I trained for two years climbing hills, walking trails and working out at the gym while I got the answers to all my questions before I ventured off in September 2015.
I have always enjoyed walking. The longer the walk, the better. However, it was in 2012, while out pounding out the miles around Burnaby Lake in Burnaby, BC that I came to the recognition that I needed to have a purpose to propel me as I counted the miles. The idea of walking the Camino was born.
I believe, personally, that having goals have limited value. I say this because it always feels to me that when I set a goal I am just testing the waters to see if I can do something. There always seems to be an “Out”! Instead, I make plans. I decide what I am going to do, and then I figure out what the components of the plan are and set about finding them and implementing them. These were the first components:
The planning actually took longer than the actual walk did but without adequate planning, the trip would have been a failure.
The plan culminated into the greatest adventure in my life!
Now that I have completed the first round of the Camino Frances I am ready to go back and do it again but with a much different agenda. This time I do not have to be concerned if I can complete the full 500 miles. I have already done it!
This time I plan to walk slower, enjoy the people and the amazing scenery more fully and really try to allow myself to be more in tune with myself and the moment at hand. Quietening the busy mind and just enjoy.
Another great advantage to this round is that I am in far better physical condition. I am not particularly prone to bragging but here are my accomplishments just in the last couple weeks:
Not bad for 65, eh!
I guess for this round the only testing of the waters is in finding some different equipment to take. All I have left to do is book my ticket and the plan goes to the next level!
Made any plans lately? Just pick a date and go!