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DnD last night was awesome, details in spoiler:

 

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So we start the session with my monk character standing on the roof of a train, the rest of the party inside the train, and a 50' tall many-headed hydra-like creature attacking the train. The train has been stopped by a barricade placed across the tracks, and at the same time the front of the train is being attacked by bandits. Unfortunately we are at the back of the train, and the creature is between us and them.

 

I start the battle trying to do the sensible thing, moving slowly so that my party can keep up and taking pot shots at the creature with a rifle I have no idea how to use. Needless to say, I don't hit it. About 6 rounds of this happens before I get frustrated and charge in.

 

The creature gets the first move in, and our GM says "I assume a 30 hits your AC?". He knows damn well my AC is 18. That hit knocks me sideways, and I drop from 47HP to 13.

 

What follows is some intense maths. We're playing Pathfinder, so if the next hit knocks me below 0 I'm unconscious and bleeding out. If it knocks me below -14 I'm dead. It's so powerful that it just about can't miss me, and if it deals more than 27 points of damage then I'll be rolling a new character for next session.

 

He rolls to hit, it's a billion, he definitely hits me. Then he rolls damage... 27 points exactly! I'm at -14 and on the literal brink of death. Because I'm an orc, I'm also still standing, and a heal from our druid and taking a potion for myself brings me back to 6HP. Before I can do anything else though two of the smaller creatures on the train attack, one hits and one crits and I'm back at -8. I spend the rest of the combat lying on the roof of a train and trying not to bleed out.

 

Ultimately we failed massively in that combat, but if was so intense that I absolutely loved it.

 

And  now next session I get to address how Samuel, who is a monk raised to face death with acknowledgement and acceptance, deals with his near death experience. The GM also revealed that I will be meeting the philosopher who set these teachings about in the first place - I think he'll have a few questions!

 

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1 hour ago, Jarric said:

Ultimately we failed massively in that combat, but if was so intense that I absolutely loved it.

This is the great thing about the game!  About RPG's in general.   If the story is good, death is just part of the adventure.    Soooo freaking awesome!

 

 

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21 hours ago, Starpuck said:

This is the great thing about the game!  About RPG's in general.   If the story is good, death is just part of the adventure.    Soooo freaking awesome!

 

 

 

It was amazing fun. I also meant to write some actually challenge stuff yesterday, but I might have got sidetracked by that writeup :redface-new:

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Yesterday morning I woke up and my ankles and hip weren't feeling great. I decided it would be best to skip HIIT, sleep in a bit, and then get some yoga in instead to try and make everything feel better. What I actually did is turned off my alarm at 6, didn't get up until 8 and then went straight to work

 

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Food was ok though - took a gammon sandwich in to work and lots of fruit. Yesterday evening I was supposed to clean the house and then play snooker, but instead stayed in and chilled out in front of Critical Role - it was rather nice if unproductive.

 

This morning's run on my plan was supposed to be 10 miles. That was never going to happen though given that a.) I don't have the requisite 3 hours before work to do that, and b.) I have a race on Saturday that I'd rather like to have legs for. I hit snooze until 7, which is a bit later than I would have liked, but it meant I restricted my run to a very sensible 3 miles. It hasn't snowed too much in the last couple of days, but where the snow has been compacted down by people walking on it it's turned to ice so conditions were actually a bit more dangerous than on Tuesday in heavy snow.

 

I haven't mentioned my budget goal recently. That's because it's Thursday and I've still only spent £4 all week. I should easily hit the goal this week, so remind me that I said that if I don't!

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1 hour ago, Jarric said:

 

This morning's run on my plan was supposed to be 10 miles. That was never going to happen though given that a.) I don't have the requisite 3 hours before work to do that, and b.

 

I might have to simply find time once I get deep into marathon training but the whole time thing is the reason I've never done a run longer than 7 miles before work. In theory I could get out the door quick enough to squeeze in 10 miles but in reality it takes me more than 5 minutes to drag myself out of bed and get ready for a run (especially in winter). 

 

Nevertheless it's sensible to taper off this week. 

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On 2/27/2018 at 7:52 AM, Jarric said:

I'm on episode 4 or 5, and it definitely picks up a bit. They're still learning the system though and I think until they get really used to it it's going to just be a bit slow. I'm hoping so anyway, because watching people trying to work out what dice to roll is not the most fun.

I've watched a few episodes. It's not bad, but I think I'm using a critical role filter and Soni keep comparing the actors and overall story to that. I'm a trekie tho and I love the little bits of actual cannon they throw in. 

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22 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

 

I might have to simply find time once I get deep into marathon training but the whole time thing is the reason I've never done a run longer than 7 miles before work. In theory I could get out the door quick enough to squeeze in 10 miles but in reality it takes me more than 5 minutes to drag myself out of bed and get ready for a run (especially in winter). 

 

Nevertheless it's sensible to taper off this week. 

 

Yeah, I think I got in 9 miles once but that was a real push. It's also that much easier in the summer when you just need to throw on shorts and a t-shirt, rather than layer up for the cold.

 

You probably will need to get up to that level for your marathon training. I'm actually thinking of making my weekday runs shorter though (shorter than the plan I'm on anyway) after Reading. I've got Dirty Weekend to think about, but other than that I'm facing a load of 10k-10 mile races, and I think I ought to be looking at improving my paces over that kind of distance rather than running further. Probably something to focus on for my next challenge though.

 

14 hours ago, Siuken said:

I've watched a few episodes. It's not bad, but I think I'm using a critical role filter and Soni keep comparing the actors and overall story to that. I'm a trekie tho and I love the little bits of actual cannon they throw in. 

 

Yeah, there's some one-shots on the G&S channel that definitely hold up to the Crit Role standard, but I've not seen any series that are as good. Shield of Tomorrow is great to geek out to though; it's making me really want to re-watch DS9 and voyager, at least up to where they are chronologically in relation to them.

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I can't believe week 3's nearly over already! Where does the time go? Last night I had a fun time at DnD (Rise of Runelords game), and we finished early so that we can level up before next session's combat (to level 2, we're pretty early in the campaign!).

 

This morning I hit snooze a lot again (this may need to be a bonus goal next week), but I eventually got up and hit the gym for a short deload session:

Joint Mobility

Bench: 20kg x 2 x 5, 25kg x 5, 30kg x 5, 35kg (~77#) x 5

DB Row: 20kg/hand (~44#/hand) x 2 x 12

Defecit Deadlift (now on a 10kg plate): 40kg x 2 x 5, 50kg (~110#) x 5*

DB incline: 14kg/hand (~31#/hand) x 3 x 12

Stretched

 

*Even off a higher plate, deadlifts were just too light. Hopefully that's just because it's deload week, and I'll actually start feeling like I'm lifting something next time round.

 

Tonight I'm going to a snooker match straight from work, home for dinner and Crit Role, and then an early night before Nuts Challenge tomorrow.

 

And if I don't get stuck in the snow, and if I don't die of hypothermia on course, expect to see pictures of @Charlie_Quinn, @jonfirestar and myself looking exhausted and happy tomorrow!

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1 hour ago, Jarric said:

 

And if I don't get stuck in the snow, and if I don't die of hypothermia on course, expect to see pictures of @Charlie_Quinn, @jonfirestar and myself looking exhausted and happy tomorrow!

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1 hour ago, Jarric said:

And if I don't get stuck in the snow, and if I don't die of hypothermia on course, expect to see pictures of @Charlie_Quinn, @jonfirestar and myself looking exhausted and happy tomorrow!

 

Oh look, it's snowing again.

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Eagerly awaiting these pics!!

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On 02/03/2018 at 2:03 PM, jonfirestar said:

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Sorry you got stuck in the ice man! That said, it's just occurred to me that I'll be seeing you in 10 days in Reading, so that's pretty cool!

 

 

On 02/03/2018 at 2:38 PM, Charlie_Quinn said:

 

Oh look, it's snowing again.

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Ah, it wouldn't have been the same without it!

 

On 02/03/2018 at 7:30 PM, calanthrophy said:

 

I will gladly accept any and all snow that anyone wishes to send away from their location and into mine.

 

I'll do what I can, but be careful what you wish for!

 

*controls global weather patterns*

 

 

On 05/03/2018 at 8:38 PM, Starpuck said:

Eagerly awaiting these pics!!

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Ok, so I forgot to take an after pic. Have a before pic instead:

 

 

 

 

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Sorry for not doing real updates on here - mega busy recently!

 

Firstly, I still don't have after pics of Nuts for you, but here's some during:

 

 

And now for a quick version of an update:

 

Last weekend was excellent.

 

Friday night I had an early game of snooker and a drink (just 1) with Hopalong and MG. They wanted to give me my birthday present before Nuts, which was a Dryrobe! I think that may have literally saved my life keeping me warm after the race.

 

Saturday I got up, did birthday presents with WW and drove off to Nuts, where I met @Charlie_Quinn and Stu. Unfortunately @jonfirestar was stuck in the snow with no trains, and that sucks as I was really looking forward to running with him, but I know we'll get plenty of opportunity this year.

 

The race itself was great. The bigger water obstacles (lake swim and slide) were closed, and given that the lake was entirely frozen over I don't blame them for that! There were still plenty of streams and ditches full of water to run through, and they were cold as hell. Where volunteers had broken the surface ice on the ditches there were huge 2" thick lumps floating on the surface, and my shins are now a mess of bruises from bashing ice out of the way.

 

At one point, after the initial onslaught of dozens of flooded ditches, I thought I had something stuck in the arch of my foot. On closer examination, however, I discovered that what I was feeling was the arch of my foot - it had got so numb that I couldn't feel it and it was like running on an uncomfortable lump!

 

The course eventually opened out into a beautiful long run through the snowy forest, and I have never been so grateful for a run in my life as my feet slowly came back to life. It also gave us a chance for some bigger obstacles - walls and net climbs and the like - before going back through the streams and towards the finish. When we got to the end I actually felt like I could get through another lap, not that I particularly wanted to, so I'm pretty happy with how prepared I was for this in the end.

 

For the rest of the day, despite having the heater on the in car and bathing my feet whilst in the shower, my feet never got back to a decent temperature. I seriously need to look at thermal socks or something if I do this again, as that was downright painful (and also driving a manual car without being able to feel your feet may not be entirely safe).

 

That night I had a lovely time at a friends house with beer and a curry. The following day I went round my parents and had a birthday Sunday roast with them. They also bought me a computer, which is awesome and I'm very excited to play with. Just waiting for the monitors to arrive, which i may have spent an inordinate amount on to have two decent sized monitors in my life :apathy:

 

Gotta get back to work now, but i'll try and update this week at some point!

 

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I think the 2 of us could have easily done another lap (Stu less so due to his back pain). My second lap would have been painfully slow but I would have managed it. I'm tentatively considering 2 laps of Winter Nuts next year, I think 2 is the sensible option if you don't want to worry about nutrition, extra clothing and quick transitions.  

 

2 hours ago, Jarric said:

For the rest of the day, despite having the heater on the in car and bathing my feet whilst in the shower, my feet never got back to a decent temperature. I seriously need to look at thermal socks or something if I do this again, as that was downright painful (and also driving a manual car without being able to feel your feet may not be entirely safe).

 

Merino wool socks are the best option. I think the Rat Race store has a special offer on Merino wool socks at the moment.

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3 hours ago, Jarric said:

They also bought me a computer, which is awesome and I'm very excited to play with

Ooooh that certainly seems like it could be mega useful... <.<

 

Your run race sounds AWFUL!  LOL.   I dig obstacle races, but I hate the cold.   And if you are running your poor toeses through icey water, I don't think there's anything that will combat that on cold temperatures on top of it.  Even if you had waterproof goretek sneakers... if your whole foot gets submerged, then water is in there from the inside out!  

 

Carry a spare hahahaha. ;)

 

Glad you had fun with it though.  Sounds like a delightful weekend!

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On 3/8/2018 at 3:31 PM, Charlie_Quinn said:

I think the 2 of us could have easily done another lap (Stu less so due to his back pain). My second lap would have been painfully slow but I would have managed it. I'm tentatively considering 2 laps of Winter Nuts next year, I think 2 is the sensible option if you don't want to worry about nutrition, extra clothing and quick transitions.  

 

 

Merino wool socks are the best option. I think the Rat Race store has a special offer on Merino wool socks at the moment.

 

I dunno, it looked like you had a fair bit more in you. Did you know you came 4th in your gender/age category by the way? That's pretty damn cool!

 

2 laps would be good next year. Depending how fit I'm feeling though, and which side of my birthday it falls, it might be tempting to look at a qualification attempt on 4 laps. I may have a way to go between now and then to achieve that though!

 

Good to know on the socks. To be honest I'm not planning to do anything quite so cold again until next year now, but I'll bear them in mind again.

 

 

On 3/8/2018 at 4:30 PM, Starpuck said:

Ooooh that certainly seems like it could be mega useful... <.<

 

Your run race sounds AWFUL!  LOL.   I dig obstacle races, but I hate the cold.   And if you are running your poor toeses through icey water, I don't think there's anything that will combat that on cold temperatures on top of it.  Even if you had waterproof goretek sneakers... if your whole foot gets submerged, then water is in there from the inside out!  

 

Carry a spare hahahaha. ;)

 

Glad you had fun with it though.  Sounds like a delightful weekend!

 

It certainly will be ;) . I just need to get some speakers and a webcam for it now and it'll be properly useful. My monitors arrived today though, so I've set it up and it's so much nicer than messing around on a laptop. It's also somewhat larger; I need a bigger desk!

 

Yeah, I briefly considered waterproof shoes about a year ago, before I realised that that would mean they hold the water in! I kinda love being out on a race thinking "I must be mad for doing this" though. I don't know why!

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15 hours ago, Jarric said:

 

I dunno, it looked like you had a fair bit more in you. Did you know you came 4th in your gender/age category by the way? That's pretty damn cool!

 

2 laps would be good next year. Depending how fit I'm feeling though, and which side of my birthday it falls, it might be tempting to look at a qualification attempt on 4 laps. I may have a way to go between now and then to achieve that though!

 

Good to know on the socks. To be honest I'm not planning to do anything quite so cold again until next year now, but I'll bear them in mind again

 

I had more in me, but a second lap is going to be slower no matter what. Maybe if we did less stopping for sweets and hugs we would have been quicker! 

 

I did see my category position, but considering the huge number of drop outs, it didn't feel like it was anything to be proud of. There were only 13 people in my category! On an average day I would have been much further down that table! Still, it gave me a nice bunch of mudstacle league points!

 

You not looking at doing Nuclear Fallout in November then? :P

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On 08/03/2018 at 1:02 PM, Jarric said:

sucks as I was really looking forward to running with him, but I know we'll get plenty of opportunity this year.

Yeah it sucked big time but the year is only just beginning so I'll see you Sunday for the next one ;) 

 

 

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On 10/03/2018 at 3:03 PM, Charlie_Quinn said:

 

I had more in me, but a second lap is going to be slower no matter what. Maybe if we did less stopping for sweets and hugs we would have been quicker! 

 

I did see my category position, but considering the huge number of drop outs, it didn't feel like it was anything to be proud of. There were only 13 people in my category! On an average day I would have been much further down that table! Still, it gave me a nice bunch of mudstacle league points!

 

You not looking at doing Nuclear Fallout in November then? :P

 

Yeah, but it's always good to stop for sweets and hugs! I can't believe how many people said I was their first hug of the day.

 

Even with less people running, I still think that's something to be proud of! Top 30% of finishers if you want to look at it like that; that's still really good.

 

might do Fallout in November. It does sound like rather excruciating fun :P . I'm still not looking at buying socks for it now though :lol: .

 

 

2 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

Yeah it sucked big time but the year is only just beginning so I'll see you Sunday for the next one ;) 

 

 

 

You certainly will mate! I'm looking at getting the train up, getting into Reading station around half 8, so I'll drop you a line and come say hi before the race if I can.

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Sorry for dropping off the radar for week 4 everyone! It's been mega busy at work, and I've been out doing things almost every night, and I've had personal stuff to sort which I've been doing on my lunch break instead of being on here (things like buys a tux, sorting my car insurance, booking WW's car in for an MOT, all boring things.

 

Stuff from week 4:

  • I missed most of my running, but I did get out for Parkrun Saturday morning.
  • I missed lifting on Monday, went Wednesday instead, but then missed Friday so I'm still behind. I could have gone Friday evening but I was so excited about being able to set up my new PC that I did that instead.
  • Went out all day on Saturday to watch the rugby in a pub and have a late birthday thing with my friends. It was a really great day (not least because Ireland won #teamofus!). Much beer was consumed but got home around half 9 so that wasn't too brutal.
  • I've been listening to podcasts of playtests of the new Pathfinder second edition - I'm really interested in what they're doing with that.
  • I had a great climbing session on Sunday morning despite being much the worse for wear from Saturday, and I completed a 6A+ route for the first time ever! I also pulled my shoulder doing it however, so swapped my lifting for a run this morning and will lift tomorrow assuming it feels ok by then.

 

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Do Battle!: 21/28 (+1 bonus session in week 1) (75%)

Star Fleet Rations: 15/20 (75%)

Gold Pressed Latinum: 2/4 (50%)

Ten Forward: 15/28 (54%)

 

I'll do a proper write up on this later, but the short version is that things started well and then as I spent less time on here and less time concentrating on my journal they got worse. This week therefore should be time to do some forum cardio, catch up with everyone and get some proper goals together for the next leg of my Aramenté.

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