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The 1,000 Mile Challenge

Sonja hiking to Truchas Peak, NM

I know I have been in and out a lot…its just the nature of summer for me. I had a few posts I wanted to put up last week but found myself without internet all week long. Oh well.

In the meantime I wanted to let you know about an interesting challenge taking place at Overly Ambitious Me. Sonja has challenged everyone to travel 1000 miles over the next year. The only rule is it must be outdoors and it must be human powered travel be it by foot, paddle, snowshoe, bike or ski.

To keep it interesting Sonja has asked you limit your miles on a bike to only 25% (250 miles) of the 1000 mile total, and that you only count vertical miles traversed while downhill skiing…. Then multiply by 2.

I feel it is important to note that this isn’t a contest…it is a challenge. Should you complete 1000 outdoor miles…you will not win anything. But you will feel pretty accomplished. Further more Sonja has agreed to post your progress on her blog Overly ambitious me…just let her know you are interested and provide periodic updates and we can all do this together.

The challenge officially started July 1st. And so far…I don’t have a single mile. I have to get on this. I hope you will join us. Go to Overly Ambitious Me more more details.

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  • Greg

    July 3, 2011

    Go for it mate. It sounds like a great challenge. I'm envious…

  • Jobiwan

    July 3, 2011

    Thanks for posting this, Steven. I'm in!

  • Anonymous

    July 3, 2011

    Thanks, Steven! I got my first 3 miles in yesterday . . . and the 100 degrees isn't so inviting right now 🙂

  • Trout Magee

    July 4, 2011

    Good luck on your conquest. Sounds like one heck of a challenge. Tight Lines.

  • Mark Truman

    July 4, 2011

    Great challenge and definitely doable. About 5 years ago I got involved in a walking fitness challenge that lasted about 2 months. It was based on team pedometer steps and didn't have to be "fitness walking" but I started keeping a log of my walking mileage instead of steps. I logged a lot of miles during the challenge and really loved it and decided to keep going to see what I could personally hit for a year. I wound up averaging 5 miles per day – almost 1900 for the year. Lost almost 30 pounds and felt better than I ever have in my life. The only point to this is that a 1000 mile challenge is great and will provide a push to keep doing stuff every week (and every day). The combo of hiking, paddling, biking, etc just makes it that much more fun. Good luck!!

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