Great Ride in the heat yesterday followed by and encore ride this morning before work which was filled with monster hills up and down. This is my favorite time of year in phoenix where it is nice and cool in the am and hot in the afternoon. I had the pleasure of seeing a tortoise.
I am finally down below 170lbs. It has been a little challenge eating healthy and being on the road 4 days a week but I bring 4-5 meals with me as well as healthy snacks. I am defiantly going to be cruise ready. My goal is 165 or less before the cruise which is at the end of may. Time to enjoy a cup of Japanese green tea and get ready for work.
This morning started with some nerve-racking but fun mountain biking. All was well until I got 2 flats in the first run. Then I was nervous that I was going to make the group wait. Everything in my body was shaking. Not from fear I have done Geronimo a few time and I am getting better and better. It was holding the group up that was screwing with my mind. Lucky for me I had 2 tubes. When I got to the bottom they had not even been waiting long because they were waiting for someone else. The next ride was national to 32nd street. I guess it’s not an official trail but it was great. Steep as shit but not very technical. I decides to call it because my front side wall was in bad shape and I didn’t want to pinch the tube.
After deciding I needed more of a workout I bought a speed stack and went to 24 hour Fitness.
Now I am dead and at the pool working on my tan and practicing relaxing. Erin says I can not relax it be quiet. I’ll have you know I have not opened my mouth for an hour!
Oh and I have to leave you with this, WTF
She will never get laid!
I was up bright and early to get a workout in before a day of fun, I mean work, umm, well what ever you want to call it. I am overnighting in San Luis Obispo, CA. After and awesome breakfast that consisted of an omelet, red skin potatoes, a grapefruit, and strawberries and cream my Captain and I took the cruisers out for a spin.
On Sunday I agreed to participate in the Optimism Run for Parkinson’s Disease 5K that my wife helped create. I was joined by my friend Natalie who really ought to have a running blog because she is obsessed.
I placed 1st in my age group and 24th overall with a time of 20:48! NICE! This was 2:30 faster than my goal.
Later I had to make dinner for myself because Erin was working. I made the best fish sandwich I have ever had. I grilled Snapper and some onions and pablano chilies, and put fresh tomatoes on top. I also grilled up some asparagus to go with it. It was amazing.
I think that a big part of eating healthy is learning to cook. Erin has turned into a great chef and it has defiantly changed how much we go out and helped me getting into better shape.
Are you sick of buying protein bars that are: A).expensive B).full of crap you can’t pronounce or C). Both? I don’t even want to know how much we spend on bars every month because we try to buy the “natural” and “organic” ones. Chad came up with a great idea to make our own. If you don’t
care have time to make your own try Picky Bars. They boast that their bars are “allergy sensitive, athlete designed, gluten and dairy free.” And they are delicious. We based our recipe off the ingrediants in their Smooth Caffeinator bar.
First, I must warn you that these are messy and I had to go to a couple stores to get all the ingrediants. The recipe starts by blending dates and apricots. I thought that my beloved food processor would make things easy. Wrong. The blades wouldn’t turn in the stickyness of the dried fruit. Chad started chopping and…
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So I forgot that Erin’s charity 5k was this weekend and I was expected to race. I went out and did a hard 5k yesterday after not running for 2 weeks due to a mountain bike crash. Now my hip hurts and my foot feels better. I think that I am getting old. Next I will have sciatica.
Today I am back in Monterey, CA living the hard life and again was back at the London Bridge Pub for some awesome fish and chips and an IPA. I took a nice walk to the Warf with my flight attendant and tried a few clam chowders. Along the way we saw this:
WTF Who in their right mind would ever buy a $100 dollar lollipop. If you buy this you’re an idiot! If you buy this for your kids, they should be taken away from you.
Since the Bangle’s cheerleader is banging one of her student I thought that I would share this epic Southpark episode with you.
This morning my friend Ryan let me borrow his Ducati monster. Bob and I went on a nice breakfast ride and had breakfast at Cave Creek Coffee Company aka C4. C4 has the best coffee and chorizo breakfast burritos in Phoenix. What an awesome feeling having an Italian machine back between my legs. I can’t wait till I can go back to GOAZ and buy a new motorcycle.
Around 3 o’clock Drew and I got on the Gnar Gnar shuttle at South Mountain and started off riding Geronimo. The 1st ride could have went better. I broke my rear brake lever right at the beginning.
Luck for me there was still enough left to ride. We then moved on to Holbert which is a chunky mess. I did have to walk a few sections but overall it went great. This was very encouraging. We decided to do Geronimo one more time and it went much better. We got to ride with Gene Hamilton from betterride.net. What a pleasure he was a great down to earth guy. No big crashes today. Tomorrow back out on the cross-country trails. I am loving this bike it does everything.
This past weekend we went backpacking in the Superstition Mountains. Friday was supposed to be the easy night. We stayed at Canyon Lake Campground and Marina. Cooking the hamburgers on a grate (that we had to supply) was not as easy as it looks. We lost many hamburgers to the fire. The bathrooms here were disgusting. Oh an did I mention there were street lights that never go off. That being said we were on the water, the beer was cold, and the s’mores were delicious.
Saturday morning we loaded up our packs and were off on Boulder Canyon trail into the wild. Hiking is very different with a 40lb backpack. We picked one of the hottest days of the year to hike in. Erin says it was 95. We encountered some wild life along the way and the girls flipped out. I am not saying I love rattlesnakes but you would have thought a mountain lion was ready to strike. 5 minutes later another one rattles at us and this one was a giant. Now even I am like this could be ugly. I mean I don’t care that they are there but are they really everywhere. Rob and I went ahead and checked for snakes on the path down to the dry creek. We hiked up the creek and finally stopped for some rest. We set up some tarps that provided a bit of shade and were thinking of camping there. Luckily 2 other hikers walked by and said that there were pools of water up ahead. They even gave us some iodine tablets so we could drink it.
One the way to the water my shoes gave way.
We boiled water and made our freeze-dried dinners as well as hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps. In the middle of the night I am told that there was an animal rumbling around the camp site and Drew thought the mountain lions was there for him. We never actually saw any animals around there except a box turtle earlier that was very mad that I picked him up.
The next morning we were up early to try to get back before it got hot. We got back a lot faster but I am not going to lie my legs were trashed along with my shoes!
What a blast! Guys always think that we are capable of living with nothing out in the wild but for most of us we would die. I would maybe last a week if conditions are perfect and I didn’t have to rely on the survival guide that my brother downloaded to his iPhone which even included what to do if zombies attack!