On the Eowyn's Challenge page, it says "Walk, run, hike, bike, blade, swim - if you can measure the distance, you can do this challenge. Keep a log, and record your daily or weekly miles and the type of exercise. You can estimate your distance at 1 mile for every 20 minutes of brisk walking on a flat surface."
Because not all of us can use walking as our chosen physical activity, use the following chart to convert other activities to “miles”.
But remember: there are two kinds of journey, one is only for reaching the destination, which makes the life a matter of two points, birth and death; the other involves vision and mind in the scenery and events along the way, which results in a rich life.
"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” said Ernest Hemingway
If your activity isn’t under the “sample activities”, please refer to the link provided below the table or use your best judgment when converting your physical activity to miles.
Record only the time spent performing the activity. If you are using a pedometer, please do not “double dip”, meaning if you played racquetball continually for 1 hour and recorded 6 miles, you shouldn’t also record your pedometer reading during that time.
Level 1: Light Activity (less than 3.5 kcals used per minute) - Activities like: Gardening, bowling, snowmobiling, painting, car washing, fishing, window cleaning, golf (without cart), slow treading in pool, dusting, or vacuuming are equal to 20 minutes of Activity = 1 mile
Level 2: Moderate Activity (3-7 kcal used per minute) - Softball, weightlifting, shoveling snow, dancing, barn cleaning, racquetball, tennis, volleyball, skiing easy, handball, yoga, ice skating recreational, swimming recreational, competitive table tennis are equal to 20 minutes of Activity = 2 miles
Level 3: Vigorous Activity (7.5+ kcals used per minute) - Exercise classes: i.e. (spinning, step, kickboxing, body pump, circuit training.) basketball, soccer, cross country skiing, hard mogul skiing, martial arts, boxing sparring, chopping wood, swimming fast laps, competitive dancing are equal to 25 minutes of Activity = 3 miles
Biking 3:1 Ratio (Report 1 mile for every 3 biked)
Examples: 1. My basketball game lasted 1 hour, but total minutes I played throughout the game were 25; I would record 3 miles for my activity. 2. I went downhill skiing for 6 hours, but my actually time skiing, at moderate pace, not including riding on the lifts, was 2 hours; I would record 12 miles for my activity. 3. I went walking for 30 minutes and went 2 miles; I would record 2 miles for my activity.
On the Eowyn Challenge page, I am ladyofthewood, walking as an individual walker (white shield). I found this Spark Team after I had accumulated some miles there, signed up, and promptly went into hibernation somewhere along my trek. I am trying to get things (read: my motivation and consistency!) started again.
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They also have distances listed for other journeys within Middle Earth, so you don't neccesarily have to start with Hobbiton to Rivendell; in fact, if you so choose, you can even follow Bilbo from Bag End to Rivendell and then from Rivendell to Lonely Mountain.
The lovely people at the Eowyn Challenge have PAINSTAKINGLY figured out all the distances and made lovely charts outlining the distances the hobbits walked each day, as well as landmarks along the way.
Fans of the Eowyn Challenge have developed this FANTASTIC tool into which you can simply enter your total miles walked, and it will let you know where along the journey you are and how far you have left to go. They even supply a little quote from the book! www.barrowdowns.com/walktorivendell. ph p
Here's an example: You have walked 50 miles. You have passed Woody End. It is 2 miles to the next landmark. You have 408 miles to reach Rivendell.
The day's march promised to be warm and tiring work. After some miles, however, the road ceased to roll up and down: it climbed to the top of a steep bank in a weary zig-zagging sort of way, and then prepared to go down for the last time. In front of them they saw the lower lands dotted with small clumps of trees that melted away in the distance to a brown woodland haze. They were looking across the Woody End towards the Brandywine River. The road wound away before them like a piece of string.
In the relevant forum, EVERYONE is encouraged to post their mileage, progress, stories, and anecdotes pertaining to their journey.
"The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say." - Bilbo Baggins, as he leaves the Shire, The Fellowship of the Ring
Edited by: TINAMEADPRESLEY at: 8/21/2010 (12:18)
The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.
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