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  1. I am a ruggedly handsome ginger who has the ability to run...All. Damn. Day! Who am I? Well I’m Guy Dangerous, of course! Welcome to my Temple Run themed challenge, runners and explorers alike! Yep, that’s me. I’m working on my best Blue Steel face. This challenge is about running and surviving...surviving those evil Demon Monkeys to be exact!! *Shudders* Those things scare the CRAP outta me! Their empty, soulless eyes make me pee just a little... So, the plan is to avoid those scary bastards for as long as I can. And how will I do that, you ask? By running my stark white ginger butt off. But why, Mr. Guy Dangerous, are you being chased by those scary evil demon monkeys?? And my response is, “Coins!”….but more truthfully it’s about a funny lookin Golden Idol that was ripe for the taking. Did I swipe the idol for myself? You bet your bottom dollar I did! That thing has to be worth a FORTUNE and when the locals said it was mystical and sacred...well, it was enough to seduce me. I took the dare. UnFORTUNately the second I grabbed the idol was the second those furry, skull faced chimps took after me like bats outta hell... And yes...that's me...screaming like a girl at the top of my lungs.. Annnnyyywho...So, I’m on the run now and I need y’alls help. All you need to do is loosen up those opposable thumbs and swipe left to help me go left….or swipe right to help me go right. Swipe up is jump and down is slide. Think you thumb warriors can manage that?? OH! Let’s not forget leaning. Lean left for left lean right for...yeah, you got this... Right? Are you sure??? Because my life is on the line here guys and gals and these demon monkeys are hungry- I need to know you are ready! Ok, good! I new I could count on you, Explorer! Now, time's a wastin’, so let’s crack some evil monkey skulls and get ready to run! Goal #1: Don’t. Look. Back. Run 2-3x a week. Shoot for 3. Be cool with 2. Anything less than 2x a week results in being evil demon monkey fodder. The goal: 50+ miles. Really shoot for 60. The New Goal here is to just cover as many miles as you can while becoming a "fat-adapted " athlete. I'll re-work the 60 mile goal next challenge. Honestly, i'm shooting more for 75 next time Goal #2: Mind the Gap and take a Nap 1x 20+ min daily nap. This should be easy. Always go for MOAR when opportunity strikes. Goal #3: “Hey Derek, you know what’s good for a hurt shoulder? If you lick my butthole.” MOAR shoulder PT. Daily. Lighter on the OHP days-No Macho Man shit. Goal #4: PvP’s and Accountability Run PvP with my UK brother and sister (TBD for this) and accountability with @Laghail and @mr_willes (and the other dirty gents). Keep up with both. Also, record the jump rope video because I owe @RedStone Whoooooaaaaa baby! That was a good test run! I think you and I are gonna get along juuuust fine. Well don’t let up now, Explorer, we got lots more ground to cover! Yeeaaahhhh...let’s not let this happen, m’kay Real Talk with Wolfie: Hey guys and gals, welcome to my challenge this go round. Thanks for joining me I’m fired up and on a path of obsessive seriousness about getting myself to an ultramarathon level by the end of next year and that path starts now. Every run counts. It’s about building that mindset in the longer miles and training both that and my body in a way that I can be safe and successful. First, I want to knock out a half after the baby is born, maybe before. I definitely want to be go for a full around this time next year if not before and another half just to have those miles (and experience under my belt) I would love for one of these halves to be a Spartan Beast because I am the Wearspartan afterall. I think the PSE program is going to take me far. Especially once I get up to running the 10 miles they usually have scheduled on Saturday’s. I want to test a few benchmarks this challenge, like my 1 mile time and my 5k time just to get some #’s out there. Honestly, I’ll probably test my 10k towards the end of the challenge since I’ve been hitting about 6 miles as it is on my longer runs. Fueling. This is now more crucial than ever. I need to start experimenting and see what works and what doesn’t. Especially how much water I’ll need per hour and calories on longer runs. Electrolytes, gels, H2O, gear..it’s all going to be a factor. Using fat for fuel opposed to carbs is something else I'll be looking into. This means my diet should reflect more of a paleo/keto type structure. Batch cooking and adding in lots of healthy fats will be a core focus with food this challenge. I will be posting meals occasionally to keep myself accountable. I’m using Zero Week to knock out the remaining 13 miles from last challenge. Once those 13 are crushed, I will have set out to do what I challenged myself to do. To cover 50 miles. 40 was the actual goal but 50 meant a reward (and maybe a little pride ). I got lucky my reward was a free pair of shoes from my brother. This challenge will "run" through my birthday, November 14th. I'll be turning the ripe age of 30 and I want to do something crazy. TBD there. Inspirations this challenge are: Timothy Olson, Dean Karnazes and Guy Dangerous lol. Tim Dean And we all know Guy… Les do dis. Wolf
