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On 24/5/2018 at 8:56 PM, EricMN said:

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Darths & Droids is doing a Rogue One series? That would explain your theme. Now I gotta go find the comics.

 

On 24/5/2018 at 8:56 PM, EricMN said:

I sat on the edge of this platform, trying to get the courage to push off, for what felt like forever before I climbed down the other side.

That would be the problem right there. As a long time jumper off cliffs and into the sea (often unaware of what exactly lies under the surface) I'd say the trick is to just do it quick before reason has a chance to kick in. The more you think about it, the harder it gets.

 

On 28/5/2018 at 1:52 PM, jonfirestar said:

When I do things that scare me, and I am afraid of heights, I have saying. "Don't think about it, just do it." If I stop to argue with myself, then I've already lost. 

What I meant previously, but probably phrased better.

 

On 24/5/2018 at 8:56 PM, EricMN said:

I pose terrible.

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On 25/5/2018 at 2:20 PM, Charlie_Quinn said:

I'd follow regardless, but the fact that your theme is my favorite Star Wars movie so far ( I know some people hated it. I wasn't one of them) just makes this even better.

On 25/5/2018 at 8:57 PM, EricMN said:

My Mud Sister. I am right there with Rogue One - it's in my Top 3.

With you all on that train. Rogue One was grrrrreat.

 

On 25/5/2018 at 2:20 PM, Charlie_Quinn said:

Think I just found my next tattoo

On 25/5/2018 at 8:57 PM, EricMN said:

It's what I was thinking when I saw it

Yup. Would even match the other one if you get it done on the other shoulder. Like Star Wars pauldrons!

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On 5/24/2018 at 12:56 PM, EricMN said:

...like going to Star Wars night at the local Major League Baseball game:

 

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I am amused that this is very possibly my friend Michael, who recently joined the 501st and was at this event at the field :)

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On 5/31/2018 at 7:43 AM, therealkat said:

 

I am amused that this is very possibly my friend Michael, who recently joined the 501st and was at this event at the field :)

 

FUN!!!!  The costumed characters really added to the magic of the evening.

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Where The Hell Has Eric Been?

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Well...

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Last Saturday, I woke up feeling crummy. My back was good, I was stretched out, I had done a crappy trail run during the week, everything should have been good. Then I woke up on at 4:30 a.m. in time to eat and make the drive down to the state park where the the 10-mile trail race I was running was being held, and I felt... crummy. Not miserable, just... crummy. I attributed it to the time of day, ate a good breakfast, did my normal hydration, and drove down with my friend Ed. 

 

I wanted to do well but didn't feel the need to red-line at any point as these trail "races" are really just glorified training runs for me, the entry fees paid an excuse for me to not miss my weekly long runs. The weather was pretty much perfect - low 60s, mostly overcast, a nice breeze, which was cut down on the trails due to the woods, the tiniest of rain sprinkles about an hour in. I felt my nutrition and hydration plans did exactly what I wanted them to do as I never felt the deadness that I had experienced even at the start of the previous week's run. There was a family-picnic style festival at the end. Finishers received a mason jar beer mug. I did not finish last overall. It was a good morning.

 

I was exhausted on the drive home, collapsed on the bed when I arrived, and did not move for the next two days. I've been recovering from a significant spring cold ever since. I've missed most of the week at work, haven't run, haven't worked out, have just existed while sounding like I'm hacking up a lung. My GF came down with this crap on Friday night. My youngest monstie came down with it Sunday afternoon. The new neighbors across the hall must wonder if they moved into a tuberculosis ward.

 

Normally I'd be "Eh, whatever" about this because being sick is just unlucky, but in two days - this Saturday - I'm supposed to do this:

 

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That's between 800 and 1200 ft of elevation over 3.8 miles and 20 obstacles. The first climb to Obstacle #1 is on the steepest multiple-Black Diamond run on the entire hill. It's not very long, but it's steep enough that it may be a bear crawl in places to the apex, especially if things are wet. And I'm still hacking up chunks.

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I have three options for Saturday:

  1. STFU and run with the other old people and their children in my assigned Age Group wave at 8:30 a.m. (Seriously. The grouping for the 8:30 competitive age group wave is ages 14-17, 18-24, 25-29, and 50+. I could legit run with my third and fourth child if they had any interest.)
  2. Give myself a break and downgrade to the Open wave at 8:45 a.m. with my NSS team.
  3. Give myself an actual break, withdraw due to illness, and just volunteer as a course marshal.

I have no idea which direction I am leaning as of right now. I'm going for a low-key run when I leave work and I'll make a determination then.

 

On the bright side, my current timeline has me healthy well in advance of my annual Youth Mission Trip. Being sick on the trip would really suck.

 

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You are a wise man, you will make the right decision. Just don't force project yourself to the race to serve as a marshal. I hear the side-effects are undesirable. 

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On 5/23/2018 at 11:47 AM, EricMN said:

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I Race, and I love it. I love the atmosphere and the people and the event itself. A bad day on an obstacle course is still the happiest day of my week.

 

I had no idea whether I was going to run until I was standing in the registration line, and even then, until the moment I took my "Do Your Damn Burpees" wristband, I wasn't sold on the Age Group wave until I jumped over the wall and into the corral with half a dozen of my over-50 NSS friends. I wish there had been a photo of us there in the corral, because I remember, through the cocktail of Dayquil, Muscinex, Pedialyte and a double dose of pre-workout, thinking that I was surrounded by over 300 years of badassery in that group.

