Originally Posted by DemostiX
3.5MPH is a speedy clip. Is that usual? If so, it might be associated with a higher heart rate than can be sustained, and so less total mileage in a day than you want to hike.
I finished 22 miles @ 18.3MPH on a bike this afternoon, a personal best speed --with virtually no climbing whatever. I know that century rides will be easier than they have been for the training done at speed (for me). But, that's only if I learn to slow down and ride at a lower heart rate. Too much time in the red zone leads to fatigue for me.
Heart Rate Monitors (HRMs) are useful, if somewhat embarassing.
No, 3.5 mph is not normal for me; I usually average 2.5 mph. However, I was determined to avoid hiking at night, and SilentOrpheus had cold adult beverages waiting at Batona Camp. That was plentiful motivation.
I monitor my heart rate manually - hiking on flat ground like the Pine Barrens is not even worth monitoring. However, when I'm hiking elevation like on the AT, I closely monitor heart rate so I don't explode my heart.
On the hike back, a mere ten miles, I reverted to my previous ways and averaged 2.5 mph. I needed a lot more calories on day two, so I took two or three calorie-ingestion breaks where I took off the pack and relaxed.