Back In The Game

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I hit the gym for the first time since I can remember. Perhaps sometime in 2015? Definitely not in 2016, it just didn’t happen.

In three weeks I am hiking up to Lonesome Lake in New Hampshire. I’ve done this hike maybe 6 times already. It’s an easy 1.6 mile hike on well traveled paths. However, I always end up winded, tired, and worn out. My goal is to feel less of all these things by the time it’s time to hit the trail.

Today I went to the gym with the intent to work out until I felt as tired as I do when I do this hike. It took about 2 hours to feel this way. I hit 2 different elliptical machines, did a few sets of push ups, lunges, pull ups, and arm pulls(not sure what they’re called). I am not able to do a lot of any of these. However, I’m not disenchanted with that. I just want to improve over time.

An older guy came in towards the end of my time, and he was doing so much more than I was. He must have been twice my age. Again, I’m not disappointed with myself. I’d like to get to his level. It might take all year. Hell, it might take even longer.

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I wrapped up my workout by walking up 10 flights of stairs, and then finishing off by going up and down the last set about 8 times. By then, I felt worn out.

I forgot how much I like that feeling. I worked my body out, worked my heart out.

I’ll keep this going. Boom!

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Hiking Into 2017

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On November 5th, 2016, I hiked my first 4,000 foot mountain in New Hampshire. I only have 47 more to go before I complete them all!

It was a really challenging hike for me, even though roundtrip it was only about 6 miles. My friends and I go on one or two hikes a year, often during the colder months, almost always in the Franconia Notch area of New Hampshire. We’ve traveled to a few of the Appalachian Mount Club’s huts, and I am a huge fan of the AMC’s huts. They’re run by dedicated staff, but some are closed or have limited availability during the winter.  I am partial to the Lonesome Lake Hut, as the hike in the winter is well worn, and you shave off some the hike length when you walk across the lake(when and if it’s safe!).

When we hiked up to Cannon Mountain, we took the Hi-Cannon Trail, which is less traveled than the trail to the Lonesome Lake Hut. At 4,100 feet, Cannon Mountain is the 12th lowest mountain of the 48. However, the weather still changes drastically as you get to the higher elevation. There’s also a ladder that you need to crawl up at one point.

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At the top of this ladder there is a cliff. You need to stand, turn, and continue on the hike. There’s no railing, so you might feel a little vertigo as you turn to keep hiking.

I’m telling this story because I’m hoping to hike more in 2017 than I have in any recent year. As a teenager, I hiked more often with the boy scouts. I’m hoping that 2017 proves to be the kickstarter to a true attempt at reaching the peaks of all 48 4,000 foot peaks in New Hampshire. If I can reach 3 in 2017, that would be a huge accomplishment.

I may go back to this hike again, to talk about preparing for it, and the challenges I’ll face physically.

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I may post again this year, but I’m not sure. If not, happy holidays!

2017 Goals

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Here I am, again.

2012 2014 2015 2016 2017
Run 2 miles without stopping.
Run 5 miles without stopping.
Sign up and compete in a 5K/10K or something similar.
Bike 50 miles in a single day.
Bike 100 miles in a single day.
Bike to City Island, NY, from home.
Become a semi-regular bicycle commuter.

2016 Goals

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Here I am, again.

2012 2014 2015 2016
Run 2 miles without stopping.
Run 5 miles without stopping.
Sign up and compete in a 5K/10K or something similar.
Bike 50 miles in a single day.
Bike 100 miles in a single day.
Bike to City Island, NY, from home.
Become a semi-regular bicycle commuter.

 

2015

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I took a look at  my yearly goals..

2012 2014 2015
Run 2 miles without stopping.
Run 5 miles without stopping.
Sign up and compete in a 5K/10K or something similar.
Bike 50 miles in a single day.
Bike 100 miles in a single day.
Bike to City Island, NY, from home.
Become a semi-regular bicycle commuter.

Kind of depressing. So let’s do this.

Laps

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Last week I swam laps for the first time in maybe 10 years. I might have swam a bit at some point during the last decade, but not once was it more than just swimming around in a leisurely way.

There’s a public pool nearby, and they offer adult lap swim in the mornings and evenings. So far I’ve participated twice in 7 possible days. Twice in 14 possible sessions. That’s obviously not ideal, but between employer obligations and summer fun, I’ll take it.

Swimming was a big part of my life in high school and a bit through college. I wasn’t on a swim team or anything, but I loved swimming. I loved laps. I never figured out how to do the barrel roll flip that so many lap swimmers do, but I never really wanted to. There’s something gratifying about reaching the other side of the pool and slapping your hand on that wet concrete slab. Sure, faster, more graceful swimmers flip back and forth with ease, wracking up the lap totals. I like to count in lengths. I like to stop at each end, if I feel like it. I like the idea that as I build up my strength, I’ll eventually get to the point where I’m gracefully whizzing back and forth, I guess. It’s not about getting to the point of swimming like an olympian, for me. It’s maximizing my body workout when I probably wouldn’t otherwise.

As you can see from the sidebar, I’m maintaining a loss. I’m not going to announce it to the world, but people have commented on the weight loss. It’s primarily been through eating better, drinking more water, and getting more sleep(or trying to).

The next step, as always, is increasing the physical activity aspect of things. Getting a move on with the ol’ bod.

Hopefully I’ll have some more blogging in me as well.

2 Weeks In Sweden

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In about 30 minutes I’ll be boarding a plane bound for Stockholm, Sweden. I’ll be there for the next 2 weeks, and I suspect I won’t have access to a scale during that time. I will definitely have access to a gym, though, and my goal is to establish a habit while I’m over there….by using the gym.

I think it’s an achievable goal, which means I should continue my weight loss without a problem.

The thing is, I’ve heard so many people who stay in hotels for a few weeks end up eating poorly and doing everything except hitting up the hotel gym.

I’m banking on the fact that it’s cold as hell in Stockholm, it’s the only thing I’ll want to do!

I’ll see about posting some pics of my adventures. I plan on walking quite a bit on Saturday and Sunday, so that should be fun.

Sorry for the brief post, I hope to have more soon!

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