions, call them bold predictions.

Sounds fancier. Probably not.

What might I try to accomplish in the upcoming year? Let’s find out!

In 2018, I predict I will…

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I’ve been extremely poor at dropping photos of the places I’ve traveled to. You know, to satisfy your inquisitive pleasures. Or at least contribute to the zeitgeist of the day!

Consider this a course correction. Here is an assortment of still frames from my recent jaunt to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and a weekend on the island of Zanzibar.

Hotel views in Dar es Salaam

Hotel view

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I haven’t been putting too many monthly goals together the last year or so, so I suspect this will be a real treat for you. Finally doing another one! The wait must have been excruciating.

This goal is dead simple.

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As part of the preparation for the upcoming 50K One Day Hike (April 29th), I’ve been doing a few mini-training sessions in the evening. There just aren’t enough weekends anymore.

The plan: Walk 5 miles most brisk-like. My briskness indicator varies due to the route I take, stupid traffic, and lights and all that, and a few nagging injuries to my left leg. But I try to walk fast. Even so, the pace is slower than what I did in last year’s ODH (14:48 minutes per mile) but for that I did run a little over the course of the full 31.1 miles.

With barely any time left, I do need to get in some longer hikes! 50K won’t walk itself. This is why we train.

I’ve found these walks are an excellent time to ruminant on the cosmic mysteries of the universe and whatnot. And listen to music. So I’ve been pumping up the jams as I trot about the city, hopefully not startling anyone that might mistake me for a wild-eyed, crazy speedwalker.

Distance: 5 miles

Walk #1
Time: 1:23:09
Route: Capitol Hill/Navy Yard
Albums listened to:
Broods – Conscious
Catfish & the Bottlemen – The Ride

Walk #2
Time: 1:24:37
Route: Capitol Hill/The Mall
Albums listened to:
Kaiser Chiefs – Stay Together
Empire of the Sun – Two Vines

Walk #3
Time: 1:19:26
Route: Capitol Hill
Outfit: Stylish white Tee, gray shorts
Albums listened to:
Green Day – Revolution Radio
Phantogram – Three

Walk #4
Time: 1:25:47
Route: Shaw/Parkview
Albums listened to:
Weezer – (The White Album)
The xx – I See You

Walk #5
Time: 1:19:00
Route: NE/NW
Attitude: Sunburned
Albums listened to:
Sleigh Bells – Jessica Rabbit
Bastille – Wild World

Walk #6
Time: 1:23:40
Route: Capitol Hill/Navy Yard
Albums listened to:
Pearl Jam – Ten
Pearl Jam – Vs.

Walk #7
Time: 1:18:36
Route: NE
Epiphany: This is world record!! right?
Albums listened to:
Pearl Jam – Vitalogy
Pearl Jam – No Code

Walk #8 is in the future, therefore difficult to describe.

 

Meridan Hill Park

A place to walk.

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