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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Monday, August 30, 2010

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

From Twitter 08-28-2010

  • 03:03:42: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-27-2010: 03:04:56: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-26-2010: 03:02:36: Ne...
  • 07:29:01: Wt: 171.6, RHR: 49, BF: 16.4% #myhealthstats #fb
  • 08:25:24: I'm at Yuba City Bike Path (Hooper Rd., Yuba City).
  • 08:25:24: I just became the mayor of Yuba City Bike Path on @foursquare!
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  • 11:48:39: Man what is UP with the Garmin today? First Garmin Connect has issues, now Dailymile.
  • 11:49:37: Perhaps the Garmin is up Chrome's butt.
  • 11:57:19: Ran 6 miles in 52 mins. What? You say the heat, it's... it's gone? Replaced by wind? I can handle some wind! Esp...
  • 11:59:00: I'm scheduled for 11 miles tomorrow, but I'm tempted to run 12 to make it an even 30 for the week. #fb
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  • 18:40:58: Oh you've gone and done it now, Patrick Swayze's crying. Now you're gonna pay.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Mt. Shasta, 8-21-10 to 8-22-10

I've been a member of the Sacramento Hiking Meetup Group for quite a few years now. In fact, if it hadn't been for the group, I wouldn't have gotten the hiking experience I have now. It was with the group that I finished the Tahoe Rim Trail in 2007 and 2008, and learned about how rich in backcountry locations our area of Northern California is.

Since training for races and building up to the marathon the past few years, I haven't been hiking near as often. In fact, last year, I didn't do any hikes with the group at all. Imagine my surprise when I got an email from Meetup stating that not only was Mike Brinkley, a longtime member of the group, had become organizer, but that he was organizing a Mt. Shasta climb! I signed up for it that day and emailed Mike, telling him I felt the group couldn't be in better hands.

Mike takes great care in making sure the people in the back of the group make it home safely, whether he's an organizer or not, and in my early days in the group, that was me all the way. Sure, I'd lost weight, and was in the process of getting into shape, but I certainly had a long way to go. This meant spending a lot of time in the back, and also meant, spending a good amount of time hiking with Mike.

That was then, however, and this is now. As luck would have it, I'm in better shape now, and there was a Shasta climb to prepare for. In getting ready for Shasta, I repeated one of the TRT hikes, and climbed to a few peaks with the group ahead of time for conditioning purposes.

Day 1: Helen Lake
The first order of business was obtaining the gear. While I've done quite a bit of hiking, I've rarely encountered winter conditions. My boots can't take crampons and really aren't designed for that sort of terrain. Most of the others in our group were in the same boat, so we stopped at Fifth Season in Shasta City to pick up boots, crampons, ice axes, and helmets. From there, we went to eat breakfast at the Black Bear.

Brian, Ingrid, Holley, and Rini at the Black Bear Diner

The Black Bear is known for its ample portion sizes. Thanks to California law, they're required to provide nutritional information about their food; that doesn't mean they have to like it. In the nutritional guide, it talks about their reputation, and how some people feel their portions are too large and should therefore bring home leftovers. Right next to the normal statement, "Based on a 2000 calorie per day diet" is the listing for their dinners, each of which weigh at more than 2000 calories apiece.

I opted for the 7-grain pancakes, lots of good carbs in preparation for the weekend ahead.

It really was work trying to get down just the pancakes alone. I also managed a piece of bacon and the egg, but didn't touch the sausage.

After breakfast, we drove the 20 miles or so to the trailhead, got our permits, geared up, and started off. To start, the trail wasn't all that bad, mostly flat, certainly nothing strenuous.

I'm sure this was by design, for the first 1.7 miles were to a cabin that's owned and maintained by the Sierra Club, at a location known as Horse Camp. Camping in the cabin is against the rules, but it can be used in winter months as a shelter against the elements. A resident caretaker has a tent nearby and is there to maintain it, as well as act as an informational guide to visitors. A $2 fee is requested if the facilities are used, including a natural spring for refilling water, and a non-chemical, natural bathroom.

If I had any complaints about the cabin, it's that it was too close to the trailhead. It did, however, give us a chance to take care of any developing blisters that could be a problem (I had none) and get some guaranteed-fresh water for the trip up the mountain.

