T-Minus 10 weeks…
I realize 10 weeks is still 2.5 months away, but as the end of spring nears and the start of the summer looms, my flight to Seattle will be here before I know it. I start my southbound Pacific Crest Trail trek mid-July!
I am quickly approaching crunch time, and I call it crunch time because I still have so many adult responsibilities to attend to before I even feel comfortable getting on the plane!
In the time since I last posted, I have been working non-stop! Traveling to different states, selling jewelry, and teaching a lot of yoga in between. While I recognize that money is not everything, having enough liquid for this thru-hike is extremely important to me. In fact, during the past 9 years, I have worked diligently to pay off all my debts: student loans, credit cards, car, etc. A major reason I waited to hike the PCT is that I wanted to do so with a clear conscience… and that means no debt. I am happy to say that I am 100% debt-free! (Thank you, Dave Ramsey!)
The Housing Dilemma
Next on my list: my studio. I love where I live in San Diego, and I would like to return to this space upon my return. But, with a rental situation, no roommates, and no family nearby, I have a couple of options. 1) I sell everything, leave my space, and deal with housing upon my return. That does sound liberating; not gonna lie. 2) sublet. That’s more realistic and absolutely feasible in SD. I just have to get over my ‘only child syndrome’ and accept that it is ok for someone to be in my space and using my stuff. I will likely go with option 2. I really don’t want to move. My studio is kick-*ss. My landlords are awesome. (I will probably seek the help of a professional so I can talk through my unfounded fears and worries surrounding subletting. In 10 weeks’ time, I have no doubt that I will be A-ok.)
This may sound weird, but being physically fit and ready for the trail is the least of my “concerns.” If you know me, you know that I train every single day/week-after-week as though I’m prepping for 5 months of walking. In fact, since the beginning of the year, I have been religious with my gym workouts, hikes, runs, Chiropractic care, bodywork sessions, etc. Being a yoga teacher helps, too. I am around wellness and self-care daily.
BUT, being aware does not make me immune from any potential setbacks. I will be 39 y.o. once I get on the trail. That’s not 25. That’s not 30. And, trust me, I have plenty of 39 y.o. problems. As a former collegiate student-athlete, marathon and half-marathon runner, powerlifter…. my body is beat up. It takes work to keep it in optimal shape and pain-free. Luckily for me, I am aware of what I need to do. Tune back in for some of my go-to tips-n-tricks!
In the coming weeks, I would love to share more about the other ways in which I am prepping. I am sure I will. Ten weeks is still plenty of time to perfect my gear, tend to most injuries, and build up in ways needed.
If anyone has any information/experiences with anything/everything, please know that I am happy to hear! Share away!
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