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Note from ENO: As a co-sponsor, we will be following Trevor’s adventure on the Alabama Scenic River Trail over the next few months. This is the second chapter of his story.   The last time I went on a prolonged canoe trip with multiple portages was over 10 years ago. I consider myself to be in decent physical shape; I’m active outdoors on the weekends and I have great stamina. However, like many people these days, my work is sedentary and largely spent at a computer. Overtime, this takes a great toll on your body. I realized I needed to train to meet the challenges of this trip and avoid injuring myself or irritating the hardware in my back.   Physical Requirements When preparing for a long trip such as this it is important to perform an honest assessment of both your current level of physical fitness and the physical requirements of the trip. I started planning for this trip by assessing what canoeing 631 miles over two months would entail. All day paddling is about endurance and having a strong muscle platform. Paddling a canoe largely involves the upper body muscles and core muscles. On full paddle days I...
***NOTE FROM ENO:  This is part 1 of a 5-part series about how to stay active in the outdoors through flatland training – essentially, training for the mountains without actually being in the mountains.*** Training is an essential aspect of any sport. You can’t simply run a marathon without ever having trained for one in your life. Your body would not know how to react, and you would have had to develop the mental toughness to take on that long of a run. The same goes for any other sport like hiking, mountain biking, climbing, etc. You need to train “outside” your sport. However, if you live in a flat state such as Florida (like yours truly), but want to spend some time in the mountains, you’re going to be in for a fitness shock. So how can you build up the strength and endurance to do some physical activities in the mountains if your state doesn’t allow for you to train in the mountains? You make up your own training regimen to fit that style. Over the next 5 weeks, I’ll be posting a new idea each week on how to make the most of your training when you’re...

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