Directly behind the cabin is a 1-mile stretch of stones known as Olberman's Causeway. The first caretaker of the cabin decided that it would be better to have a walkway to protect the surrounding natural environment, so he built it out of large stones. There are now signs that tell visitors to stay on the causeway, rather than walk on the ground itself.

There was a small incline, but not too bad; however, at the end of the causeway, we were reminded of where we are, and why: it was time to climb.

That image is actually looking back in the direction we came from, about 3/4 of a mile from the edge of the causeway. The higher we got, the steeper the trail got, and the less the trail builders felt like building switchbacks. It was almost as if they decided that hey, if they were working that hard building the trail, the people hiking the trail should work just as hard getting to the same place.

The temperature was dropping rapidly as well. I also made the mistake of hiking with the same shirt I'd worn up to the mountain, a cotton, Avenue of the Giants Marathon shirt that was comfortable, but nonetheless not intended for doing strenuous exercise in. My sweat-covered back did nothing but get cold in the drenched shirt, so I finally had to change into a long sleeve compression. This was more like it, so it was time to get into gear and continue the climb.

At the top of the crest, it appeared we had made it to Helen Lake, our Day 1 destination. There were a few tents, and a large group of people gathered. Come to find out, this wasn't our destination, which would turn out to be another few thousand feet up. I took the opportunity to put on some gloves and a jacket.

Between that crest and the ascent to Helen Lake was a talus field. With the sun now completely down and darkness rapidly ascending, I put on my headlamp, but wasn't able to find a trail. I knew where we were headed, and Ingrid wasn't far ahead, so I basically followed her to the top.

We finally reached Helen Lake at 9pm. I set up my camp as quickly as I could, ate dinner, and got to bed in order to rest up for the coming day.

Day 2: To Infinity And Beyond!
Before we all gathered for breakfast the day before, Mike made mention that we would be leaving at first light. At 2:30 in the morning, I heard some people leaving for the summit, but my head was pounding, so I went back to bed. At 6, I heard Ingrid asking if anyone was getting up, but it sounded to me as if she was asking for Jello. Again, I went back to sleep.

At 7, I stumbled out of my sleeping bag to find a place to go to the bathroom.

The fog rolling across camp was beautiful! I do wish I could have seen the camp in the daylight the night before, but that's alright. I took a few minutes to look around before using the facilities.

Once I'd done that, I went off to find my fortune, which provided me the opportunity to use a Wag Bag. If you haven't heard of it, it's a method of going poop without leaving the poop behind. That's right, you pack it out. The version I was carrying came from Mt. Whitney, and the idea is you poop into a bag filled with scented kitty litter, tie it off, then put it into a second, thicker ziplock bag to hold in the freshness. You then carry it with you and leave it in a recepticle at the trailhead.

So off I went. Every time I bent over, my head would start to pound, and I was starting to worry that at approximately 10,000 feet, I'd have to give up due to elevation sickness. I told Mike about it, but went on with the thought that if things got too bad, I'd just head back. I packed my daypack with the layers I expected to use, as well as some food.

As we were getting ready, a ranger gave us a quick tutorial on glissading and self arrest. We put on the crampons, mounted our helmets, and with ice axe in hand, I was ready to start the ascent, getting started almost right at 9am.

This was completely different than the day before. The clouds would roll in and out, going back and forth between warm, direct sunlight, causing us to remove layers, and cold fogginess, causing us to put them back on. This made the already slow going even slower.

Even though it was annoying having to remove our layers and put them back on repeatedly, there was no denying the beauty of our surroundings. It even made climbing a little less annoying.

With all the climbing, a few people had leg cramps. Here, Robyn (who met us at camp) was sitting down, tending to blisters, and resting from her cramps.

To show how slow going it was, here's a quick video I took with my iPhone.

As we reached the bottom of the Red Bank, we hit the steepest portion of the snow. It was almost twice as steep as it was before, to the point where the only way to climb was to pick my axe in, pull myself up, rinse and repeat. We did this for about a half hour, when I looked at my watch and saw that it was 2pm.

