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Week #26: 2015 June 18 – June 24

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I began my 25th week of tracking my walking with my Fitbit gadget by earning my FitBit Italy Badge – since Christmas 2014, my FitBit has registered 736 miles of my walking, enough to walk the entire length of Italy! On my own maps —

  • Through June 18 of 2015 I had walked far enough since starting to use the Fitbit Flex, that I had done the equivalent of walking from home to Kansas City, Kansas.

  • Through June 19 of 2015 I had walked far enough since starting to use the Fitbit Flex, that I had done the equivalent of walking from home to Manhattan! Ummm . . . Manhattan, Kansas, that is. Still less than halfway to my goal of reaching Manhattan, New York, by Christmas, but still a fair hike up the road.

  • Through June 20 of 2015 – just shy of the half-year mark since starting to use my Fitbit Flex – I had walked far enough, that I had done the equivalent of walking from home to El Paso, Texas, the final destination in Texas that I will record in this travel journal.

  • Through June 21 of 2015, this year’s summer solstice, I had walked far enough since starting to use my Fitbit Flex, that I had done the equivalent of walking from home to Topeka, Kansas.

  • Through June 22 of 2015, I had walked far enough since starting to use my Fitbit Flex, that I had done the equivalent of walking from home to Decatur, Alabama.

  • Through June 23 of 2015, I had walked far enough since starting to use my Fitbit Flex, that I had done the equivalent of walking from home to Greenville, Florida.

  • Through June 24 of 2015, I had walked far enough since starting to use my Fitbit Flex, that I had done the equivalent of walking from home to Albany . . . the Albany in Georgia, that is.

With that, I conclude the first 6 months of mapping out the equivalent of walking that I’ve recorded with my Fitbit Flex. Technically, since I received the gadget on the evening of Christmas Day 2014, I could tag on almost an entire full day beyond here if I wished to be more precise on the duration of my walking. Perhaps even arguing that counting the partial mile recorded for 25 Dec 2014 as if a full day’s walking, I’m diluting my daily average. Except such “precision” would be rather artificial and arbitrary, since not only does such supposed dilution becomes minimal over the course of hundreds of days of walking, but the amount of undercounting — from times I’ve forgotten to wear the gadget, from steps not counted when it was being charged, from the device’s own estimated undercounting of at least 10% of normal walking, et ceter — swamps any adjustment to be made by starting the clock at some more exact hour than is implied by choosing the full day of Christmas Day 2014 as Fitbit Day 1.

Curiously though, at some time during these first 6 months I’ve tightened my original goal, which had been to reach Times Square before the ball drops to close out 2015. When January and February had me at a pace that projected me reaching Manhattan in time for the 2015 Thanksgiving Day parade, I guess I mentally adjusted my goal to be NYC within a year of Fitbit, looking toward Christmas Eve as the close of that first year. I’ll still do that as a secondary goal, since keeping track of a complete Fitbit year (and June 24’s 6-month mark) makes for a convenient guideline, particularly since all my averages (such as average miles per day) are calculated on that basis. In terms of that secondary goal, I’m about 50 miles behind where I would want to be by today: that is, not only do I need to pick up the pace so as to do half the total distance during the next six months, but I need to make up the 50-mile deficit I mark as of today.

But if I keep my original goal — Times Square by the close of 2015 Dec 31 — then I’ve got about another 3 days past the close of this week before I measure against the halfway point in distance. So if I could average about 16-2/3 miles for each of the next 3 days, then I’d be back on track. That’s rather unlikely to happen — I’d be content with 1/3 that pace, as long as I don’t slack down from that — so I’m still going to wind up short, even at my primary goal’s halfway point. But at least it won’t be quite as bad as that 50-mile deficit was feeling.

All things considered, a good 6 months of walking. I’m just guessing here, but I think any of the doctors I’ve had the past few decades would be happier than with the scant exercise I’d been doing beforehand. Onward . . .

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Written by macheide

29 December 2014 at 8:26 pm

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