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First interview

Correne Coetzer over at www.explorersweb.com has put up my first interview.  Thank you!  You can read the contents of the interview here.

Explorersweb.com is a good place to keep up on the latest expeditions and adventures

Hut in Greenland during a blizzard
Hut in Greenland during a blizzard

around Earth.  They cover almost every imaginable exploration zone: polar, oceanic, mountain and space.  Plus, they cover medicine and tech, making their news product unique.

It’s worth a little time to surf around their site and learn about the adventurers of the world.  These news articles may make you think about our planet in a different way.  If nothing else, you can live vicariously, enjoying the thrill of exploration and discovery.

And the reading sure beats following the follies of the Kardashian clan or keeping up on the latest Bieber updates.

Transit of Venus Photographs

Woo hoo, I actually got some pictures of the transit of Venus, 6:44PM PST.

Yes, better than my cruddy solar eclipse photos.  Interestingly, the internal reflections from all my filters and 80-400mm Nikon actually give me better images than the direct.

Transit of Venus
Transit of Venus

Click on the photos to get the full image.

Transit of Venus with trees
Transit of Venus with trees
Transit of Venus with tree limb
Transit of Venus with tree limb

 

Pulverized

It’s amazing how rapidly dragging a tire will pulverize your foot wear. I have absolutely shredded down my old skull crusher boots. I name them as such because when the going gets tough, these are what I go to.

This particular pair of Vasque boots have seen service in Yellowstone, Greenland, Europe, Washington, the Rockies, the Sierras – just about everywhere rough and tumble. They have seen 120° and they have seen -20°. Every time, these waffle stompers have worked perfectly.

So, the old pair are being replaced. I do have some shoe repair material to level them out and maybe make them half serviceable for lawn work but they’re done otherwise.

Long live the trusty boot.

Worn vs new:

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Getting chunk

So now I’m going to try this approach over the weekend and during the week.

Whenever I am wandering around or doing something, I have to have food in my hand. As long as I am not working out, I need to be attached to food. Perhaps this will help?

It’s something I’m going to try to gain a little weight. Perhaps the power of suggestion will help me get chunked.

Finding adventure

My latest fortune cookie said, “You will soon find new adventure in life.”

Adventure always sounds good but really, it’s only when things go sideways does adventure happen. Adventure means the plan went wrong and you have switched to Plan B. That is where things become interesting.

I’m interested in exploration, discovery, learning something new about the world. I want to share my experiences with the world, too.

This expedition to Antarctica is all about finding the edge of the human limit, helping people find there can be something greater than yourself, knowing that it’s okay to pursue your own personal dream, and learning to help others.

In working on this project, I’ve learned that I can’t do everything myself. I’ve had to tap friends, family, and many interesting people I have met along the way. I expect that group will expand as I go along, too.

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The Tamarack Crawl

Once I realized the top of my foot was bugging me, I knew I needed to lay off the running for a few days.  No need to get really hurt by turning something slightly annoying into a major catastrophe.

So instead, I chose to ride over one of my favorite hills in Carlsbad several times.  I’ve

Tamarack elevation profile
Tamarack elevation profile

written about the grade on Tamarack before but this time I captured the elevation plot on my Garmin GPS 62s.  Having it was nice because I was able to see how much total climbing was done.  That information allows me to gauge where I am in terms of strength and speed by looking at the total climb and how long it takes me to complete it.

For this particular day, I chose to do 5 runs up and over the hill to Carlsbad Middle School and then back again.  Each time my speed improves.  Somehow, going up that steep hill never seems easy no matter how fast I’m going, though.  But at least for the first two passes, I was able to keep above 6 MPH all the way up.  That was pretty surprising to me.  By the end, I’m having difficulty keeping above 5 MPH.

Since my bike’s front crank is geared more for speed than hill climbing, this isn’t too bad of a feat.  It’s not like I’ll be tackling the Pyrenees on the Tour any time soon but it’s a good measure.

I felt pretty good getting home.  But, being fatigued, one doesn’t always think straight.  I was reaching around to power down the GPS but didn’t have both feet unclipped from my peddles.

Down I went!  Bam.

Owch
Owch

No serious harm was done, but now I had a sore, scraped up knee and a bruised hand on top of already having a sore foot.  So my idea of taking the load off one area of my body ended up costing somewhere else anyway.  I’m good today but still.  Over 1800 miles on my bike, I’ve had 3 zero speed crashes now.  Not bad.  I guess.

Hunger

For the past two days I have not been that hungry. I look at food and I feel like I need it but after a couple bites, it just doesn’t do anything for me. It’s rather annoying.

I have experienced this when trekking before, when I know I need lots of calories but nothing looks particularly
appetizing. That is the one thing you have to learn – sometimes you just have to pack it down even though you’re not feeling it.

This is doubly troublesome when I need to be gaining about a pound a week and I’m not been making a lot of headway. The last few days before this, I was actually doing well hitting my 4000 cal a day target.

Normally I had a lot of fruits and vegetables during the day, at least when I’m at a desk job. Doing this wildly high calorie diet might just have run me into the wall.

It is either that or I since I throttled it back to 70 minute workouts a day, my body is revolting a little bit. This is all a very interesting experiment to try and get used to eating large amounts of food and gaining weight.

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Sore

I did a little test last night while walking barefoot on the beach. A few days ago, I did a tow and then run combination. I found that doing it in that order was a mistake.

It was warm that day, so I was sweating a lot and pushing it hard. But then I felt a little bit of soreness on the top of my right foot. It was nothing to stop me from running, so I kept going but more gently. It had to do with running downhill, something that is always tough on the body no matter what.

During last night’s test, every several hundred yards on the beach, I twisted and pulled on my foot to see what was going on. It feels like a little bit of the fibrous tissue across the top of my foot hurts at certain angles. It doesn’t bark when sitting around, though. If it did, I would be more worried.

One thing that has happened is I have worn out all my running shoes, so I’m not wearing them anymore. I’ve been marching around in my boots all the time. I think this may be weakening my feet. It is time to go find myself a couple pair of walking shoes, as I do not run in regular shoes any more.

Today it’s a few doses of Advil and then no running. Maybe I’ll go for a bike ride or something that doesn’t use the top of my foot.

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