I quickly calculated that we probably wouldn't make it home at a decent hour unless we turned around. I told Mike what time it was, and he immediately knew what I was getting at. We started discussing the situation. A few people wanted to summit anyway, so they went ahead. Mike, Brian, myself, Ingrid, and Rini all felt we should turn around. We decided to at least climb to the top of Red Bank, rest a moment, then turn around.

Once at the top, it was only a few minutes before we saw the other members of our group heading back down from the top. One person was actually running down the last hill! There was just not enough time for the rest of us to summit and come back down. We turned around, positive in that we didn't turn around due to not physically being able to summit, we turned around because of time.

The last steep portion was quite daunting to go down. We sat for a very long time just staring at it, wondering if we should even attempt it. Earlier, another group was heading down as we were coming up, but they weren't glissading as we were considering; they were climbing down with crampons and a rope.

The steep portion wasn't really all that long. You can see in the picture that the chute going down the mountain actually turned through some rocks. The rocks weren't so much the concern, the concern was slamming into them headfirst!

We looked for a while longer when the guy who had run down the hill at the top decided to go for it and just slid right down. Brian went next, followed by Ingrid, so I decided to follow. I was pretty scared, so I kept using the axe to stop myself as I went down. When I passed Brian and Ingrid, they weren't glissading, but climbing down backwards using their axes and crampons as they went. I decided to keep trying however slowly and glissade past the most steep portion.

Once at the bottom, some people we had talked to on the way up were at the bottom of the steeper portion, while two other members of their group were at the top. They were trying to get the attention of the other members, wanting them to hurry up so they could get to the bottom. As Mike started coming down the chute, Brian came down and joined me where I had stopped.

The two guys from the other group started heading up, and it was obvious they were in phenomenal shape. They were ascending the steep part of the chute 3 times faster than we had been earlier! Amazing.

Brian and I were waiting for Ingrid and Mike to come down the chute, but it wasn't happening. 20, 30, 40 minutes passed with nary a word, so I shouted up to Mike, asking what was going on. This is where luck and coincidence sort of conspired together.

Mike shouted down, saying Ingrid was in bad shape. She had a touch of hypothermia, her fingers were turning purple, and she couldn't stop shivering. As luck would have it, the two guys who had headed back up towards the rest of their team were volunteer first responders and could immediately tend to Ingrid! They worked on her for another hour or so to get her warm, and told Mike they would accompany her back down to Helen Lake.

Before Mike came down, a person came down the chute, saying, "Hi!" as she passed: it was Holley! She went by so fast she couldn't say anything else, and we saw her slide on down the mountain.

Mike came to us, told us Ingrid's situation, and satisfied that the first responders would be with her, we went down with Mike in the lead and Brian behind me.

This was an amusement ride like no other. While climbing up from Helen Lake took 6 to 8 hours, sliding down took less than an hour. There was little physical effort on my part, because gravity took over. The chute was already well defined from all the people sliding down prior, so all that was required now was to slow myself down if necessary, and enjoy the ride.

After about 20 minutes, I could see the camp. It still looked a long way away, and it really was. 20 minutes after that, I was at the bottom, had an icy rear end, cold fingers, but adrenaline flowing. Without a doubt, I didn't feel cold.

We went to our tents, and immediately I changed out of my cold, wet clothes and into the dry. As I started taking down camp, Ingrid and the first responders arrived. They told Mike that she needed to get into a sleeping bag for about a half hour, get warm liquids, and basically get her body warm.

Meanwhile, I kept tearing down my camp. It still took a long time, and by the time we were finished, it was 8pm and again, darkness was looming. By the time my pack was loaded, I had to wear my headlamp to see.

We came back down the way Ingrid and I had come up, a trail that led to the base of the talus. In the dark, we were able to follow the trail flags to a snow field. On the other side of the snow field was the trail that we had taken on the way up, which was different than the one we were on now.

At the edge of the snow field, we found the footprints of the people who had gone ahead of us, which led us to the trail. On the way down, we ran into Brian, Ingrid, and Rini, who had gone down ahead of us. Rini stayed with us, while Brian and Ingrid went ahead.

We took a break at the cabin and used the bathroom there once again. Once our Nalgene bottles were full at the spring, we went the rest of the way down to the trailhead. I got to my car at 10pm.

