The Grizzly Bear From Maine weighs in with advice and a warning
One of the most recognizable figures I met on the trail, Grizz gave me some really helpful advice in those early miles. He bore an uncanny resemblance to Santa Claus, pulling out the great man's hat on several occasions to keep us amused. He is full of knowledge about the trail and will happily respond if you'd like to email him. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is a great resource.
I was entirely unable to figure out how to attach his spreadsheet (mentioned in the podcast), so drop him an email and I'm sure he'll be happy to send it to you.