It's raining, and I feel like musing.
With 2016 over, are those who track their stats happy with the totals? I'm happy with where I ended up for AEG, but sort of thought I would get more miles. I suppose miles are actually harder for me to get, as that tends to require more time, either for the hiking itself, or for the drive to hike something interesting I want to hike which is longer.
I thought it was interesting that in 2016 I was less than 500' from my AEG total in 2008, but now I was down at #14, whereas in 2008 I was #1 with only 246,000'. Being as the annual analysis only displays the last 10 years of totals, this appears to be the last year where I will be able to enjoy looking at myself at spot #1, for AEG.
I know plenty of hikers back in 2007 and 2008 did laps on their local hikes, but it seemed that before 2008 no one logged them all. Once those who did laps and training repeats started to log their trips, the stats really increased. I routinely see at least one HAZ member who formerly logged hikes and had several years over 500,000' of AEG, but no longer does, and I wonder if there is a growing resentment towards such thing. Another either stopped logging, or hiking. His posts as a dog makes me think hiking stopped.
Either way, my only real disappointment for last year was that I was unable to travel in November and get in some more interesting hiking, not that my month's stats were the lowest I have had since I started logging everything or that it affected my year. Like I said, I was happy with my hiking in 2016, and that relates more to the hiking, than stats.
Back in 2015 the green workout heart was added to triplog options, and I use that for any hike I consider to be for the excercise or to stay in shape, as in not an event. I played with my profile curve last night and notice I have a fairly consistent amount of AEG from workouts in my months, except in June where I was mostly doing events. In that month, I had a very large drop in workout AEG, but my month overall was pretty good. I wonder, back in 2008, had that feature existed and people used it, would my total be made up more heavily of workout hikes than events, but would others like Joe and the bigger number hikers of that year have had few or no workout hikes? I bet that would be the case.
Nothing more enjoyable than a good hike out of town.