The drive back home was uneventful. I was exhausted and ended up sleeping at a rest stop for a few hours. Once home, I went to bed and slept until the afternoon.

Was it a great trip? Indeed, it was. Did I summit? Nope. Do I care? Not in the least bit. The mountain will be there, and there's already talk of organizing another trip earlier in the summer of 2011.

Visit my Flickr stream for the rest of the photos that didn't get put into the trip report, as well as view a Google Earth flyby of the climb. Enjoy!

From Twitter 08-26-2010

  • 03:02:36: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-25-2010: 03:02:56: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-24-2010: 03:03:50: Ne...
  • 06:07:55: Wt: 172.4, RHR: 47, BF: 15% #myhealthstats #fb
  • 06:32:21: I'm at Tower Mart (4217 Arboga Rd., McGowan Pkwy, Olivehurst).
  • 08:25:28: RT @alienmeatsack: #iPhone peeps who love their Netflix, the official Netflix app now works on the iPhone! Stream away homies! http://bi ...
  • 08:37:05: WTH??? Spartacus: Blood & Sand is no longer on streaming Netflix. Bastards, I only got halfway through.
  • 12:33:30: "I hate to do this to you, but..." No you don't. If you did, you'd come open the warehouse door yourself.
  • 14:38:44: Did a weights workout for 29 mins and felt good. So my boss, as he has a tendency to do, snuck into the workout room...
  • 14:41:52: Cooler today by 10 degrees. Ran 3.2mi in 32:08, 10:10/mi (10:20,9:59,10:12,9:50), 342 calories burned -
  • 14:52:35: Ran 3.17 miles in 32 mins and felt good. Cooler today by 10 degrees, but my legs were Body Pump-remnant-sore. As exp...
  • 18:28:21: I'm at Chevron ExtraMile (2700 Del Paso Rd., Sacramento).
  • 19:05:29: I'm at Rite Aid (5075 Olivehurst Ave, at 10th Ave, Olivehurst).

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

From Twitter 08-23-2010

  • 03:03:47: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-22-2010: 03:03:44: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-21-2010: 03:04:13: Ne...
  • 14:37:46: Wt: 170, BF: 16.2% #myhealthstats #fb
  • 16:28:51: Geez, MapMyRun is slow today
  • 16:48:22: Updated a workout named General Hike. 3,184 (kcal). 9.51 mi..
  • 17:29:08: Does GPX-file loading on @dailymile still work? I've tried with Firefox, IE, and Chrome with no success. The GPX button doesn't work.
  • 19:25:29: GAH... the iPhone 4 doesn't geotag if it's in airplane mode??? Why would it need cell service for GPS data? #fb
  • 19:25:56: Now I'll have to tag all my photos. Sucks to be me!
  • 19:59:41: OK, pics all geotagged, uploading now. *shakes head*
  • 20:02:03: I swear, the way my legs feel right now I won't be running for a week. I'm going to try to trudge through running tomorrow though.
  • 20:11:26: Another complaint, the iPhone doesn't auto-rotate images. That could be interpreted as a good thing, but tough for instant uploading.
  • 20:26:58: Now that's more like it... here's a satellite map with my photos overlaid. Click the dots to see the pics: #fb
  • 20:30:43: Google Earth rendering of this weekend's backpacking trip to Mt. Shasta. I didn't summit this time due to time restr...

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Monday, August 23, 2010

From Twitter 08-22-2010

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

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Friday, August 20, 2010

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

From Twitter 08-17-2010

  • 03:04:17: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-16-2010: 03:04:01: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-15-2010: 03:03:42: Ne...
  • 06:10:03: Wt: 173.8, RHR: 48, BF: 16.3% #myhealthstats #fb
  • 06:42:25: I'm at Tower Mart (4217 Arboga Rd., McGowan Pkwy, Olivehurst).
  • 12:18:32: Hey @bapper, it's easier here! Ran 3.2mi in 26:59, 8:21/mi (8:22,8:26,8:19,7:59), 362 calories burned -
  • 12:35:24: Did a weights workout for 29 mins and felt good. Warmup, 3 circuits
    Jumping Jacks
    Split Jacks
    Alternating Lun...
  • 12:43:59: Ran 3.18 miles in 26 mins and felt great. Amazing what a difference sea level on asphalt can make after running @ 47...
  • 17:50:40: I'm at Shell Gas (2401 Sunrise Blvd., Zinfandel Dr, Rancho Cordova).
  • 20:32:24: Alright, I'm going to throw this out there... any ideas where to park overnight safely in Williams, CA?
  • 22:10:50: RT @kucharo: Born on this day in 1983, @rodmur was once a member of Menudo and was married twice to Liz Taylor.
  • 22:11:24: WOOTOFF!

