For a brief, proud period I was slender and fit. I gained a profound respect for wilderness and nature and the benign dark power of woods.He's speaking about his journey along the Appalachian Trail. It's his definition of "fit" that stands out to me. Throughout the book, he's made a point of letting us know that he's of average fitness. From his description, I would guess he is more couch potato than gym rat. He talks often of his tendency to eat Snickers during his time on the trail. Not a person I would characterize as fit. But I probably have a very narrow definition for whom I would consider to be fit.
The question is: What makes a person fit?
Bill Bryson seems to define it as being able to carry a loaded pack over 10-15 miles over a period of 8 hours or so a day.
A cyclist might define being fit as being able to ride at a certain pace for a number of miles.
A runner might say a BQ (Boston Qualifying time for a marathon = extremely fast) or maybe the ability to run a certain pace per mile or distance.
A weightlifter might say it's the ability to lift an astounding number of pounds.
But put the runner on the bike or the weightlifter in running shoes... and we might have a problem with their fitness.
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