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Nomad Jay

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  1. Hey there Scouts, been gone a while. Burned myself mentally training for an off-road marathon in September and burned myself out physically doing it. Ain't done much running since then but I racked up about 75 miles on foot during hunting season. So...I'm around.
  2. Overall, pretty twisty-turny with some sharp inclines. Mountain bikers also use it so it's not insurmountable, but I had to slow to basically a walk getting up some of the hills. I was going to go back out today but the storms last night probably left the place a sopping mess. I don't the uphill slog so much, but skittering downhill isn't my idea of a good time.
  3. Buddy of mine told me about a trail system I hadn't found yet. Went out this morning and did 12 miles. My knees hate me but man was it a pretty run.
  4. We're all out running. Duh. I've been bad about posting what with traveling for work and all. The weather finally broke here in Montana and got up to 88 Fahrenheit last week. Spent Memorial Day backpacking in the mountains. I got in an 8-mile trail run in the hills last weekend, but Mother Nature is a tease and it's 45 Fahrenheit and raining this morning. Also, it snowed last night. What!? First competitive race of the season is the Beartooth 10K at 10K. I have no hope of winning but I hate myself just enough sign up.
  5. Anyone planning on running The Nitty Gritty in Red Lodge this year?
  6. Completed my first sprint-length / Olympic-length triathlon on Saturday. Due to a late-season snow (apparently South Dakota gets snow in April. What?) the event was pushed inside. Instead of doing time over a known distance, they judged it on distance over a known time: 10 minutes of swimming, 20 minute transition, 20 minutes on the stationary bike, 10 minute transition, 20 minutes on a quarter-mile track or a treadmill, competitor's choice. I didn't do as well as I would have liked, but not a terrible showing. I have no idea where I placed overall, since I had to leave before they announced the results and nothing is posted online. There was a kids' triathlon prior to the first heat. Watching a bunch of 10-and-unders swim as hard as they can for 5 minutes solid is surprisingly adorable.
  7. Bosses be like "Why won't you do twice the work at the same pay rate?" I feel you on that one. I once had a boss who gave me someone else's duties while we were trying to find someone to fill that position. I was effectively doing two full-time positions at once for about two months. Same boss later recommended someone else for a promotion because my work ethic wasn't good enough.
  8. I'm not doing a formal challenge this go-round, but good luck to all y'all.
  9. I'll be well past 5K at that point (or should be), but I'm happy to serve in an advisory capacity. How may I be of assistance?
  10. Good luck! Sugar is the hardest habit to kick.
  11. If you get bored with your standard recipes, check out 52 Weeks of Cooking on Reddit. There's a different theme each week which gives me a launching point for new stuff rather than just re-tread my standard repertoire.
  12. The Weekly Report: Triathlon Training: A bad week Swimming twice a week. Done and done. The Armstrong Program. Missed two set. Bike 6 miles a week. I did 7.2 miles on Friday, followed by a 400m swim. Aikido: Training at least 3 times a week. Only one formal class due to work this week, but I did get an informal session with one of the shodan Ask two separate sempai of shodan or higher for one-on-one preparation. One session requested and completed! Meditate for at least 10 minutes a day. Three times this week. Read for 20 minutes a day: Three times this week. Weekly Score: Bertha Benz
  13. I second the Cough to 5K program. I had good results with it when I first started running. If you're not a runner, I also recommend finding a good post-run mobility/stretching routine. Unfortunately I can't recommend anything since I only know what's worked for me. I also do cross-training so I expect my needs are different than yours.
  14. Any scout who's an anime fan needs to be watching Run With The Wind. Any scout who's not an anime fan needs to be watching Run With The Wind. Basically everyone needs to be watching Run With The Wind. You're welcome.
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