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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Treppenwitz 10K Challenge

No, not ten kilometers.  And to be truthful, not really that challenging (unless you are as out of shape as I am).

What we're talking about here is a challenge to try to walk at least 10,000 steps per day for just over a month.  To participate in the challenge you will need to get yourself a pedometer (they're pretty cheap and can be found at most stores that sell sporting goods), and sign up for a membership (free) on the walking tracker website (http://walkertracker.com).

Once you've taken care of those two things, you're good to go. 

The actual competition page is here.  The way it works is that once you've signed up for walker tracker, you accept the challenge and then beggin logging your steps every day.

I've added a wrinkle in the rules:

Since I can't carry a pedometer on Shabbat, I give myself a nice round 5000 steps (a rough estimate of how many steps I walk on a typical Saturday).  Therefore, anyone in the challenge who wants to take a day off each week from tracking their steps (for whatever reason) can assign themselves 5000 steps on that day.

I had actually tried to set up this challenge a while back, but I must have been distracted at the time (or just used to reading Hebrew from right to left) because I reversed the starting and ending dates, with the competition ending before the starting date.  Needless to say, some of the would-be competitors had a field day speculating about time travel and beaming up to the Enterprise and such.  Funny bunch.  

Whatever.  :-) 

Anyway, the Treppenwitz 10K Challenge officially kicks off this Sunday, 24 May and ends on June 26th.  There's no prize for winners (okay, maybe there is a secret prize... but you'll have to wait until the end of the competition to find out what it is), and no shame in being dead last.  I'll probably be right there at the bottom of the list with you.  The important thing is to take those first steps... and then keep on going.

I'll be posting encouragement throughout the competition, and I'll mention the top few walkers at the end of each week.

Oh, and this thing is based on the honor system, so you can post whatever number of steps you want and nobody will be the wiser.  But what's the fun in cheating? 

A bunch of people have already signed up and space is limited to 150 participants (for now), so what are you waiting for?  Go get your pedometer (or change the battery if you already have one gathering dust in a drawer somewhere) and sign up!

[Note to the cell phone industry: Steal This Idea! -  How hard would it be to put a pedometer in the cell phones you design?  A cell phone is something that most people carry all day long anyway... so wouldn't a pedometer be a neat (and inexpensive) feature that might help the general population slim down.  Don't thank me... I'm a giver. ]

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You got me...now that we have a car, I need this...I just did a one hour walk on Sunday night...this will help me keep that up...

Posted by: Safranit | May 19, 2009 10:39:53 AM

Since walking on flat ground is part of what I am supposed to do as part of my "recovery" recommendations, I suppose this is as good a start as any. I'll check those links and try and get my first podometer this afternoon.

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | May 19, 2009 10:50:39 AM

Apparently a few cell phones have pedometers and you can add a pedometer app to an Iphone.

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | May 19, 2009 11:42:02 AM

if i can find a pedometer i am in (dont forget about shavuot, an extra day off....)

Posted by: Hadassah | May 19, 2009 1:12:03 PM

I won't take you up for the challenge this time Trep, >>but<< there's always a next time :-)... I've been doing some reading on pedometers, its amazing how they work.

Posted by: Rami | May 19, 2009 1:46:42 PM

Thank you! This is just what I need! I am planning to go mountain climbing this summer, and need to get out and in walking shape before! (Just have to get a pedometer.)
If I take a LONG walk on shabbas, and am pretty sure I went over 5000, can I mark that?

Posted by: rickismom | May 19, 2009 3:17:31 PM

There are certain phones (I think mainly Nokias) that have pedometers - either their smartphones and/or their active/sporty line.

Posted by: tnspr569 | May 19, 2009 4:25:02 PM

But what's the fun in cheating?

I keep asking Manny Ramirez and the rest of baseball that very question.

Posted by: Jack | May 19, 2009 7:15:58 PM

Do we get extra points for running a few miles? ;)

Never had a pedometer, though, so I'll probably be too lazy/cheap to get one. Enjoy, and good luck!

