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new cyber walk..Trans Canada Trail
jannw
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Date: 10/13/09 10:53 AM

Rhonda in Montreal has found us a wonderful new trail to walk. This is a beautiful trail system across Canada from coast to coast. You may have walked parts of it physically and now we can walk the entire trail online. The great advantage of this site is that everyone can register and have their trip tracked individually. You can walk at your own speed and not feel you are being left behind. Unlike the trails from my insurance company, there does not seem to be a time limit.

Trans Canada Trail
If you are in the United States, where it asks for a postal code, use your zip code. That did work for me and beyond the welcome message, I have received no spam type of messages.

Why a walking program on a sewing website? 10,000 steps a day is recommended for health reasons. Since many work in offices seated all day and then come home to sew and do a little housework, our bodies are not getting the exercise needed. Walking programs have been known to reduce blood pressure, chlorestrol counts, and improve sleep patterns. It will also firm up muscles and help with weight loss programs, hopefully reducing the amount of pattern alterations needed. I have also found that if I am stuck on something, a 20-30 minute walk clears the mind and helps find solutions to problems

The only items you will need are a step counter or pedometer and decent pair of shoes. The pedometers are available in most stores that have a sporting goods department and run between $4.99 to $75.00.

Grab your step counter and join in..I'm thinking of an official start time of this Friday, in time for the weekend. Sign up on the site and post back here and tell us a little about yourself if you wish, and where you are planning on walking and if you encounter any problems. Instead of a SewAlong this is a WalkAlong!
jan

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2009-113.25 yds
2010-115.5
2011-80.25+30+donated
2012 86.3 yds..
2013 21.0
Everyone who sews seriously has a stockpile of fabrics, because it is natural to purchase more than can be sewn in any one season" Singer, Timesaving Sewing, 1987

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Date: 10/13/09 3:51 PM

Renren signing in. I jumped the gun and signed up and began walking the trail last night. Looks like we are moving from west to east. It starts in Victoria on Vancouver Island in the western part of Canada. I was actually in Victoria once. Rode a ferry over from Port Angeles, WA and crossed the Straits of Juan de Fuca. I found Victoria to be a beautiful city that looked very European and very Victorian and also very clean.

Looks like a great walk. The path is outlined in green. This is going to be a wonderful, wonderful trip, and I encourage everyone to join in. You can enter your distance in steps or kilometers.


ETA: Corrected some wrong info about the site I had posted.
-- Edited on 10/13/09 10:49 PM --
-- Edited on 10/13/09 10:54 PM --

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ren

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Date: 10/13/09 6:34 PM

What about a stationary bike? or treadmill? Our canadian winters can often shut us indoors for days at a time from bitter cold and icy winds. I try to walk my dogs every night but come winter there are often several days if not weeks at a time when they can't be out for more than 5 minutes without high risks of frost bite.

I would like to hear other peoples methods for being active during the extreme cold. Swimming, stationary bikes, treadmills. All examples of getting in motion without freezing in -30 C weather. Of course skiing/snowboarding/snow blading are great plans too when weather permits. :)

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2006- 278.80m
2007- 478.35m
2008 - 665.09m
2009 - 751.91m
2010- 1500m+ sewn 51m
2011-?? sewn 53m
2012- 35.1m
I own three kilometres. Well on the way to a fourth.
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Date: 10/14/09 0:10 AM

Here are some step coversions from my insurance company's website...
aerobics-intense 195 step per minute
step training 145
x country skiing=leisurly 155
moderate 220
elliptical jogger-fast 270
med 200
housework- 90
rowing machine 180
snow shoveling 190
stair climber machine 160
swimming 25yd/pm 120
50yd/pm 225
There are also steps listing for raquetball, basketball, hiking, canoeing, badminton..if you do any of those..just count your minutes and multiply by the steps per minute..

