Thursday, November 8, 2012
I haven't posted anything for over two years. My last post was about my climb up Lone Peak, which was my goal for about two years. I guess since I accomplished it I sort of took a two year break from doing anything else but watching all those high school teenage drama shows on Netflix that I never watched. There's a lot of TV out there and I had a lot of catching up to do. One Tree HIll, Vampire Diaries, Friday Night Lights. There are some others but those were my three love affairs. That's all you need know.
I did run a half marathon. Ran it in 2 hrs and 2 minutes. That's all I have to say about that goal....other than it sucked any possible desire I ever had to run a full marathon out of my system. There is never any reason good enough to run longer than one hour (unless you're being chased, or trying to save somebody's life)...and even that is stretching it.
Tiffany, Amy, other runners...I know you disagree but if you look deep enough into your eyes (through the mirror) you will see the truth of my words standing there...you may even start to cry...and you will know...it's okay to stop running. There's nothing to run from anymore. Stop. Turn around. And tell yourself and anyone standing by you, "I'm tired from kicking so much butt!"
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Yes, the mountain is a learning experience, and it's free (if you don't count the time off work and the mental and emotional exertion)
Dan and Adam worked the mountain like it was the living room. Poor Adam, I think the closest one to Adam's age was still 10 yrs older then him. He and Dan could've done the hike in 7 hrs or so. However, they are extremely smart and opted for the company of the less agile and age-ed.
We did the 12 mile, 5700 foot elevation gain hike in 10 hrs. I think that's awesome. Definitely my favorite hike I've ever done. Unforgettable. I can't stop looking at the Peak. I drive Suncrest as often as I can to get a look at that gorgeous beast.
Thanks to all who hiked it. I love you all! You all add so much to the experience. It wouldn't be the same without you. This is the first summer I've had the great opportunity to hike with my brother Dan. There are 7 years separating us, so we've not had many opportunities to do things together and this summer has been a treat. Love you Dan.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Amy, Tiff and I sat at Zupa's today. I ate an asian salad (mmmm...sesame ginger dressing), Tiffany some onion soup with coconut (barfarama) and Amy some lame drink...probably water...because she ate a sandwich before she came...that's cheating (and I can accuse her of that and not fear Karma because I too have been guilty of that treachery). Anyway, Amy sat there mocking her brother's parenting skills with caustic and slanderous digs. I agreed 100 percent with Amy's analysis of why the kids have poor.....(fill in the blank...I still don't dare say it). And then, the epiphany decended upon us, like a train on it's track (oh...that's a good one)....Amy proceeded to dare Karma to prove her wrong. Almost shouting the child raising errors to the skies. Give her a chance big K....prove her wrong. Give her some kids of her own and SHOW her. TEACH her. SUBDUE her! I dare you. (By the way, Amy is single, she run's 6 miles a day, rode the Lotoja, and ran into a tree in college when trying to escape a boy chasing after her). Seriously, why not? If there is something missing in our lives, critisize someone who has what we want, and I bet....pretty soon...we will be on our way to having exactly what we want.
I'm gonna get a bumper sticker make for this : Tricking Karma since October 20, 2009.
And a wooden sign with this painted: Kicking Karma est 10/20/09 which will hang where my real one ought to have been hanging for the last 10 years.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Olive and James with their favorite aunt
Max in skeleton PJ's and tights
Sam and me after chowing on ice cream
Max demonstrating downdog
Just rescued Sam from getting pelted with water (I thought it was funny, he didn't)
Tiff and I on a campout up Big Cottonwood
This IS NOT Lone Peak, but I wanted you to see a picture of mountains incase you didn't know what they are
I couldn't sleep the night before. I can never sleep when I'm excited about something. All night the elevation and distance of the hike were running through my head as I made comparisons to other hikes (Olympus, Pfeifferhorn, Timpanogos). Seriously, numbers rolled through my brain all night. It also didn't help that the wind was blowing...I can't stand the wind...except for the time I was a passenger on the Santa Maria (sister to Nina and Pinta) crossing the Atlantic.
To be honest, I felt like I should throw the towel in when my alarm went off. No sleep, wind and an already 76 degrees is not a combo platter I want to order. However, you all know I can be extremely stubborn and I was afraid this might be my last chance for the year, since snow was predicted for the following day (prediction correct). I didn't care. I just wanted to accomplish my goal. So off we went.
And stupid (but a fighter too, yes?)
So when I forgot to clock the distance on the dirt road (supposed to go 2.6 miles) to the trailhead we just weren't sure where to start. Tiffany expressed some concern about getting too late of a start, I of course shrugged it off and thought we should go back and clock the distance....we would only be 40 minutes behind schedule. Tiff is a person that I think understands how I operate....I just need time to come to the right decision...AND I need an insurmountable obstacle in my way. WHich is why I'm positive she prayed that I would have the worst allergy attack I've ever had in my life. It's two days later and my eyes are still swollen shut. The attack was awesome! In three minutes time I was sneezing like crazy, tears streaming down my cheeks, eyes puffing up...and I was driving. I was too dumb to have Tiff drive, because it was only 20 minutes to my place, I didn't know that in minutes I would be blind!
I usually feel really bad when I don't do what I say I'm going to do. Even a good excuse makes me feel like a loser. However, there was NO STINKING WAY I could've done that hike. And now? I'm left wondering if I will accomplish my goal...and if it doesn't happen...it doesn't happen. It was a good lesson for me, sometimes you gotta give, and if you don't, God will blind you.