So we all know that I joined Walker Tracker a little over two months ago. It's largely been a positive experience. I feel better, I know I'm moving around more, and I have ... proof of it.
One of the big problems with general exercise is you have few ways to answer questions like:
- Am I doing better?
- Are my goals realistic?
- What is actually impacting my goals?
These questions have two guideposts ... you v. you and you v. others. Walker Tracker helps with all these.
Jim Against Jim Smackdown!
First we'll look at me v. me.
Here I am over the last 40 days. We can pretty much pick out days where I was flying or sitting in a car by the dips. But at the end of last month (days 22 thu 26) I just totally felt sluggish and sat around.
My monthly walking goal is an average of 10,000 steps per day - about 5.6 miles or 9 kilometers. I usually try to push that up 6 miles or 9.5 km. Anyway, we can see a sudden rise and plateau during the last two weeks at about 11,000 steps per day.
Because of this:
Yes, 8.943 - largely due to the massively irregular amount I was walking every day and my fit of laziness at the end of the month.
So this month I redoubled my efforts to maintain a consistent regimen.
Now, consider this, what I now consider days of extreme laziness I used to call
So, in Jim v. Jim, Jim suddenly has to keep up with his own expectations - and knows full well when he does it.
In addition, I'm slowly covering the world with walking paths in my walking map. Zoom in on a given point to see my walks through several cities over the last two months. Wow, 11 cities and 5 states in two months!
Jim Against the World!
This is all well and good, but these stats are cold and lifeless. They are Jim in a void. No friends, no walking comrades. One shudders to contemplate the ambling isolation.
But Jim does have Comrades. One of which, Heather, is a pedo-maniac and nearly impossible to keep up with. So we know, overall how we stand, but that's not the whole story. So let's select a few near me and see how things are on a daily basis.
Here we can tell some stories. Everyone has good days and bad. Prentiss Riddle who is 4th on the list, also (at the end there) the one with the record number of steps (over 22,000) in one day of hiking around Spain. Brian Kerr has a day that beat all of mine.
What I get from this is that my routine will get me my goal, but I'm having very few (none in this instance) breakout days. We saw above, my highest step day, ever, was a little over 16,000, well below Mr. Riddle's effort.
Now, if I were to add Heather back here, we'd all look like sloths. So what I have here are peers in my walking / jogging weight class.
Community in Walker Tracker
The "usual" community is certainly present in Walker Tracker. I'm pleased to see the number of comments my step blog actually gets. Beyond that, people discuss technique, proper shoes, the lifespan of shoes, how to tell if your shoes are worn out (mine were), motivation, and so forth.
Communities seem to form around almost anything now. It seems expected and almost effortless. Support can come from almost anywhere at any time. And, at least in this instance, it's made me healthy.