-30C it would be very hard to do anything outside..I don't even want to get into a car to go to a gym!!!
Hope this list helps somewhat..
jan

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2009-113.25 yds
2010-115.5
2011-80.25+30+donated
2012 86.3 yds..
2013 21.0
Everyone who sews seriously has a stockpile of fabrics, because it is natural to purchase more than can be sewn in any one season" Singer, Timesaving Sewing, 1987

Rhonda in Montreal
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Date: 10/14/09 5:34 PM

With JANN's help, there are no good excuses, eh!! Come on all you PR Canuks and Quebecoises!! Let's give a good showing!!
Rhonda

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Date: 10/15/09 10:47 AM

I noticed. :P Which is a good thing.

I've got lazy down to a science. Our stationary bike is in our TV room. The TV is an HD 42" thats got a PS3 and gamecube connected to it.... both have wireless connections... you can see where this is going. Using the bike and playing video games. I need to get a Wii; can't use that and ride a stationary I'd take an arm off.

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2005- 38.10m
2006- 278.80m
2007- 478.35m
2008 - 665.09m
2009 - 751.91m
2010- 1500m+ sewn 51m
2011-?? sewn 53m
2012- 35.1m
I own three kilometres. Well on the way to a fourth.
http://reveriesmusings.blogspot.com/

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Date: 10/16/09 2:07 PM

At almost 40,000 steps, I've got a green line from Victoria to the trail..about a 1/2" on the map...this walk is going to take some time!!..Will wait until I get to Prince Edward Island to dig out my Anne of Green Gables books..It will be a while.

How are you all doing? Any problems with the trail or the website?
jan

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2009-113.25 yds
2010-115.5
2011-80.25+30+donated
2012 86.3 yds..
2013 21.0
Everyone who sews seriously has a stockpile of fabrics, because it is natural to purchase more than can be sewn in any one season" Singer, Timesaving Sewing, 1987

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Date: 10/16/09 3:13 PM

I love this trail! I've been googling images of Victoria, Vancouver Island and also of Sooke where we are headed. Beautiful. Wouldn't it be great if we were actually hiking the trail? Wouldn't it be great if one day we actually were able to hike part of this trail?

I think the website is wonderful, but I am going to suggest they make clickable links at various places along the trail so you can "see" where you are. I found some nice, sleek seals up ahead at the beach at Sooke. I hope we see a large moose.

The weather here in TX moderated somewhat this a.m. and so it was quite pleasant to walk.

Where are all our friends, the Canucks and Quebecoisies (I think that's how Rhonda referred to them)? This trail is a natural national treasure!

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ren

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Date: 10/16/09 5:26 PM

It is a wonderful trail isn't it...I was reading about how they incorperated existing trails so they could make it across the country. Washington has done something like that with the bike trail here. Took an old railway line(our backyard ended at it when I was a kid) and made the Burke-Gilman Trail and gradually added to it..I believe now you can start by Mt Rainier and go almost to Canada..I know that is the plan, I don't know if they have made it that far yet..The trail I sometimes walk by the river is part of that system. But that is just a couple of counties in one state..to link the whole country is fabulous..I wonder if there is a European equivilent? Lots of walkers there...

Looks like just you and me...No Claire and Rhonda may be taking a vacation..No Canadians enjoying their national treasure, unless anonomyously(sp??)...should have had you write the message...

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2009-113.25 yds
2010-115.5
2011-80.25+30+donated
2012 86.3 yds..
2013 21.0
Everyone who sews seriously has a stockpile of fabrics, because it is natural to purchase more than can be sewn in any one season" Singer, Timesaving Sewing, 1987

Reverie

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Date: 10/16/09 6:35 PM

Eh, why the heck not. :P I walk 30 min at least 3 times a week weather permitting. I'm more in need of heavier excersizes like swimming, biking, jogging and the like. Cardio type stuff.

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2005- 38.10m
2006- 278.80m
2007- 478.35m
2008 - 665.09m
2009 - 751.91m
2010- 1500m+ sewn 51m
2011-?? sewn 53m
2012- 35.1m
I own three kilometres. Well on the way to a fourth.
http://reveriesmusings.blogspot.com/

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