My training continues ——– Mike (my oldest son) has taught me the importance of training and recovery. I was beginning to feel like I wasn’t making any physical gains and he explained how I needed to continue to train but take it easier with less intensity for a week – this is called recovery. When I started to increase my workout after a week of recovery, I felt much stronger and able to increase the distance I walk. I am now walking around 4-1/4 miles per day.
Funny thing is that the time spent walking is about the same as when I started
training. I’m not trying to cover more ground in less time, it is just happening.
I am now trying to incorporate steep inclines into my workout every other day as well as walking on gravel instead of pavement. I think it is going along very well so far.
In the spring I intend to take my training up to Mount Lemmon. There is a small community called Summer Haven and a ski slope on the top of the Santa Catalina Mountains here in Tucson. The elevation up there is 9157 feet above sea level. Tucson’s altitude is 2500 feet – most of the altitude on the Camino ranges from 2000 feet to 4800 feet. The first stage of the Camino from Pied de Port, France into Roncesvalles, Spain appears to have the highest altitude according to the guidebook). Since the Camino crosses the Pyrenees, I’m thinking that training up on Mount Lemmon can only help. Below is a picture of the beginning trail from France into Spain .
Last week I told my youngest son (Paul) of my plan to walk this pilgrimage. He thinks that it is awesome (those are his words) and said he wishes he could walk it also. He thinks it wonderful that now I am able to enjoy things that I missed out on experiencing when I was younger. Paul was full of tips on how to pack my rucksack*, what to take along and how to take care of blisters should they happen. He offered to lend me his Marine issue rucksack. He wants me to get an iPhone before the trip so he can track my progress through the GPS app.
I’m so glad both of my children are positive about my desire to walk the Camino. The encouragement they are giving me is so wonderful! I am at a loss for words to express my feelings to them.
At left is a picture of a Way Marker along the Camino.
(*Rucksack is a new word in my vocabulary; I have always called it a backpack – never too old to learn something new. I believe the Camino de Santiago will be an education for me both physically and spiritually. And now it seems that it is becoming a lesson in vocabulary also.)