A Cardio Challenge Three Years in the Making

October 16, 2017

Three years ago this month my Bowflex Max Trainer M5 showed up at my door. I’ve blogged about many times, and it really is a remarkable, challenging machine. It’s kinda like if an elliptical and stepmill had a baby… that was much better than both of its parents.

The Max Trainer is the cornerstone of my at-home workouts, and I’ve used it every week since I got it. So, in honor of the anniversary, I’ve come up with a challenge designed to see how far I’ve come on this machine, and then push me further. Read the rest of this entry »

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October Weigh-In And Workout Progress Report

October 8, 2017

I updated my weight loss chart with the results of my monthly weigh-in:

After holding steady in September, I was down one pound! The one-pound loss is excellent, and Read the rest of this entry »


ABBA Overload and Sculptures Galore (Sweden: Part Two)

September 25, 2017

Time for Part Two of my Sweden Two-Parter! My first Sweden post focused on food. This one is about everything else, including exercise. And ABBA!

On my first full day in Sweden, Katherine and I headed into Stockholm to check out the ABBA Museum. It’s technically called Read the rest of this entry »


Running to New Heights… Across a Suspension Bridge! (Conquer the Bridge Race Recap)

September 4, 2017

You know it’s going to be a good day when you’re pinning a race bib to your shirt at 5:30 am!

I’ve done a few running races this year (like the 10K Pride Run and the 10K Coaster Run), but I was much more excited for this race – because it was in a location that, the rest of the year, is completely closed to pedestrians: Read the rest of this entry »


I Don’t Want To Be Judged… So I Need To Stop Judging Others

August 24, 2017

I’ve been training in a skyscraper stairwell again. I’ve headed to a 55-story skyscraper twice in the past few weeks to climb the stairs, and I’m headed back there tomorrow.

I noticed myself thinking unfair thoughts while in the stairwell during those two workouts, so I’m calling myself out on it, because I need to stop. I need to shift my thinking. Read the rest of this entry »


The. Hardest. Hike. I’ve. Ever. Done. PERIOD.

August 9, 2017

My last post ended in a cliffhanger: thanks to the cancellation of the Red Bull 400, I had some free time in Whistler, British Columbia, as well as the desire to do something physically challenging. That desire was fulfilled… by doing the most difficult hike I’ve ever done. And with a great group of friends!

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I Traveled 1,300 Miles to Compete in a Race… That was CANCELLED the Night Before!

August 7, 2017

This past weekend turned out NOTHING like I was expecting. I went to Whistler, a ski resort town in British Columbia, to compete in an notoriously difficult race, but mother nature had her own ideas. The race was the Red Bull 400, the steepest 400-meter running race on the planet. Why is it so steep? Because you’re running up an Olympic ski jump.

Two thumbs down for a cancelled race!

These ski jumps were built for the 2010 Winter Olympics, and normally they’re used in the winter, when jumpers reach speeds of Read the rest of this entry »