I remember when I thru-hiked the AT I would avoid watching documentaries about the trail ahead or look at pictures of sections I have not walked yet. I did not want to spoil the experience. I wanted to encounter those places on my own terms and not first through someone else's lens. It fell under the purist mantra I suppose. (come to think of it...I didn't know what Katahdin looked like until I got to Maine and saw it with my own eyes.)
New trail. New experience. New mindset.
I came across this video and was instantly convinced to watch all of it. The Irish accent pulls you in right away. It's an excellent preview of not only the California PCT I'm going to do this summer, but also of thru-hiking in general.
I also figured out that I will need to do consistent 19mile days to complete California in the time I have. I was planning on doing high 20's and 30mile days. I still intend on doing that many miles per day, this just means I'll have plenty of zero mile days.