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Snowboarding at Loon Mountain

I went up to Loon Mountain yesterday and did my first snowboarding of the season. I’d never been to Loon, but it seemed nice. It’s early enough in the season that only a small fraction of the runs were open, and the conditions weren’t perfect, but it was a cold crisp day, with some light snow falling, and I had a great time.

Most of my snowboard gear is from about 10-11 years ago, so this season I’m updating a few elements. I picked up a new jacket and gloves last week and Saturday was my trial run for both. I used to ride with a thicker warm jacket that I’d just wear over a t-shirt, but I’m trying some layering with my new Rome DSK jacket.

It worked great, I was warm, and I LOVE the jacket! Having a snow skirt that hooks up with your snow pants means you keep warm and dry regardless of the wind or any butt sliding wipeouts you may have. Likewise my Burton gloves were Goretex, warm and dry. They have inner liner gloves that stay on your hands when take off the gloves, which is great, because if you need to fiddle with your bindings, headphones, sunglasses, etc… you can do it with optimal dexterity, but still keeping your fingers warm. Big fan. I need new boots through, after 11 years most of the padding and insulation are packed down to the point of uselessness.

Loon is only about 1:45 minutes away so it’s an easy day trip, especially if, like me, you’re only good for 3-4 hours on the slopes (although I assume that will get better as I get back into snowboarding shape). I’m planning on going a LOT this winter. Last year I only made it twice, right at the end of the season, and I regretted it. So this year I hope to hit the slopes a couple times a month at least. Wish me luck!

OMG Push Ups

So I’ve officially crossed from having my pecs be the weak link, to my triceps. They hurt.

105 push ups in 8 minutes exactly.

Week 3, Day 1 – Still More Push Ups

Man, that’s a lot of push ups. I just finished Week 3, Day 1. I started out a little sore from the set of 35 I did yesterday, but made it trough today’s work out:

99 push ups in 6 minutes


Also, I went running/jogging/walking this morning. Second day in a row, so my legs are a bit sore, but I feel good about having done it.

Vancouver and Push Ups

We spent three days in Vancouver. It’s a lovely train ride there and back, about four hours right along the water, so you can look out and see the ocean, and on the way up at least seven bald eagles – which was amazing. I really love Vancouver. It’s a very clean city, nice people, lots to do. We stay in Yaletown, which is a pretty hip area, with about 50 amazing resturaunts within walking distance, some great clothing stores, nice hotels, and the most beautiful people I’ve found. 9 out of 10 men and omen you see on the street there look like models, and are well dressed and generally put together. It’s a sharp contrast to the general Seattle look which is all too often flip flops and ratty sweatpants.

We had a good time, I only wish it was a longer trip, but Emma’s work schedule makes it hard. I can really work from anywhere I have a good network connection, so it’s easy for me to work during the day in any city, and then go have fun and explore after 5.

I also did my post-week 2 push up retest, and managed to bang out 35 in a row. That’s just over double what I could do two weeks ago. I also got up at 6:45 this morning and went for a run/jog/walk to the gym, which was closed:(, and back. So I’m feeling pretty good.

I hope you all had a great 4th of July!

Even More Push Ups

I just finished my Day 3, Week 2 push-up workout. I did 79 push-ups in about 12 minutes. So I’m up 11 push-ups versus last week, which isn’t too bad. How are you doing?

We’re up in Vancouver for a few days. I’m working during the day, and we’re going out at night. I love this city. I’d move here if I could. Great people, great restaurants, great outdoors, all of it.

I wish everyone a great Fourth of July!