 

I'm glad I decided to suck it up, even though I felt like I raced wearing 40-lb weight vest. Things started out hot and humid. Parts of the first hill climb were so steep I had to bear crawl up. By the time I hit the apex of the second hill climb, my heart rate was pegged at 190bpm. The clouds rolled in and as I reached the first mile marker, there was a lightning strike in the vicinity and race officials closed the course, and by "closed the course" they meant walk off the grounds and back to your cars and wait for further instructions.


The course was re-opened 1:04 later. We were given the option to pick up where we left off - with a running clock- or to re-start for a valid timing. Most people didn't know there was a choice other than "go back to where you were." I wasn't sure I was going to head back out on the course until there I was, huffing it back up the hill to the water station at Mile 1 to resume.

 

The sandbag and the bucket carry both felt like they were twice as heavy with the heaviness of my lungs, making these obstacles harder than they usually are for me.

 

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Audible wheezing.

 

I wound up doing 90 Burpees on the day, 30 for each missed obstacle at the Spear Throw (irritating), the Twister, (annoying but understandable as it was wet), and the Herc Hoist (four-letter-word-level frustrating). I haven't failed the Herc Hoist in two years. I know it was waterlogged from a couple days' rain and I wasn't at full strength due to illness, but this was beyond frustrating. I've identified another training goal.

 

On the positive side, I killed the Rope Climb, the Monkey Bars and the Rings even though they were all wet. On both the Monkey Bars and the Rings, I was moving so well that I was not just brachiating arm-over-arm, I was skipping both bars and rings.

 

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I had made peace with the fact that my time no longer mattered when I came off the course, even though results were posted at the time. I simply focused on doing the best I could under the conditions, both weather- and health-related. I enjoyed seeing the hundred-plus of my NSS teammates that covered the hill (and the podium, with 3 of 6 podium finishers active members in our group) and catching up with friends, some of whom I only see a handful of times a year at events like this. 

 

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I Race, and I love it.

 

By the time I got home I had spiked a low-grade fever. Obviously I over-did things. 

 

My focus now is being as healthy as possible before I leave next weekend for Tennessee and a week of service in Appalachia.

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2 hours ago, EricMN said:

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Behold, The Face of BadRangerAssery!

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So much badassery I can’t handle it and my brain exploded.

Well done, you!


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Thank you, all, for such kind words. I certainly didn't feel like a badass on Saturday.

 

Turns out, Spartan will only count official age group placement for early runners who had made it past the first timing mat before course closure. Everyone else gets their results dumped into the Open waves.

 

Plus a free race registration for another race in 2018. Solid of them. I wasn't worried about it,  but it's a good-faith response to a bad problem. 

 

Also, it turns out my "cold" is double-lung pneumonia. This explains so much...

 

I'm on antibiotics and an inhaler and will recover in time for my youth trip, but this challenge is pretty much over. I packed my trail shoes in hopes that I can work in a few get-my-legs-back runs during free time.

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Ugh, sorry.Take care and feel better

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3 hours ago, EricMN said:

Also, it turns out my "cold" is double-lung pneumonia. This explains so much...

Holy crap, that's terrible.  Please take care and hope you recover soon

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5 hours ago, EricMN said:

Also, it turns out my "cold" is double-lung pneumonia. This explains so much...

 

I'm on antibiotics and an inhaler and will recover in time for my youth trip, but this challenge is pretty much over. I packed my trail shoes in hopes that I can work in a few get-my-legs-back runs during free time.

Oh crap man, I'm sorry to hear that. Hope you get better soon! Take care of yourself. 

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While I'm sorry you're sick, can I just point out how badass it is that you ran a spartan with double pneumonia? You did more with your lungs half full of water than you would ever have been able to do before you started working out.

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On 11/6/2018 at 9:04 PM, EricMN said:

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On 12/6/2018 at 12:03 AM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Behold, The Face of BadRangerAssery!

 

Not in its most marketable version though. The overall pose is clearly a shrug, as in Eric going "eh, what can you do" as he just casually does a Spartan while sick

 

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It was an amazing trip with my Youth Group. We did a completely different experience after fourteen years with the same Youth Missions organization. For the first time in years I didn't know what to expect going in, and neither did anyone else in our group. This put me in an "experience it" mindset, instead of the usual "do work" frame of mind that I find myself in after all these years.

 

We spent seven days serving the residents of one of the poorest counties in Appalachia. The Tennessee mountains are beautiful. The people are kind and appreciative and it's got to be hard living in a place where there are almost literally no opportunities. There's no industry. Agriculture exists in the valleys but it's miles to anywhere which has to make transporting product expensive. At one home, all the interior walls were covered in deer antlers and deer heads, and there were multiple sheds outside that were covered in them as well. I suspect this family was stretching their grocery budget. They were probably shooting from their front porch.

 

We had really meaningful evening worship, and the theology was intentional and not at all manipulative, instead of targeted at teenage emotions. 

 

Here's a couple pictures that do absolutely nothing to capture the essence of what went on, but at least show that I was there...

 

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This is my family. They're all mine. I will be there for every last one of them until I am physically unable to heed the call.

 

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Also, we got cool tee-shirts for the trip.

 

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The views were amazing.

 

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This is about a half-day's work, turned into about 10 hours due to a frightening lack of materials and my preference to teach instead of doing it all myself. I taught 14- and 15-year-old girls, who had never used a circular saw before, to use a chalk line and make rip cuts. (The guys were too freaked out to try.)

 

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The kids on my work crew - Emma, Emma, Miller, Adam and Alex. 

 

It was an awesome experience. I'm having a hard time being back.

 

I will recover.

 

Thanks for being here, my friends.

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I suspect you had something to do with those shirts ;) I'm glad you had a good trip.

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That sounds like an awesome trip.  You were doing good work there, my friend :) 

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