Due to recurring early & mid-year foot issues, 2016 was such an 'off-year' for me I didn't bother to set any goals for 2017 other than to bounce back a bit. Three months into 2017 things were looking good and it appeared I'd equal my 2015 levels of 1,041 mi & 311k' AEG. By October 1,200 miles & 320,000' AEG looked to be attainable.
At least it did until November 12th... when I took 4-5 steps before doubling over in pain and 34 days later I'm still unable to walk upright.
Ah yes, the dreaded aging
, severe spinal stenosis and a herniated disc have put a kink in the works, to say nothing of a kink in my hiking days.
(At least I topped my 2015 miles by 48 so it'll probably be the highest annual mileage I'll ever reach)
Physical therapy has gotten nowhere so surgery is the next step. With the VA back-log that's at least 4-6 weeks out. Add 2-3 months of recovery time and a quarter of 2018 is in the rear-view... I'll be lucky if 2018 comes within a stones-throw of my less-than-ideal 2016.
Looks like my Hazolution for 2018 may be breaking records for virtual-hiking