I thought that I would embrace my inner-farmer this morning by rising early and tending to my fields (lawns). Instead I chose to embrace my inner-commuter and get to work before traffic becomes shitty. The lawns will be dealt with this afternoon as my exercise for the day.

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I find it fascinating that I can ride a bicycle for sixty miles in four hours, but I struggle to run for eight minutes.

I’m also struggling at work, and will be trying to figure out my bugs today while at the Waschsalon. If I am successful my exercise today will be “running” the SLUT hash.

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Today is the first of May, so as we all know, “outdoor fucking starts today” 🙄 (see also: Jonathan Coulton’s song “First of May”).

Today is also a National Holiday in Germany known as Wandertag.

As for me, here is what I was referring to yesterday…

“Every Day in May”
While this isn’t a revelation, my goal this month is to do the following every day in May:
– (real) exercise at least thirty minutes.
– spend at least two hours on “professional self-improvement” (writing code, reading, books, etc). My goal is to have at least two iOS apps in my professional portfolio as I continue to attempt to remain employable.
– spend at least thirty minutes, hopefully at least an hour, studying German. My goal is to register for, and then pass, the B1-level (im currently finishing up the four quarters on the B2 level) proficiency test this Fall.
– drink at least one beer 🙂

From where will I make up this 3.5 hours daily? Good question. Since it’s no longer cold I will be tempted to stay in bed less than when it is cold. I will also attempt to limit the amount of time I spend, no waste, by being idle or doing things mindlessly.

Wish me luck, or more importantly, please hold me to this.

April 2019 Summary

04/01 – ?, V, hashing 🙂
04/02 – 212.2, V, walking 🙂
04/03 – ?, V, nothing 😢
04/04 – ?, M, nothing 😢
04/05 – ?, V, nothing 😢
04/06 – ?, V, cycling 🙂
04/07 – ?, V, nothing 😢
04/08 – ?, V, walking 😕
04/09 – 215.8, M, nothing 😢
04/10 – ?, V, walking 😕
04/11 – ?, V, nothing 😢
04/12 – ?, V, nothing 😢
04/13 – ?, V, cycling 😀
04/14 – ?, V, hashing 😀
04/15 – ?, V, hashing 😀
04/16 – 212.8, V, walking 😕
04/17 – ?, M, manual labor 😕
04/18 – ?, V, nothing 😢
04/19 – ?, V, nothing 😢
04/20 – ?, V, nothing 😢
04/21 – ?, M, cycling (~30 miles) 😁
04/22 – ?, V, walking 😕
04/23 – 212.4, V, nothing 😢
04/24 – ?, V* (meal with chicken stock), nothing 😢
04/25 – ?, V, nothing 😢
04/26 – ?, V, cycling (40 miles) 😁
04/27 – ?, V, cycling (60 miles) 😁
04/28 – ?, V, cycling (28 miles) 😀
04/29 – ?, V, nothing 😢
04/30 – 212.4, M, nothing 😢

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It felt weird consciously staying away from the hash last night, but it also felt great to spend a night at home, even if I was busy. I stopped at Kroger and bought some mushrooms, made some delicious mushroom risotto in my Instant Pot and ate some, before popping open laptops to try and get some work done.

Today we close the books on the first quarter third of 2019. How’s your year going? Mine has been okay, could have been better. Tomorrow I’ll introduce my May challenge.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 212.4 pounds (0.0 from last week’s weigh-in; 0.0 from last year’s weigh-in); yes, I am adding in year-over-year changes now that I realized that I can do so.

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What a fun weekend. Sure, we weathered a storm on Thursday night, but it was gone by a reasonable hour on Friday morning. Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts the entire cast of Spring Tune Up knuckleheads wasn’t there, but I think all of us lucky enough to attend had a great time.

I rode 40 miles on Friday, 60 on Saturday, and 28 yesterday.

Today I am going to give my body a break from exercise, and beer.

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Oh hi! I forgot today is Friday.

Forty miles ridden, nearly beer-thirty.

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Enjoy your Rosa’s lunch today.

I’m busy working, keeping my eyes on the weather forecast, as well as scrambling to get all of my cycling and camping gear packed into the M6. My ETD is 13:00.

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I am in the office at 6:30am, mostly because I didn’t start watching the rugby game that started an hour ago [whoops those games are tomorrow!]. Unfortunately I don’t think that an early departure will accompany my early arrive due to meetings scheduled for this afternoon.

And, if you are a fan of the 99% Invisible podcast, or if you have never heard of it, you should check out this week’s episode. Why? Because this episode is about the American sculptor Noguchi, whose iconic coffee table you’ve undoubtedly seen in magazines, and who was the designer of that odd-looking playground in Piedmont Park.

Here is a photo of part of the slide that I took nearly twelve years ago(!) before the playground was renovated.
Unsafe At Any Speed

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Last night I somehow managed to screw up a dead trail, I’ll blame the fact that i laid it backward. I intended to take the hash through Canbagetown Park, but was already headed away from it when I discovered my faux pas. Combine that with all of my shiggy sections falling through the pack was forced to run a four-mile mostly-road run. We did manage to have a decent ending, the new bar “Manny’s” in Grant Park.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 212.4 pounds (-0.4 from last week’s weigh-in); not great, but still headed in the right direction.

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Hummus for breakfast.

Except for the fact that I was the harbinger for losing on Saturday when all three teams for which I was rooting — Werder Bremen, Atlanta United, Georgia Swarm — lost their respective games, it was a wonderful weekend.

I will be the first to say the the pedestrian doesn’t ALWAYS have the right of way, but when I have the walk signal and you are turning, I demand that you stop. You rightfully assume that didn’t occur for me this morning and I was a bit perturbed.

“Wee Is Risen #2, The Resurrection” occurs tonight; 7:30pm start at Glenwood Park Kroger. It’s not going to be my best effort, but whatever. At least I will get some much-needed exercise by walking my trail.

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