When you pushed yourself a bit too far

Over the years, people ask me how I make myself work out.  I am by NO means a gym rat. I honestly hate working out inside.

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So, for years, I have done everything I could to workout in the great outside.  To inspire myself, I sign up for a big event, pay for it, and then train to make sure I have at least a shot to complete it…. Continue reading “When you pushed yourself a bit too far”

Eye of the Tiger

As anyone who knows me in real live life will tell you, when it comes to choices of entertainment, I got stuck in the 80s.  Music, TV, and movies from that era hold a special place in my heart and my itunes.

I also use some of the classic lines from the best movies.  Someone says “May I ask you a question?”  I respond with “Talk to me Goose!” When something works the way I want it to I launch into “I love it when I plan comes together!”  Anytime you can use either “If you will not help me, then TA HELL WITH YOU!”  or “Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of the wimmen!” is a good day! When I am making something work that normally wouldn’t I hear in my head “The world is what you make of it, friend. If it doesn’t fit, you make alterations.” And when overly stressed, you can always feel better with a boisterous “Yippee Ki Ay…….”

More than any other though, from movie and song, the “Eye of the Tiger” has the most affect of them all… Continue reading “Eye of the Tiger”

What I learned from Spin class

Ok, so as you may or may not know, I am once again stuck in Spokane without the bike, my main means of exercise.  I know, I could disassemble mine and fly it over, but since I fly home every weekend, I just can’t see doing that twice every weekend.  And yep I know I could buy a +1 bike, and keep it over here, but I am a cheap SOB.

Instead, I compromised.  I knew the work out room in the gym was not going to cut it, so I signed up for spin classes.  HEY I can ride a bike for 16 hours straight and cover 200 miles in a day, how hard can this be….  (yep famous last words) Continue reading “What I learned from Spin class”

Racking up the miles: November 2014

When my buddy Dave and I were in college, we coined a phrase.  Well, to be honest, we coined many terms and phrases. This led to the us developing the infamous Strohs to English Dictionary, which we may discuss someday.

However, the phrase I am thinking of for this post was: “Never let going to class interfere with going to college!” There are so many fun things that occur daily at WSU, that classes could get in the way of enjoying them.

Nowadays, I wish I could rewrite that to say, “Never let going to work interfere with riding your bike!”  Why?  Because once again the miles this month were limited…. Continue reading “Racking up the miles: November 2014”

Couple Steps in the right direction today!

Today was a good day in Strohville as far as being healthy and making progress for 2014!  As we all know, I am the first to put myself down if I don’t do the right thing or if I skip a few days that I shouldn’t, so I thought I’d point out a good day and the things I did right!

But before I do, I want to give a shout out to my buddy Rod Brooks.  Now in the interest of a full disclosure, Rod is one of the execs (yep the big kahunas) at my company.  What is very cool about my company, as opposed to others, is that someone at that level and I CAN be friends, We are fellow COUGS, and enjoy each others company.

The shout out, is the fact he has gathered together a group of us misfits to a Facebook page to be mutually supportive in our endeavors to get healthier.  He is leading the charge with daily selfless of himself working out, and I believe his efforts are helping all of us!  If you want to know more about him, check out his blog Seeing the Edge.

Editors note:  for those who may think I am working on brown nose points, it aint my style.  Trust me if the man was a jerk and I didn’t like and respect him, he would NOT be mentioned here.  Believe it or not I do have standards! He has earned the shout out and I appreciate his efforts.

OK enough of that, lets talk about me!  Continue reading “Couple Steps in the right direction today!”

Nuthin Stops Her

Folks I have a bad habit. 

OK, to be truthful, I am sure I have a LOT more than just one bad habit. 

But this habit I am discussing involves working out.  When I find something I like, say cycling, I missilelock on it and do nothing BUT that for a work out.

When I was climbing mountains, I would hike every weekend.  Then, a couple times a week, I would get to Seattle early, strap on the backpack and go up and down a set of stairs (298 steps one way) up to ten times.

When I was a runner, I would run, and only run, occasionally throwing in a session at the stairs. 

See the pattern?  As a cyclist, whether inside or on the road, all I do is pedal. 

Today I mixed things up a bit, and I can feel it….  Continue reading “Nuthin Stops Her”

Medicinal Properties?

There are many things in this world that supposedly have medicinal qualities.  Some I believe in, while others I am not so sure.  For example, I am 100% behind Linus Pauling and vitamin C.  When people started getting sick at work, or the kids start catching colds, I dose up.  I take 3000 mg a day in pill form PLUS at least one orange a day.  My theory is whatever my body doesn’t need it will get rid of.  (It also means I will never get scurvy.)

My wife and I also are firm believers that Kraft Mac and Cheese is medicinal.  Don’t ask me why, but no matter how bad I feel, I always feel better after a bowl of that.  Especially the way I make it.  This makes as much sense to me as people who do “oil pulling” or go to acupuncturists.  It’s not weird if it works.

My contention, though, is exercise outdoors has medicinal properties. Continue reading “Medicinal Properties?”