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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Monday, August 16, 2010

From Twitter 08-15-2010

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

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Friday, August 13, 2010

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Weight Workout & 3.2 Miles

Typical workout in the weight room today.

Warmup, 3 circuits, 30 secs each exercise
Jumping Jacks
Split Jacks
Alternating Lunges
Mountain Climbers

Elevated-Heels High-Bar Squat, 12x115lbs,10x135lbs,8x145lbs
Situps, 12x3
Wide-Grip Barbell Curl, 12x80lbs,10x90lbs,8x100lbs
Incline Dumbbell Triceps Extension, 12x10lbs,10x17lbs,8x30lbs

30:01, 174 calories burned

1 cup Geddy Lee
1 cup Alex Lifeson
1 cup Neil Peart
Blend well for 3+ hours, simmer on the road for another 3. Refrigerate while you sleep for just three hours, breaking up your sleep periodically by leg cramps. Serves 1.. fantastic run.

It also happened to be another great run today.

Last night I went and saw Rush in concert. Now you have to realize, after training for the last marathon primarily with Rush in my ear, it was a no brainer to see them. They even played Marathon, so I was pretty happy.

However... we live far north of Mt. View, so we didn't get home until 3am. I left for work at 6:30.

Yet at lunch, I felt great! My run reflected that.

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From Twitter 08-09-2010

  • 00:16:37: New post on my blog: CIM Long Run #1: 8 Miles: WHEW! That was fun, the first long run of this training cycle, and ...
  • 03:02:05: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-08-2010: 03:11:26: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-07-2010: 03:12:29: Ne...
  • 05:19:26: Wt: 175, RHR: 52, BF: 17.6% #myhealthstats #fb
  • 06:24:26: I just ousted Jimmy B. as the mayor of US 50 / 99 / CCF Interchange on @foursquare!
  • 08:16:22: Wonderful... one of the iPhones I set up on Friday magically lost both Google & work account settings. Poof, gone. Weird.
  • 08:18:32: RT @readergirl: 15mi done! w00t! farthest i have ever run. actually feel entitled to read @runnersworld today- lol
  • 10:33:05: Ran 8 miles in 1 hour and 14 mins and 4 secs and felt great. WHEW! That was fun, the first long run of this trainin...
  • 18:33:17: Rush! (@ Shoreline Amphitheatre w/ 15 others)
  • 20:52:55: I tried to eat well today, really... but we ran out of time & got "chicken tenders" and garlic fries @ Shoreline... $22 to get fat. #fb
  • 21:00:28: Intermission is o-vah! Hellooooo Moving Pictures! #fb
  • 21:03:41: False alarm. Heh.
  • 21:07:33: 1974AD... It's time. Maybe. #fb

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Monday, August 09, 2010

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CIM Long Run #1: 8 Miles

WHEW! That was fun, the first long run of this training cycle, and with it, the end of the first week.

It was tough getting out to run today, I had planned to run early this morning but I was just wiped, so I slept in. Planned to run at 7pm, but as things tend to work out, we didn't even get home until 8. After yesterday morning's run, I left my reflective vest on the table, which got moved sometime later unbeknownst to me. Guess what I couldn't find tonight? So I ran with my headlamp and rear red light, but no vest. At least I was flashing, right?

Ran a different route than I'd run before, out by Edgewater in an area I knew had a long, nicely lit, 1.5-mile stretch of road. It's one of those unfinished housing communities that still has the unfinished areas lit as if they were lived in.

Listened to The Mike O'Meara Show until it ended, then switched to Rush (the band, not Limbaugh). Can you tell by the splits when Rush started?