Posted by: matlabfreak | May 19, 2009 7:47:45 PM

I keep my mobile phone in my handbag, so I doubt it would accumulate many steps there. But I'm up for the challenge. I desperately need to walk more.

Posted by: Noa | May 19, 2009 9:43:47 PM

Now I'm going to check the G1 community to see if a pedometer "app" has been distributed to G1 phones. Unlike I-phones, G1s have (at least) the advantage of open-source code, enabling interested users to write and distribute code for almost any imaginable "app."

(my phone has an OPERATIONAL tricorder, for example!)

Posted by: Wry Mouth | May 20, 2009 7:27:31 AM

Ok, I'll keep Hadassa in check and will join too :)

Posted by: Emet Elisheva | May 20, 2009 2:05:37 PM

Okay. I survived the signup without getting too crabby... though when they asked me which Sportline pedometer I have, and expected me to read that little, teeny model number in raised same-color plastic (thereby reminding me that I am getting old, thank you very much), I was annoyed enough that I almost bagged the whole project. But the lure of a possible secret prize (and maybe a few pounds off the scale at the end of the month) caused me to persevere.

No pain, no gain, right?

Posted by: rutimizrachi | May 20, 2009 4:13:50 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong here... but a pedometer needs to be carried at the belt or wrist, anywhere where it can measure movements, right?

Carrying your cellphone in a belt-pocket is... how can I put it nicely... sooooo 1995 (and for the records, the Israeli fashion of cellphone neckstraps never took off where I live. We here keep our cellphones in bags or jacket pockets).

So, that's probably why the industry never "thought" of building a pedometer into a cellphone... on the other hand, a pedometer iPhone app suddenly doesn't sound so surreal anymore (the tech side ignored here for a moment).

Posted by: a. | May 20, 2009 5:34:26 PM

OK, I am in.... at least I want to be.

I cannot figure out how to sign up!!

I am feeling particularly technologically challenged

Can you help walk me through it?

I joined Walker Tracker (I think) -- I still have to pick up the pedometer, so I did not enter any actual numbers.

I cannot figure out how to join the competition....

How do I join??

Also, where do I log in with my daily steps, on the walker tracker page or on the competitions page or both?

Please help. :-)

Posted by: Rivka with a capital A | May 20, 2009 8:24:25 PM

ok, after staring at the page for ten minutes, I finally found the "join" button.

please don't laugh too loud

(my ego is feeling particularly fragile...)

Posted by: Rivka with a capital A | May 20, 2009 8:29:29 PM

RivkA: you're not the only one! I was too busy checking out the names on the list. LOL!

Posted by: Rifki | May 21, 2009 8:40:59 AM

I would participate in the competition, if not for the fact that my appearance (and reputation) would suffer greatly, were I to be seen with a pedometer on my belt. Carrying any devices on one's belt is pretty bad, except if said device is a Blackberry, in which case it's basically acceptable. But a pedometer? Sorry, nothing doing.

Some of us have to maintain good appearances, what with dating in the picture and all. Who wants to be known as 'the guy who has a pedometer on his belt every day?' Not me.

Posted by: tnspr569 | May 22, 2009 3:55:53 PM

Ok I signed up... now to find a pedometer before tomorrow!

Posted by: Chantyshira | May 23, 2009 10:31:21 PM

I'm considering hopping on the bandwagon. G-d knows I too need to walk and lose some pounds!

My biggest complaint about pedometers is that every movement you make gets counted. I'm a teacher, imagine every time I turn to write on the board, sit down, stand up, etc; it will count. Also, does the treadmill at the gym count? It should I'm guessing.

Hmmm, this starts TODAY! Short notice.

Posted by: Tamara | May 24, 2009 6:41:33 PM

I just didn't want to sign up and end up last. :P

Posted by: Ezzie | May 26, 2009 4:44:13 PM

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