After 200 miles of training on the AZT, I’ve decided that I will not be attempting a speed hike on the PCT this year. It’s a very hard decision as I am literally 100% physically and logistically ready and armed with all kinds of knowledge from my previous attempt in 2012. However, that experience is both a boon and a detriment, as I know how difficult and grueling and miserable a speed attempt is. Putting in consecutive big miles (40+) for 60ish days just isn’t fun or enjoyable and keeps one in a constant state of stress – I have a constant deadline of making the miles or else I fail… which are all things that shouldn’t be part of a long hike! With my motivation flagging, it wouldn’t be sensible to start my attempt as once in shape, a hike like this is really mostly mental. Although I am saddened at not being on the PCT, the FKT idea still smolders in the back of my mind, too bad this was the PERFECT year for it. Hopefully I’ll find my motivation again and reattempt in the future. Thanks for all those who gave me encouragement and well wishes. I give my best to the class of 2014 and the other FKT attemptees. For now I am going to enjoy my summer (and hike the CT!), as we mortals only have so many summers to enjoy.