  2. Orion Team- A highly secretive organization supported by the CIA but outside the Agency. Steering away from Absolver this challenge and getting back to my Sheepdog routes, I want to forge things this challenge. And by things, I mean: resiliency, strength, fortitude and creativity. How will I do that, though? How do I measure these things? By pushing myself. By burning my boat, pressing forward and never, ever quitting. I am here to rebuild the status quo and I think I have just the plan. Once, long ago, I was given a name. A name in which I earned: The Werespartan. Then, something happened. I broke. At the end of January 2016, I took a nasty fall playing RL Quidditch and separated my left shoulder. They diagnosed it as a Type 2 separation and this type of injury is one that never really "heals". The AC joint remains separated but I basically have full range and control over my shoulder. The next 6 months was spent rehabbing and getting back to a normal routine. It was tough, but I endured and remained positive. Now, I'm not limited to much. Just the past weekend, I went the Ninja Warrior gym near me with my two brothers and spent almost 2 hours there! (BTW, the 14 ft Warp Wall aint got nothing on the Wild Wolf . My brother is editing a video together and once it's complete, I'll post it on here for everyone.) I want to get back to being the Werespartan. Maybe even run another Spartan Race?? Firs things first.....my cardio base sucks ass right now. I haven't ran in a while and I'm out of practice, so, running is the first step to getting back to Werespartan status. If I could have it my way with running, it would be trail running, and I'm looking to hit up the trail this weekend and every weekend this challenge. I also need to diversify my workouts again. There's nothing wrong with what I've been doing but I feel like I'm becoming one dimensional and I don't like it one bit. I'm pulling out my Obstacle Dominator 12-week minimalist plan to help aid me over the next couple weeks. It will need to be scaled down which is fine, but it offers various degree of strength training, power, and running. An example workout: 400m repeat until you have a 4 second fall of from your first repetition- once you are finished rest 5 minutes and then complete a 400m lunge for time Yeah. Lol. Just cuz it said minimalist doesn't mean it meant "easy" lol. Since my gym doesn't have a rower, I going to subsitute with the stationary bike and jump rope, I'll just double the distance required for the row and perform that on the bike. It really sucks we don't have a rower cuz I love that thing! Now that you guys know my game plan, what does this have to do with Orion Team? Coming out this Friday is a movie called American Assassin. It's based off a book by Vince Flynn of the same name and is about a young 23-year old named Mitch Rapp and how he becomes one of the most deadly operatives to ever live. American Assassin is the....7th book in the Mitch Rapp series? but this book starts out when Mitch is young and how he becomes the worldly badass he's known to be in the early works of fiction. (I decided to start my reading here and not in chronological order due to the movie and wanting to start things from the very beginning.) Orion Team is the secret organization that Mitch is apart of that works outside of the Agency to fight terrorism and I liked the idea of myself being apart of this group. Running, push-ups and pull-ups will be apart of my regular routine and I will embrace the PT lifestyle + the Werespartan lifestyle to create something new and something fresh. What does it take to be apart of Orion Team? Resiliency Recovery is always overlooked in training and that is something I do not wish to do. I can train hard but I must rest hard as well. Bedtime has become a small issue for me and lack of sleep is just hurting me in the long run. During the week, especially on training days, get 8+ hours of sleep. Recovery also consists of eating clean and getting in adequate amounts of protein. Back off the fasting on training days and fast on non training days. Strength PT training + Obstacle Dominator. 