Before the West Coast Trail I maintained a pretty good training routine. I ended up getting in the best shape of my life which made the trail a lot less difficult than it would have been. I got out nearly every day and worked up to carrying over 50 lbs in my backpack. After the West Coast Trail I hoped I could maintain my routine and stay in shape for the Appalachian Trail. Unfortunately I live in Canada and it is a lot harder to get motivated to go for 2+ hour walks when it is cold and snowing. Needless to say I lost a lot of the endurance and strength I had built up, though I am making an effort to do more training before I start my thru-hike.
I typically use abandoned logging roads for training, since there are several close to my house. I've found that they simulate PUDS (pointless ups and downs) pretty well, since logging roads aren't designed to provide a view.
My favourite route follows a river and leads to a small meadow. At the meadow I go up a fairly steep hill and go off road. I work my way into the woods and connect with another set of roads, which takes me back to the beginning. I've posted some pictures because we all know the internet needs more mediocre nature shots.
|The water in this swamp is dark green in the summer|
|Approaching the meadow|
|The beginning of the hill I climb up|