If a journey begins with a single step, Jim Harbaugh’s Fitbit is about to explode.
The Michigan coach’s satellite camp tour debuts Wednesday and fatigue is about to set in.
Beginning Wednesday morning, the Michigan football coaching staff will fire a figurative starting gun in two parts of the world and begin a 30-day sprint unlike anything previously seen in college football or even a presidential campaign.
Harbaugh and much of his staff are expected to kick off the month-long satellite camp tour with a morning event at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard High School, while a few others will be taking the (far) western swing, starting in American Samoa and heading to Australia in the first three days.
If that seems wild, the following 29 days could exhaust you just thinking about them.
Last year the coaching and support staff hit 10 camps in seven states in a little more than a week, traveling together on private planes.
This year’s 38-camp, 21-state, two-country version makes unity impossible.
The mainland United States camps, if taken in order — probably not physically possible — would total around 20,000 miles. Add the few staff members taking the 20,000-mile trip to American Samoa this week and Australia in early June, and then another nearly 12,000 for the end of the month (Hawaii-American Samoa-Ann Arbor), and the total number of miles in the month could cruise past 50,000.
Which was part of Harbaugh’s grand design, maximizing the month’s available hours, splitting his staff into multiple locations and multiple camps.
But they can’t complain.
Because he’ll be pushing himself even more than they will.
What could that mean for Harbaugh? More than 30 camps himself?
Take just one slice — June 8-12 — to realize Harbaugh’s individual itinerary.
On June 8 he’ll go from a morning camp in Pearl, Miss., to an evening camp at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic. June 9 starts in Warren, Ohio, then to Newark, N.J., to be Paramus’ graduation speaker.
June 10 is back in Detroit at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp for a speech and coaching, July 11 at the youth and one-day camps in Ann Arbor, then June 12, he is pledged to the Baylor camp in Waco, Texas.
And that’s in the middle of the month.
But that’s what every one of these coaches expects of him.