I love technology and I love checking out all of the new little tchotchkes that come out each year that are supposed to make life easier. For instance the Tile featured on the SoCalHikers site. It’s supposed to allow me to track my bear canister (or any of my other belongings) should the local wildlife decide to play soccer with it while I’m quietly slumbering in my tent. I’m hoping that doesn’t actually happen and since we’re thru hiking the AT they’ve graciously provided us with bear cables. The bear thing kind of freaks me out!
Since making the decision to thru hike the AT next spring, the topic of fitness has been all most a daily conversation between my Dad and I. My Dad lives three thousand miles away in NJ but we talk often. He usually starts off the phone conversation with “Did you walk today.” Most days my response was “Sure”… even if I didn’t. I figured what’s a little white lie? I have a year before even starting this grand adventure, right?
Then my love of technology bit me in the ass! During a recent phone call, my Dad through me a curve ball and instead of the normal “Did you walk today?”, he asked me if I owned a Fitbit. I said I did and that I really liked it (to be perfectly honest since this post is titled “Confessions of a Slacker Daughter”, the truth was it had been sitting on my kitchen counter getting very little use).
My Dad proceeded to tell me that a friend at work recently showed him his Fitbit and did I know that we could set up goals so he and I could compete with one other. To his credit, my Dad has been working out faithfully since we made the decision to thru hike and did I mention he’s also VERY competitive. I knew it would be no time at all before he owned this great techno gadget.
My father retired recently and lo and behold what did my youngest brother’s family give him as a gift? You guessed it…the Fitbit! Don’t get me wrong, Fitbits are a great piece of technology and now I knew I would have an electronic trail of my daily activity with Dad as my monitor.
I’m not sure if it was guilt or my own competitive spirit but my lonely Fitbit HR found its way back onto my wrist and more importantly it actually has activity to log. As of this writing, my father, sister-in-law, husband and I are all actively tracking our daily fitness. East Coast versus West Coast baby!
So yes, technology bit this unlikely wanderer in the ass, but in a good way! Our miles are adding up, hikes are becoming easier and our goal of thru hiking the AT doesn’t seem like just a dream anymore. It’s slowly becoming a reality one technologically tracked step at a time!