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What is Wandeln?

    Hi! I'm Alyssa Godesky.  I'm a professional triathlete, and I have been in the endurance sports world since 2005, when I ran my first 50 mile race (the JFK 50 mile). Since then, I have run over 45 ultramarathons, including three 100 mile races. I have also raced 30 Ironman events, sometimes on back-to-back weekends. More about me can be found on my personal website, here

    Now, about wandeln....

    wandeln:

    • to wander, to stroll
    • to walk
    • (transitive) to transform, change
    • (reflexive) to change, transform

    Wandeln is a creation of mine that, while coined this year, started some time ago in practice. Since I started endurance sports, some of my most favorite moments have been not in races, but in a day or weekend adventure – from multi-day biking on the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the California Coast, running Rim2Rim2Rim in the Grand Canyon, a training weekend in Deep Creek Lake, triathlon camps in Tucson. These are all things that have not necessarily been the fastest, but have been a journey from one point to another where I came out a little bit different than when I started.

    When I started planning an attempt to run the Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Long Trail, I wanted to create a name for not just this adventure, but also the other adventures that are in my future.

    While I am not sure what they will all be, I know that they will challenge me, and change me. Not quickly, but slowly.

    One mile at a time.

    That's Wandeln.

    Vermont's Long Trail

    "Built by the Green Mountain Club between 1910 and 1930, the Long Trail is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the United States. The Long Trail follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts-Vermont line to the Canadian border as it crosses Vermont’s highest peaks. It was the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail, which coincides with the Long Trail for 100 miles in the southern third of the state." (GMC Website)

    Fastest Known Times (FKTs) have emerged as a growing sport among endurance athletes who are vying to have the fastest time traveled over a particular route. These can be distinguished as supported, self-supported or unsupported. My attempt to run the FKT on the Long Trail will be supported.