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I am training for my trip now. I am on the treadmill at incline doing 3 miles with my pack at about 30 pounds 3 days a week. then I do spin class 3 days a week. I spend another 30 minutes a day on core exercises. I am 63 and will be doing otm counterclockwise coming up Juniper in Jan.
Something to consider which I overlooked before is that your hips and knees need to get use to walking on an uneven surface. Training on a treadmill or even the hike and bike trail is completely different than walking on the rock strewn trails of BB. The fist size rocks which make up most of the trails induce a dynamic stabilization requirement of your joints which is not experienced when walking on treadmills. Best thing I found is to find mountain bike trails like the green belt in Austin or the mountain bike trail at Canyon Lake. Hiking poles also made a huge difference me.
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