Jim's Trek V, my exercise journey now on my Schwinn 170 from Tampa to parts unknown...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Day 301 – (AD 731) – 21.6 Miles – Jim's Trek Part III – Success On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I pedaled another 21.6 miles on my Schwinn 170. My grand totals are - 15,113.4 miles; 24,322.7 kilometers.


I am nearing my next destination and Trek goal. I only have 97.5 miles to go. I am still located on the Stuart Highway.

Who knows where I will head next on my virtual part of this journey. The upcoming goal point is my 12th and I haven't really scoped out my 13th. And if you truly want to know, my Jim's Trek III has 17 original destinations and goal points.

I was complimented yesterday at the work and effort that I have been accomplishing on my journey and Trek. I was also asked whether or not I had an application that I used and would be willing to share. And my response, of course was that I did not have an app nor did I use any canned program(s).

This whole Trek program has been of my own creation stealing a bit from here and a little bit from there. I created the journeys myself.

The first Trek/program was borrowed from an idea I read online and I adapted it for myself. Having determined that I needed to take up some sort of "less strenuous" and inexpensive exercise I settled on using a fitness cycle in my home. I chose the Schwinn 150.  (I later upgraded to a Schwinn 170.

I then decided that I would pedal or "cycle" from my home in Tampa, Florida across the North American continent to somewhere on the west coast. I, and I don't know how I thought of it, but I figured that I should set myself a goal location and figured that maybe I could find a similar address as mine in Tampa to a west coast location. (I meant the west coast of the country like somewhere in California, Oregon, or Washington.) I did find an identical street and address in Seattle. Bingo! That was to be my destination.

As I wanted to see if something physical would happen to me I thought it may be a good idea for me to document my journey. And I created Jim's Trek. My goal was to pedal, on my Schwinn 150, the equivalent distance from my Tampa home address to the same address in Seattle. That distance equaled 4,257.1 miles.

Knowing myself and how I tend to become bored with any endeavor that I take up I thought that every day I would tally down the number of miles that I pedal. That is the real part. I then thought why not create a "fantasy" virtual part of my Trek and journey. After I pedal I then plot my starting and finishing locations, the distance I cycle, on Google Maps. And each day I started off from where I left off on my way to Seattle.

To make the Trek and journey a bit more "interesting" and exciting I then began a fantasy journey of what I may see and encounter along the way or what I am be thinking about while I pedal. I must have been doing something right as I began receiving questions and requests from folks along the way. I really liked the invites to stop over.

All-things-being-equal I continued my real and virtual journeys and eventually reached Seattle. The results were beyond what I expected. I had begun to drop some pounds, (which was not my original goal), and I began to shed some inches from around my waist. I was more than pleased with myself. I also discovered that my blood sugar counts appeared to be dropping. Definitely another benefit. I then decided to make an inch reduction goal.

Well I reached the Interlake address in Seattle and I figured that I had not reached my final goal of reduction and that the only thing I could do was to pedal back to my home, taking a different virtual map/Trek, back to to Tampa. This became Jim's Trek II.

So I made my way back to Tampa, another 4,360.0 miles. And then I got another idea in my head regarding the positive reduction of my blood sugar count. I decided that I would create another goal to see, as long as I continued the exercise and I was reducing my blood sugar count, would I be able to reduce my diabetes medication. In consultation with my doctors I started to reduce the medications and finally the day came when I got myself to be completely free of any diabetes chemicals. But with the success I knew I had to continue pedaling.

I next decided upon Australia and Jim's Trek III. And that is where I am today. I have to date cycled 6,496.3 miles; 10,454.8 miles in Australia. This is 61.9% of the total mileage that I have set as my goal here in my virtual world of Australia.

I have created a number of other goals... and those I will reveal as I continue on this crazy and wacky journey of health, exercise, and fantasy.  There are other parts of this crazy, real and virtual Trek that I have included, added and dropped along the way.  Today is my 731st day of pedaling

Thanks for the compliments and thank you for the well-wishing.

This is my 780th Jim’s Trek post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 59,159 Pageviews.

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Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim