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This challenge, I'm heading into the darkest forest to fight some serious monsters that threaten the nearby village...

 

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OK, it's not really like that.  Actually I'd prefer a dark forest.  This challenge I'm going on an eight day business trip to Las Vegas.  I've got a three-day prep class there, followed by a crazy all-encompassing exam for a certification for work that I've been preparing for for YEARS now.  Then three days at the trade show.  I would rather fight monsters than have to figure out how to work out in Las Vegas.  Seriously--it's usually 90 degrees at night in June, and I live in the mountains where it still kind of snows now and again.  Not to mention the free meals at the trainings, the business lunches, the business dinners, the meals with sales reps who want to spend, spend, spend... Then, when I get back from Vegas, the very next day my family and I leave for Cozumel, Mexico, for seven more days in the sweltering (and HUMID) heat.  I'll be scuba diving almost every day, which means I shouldn't exert myself too much when I'm not diving (decompression issues, and nitrogen dilution complications) or at least time my running for 6-8 hours post- and pre-dive.  Plus, all-inclusive resort.  Which basically to me means "all the desserts".

 

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My challenge this time around is to at least stick to a bare minimum of working out while out of town, while trying to maintain my sugar intake.  I know I won't be able to keep my healthy vegetable intake like I did this past challenge, but I can at least focus on the sugar.  

 

So here are the specifics:

 

1.  Run for it: at least three regular runs, plus one long run per week.  1 point per run, 2 per long run (6+ mi) 5 points/week

          -If I'm at a resort/hotel/casino and it's STUPID HOT out, I'm allowed to work out on the treadmill, spin bike, or elliptical, in which case 45 min constitutes a "long run".  I'd go insane otherwise.

          -One run can be subbed for cross training on a bike.  1 hr = regular, 90 min = long ride.  MTB or road, doesn't matter.

2.  Banish sugar:  No more than 10 tsp (40g) added sugar daily.  Seems like a lot but it goes QUICKLY.  5 points/week, 1 point per day

3.  Fiber:  Try (do or do not, right, Yoda?) to keep my soluble fiber up.  That means oatmeal, fiber smoothie, or at least an apple + a whole orange daily.  5 points/week, 1 point per day

4.  Water:  Drink the water.  That's right, I'm going to start tracking water now.  Decaf black coffee counts as water, as does plain decaf green tea (these are staples of my life).  64 oz/day, 5 points/week, 1 point per day.

5.  Archery practice:  Since I KNOW I can't do this weekly, it's going to be bonus points.  Up to 1 bonus point per week.

6.  Get on the bike:  Up to 1 bonus points per week for riding to work, 1/2 point per day.

7.  Weights:  Up to 1 bonus point per week for lifting, 1/2 point per day.

 

It's a complicated strategy but I think it'll work out OK.  There's four main activities, and three bonus activities.  The total would be 80 points, so I'll put 75 as a pass since there's still up to 3 bonus points per week.

 

I didn't end up buying that recurve bow after the last challenge because, well, it turns out my compound bow either needs significant work, or it needs to be replaced.  It is VERY old (15+ years, that's old for a compound) and I actually hunt with it, so I want it to be a) effective b) accurate and c) lethal.  There's nothing worse in my mind than unethical hunting (ie, wounding or making an animal suffer).  The point is, I might need to save my pennies to get a new bow, which will not be cheap.  So, I put $200 away this month towards a new bow.  if I make my challenge this time around, I'll put another $250 away.  That gets me about halfway there :(

 

 

 

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Hold for weekly results:

 

Week 1

Running:  5/5
Sugar:  4/5
Fiber:  5/5
Water:  5/5

Bonus:  +1

 

Week 2

Running:  5/5
Sugar:  2/5
Fiber:  5/5
Water:  5/5

Bonus:  0

 

Week 3

Running:  5/5
Sugar:  0/5
Fiber:  2/5
Water:  5/5

Bonus:  0

 

Week 4

Running:  4/5
Sugar:  1/5
Fiber:  4/5
Water:  5/5

Bonus:  1

 

Totals for the challenge:  64/80, which is not so great.  Oh well, better luck next time, and I can live without the extra money towards a new bow.  The boyer at the shop said it'd be fine to use my current bow for this hunting season.

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, mediaguy99 said:

I didn't end up buying that recurve bow after the last challenge because, well, it turns out my compound bow either needs significant work, or it needs to be replaced.  It is VERY old (15+ years, that's old for a compound) and I actually hunt with it, so I want it to be a) effective b) accurate and c) lethal.

 

Heard that man. Well I'm glad you're still rocking the older compound. I know it's tough because there are so many other shiny new recurves out there!

 

1 hour ago, mediaguy99 said:

The point is, I might need to save my pennies to get a new bow, which will not be cheap.  So, I put $200 away this month towards a new bow.  if I make my challenge this time around, I'll put another $250 away.  That gets me about halfway there :(

 

They are definitely NOT cheap, but well worth it! I think you're gonna do well on this challenge, brother. The reward is in sight and all you gotta do is keep steady, take aim, and let 'er fly! ;) 

 

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Here to watch you crush this challenge with all the traveling.

