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(Editing on 11 August 2014). Started this post last summer, life happened, now I'm back. But, I left this on my signature as my current challenge, some folks have already checked it out or posted, so I'll just make it the current challenge. Any body know if this gets credit as the longest procrastination in NF history?

Just in case the original date doesn't show after I edited this, the below was written on (I think) 30 July 2013 (yep - 2013):

Okay, I didn't get around to writing my challenge yesterday, and in about 7 hours I'd better be on an airplane headed for Minneapolis en route to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with another Scoutmaster and 5 Boy Scouts (my wife is going with a different batch of Boy Scouts and another adult leader), so I'm pushed for time. We get back on 7 Aug, so on 8 August I'll get this straight. BUT, challenge will again include Strong Lifts (finally got my squat to 200 pounds - not huge, but a milestone for me), but this time without getting injured, Biking either 50 miles road or 35 miles trail (en route to 50 miles trail next challenge), get some freaking weight off, and check NF at least 3 times per week. I still haven't scored last time, but it I'ma give myself about 60% for the last challenge. I'll score it when I get back from the wilderness (Work - "How do we get in touch with you if we need you?" ME - "You don't. I'm going to be 50 miles into a wilderness area." Work - "But how do we get in touch with you?" ME - "Which part of 'you can't get in touch with me' do you not understand?") I hit Erawka's thread 'cause it was near the top and I saw it. I'll get to everybody else when I get back - if I do it now I wont get any sleep before we have to leave for the airport. As it is, I' might get 4 hours. BUT - it's okay because part of why I'm up so late was watching the Tampa Bay Rays beat Boston at Fenway (first time a visiting pitcher has beaten the BoSox twice at Fenway in 5 days since 1931) to reclaim first place in the AL East, so I'll be tired but happy in the morning.

Later!!

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Work - "How do we get in touch with you if we need you?" ME - "You don't. I'm going to be 50 miles into a wilderness area." Work - "But how do we get in touch with you?" ME - "Which part of 'you can't get in touch with me' do you not understand?"

Later!!

This.  Oh so much this.  ENJOY THE CLUCK OUT OF IT!!!

 

And looking forward to you rocking out this challenge-will try to find some more birds to rename.

 

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

 

come back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Ditto.

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I'm back. It was even more awesome than I thought it would be. Boy in my boat caught a 2 1/2 foot long Great Northern Pike the first time he put a line in the water (we ate it for dinner and it was awesome), my (admittedly old) solo tent (a Eureka - used to be a good brand but now overpriced pieces of crap) leaked both nights it rained (thank the lord for fiberfil blankets) but managed to sleep through it anyway, saw two moose crossing a channel between two lakes, got bit by (I think) a spider (bite is almost healed), and donated about a half gallon of blood to the many friendly mosquitoes. Speaking of which, this was my second trip to the Boundary Waters, but the first for everybody else. First morning, we're on the plane in Tampa waiting to take off, all of us in full Scout uniforms (I just don't wear a uniform to work often enough to get my fill), when a woman coming down the aisle asks in a heavy Minnesota / Wisconsin accent, "Where are you all going?" One of the boys answers "Boundary Waters Canoe Area," and as she says that's what she thought, another woman behind us said "Mosquitoes as big as ponies." I think up until that moment the boys might have thought I had been exaggerating about them. And they were horrible (the bugs, not the boys). The times it was the worst was during a portage when I was carrying our canoe and it turned into a mosquito hat (did I mention that you have to walk between the lakes, carrying everything to include the canoes?). They just filled up the upside-down boat while waiting their turn on the back of my neck. The worst time, the other Scoutmaster said it looked like someone had been driving nails into the back of my neck. In short, it was glorious.

But, I am back now and back into the challenge. Have lifted twice and mountain biked once since my return. I dropped the weights on all of the lifts and have started back with only 1 set of 5 instead of 5 sets of 5. This is a variation of Strong Lifts called "I am old and now break more easily than I used to." I'm going to work back up to 5 sets of 5 on all of my lifts before I resume adding weight. I figure that as slow as that may go, it's faster than recovering from another strained back. Biking, on the other hand, is something I'm going to go ahead and push. I did 10 miles Tuesday and would have gone farther if I hadn't had to wait out 30 minutes of Wrath of God rain before I could get going.

Still have to work out points for this bad boy, but will get to it later. Now to start checking out other peeps' threads.

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we have missed you!!!!  so glad you are back.

 

BTW, my spousal unit canoed the boundary waters as a boy scout many times.  I shared your post with him.  He got all excited to know someone else has done it. 

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Oh, so you were up in God's country!!!!  We're moving back to Duluth in a month - I may even get a chance to go up to the VOBS base camp and help close down for the winter again. 

 

Welcome back, dude!!

 

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