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Triathlon – June 15th

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What started as an off-hand joke at Christmas has grown into a full out challenge. The High-Cliff Sprint Triathlon.

Challenge accepted.

Mainly because I need to get more physically active and get the motivation to get into a habit of working out this is an excellent challenge for me. Simply put, I need to start working out regularly if I expect to finish the race. In the last 3 days I’ve done about 30 miles on the stationary bike in the basement.

So far I’m using Fitocracy to track my workouts and BodBot to generate the (non-stationary bike) workouts.
I started using Fitocracy last year so it made since to continue to track my activities on that site; however unless you pay for the premium site offerings it only works as a tracking site for you activities. BodBot on the other hand generates your workouts for free – and you pay for the tracking side of the site. A perfect match!

As a result I’m using BodBot’s generated workouts with an additional dose of stationary cycling.The workout activities generated by BodBot are targeted based upon your setup choices and can be swapped out for similar activities. So far any specific exercise I’ve come across that required a piece of gym equipment I’ve been able to swap out for something I can do at home without it.

Hannah Pappas

I’ve been away from the blog here way to long (just over a year according to the dates).

The biggest item of note in the last year is the birth of Hannah just about 4 months ago (wow, time flies).
Looking back, it’s crazy what the total impact has been and both Angie and I are still learning what that impact really is – and will be for the rest of our lives.

Hannah is asleep now in her crib, baby monitor on the desk in front of me as I type. The LED’s on the front of it are bouncing up and down to the heartbeat sound that’s playing in the room still. I’m really not sure who needs that sound more now – Hannah in her room or Angie and I in our room via the baby monitor. It’s beating while all of us sleep every night now.

Here’s some photos from the 1st week-

Attic Fun!

Been a while since I posted something here… whoops.

Spent some time the last few weekends up in my attic adding some insulation, that’s about it for anything major. Hopefully it pays off this winter now that I’ve tripled the attic insulation.
No photos yet, will get some this weekend after the finishing touches are completed.

Going in to work at about 4am so I’ve got to keep it low key tonight, got some trainning to take care of on 3rd shift.

Long weekend!

A 3 day weekend! A well needed 3 day weekend!

Got today off with a pretty good start;

-Finished off at work a little early. Most people were out on vacation anyhow so it was pretty slow. Was able to get caught up on a lot of random work though as nobody was around to interrupt me.
-Got home and worked on the Pergola a bit more. Had to stain some more boards. Revised my plan to attach the cover, went from about $50 to $3 to attach it securely.  The cover arrive earlier this week. It goes up tomorrow!
-Helped push a stalled car out of the Northland/Mead 4 lane intersection. An elderly man and his wife stalled out during rush hour. He was able to call AAA, but physically unable to push a car. I pulled into a nearby parking lot and with help from some other people that also stopped we moved him into a packing lot nearby.
-Mowed the lawn (I think I’ve mowed it more this year already than I did all last year…)
-Cut down some branches on the pine tree that so low they were borderline hitting cars in the neighbors driveway if they were wet.

Going to be a busy 3 day weekend.




Entire project took us about 2 weeks to complete – and it looks fantastic on our deck now!

It’s a 14 by 16 foot pergola that makes out backyard look 10 times nicer already.

Now we’ll have to get started on the other yard related projects. 🙂