See the activity on RunSaturday
Type:Run - General
Distance:8.00 mi

Mile 1: 9:22
Mile 2: 9:14
Mile 3: 9:23
Mile 4: 9:24
Mile 5: 9:35
Mile 6: 9:21
Mile 7: 9:20
Mile 8: 8:25

8 miles, 1:14:08, 9:16/mi average, 872 calories burned

Sunday, August 08, 2010

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Saturday, August 07, 2010

From Twitter 08-06-2010

  • 03:13:58: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-05-2010: 03:15:04: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-04-2010: 03:15:49: Ne...
  • 05:38:10: Wt: 175, RHR: 47, BF 16.8% #myhealthstats #fb
  • 06:15:16: No Diet Dew! (@ 7 Eleven)
  • 06:24:29: Yes! I'll survive now. Diet Dewwwwww (@ Arco AM/PM)
  • 07:45:46: Thank you, user, for giving me your iPhone to configure. Do you think you could possibly give me the cable that came with it?
  • 09:31:22: Nice shootin', son. What's your name? #fb
  • 09:34:20: Awesome, now we have your mom's & brother's phone #'s! RT @jenn_if_er: Yeah! Just got my @RoadID!
  • 11:42:57: No, user, I haven't set up your iPhone. In fact, I was on the phone with AT&T when you called me to ask for an update.
  • 15:24:07: I just tried to send an email on an iPhone with the subject "test" but accidentally typed "teat". Whoops.
  • 15:24:35: RT @News10_CA: Highway 20 closed in both directions for possible fatal accident outside of Marysville. Big rig on fire.
  • 17:12:30: Next year I plan to run NotSoBadWater. It's 75 degrees and 5k distance.
  • 17:30:49: My abs hurt. Perhaps that's why they call today a "day off". #fb
  • 18:36:29: Real Prius license plate: "CO2 LOWR" *rolls eyes* #fb
  • 18:37:28: I'm at Chevron ExtraMile (2700 Del Paso Rd., Sacramento).
  • 19:39:12: I'm at Rite Aid (5075 Olivehurst Ave, at 10th Ave, Olivehurst).
  • 20:54:18: Watching "Rush in Rio"... my wife says that since I'm watching "my video" she's going to take a bath. We're seeing Rush live on Monday night
  • 20:54:28: I try. Really, I do.
  • 20:57:10: Gah! Lorene Yarnell died. :(
  • 20:58:23: Yes, that Yarnell:

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Friday, August 06, 2010

From Twitter 08-05-2010

  • 03:15:04: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-04-2010: 03:15:49: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-03-2010: 03:16:18: Ne...
  • 05:51:41: Wt: 173.4, RHR: 53, BF: 16.9% #myhealthstats #fb
  • 06:33:16: I'm at Arco AM/PM (886 Colusa Ave., Yuba City).
  • 07:14:59: Right behind me man... (@ I-80 & I-5 Interchange)
  • 12:07:37: Anyone have a clue how to easily transfer Blackberry contacts to a .csv?
  • 13:08:36: I found my answer btw, an open source java program that loads an .ipd and lets you save the contacts in whatever the hell format you want.
  • 13:08:56: WITHOUT installing Bloatlook
  • 17:21:45: What I thought was a horrible run wasn't at all! Ran 3.2mi in 29:33, 9:19/mi ave (9:22,8:47,9:41,9:48), 393 calories -
  • 17:31:14: Ran 3.17 miles in 29 mins and felt good. What I thought was a horrible run wasn't at all! I guess being pissed off a...