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Here to follow your desert dessert challenge.

 

Also, going from Vegas to Cozumel you'll have a chance to compare "but it's a dry heat" to "It's SOOO humid!"

 

Honestly, arguing over dry heat vs humidity is like arguing over whether it's better to get punched with someone's left hand or their right hand.

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Here for 1.) "ooh I ran!", 2.) "ooh I lifted!", 3) "ooh I didn't eat all the sugar" :P and everything else in between.

7 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Honestly, arguing over dry heat vs humidity is like arguing over whether it's better to get punched with someone's left hand or their right hand.

Seconded. We have hot and humid during spring and summer, and dry heat during autumn and winter. Hot is hot... although I'll rather go with dry which is maybe a tad less sticky than humid hot. :D

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Ran 6.4 mi in 55 min today.  I'll take it.  That's my last "long" run before the race.  Looking forward to a summer of trail running and biking... oh and vegas and mexico too.  Probably won't get to do either of those things in either of those places though...

 

It's funny, I've been avoiding added sugar but not really considering what my overall sugar intake is.  Like, I logged my food yesterday on MFP and came up waaay over my recommended "sugar" intake--without exceeding 5 tsp of "added" sugar.  So I will need to look at that too I guess.  I'll be trying different things for breakfast in the mean time.  Today I had corn meal grits.  Alas, almost instant acid reflux.  But zero sugar, except for the 2tsp of maple syrup I put in them...

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22 minutes ago, mediaguy99 said:

Ran 6.4 mi in 55 min today.  I'll take it.  That's my last "long" run before the race.  Looking forward to a summer of trail running and biking... oh and vegas and mexico too.  Probably won't get to do either of those things in either of those places though...

 

It's funny, I've been avoiding added sugar but not really considering what my overall sugar intake is.  Like, I logged my food yesterday on MFP and came up waaay over my recommended "sugar" intake--without exceeding 5 tsp of "added" sugar.  So I will need to look at that too I guess.  I'll be trying different things for breakfast in the mean time.  Today I had corn meal grits.  Alas, almost instant acid reflux.  But zero sugar, except for the 2tsp of maple syrup I put in them...

I think grits are meant to be savory. On the rare occasion I have them, I use butter and salt.

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3 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I think grits are meant to be savory. On the rare occasion I have them, I use butter and salt.

 

Yes my wife eats them like that. I put in a tiny amount of maple syrup to make them like an alternative to hot farina or oats. Think I’ll stick to oats...

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oooh, i've spent a fair bit of time in vegas since my best friend lives there. love the dry heat actually. any advice on abstaining from sugar? i have a sweet tooth. it's my undoing.

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10 hours ago, mediaguy99 said:

Today I had corn meal grits.

According to internet this is a type of maize meal flour finely ground. We use maize/mielie meal to make porridge (in different forms: think but runny, thick/lumpy, and crumbly). Do you cook it? When we make a thick, but still runny maize porridge, we eat it with a little bit of sugar and milk, otherwise savoury all the way: from mixed with a mushroom sauce and/or cheese to a tomato onion sauce, bacon, basically anything you can dream up.

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18 hours ago, Salinger said:

Hey following along :) x

 

Awesome to hear you're hear :)

 

23 hours ago, ladyofthebog said:

oooh, i've spent a fair bit of time in vegas since my best friend lives there. love the dry heat actually. any advice on abstaining from sugar? i have a sweet tooth. it's my undoing.

 

I totally have a sweet tooth.  I started by tracking what I was eating for a while, then limiting myself to 10 tsp of added sugar a day.  For females the recommended number is probably 7 or 8.  Then I just ate a lot of fruit, like a banana, orange, apple, and something else every day.  Now I'm sticking with the 10 tsp and monitoring my whole sugar intake.  It's really really hard and it means I can't have cake, cookies, ice cream, etc in the house.  I don't drink soda except for sparkling water, so that's not an issue.  We keep some soda in the fridge for people who visit...

 

Nice to meet you!  Thanks for dropping into the scary forest...

 

On 5/21/2018 at 10:41 AM, therealkat said:

Here for the running and the supporting and the rangering.

 

Sweet!  Glad you're here.  I like your running goals.  I know I'm going to need inspiration after Monday's race :)

 

On 5/21/2018 at 10:25 AM, Sloth the Enduring said:

Here to see how you do low carb and eat all the desserts.

 

We'll see how that goes.  Tonight I'm playing D&D at "noogle" and managed to make it so far without eating ANYTHING with sugar.  Until now when I got my little ramiken full of M&M's.  But I'm waaaay under sugar for the day so I think I'm OK....