3x a week minimum. Post workouts for accountability. Fortitude This goal is all about running and accumulating miles throughout the challenge. Let's say 40 miles total this challenge. Bonus: If I reach 50 miles on the challenge, I can reward myself. (Reward TBD) I also need to start using my training mask I bought like a year ago. I've hardly used it and it makes me sad it's collecting dust! Creativity Keep reading my Bible Chapters-Keep listening to audible-Keep sharpening my mind with creative writing. Dedicate 1 hour a week to creative writing. Also, apply for 3 jobs each week and finish polishing off my profile on Linked In. Thank you all for supporting me and journeying with me this challenge! I'm excited to get back on my running game and hit up the trails this challenge! Wolf
  3. Hello! My next set of goals... Fitness Work out 4x/wk – with at least two CrossFit style workouts Meet daily step goal, currently set at 10k 2 iFit routes per week – either running or walking Weekly weigh-ins 30 miles per week – combo of running, elliptical, and bike Nutrition Only 1 non-water drink per day Track food on MFP – even when I know I’ve gone over in macros. Be mindful of portions Complete the 21-day Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge on SparkPeople.com Life Unplug 1-2 hours per day Read at least 5 books Blog once a week
  4. End Game Goal: Take little rose prince running with me this summer in an injury free maner. Mid term goal: Charity Bike ride SMART GOALS! 1. Battle the dark monster (Maintain balance physically and mentally. I get very grumpy every winter, i think its from lack of sun i go to work in the dark and get home in the dark) - New thing=use eliptical or run twice a week, balance with spin classes -walk at work 3 days a week 15-20mins. (this did not work last challange) 2. Train for the Journey (this will be my third year. I'm riding in memory of my dad who passed away from ALS donate here Train for the Cape Cod Gettaway 2015, 150mile road bike for charity="its not a race") -New thing= stretch those hips once a day -Spin class once a week, start/increase when ready Will now be upping this to twice a week 3. Don't eat horse meat. (eat well, eat even) -New thing= eat carbs earlier in the day vs. at dinner -Eat enough -I'm giving up sugar for lent* *what’s sugar? Well if it’s got added sugar then it’s off limits, So fruit is ok but sweetened dried fruit is not *One sugar packet or 2 sugar cubes in my morning coffee being the exception Things to Continue- -go to sleep before 10pm, wake up at 5am, 7am on weekends -keep a professional eye on my injuries, go to doctors and physical therapy as needed -Yoga on mondays -After lent: high impact carbs only once a week (sugar in my coffee being the exception) -continue to take iron supplement and vitamin D From Last challange Reward: Visit Rohan (take a horse riding class/session ) I've always wanted to do this its expensive but very modivating. I'll have to save up for this as part of my challange. ( will be waiting till spring to go horse back riding)
  5. Hello fellow Canucks! I've been putting some time into getting my finances in order, and I'm realizing how unimpressive my BMO Airmiles Mastercard is on the travel hacking front. What cards have you guys had success with? Which would you recommend? Thanks a million, tricky
  6. So I figured this was probably the best area to discuss this. So "travel hacking" is a pretty popular thing and although I don't travel as much as I'd like I'd definitely get some of the benefits from learning how to get free trips around the world. I'm particularly fond of Asia and have been to South Korea, Japan, and the Philippines a few times and I plan on visiting a new country every year. I'd like to start doing it, especially since I could use the miles to visit my family as well and maybe even help my mom fly out once in while to visit me. So with all that said does anyone do this kind of stuff? Any recommendations for getting started? I've been reading thepointsguy.com for some useful info but I'm not sure if it's as easy as signing up for a credit card then accruing miles that I can use later in the year for flights. I'm going to do my research but I wanted to create these thread to have a place to talk about this kind of stuff and to share the info with everyone.
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