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Did 3 miles today. Freezing rain started up almost as soon as I went out, but I really didn't want to go right back in, so I braved the elements. GloriousAcademicJaguarundi-small.gif

 

Can't say I enjoyed it, but now that I'm thawing out on the couch, I'm glad I stuck with it.

 

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"For God did not give us a spirit of fear; but a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline". - 2 Timothy 1:7

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." -Gandalf

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I fell off the wagon and seem to have stayed behind in Hobbiton... They just really know how to throw a party there. But, the weather is clearing so what better time to head on out of the Shire? 

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Going to be making walking twice a week part of my next 5 week challenge. I'm in aw of those of you getting out every day, I struggle to find the time/motivation when working from home.

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Finally found a good walk tracking app so should be more accurate from now on :) Today's walk revealed new trails since the snow has properly melted now, very exciting to get off the beaten track!

 

54km/33miles travelled so far, which means I'm up to the first sighting of the black rider... Meanwhile, the hobbits are talking with Strider at the Prancing Pony in the audiobook.

 

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23 hours ago, Keladris said:

Finally found a good walk tracking app so should be more accurate from now on :) Today's walk revealed new trails since the snow has properly melted now, very exciting to get off the beaten track!

 

54km/33miles travelled so far, which means I'm up to the first sighting of the black rider... Meanwhile, the hobbits are talking with Strider at the Prancing Pony in the audiobook.

 

the lord of the rings elise GIF

New trails are exciting!

I always forget how sketchy Strider is when he first shows up in the books. I left the hobbits in Rivendell on my re-read, should pick that back up again.

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"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." -Gandalf

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Like so many things, my journey begins unceremoniously, and without the fanfare it it should receive.  I came across this, I thought "I should do that". I bought a map of Middle Earth for my wall and downloaded the spread sheet to edit for myself. I thought I should start mid April, with a send off of prosecco and blister pads. But I sat in my chair last night and thought "I walked today. I should start today." So I did. And I guess I'm off on an adventure. I'll be counting any form of human propulsion as miles traveled, be it by foot, by bicycle or by kayak. Maybe I'll even count laps that I swim.  

 

I look forward to seeing you on the road. I don't travel alone, my ever vigilant companion Wednesday will be at my side, wary of strangers and looking for snacks. 

 

See you out there!

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28 minutes ago, Grace1010 said:

But I sat in my chair last night and thought "I walked today. I should start today." So I did.

It's nice to have a little bit of fanfare, but the very best day to start is today, so way to go! 

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"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." -Gandalf

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It's been almost a month, and I hit 90.34 miles - Whoo! I've included km's rowing on the rowing machine. The goal is to hit at least 4m every day which can be tough between school and work, but Wednesday and I are making real progress. I bought a massive map of Middle Earth, and we check in on the distance from time to time. Looking forward to Bree!

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Bit late to join in, but I'm in!

 

"Move more" is one of the key components of my current challenge, and my work place is holding a 10K steps/day challenge as well since Monday, which I've joined too.

 

And since I have a Fitbit, my steps have been tracked for all days anyway, so I've entered from January 1st to today in the spreadsheet. Because I have OCD. 😇

I'm just taking the distance my Fitbit says, everytime an activity was marked as "walking". That distance will be based on the number of steps I took, not the actual distance, so it's not going to be accurate, but it'll be close enough for my purpose, I feel.

 

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Who has rights to edit the spreadsheet? There's a problem for my April total (cell AF38), it's still looking in the March tab. Just copying the formula down from the cell above should fix it.

 

Nice to know that in the past 7 days I've already walked about the same distance as in all the weeks before that this year combined... 😅

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1 hour ago, TimovieMan said:

Who has rights to edit the spreadsheet? There's a problem for my April total (cell AF38), it's still looking in the March tab. Just copying the formula down from the cell above should fix it.

 

Nice to know that in the past 7 days I've already walked about the same distance as in all the weeks before that this year combined... 😅

Did you fix it? It looks right to me now.

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"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." -Gandalf

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On 4/22/2021 at 9:35 AM, Grace1010 said:

It's been almost a month, and I hit 90.34 miles - Whoo! I've included km's rowing on the rowing machine. The goal is to hit at least 4m every day which can be tough between school and work, but Wednesday and I are making real progress. I bought a massive map of Middle Earth, and we check in on the distance from time to time. Looking forward to Bree!

WHOOOT! I love the idea of having a map. 

 

1 hour ago, TimovieMan said:

Bit late to join in, but I'm in!

 

"Move more" is one of the key components of my current challenge, and my work place is holding a 10K steps/day challenge as well since Monday, which I've joined too.

 

And since I have a Fitbit, my steps have been tracked for all days anyway, so I've entered from January 1st to today in the spreadsheet. Because I have OCD. 😇

I'm just taking the distance my Fitbit says, everytime an activity was marked as "walking". That distance will be based on the number of steps I took, not the actual distance, so it's not going to be accurate, but it'll be close enough for my purpose, I feel.

 

Welcome aboard! I've always felt that how I track isn't as important as being consistent with whatever method I use. I'm pretty sure my garmin isn't all that accurate, but since I always use it, the trends in my distance are accurate.

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"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." -Gandalf

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3 minutes ago, Artemis Prime said:

Did you fix it? It looks right to me now.

Nope, in the April tab, cell AF38 (the total for the month) has this formula:

=IF(A38="",,SUM(March!B38:AE38))

That should be:

=IF(A38="",,SUM(B38:AE38))

 

The March! reference just takes the sum for the previous month again.

And I can't change it myself since AF38 is considered a protected cell.

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7 minutes ago, TimovieMan said:

Nope, in the April tab, cell AF38 (the total for the month) has this formula:

=IF(A38="",,SUM(March!B38:AE38))

That should be:

=IF(A38="",,SUM(B38:AE38))

 

The March! reference just takes the sum for the previous month again.

And I can't change it myself since AF38 is considered a protected cell.

Huh, yours is the only one that did that. It's fixed now.

"For God did not give us a spirit of fear; but a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline". - 2 Timothy 1:7

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." -Gandalf

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On 4/23/2021 at 2:07 PM, TimovieMan said:

And since I have a Fitbit, my steps have been tracked for all days anyway, so I've entered from January 1st to today in the spreadsheet. Because I have OCD. 😇

 

On 4/23/2021 at 2:45 PM, TimovieMan said:

Nice to know that in the past 7 days I've already walked about the same distance as in all the weeks before that this year combined... 😅

 

I only really started walking on Sunday, so I've deleted all earlier distances. Just because I have the data doesn't mean I should use it. And now at least it feels more like I've actually started walking to Mordor, and not with a semi-random head start.

 

Let's chalk this one up to "early installment weirdness". Because I'm finicky that way... 🙃

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I just recently made it to the Redhorn Pass and got attacked by wargs. And all I could picture was

 

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Does anyone else think we need an Oregon Trail style Lord of the Rings game? Because I totally think we do.

 

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With the walk I did this evening, I'm now at 226.4 km or 140.7 miles.

That means I've been to Bree, stayed at the Prancing Pony, met up with Strider, and am now on my way to Weathertop.

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Kind of frustrated because I lost the piece of paper I wrote down May's miles on. I signed up to cycle on my way to Mordor back in January, promptly didn't do it, and then randomly starting cycling in May. At first I only tracked calories (forgetting about the challenge), then I started tracking my kilometers and now I can't find the paper. Sigh. It's probably in one of the million notebooks I have lying around. At least I have June's. 

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