 

Today I worked from home.  I rode my bike into the gym at work though, at lunch time, to take a yoga class.  Super nice and relaxing, good for my worn out hamstrings.  Then more riding.  Nothing intense though...  Also I tried making my fiber-rific smoothie with JUST an orange and spinach, with a scoop of "protein and greens" protein powder.  Those raspberries and blueberries really make a difference in flavor--without those, it tasted like I was licking the bottom of a lawn mower :P

 

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Ok so Thursday was a rest day, and today I only ran for about a half hour.  Actually 2x15 min because I ran from work to the CC (work HQ, about 1.6 miles from here) for our company ice cream social.  Then ran back.  So much sugar.

 

D&D tonight, hopefully archery practice tomorrow or Sunday, diving at the aquarium Sunday afternoon, and race Monday morning (Day 1).  Should be a good weekend!  

 

Work has been slammed the past two days, apologies for not following up on the folks I usually follow :\

 

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19 hours ago, mediaguy99 said:

 

 

D&D tonight, hopefully archery practice tomorrow or Sunday, diving at the aquarium Sunday afternoon, and race Monday morning (Day 1).  Should be a good weekend!  

 

Work has been slammed the past two days, apologies for not following up on the folks I usually follow :\

 

This sounds like a perfect long weekend to me! D&D for me tonight too but the rest of weeekend much more workey and less adventurey!

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15 hours ago, Salinger said:

How you doing MG?x

 

Hi!  Yes busy weekend... am good, thanks for asking.  Just haven't really been online checking in all weekend.  Hope you're well Salinger :)  How is training>>>????

 

On 5/26/2018 at 11:06 AM, ladyofthebog said:

This sounds like a perfect long weekend to me! D&D for me tonight too but the rest of weeekend much more workey and less adventurey!

 

We need more women at our table.  I think that's common to a lot of D&D tables.  My wife dropped out when our son started crawling, and hasn't wanted to return.  How old is your kiddo?

 

21 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

Diving at the aquarium? Watch out for the sharks.

 

They don't let me dive with the sharks yet.  I'm still on freezing cold small tank duty, then freezing cold large tanks, and THEN I get to dive with (and feed!) the sharks :)

 

On 5/27/2018 at 6:44 AM, doctorake said:

Following along. I loved Cozumel on a visit, so much to see in the water.

 

Cozumel is AMAZING!  I love how close it is, how beautiful the underwater life is, how accessible it is (15 min by boat to amazing reefs) and how comparatively inexpensive diving is there, getting there, staying there etc.  This is my third time going in about 13 years.

 

On 5/26/2018 at 8:35 AM, elizevdmerwe said:

One busy weekend! Enjoy!

 

Indeed!  I've got a training to go to tonight for the service I volunteer with , even though it's the Monday night of a three-day holiday weekend... Boo :(

 

Race report to follow....

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RACE REPORT:  Bolder Boulder 2018

 

This was the 40th running of the BB.  I've run it just once, which is kind of shameful since it starts less than 2 miles from my front door.  And it's one of the "best" 10K's in the country.  Of course what Runner's World thinks is the "best" and what I like are two totally different things.  But whatever, it's a good race for a road race with 58,000 participants, so this year I figured "Why not?"

 

I was put in a wave that was a little slow for me, because I hadn't run a qualifying race in a very long time.  So they looked at my most recent training run (on hills and trails, not flat and paved) and put me in the 9:15 min/mi starting wave.  You see with 58,000 runners they start the race in waves of about 200, every minute for several hours, all morning long.  You've got to qualify to get into your "correct" wave. 

 

I had a strong start (at 7:19AM) and the whole race followed suit.  It's mostly flat, with a tiny uphill grade starting at mile one and going to mile four, then downhill for almost two miles, and uphill for the final 1/3 of a mile.  My times pretty much reflected that--just over 8 for the uphills, just under 8 for the downhills, and 7:40-something for the final sprint, even though it was uphill.  I certainly didn't have much left when I crossed the finish line, but I think I could have pushed it a little bit more (maybe 10%) during miles 2-5.  Whatever, I was pleased with my time, which was 51:26.  Came in 56th out of 343 in my age/gender category, which is great!  I'm super pleased.  Once the race was over there was swag galore.  I pawned my free beer off on my buddy who ran the race in an earlier wave (and I just found out that I beat him, hehehe :) ) got my free chocolate, and headed back home on my bike which I had locked up near the finish line on Friday, but not until I'd jammed as many free "Choco-love" almond- and hazelnut-butter dark chocolate cups into my swag bag... mmm!

 

Once I got home  my wife wanted to head BACK down to the Boulder Creek Fest, always a good time.  So I put the apprentice on the back of the tandem bike and headed out for my second workout of the day--biking around!  We saw some taiko drummers and an awesome "vocal rock band" called Face:  

 

 

A great weekend!  As far as the first day of the challenge goes, I didn't eat my veggies, I ate WAAAAAY too much sugar, and I didn't eat my fiber. It's like I ignored the challenge today because it was race day.  Oh well, tomorrow is another day :)

 

 

 

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