While many call this period “training” I’ve come to think of more as “practicing”. I’m learning how I react to walking up hill, what it’s like to carry a backpack, the feel of new shoes. Legs definitely react differently. I’m glad I’m practicing. These aren’t things you want to discover in the middle of nowhere!
I like that the training/practice period starts in Lent. Somehow seems right. And purple is the color of the season and of the Alzheimer’s Association. Here are two of my primary pieces of equipment: The shoes I intend to wear and the backpack with my essentials.