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

From Twitter 08-04-2010

  • 03:15:49: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-03-2010: 03:16:18: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-02-2010: 03:09:02: Ne...
  • 04:53:52: Wt: 172, RHR: 50, BF: 16.9% #myhealthstats #fb
  • 06:16:04: I'm at Pro Fitness (424 D Street, Marysville).
  • 06:39:16: I'm at Tower Mart (4217 Arboga Rd., McGowan Pkwy, Olivehurst).
  • 09:29:54: Did a fitness workout for 39 mins and felt good. 2 circuits @ 3 minutes per exercise, 1 circuit @ 5 minutes per. Cr...
  • 13:53:42: RT @bradc314: Once again, one judge knows better than millions of voters...
  • 14:59:11: Ran 5.4mi in 55:39, 10:15/mi ave, 612 calories burned -
  • 16:55:15: I'm at Fleet Feet Sports (2311 J St, btw 23 St & 24th St, Sacramento).
  • 20:16:59: Homeless guy threatening to jump off the E St. Bridge, cops everywhere, lane closed! #fb
  • 20:24:35: I'm at Walmart (1131 North Beale Rd., Marysville).
  • 20:32:30: Mullet Man and his wife, in a riding cart, are in the potato chip aisle.
  • 22:24:03: News article about the suicidal guy on the E St. Bridge earlier tonight: (again, Marysville, not Sacramento)
  • 22:24:22: One part of the article was horrible...
  • 22:24:40: "Authorities only shut down the northbound lane. Southbound motorists yelled at the man to jump, so the entire bridge was closed."
  • 22:48:02: Ran 5.42 miles in 55 mins and felt alright. Once again, the heat got the best of me. I need to work harder at runni...
  • 22:49:07: Did a fitness workout for 1 hour and 16 mins and felt good. Body Pump is always tough, but tonight was a doozy. My ...

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

From Twitter 08-03-2010

  • 03:16:18: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-02-2010: 03:09:02: New post on my blog: From Twitter 08-01-2010: 03:13:40: Ne...
  • 05:59:13: Wt: 171.6, RHR: 48, BF: 17.4% #myhealthstats #fb
  • 10:57:04: Conference call: each person can call into the meeting individually.
  • 10:57:28: My company's idea of a conference call: each person within our company who's on the call in the conference room with speakerphone.
  • 12:57:07: What's the charging time from plug-in to charge when the Garmin 305 says battery low?
  • 13:56:36: Oh, I got an email just before my run...
  • 13:56:49: My gym has asked if I would like to be their member of the month for August.
  • 15:08:44: Heat got the best of me in mile 3. Ran 3.2mi in 28:21, 8:55/mi ave (8:14,8:21,10:15,8:33), 347 calories burned -
  • 15:19:50: Completed a workout named Weight Training. 228 (kcal). 00:29:48
  • 15:31:30: I just got an email from my gym: "We would like to offer you to be our Member of the Month for August. We like to a...
  • 15:32:45: Did a weights workout for 29 mins and felt good. Warmup, 3 circuits of 5
    Jumping Jacks
    Split Jacks
  • 15:36:19: Ran 3.18 miles in 28 mins and felt good. Tried to push it, but the heat got the best of me in mile 3. Ran 3.2mi in 2...
  • 15:58:36: I believe I've found my October half marathon:
  • 17:59:24: I'm at Chevron ExtraMile (2700 Del Paso Rd., Sacramento).
  • 22:43:11: New post on my blog: Today's Workouts: Ttoday... wow, what a day.This morning when I got up, I was 4 pounds down. ...

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Today's Workouts

Ttoday... wow, what a day.

This morning when I got up, I was 4 pounds down. When I put on my pants and buckled my belt, I'd gone down a buttonhole! Then a few hours into work, I got an email from my gym.

We would like to offer you to be our Member of the Month for August. We like to acknowledge members with outstanding stories, and post the story on the wall for everybody to see. Would you be interested?

Of course I said yes! Seriously, I did not expect this. The gym has a wall of different peoples' pictures and accomplishments, they pick a different person each month. I guess I'm the one for August.

Warmup, 3 circuits of 5
Jumping Jacks
Split Jacks
Alternating Lunges
Mountain Climbers

Workout, pyramid weight
Elevated-Heels High-Bar Squat, 12@115lbs,10@135lbs,8@145lbs
Situps, 12x3
Wide-Grip Barbell Curl, 12@80lbs,10@90lbs,8@100lbs
Incline Dumbbell Triceps Extension, 12@10lbs,10@17lbs,8@30lbs
29:48, 228 calories burned

Afterwards I ran 3.2 miles, tried pushing the pace, but the heat got to me. 28:21, 8:55/mi ave (8:14,8:21,10:15,8:33), 347 calories burned -

Total calories burned: 575
Intake: 1724

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