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!

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.

First Bike Ride of 2012! With Pics!

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I biked 25.44 miles today, since the temperatures were approaching the 60’s today. I decided the nice weather was a great chance to do a dry run on what my commute might be, by bicycle. It’s roughly 13 miles one way, and I arrived in about one hour and 15 minutes. I think that is the absolute best case scenario, and expect a ride could take up to one hour and 45 minutes. My commute by train takes roughly an hour door to door, so it’s not the craziest idea to bike to work.

I’m going to see about biking again tomorrow,just to get my body used to the idea of biking on back to back days, like the summer.

Great day for a ride, and it gave me a lot to think about!

30 Days Of Biking, September 2011

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Last year, I biked 34 straight days. This year, I hope to surpass that. May even start early. I biked today to get my bike fixed, and I’m good to go.

Here are some photos of my attempt at biking every day in April…which was ended early due to a trip where I couldn’t bike.

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Bike2K, miles & baseballs

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Isn’t it amazing how you can change the direction of your focus, just by doing something? I’ve biked over 30 miles over the last two days, and it has reminded me of how much I enjoyed biking last summer. I really plan on busting the bike out for a record number of miles this year.

Last night I went biking with the gf, and we stopped at the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, the low level minor league team of the New York Mets. We were going to see about getting cheap seats(lol. All seats are cheap at the Cyclones), and a guy from a local college called us over. Free tickets! Woohoo!

Tonight I went biking alone and did a really big neighborhood loop before heading down to Coney Island and to the minor league park again. I stopped for a drink there, and waited around for 10 minutes before another guy offered me free tickets. I locked up my bike and enjoyed a few innings of baseball. It was fun.

I also passed along a street that doesn’t have an official bike lane, but the shoulder is big enough, it might as well be a bike lane. In NYC, bike lanes create big controversies, politically and legally. It’s kind of funny, in a way, because I’ve probably biked 500 miles on streets without bike lanes. Just get on your bike and go, whether there’s a lane or not. Just be careful!

Body Movin’

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I biked 11 miles tonight, which included a stop at a minor league baseball game. There was a guy giving away free tickets…and I can’t turn down free tickets!

On Friday I’m heading up to Boston to visit friends and family. I decided I’m going to bike to the bus stop in Manhattan, put the bike on the bus, then bike from Boston to my parents house. I think it’ll be fun. On Sunday, I’ll bike to the bus, then bike from where the bus drops me off in Manhattan.

I may do a nice long ride tomorrow, and if so, I’ll post pics afterwards.

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