The Last Climb of Mountainstroh

10 years ago this month, I started on a new stage in life, I became a cyclist. For the 13 years prior, I did my damnedest to be a mountain climber, and summit Mt Rainier. Over the 13 times, I tried 4 times to reach the top. Hence the name Mountainstroh. Sadly, no matter how hard I trained, this body of mine shuts down at 12,000 feet. Since Rainier is 14,410, that left me a wee bit short.

I can hear some of you thinking (you are LOUD thinkers!) “You have told this story MANY times! Why do it again?”

Well this week, Michelle found a thumb drive I thought I had lost, and on it were all my photos from that climb! Some, honestly, I didn’t know I had. So, sit back, and let me regale you with a bit more detail, and a LOT more photos, about my last climb… Continue reading “The Last Climb of Mountainstroh”

The one nugget from an all day seminar

Ladies and gentlemen, there truly is a hell on earth, and it aint Atlanta. Yesterday, I was a stuck from 8:30 AM to 6 PM in an all day, offsite, networking seminar. There was mingling, and sitting, and talking, and ALL the stuff we KNOW I loathe….  And to make matters worse, even though there were chocolate chip cookies, there was not a Diet Mtn Dew to be found! 
By the closing speaker I was ready to lay my little melon on the table and snooze. Had it NOT been for my new boss attending with me, I totally woulda been one of those who snuck out before the closing.  Since I was still there and almost awake, I was introduced to the one nugget of the day that will stay with me, the one thing that spoke to me….   Continue reading “The one nugget from an all day seminar”

More nature than I really wanted….

I have said time and again how lucky I am to live in the Pacific Northwest. We have fresh air, green trees, lakes, rivers, wildlife, oceans and mountains. As a cyclist up here in the left hand corner of the county, I know that whether I am 100 miles away from home or less than 10, if I keep an eye out I am likely to spot something like this guy I saw Sunday.

I will say getting close to the shore in cycling shoes was NOT easy, but worth it! If he is going to pose, then it just seems right I take the photo!

Tuesday, though, was a bit rough from the nature standpoint.. Continue reading “More nature than I really wanted….”

Does Make me Wonder

I know tomorrow the world will be full of posts about the Super Bowl, the commercials and lady Gaga. I am happy to say I didn’t watch a play of the game. Quite honestly, I didn’t care this year.

Instead, for the last 3 or 4 days I have been reading quite a lot. In fact I finished two books in that same time frame. One was an EXCELLENT science fiction book, let me know if you are interested. The other was Rainier Sojourn: Around Rainier on the Wonderland Trail, by Daniel Saviers. Not bad at all.

This is not a book review of either book, though I may do one about Rainier book later. Instead, it’s a post about one line in the book. Near the end, when they were making the final push to the car, the author wrote:

In my limited experience it seems that it is the mind that gives up before the body is defeated…

Wow that got me thinking…. Continue reading “Does Make me Wonder”

The world at 7 mph

I have had many posts about the name Mountainstroh (as in my web page Mountainstroh.com) so I won’t get into detail here of its origin.  Suffice it to say, the name was inspired by Mt. Rainier, a place I have gone to since I was in grade schoolKids rainier

Thursday, I took the day off, threw the bike on the back of the car, and headed up there again. It was the perfect day.

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I don’t like it, reverse it!

To those who know me in real live life, I know this admission will be a shocker.  But yes, I am a creature of habit.  I may have mentioned this in previous posts, but I have oatmeal for breakfast each day, in the same chair in the cafeteria.  A hard-boiled egg at 9 to hold me over till my salad at 11, then a walk at lunch. Some might consider this boring, while I consider it efficient!

This can be said, in some ways, about my riding as well.  There are just some rides I do every year.  The Chilly Hilly in February, the McClinchy mile in March, and, like this last weekend, The May Day Classic, in well, May.  I knows what I likes, so I keep doing it.

However, this year I finally figured out why I always feel a little ‘off’ at the end.

Continue reading “I don’t like it, reverse it!”

My Favorite place ever!

Last year, on the 4th of July, Michelle and I decided to do something silly and touristy.  We went into Seattle and rode the Duck. image We had a blast!  So this year, since it was a three-day weekend, we were pondering what we should do!  She suggested “Let’s get up early and go to Mt Rainier!!”  “Oh hell yeah!” (all the pics that follow were taken by Michelle and I, some of them turned out well enough that they could have been snagged from google, but nope all ours!) Continue reading “My Favorite place ever!”

I’ve Never Been There!

We were up bright and early today, and I made the Starbucks run for Michelle’s ice tea. Since I am working at the office closer to my house, we aren’t carpooling so I went down as she got ready. As Trish, our favorite barista (except for Stacy the VERY best ever) was making the drink, she asked if we had any fun plans for the long weekend.

I told her we were getting up butt early to head for Mt. Rainier. She just kinda smiled and said the thing that just amazes me every time I hear it. And surprisingly I hear it a LOT! “You know, I’ve lived in Washington all my life, and I have never been to Mt Rainier. I really need to go!” Continue reading “I’ve Never Been There!”

Staying on the Mountain

As many of you know, I took the name Mountainstroh for my email and my web page name back when I used two feet, instead of two wheels, to accomplish my yearly athletic goals.  Over the years I climbed or attempted to climb many large and small mountains.  The ultimate goal, for me, was to summit 14,410 ft Mt. Rainier.

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I never made it, but once you have climbed on a mountain, it stays in your blood.  This means you stay attuned to happenings on the mountain.  This weekend what I got was some very bad news… Continue reading “Staying on the Mountain”