Tough Mudder #7

Aug. 21st, 2017 12:16 pm
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I'm ridiculously proud of getting that next coloured TM headband, their marketing strategy definitely worked on me (even if it is bright pink). :-) I wore my 4-6x headband on course (it tends to work well as a sun guard, neck warmer, sweat band, hand drier), though I didn't see as many multiple mudders on course here as in VT. A *lot* of people were doing the TM half (5 miles), they had huge lines for those check in stations and right after we walked up to our empty tables they opened up all lines to all events. You get a white headband for that one, I was considering doing the half on Sunday with friends who didn't feel up to the full, and the course was flat enough and I came out unscathed enough to have done it, but nothing got organised (aka I didn't bug people). You don't get any electric obstacles on that one (and Electroshock Therapy was only open for first time mudders, Legionnaires bypassed via Kong). I only wore one knee brace on course, on the left, mostly because that knee was pre-bruised and my right knee was only a bit sore by the end (at attachment points). Elbows are banged and scraped from a few rocks but mostly from helping people on Pyramid Scheme - I can see one team mate's thumb print on my forearm, the full route was sparse enough that we didn't have a slew of people to take their places at the base of the pyramid so we ended hauling them up from on top of one person ([personal profile] mishak went around). My arms are generally tired (it was funny trying to signal my turns this morning) because I made great progress on the upper body strength-y obstacles. Oh, and my shin was okay: I put on a heavy duty waterproof bandaid with my compression calf sleeve and running tights over it and it didn't budge. Regretting putting that over the hydrocolloid one though, it ripped it off when I took it off. :-/ Course notes:

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But overall I'm happy with my performance, I did much better at Funky Monkey and Kong than last time, as well as having the Berlin Wall success. Yay climbing! We had a new team member with us this time, he mostly runs them alone (he got his 10+ headband at the end) but seemed to enjoy being with us. We had one team mate not join us due to illness and a few people chose not to do two this year. I'd definitely do the Northeast Tough Mudder again, the flatter course makes it less of a slog, and they gave us many more obstacles. Plus it's much cheaper to do it as a day trip than a two day trip to VT, so I can afford to do this as the second one in a year. Plus: faster to get to my 10+ headband! :-) For next year, I might try to put together a newbie team and do the half to see if they like it and want to get into the full length event.

3 weeks to the Ontario Spartan Sprint then I go into ski season training. :-)

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Aug. 21st, 2017 12:00 pm
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Bleah.

Aug. 20th, 2017 07:14 am
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Last night was humid and oppressive, and I barely slept. Not surprisingly, I am in a vile, vile mood this morning.

I could seriously handle having the farm sale actually go through. (After damn-near five years, the lawyer is actually working on it. Nevertheless, these things, even when they are apparently at last proceeding, proceed at a stately pace.)

Coming into possession of a significant amount of money wouldn't actually get rid of any of the things that are currently making my baseline mood less than perfectly serene. It wouldn't make my poor brother magically healthy again, and it wouldn't make the state of the internet in general any less bitter and rancorous, and it wouldn't remove the pestilential butt-pimple on the body politic that is our current president . . .but it would by God at least make all of them easier to put up with.

I am made of meat

Aug. 18th, 2017 12:24 pm
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One day to Tough Mudder, and here's the current state of the meat suit:
My left big toe joint is super unhappy right now. I rolled, stretched and iced it last night, more again tonight plus ibuprofen. I'm a bit worried about the course being on a race track tomorrow, there were sections on asphalt when I ran an event there last time, but with more trail running the trail shoes will be more useful for longer. I want the padding of my road shoes, but they have no tread.
My shin is still a mess, it bled out of the bottom of the hydrocolloid bandage I had on it, so I replaced that last night and realised that there's a lot of barely visible bruising along the whole shin. That knee still hurts a bit for kneeling, so it'll be a lot of bear crawling for me rather than touching knees to ground. I really do need to pick up a pair of sport knee pads, MMA ones maybe? I'm getting more large bandaides tonight and taping it all up for tomorrow, hopefully without compromising my calf muscles.
I have a bruise on my right hand from the intro to hooping class I took on Wednesday - I tried hooping a bit at BKB last night after climbing and stopped with the hand hooping right quick.
My right elbow/triceps/nerves are tweaky from working so much, yay RSI. My knees also get clicky from so much sitting. :-/ More stretching and rolling tonight.

Progress markers:
I took an intro to hula hooping class (with Lolli Hoops, she, like all the Esh instructors, is awesome) on Wednesday to do something fun. My arms were fine with a lot of overhead and to the side hooping, but man, let me tell you 1.5 hours straight is more tiring than I expected. I might buy a hoop, but BKB has one available for use so I can experiment more with sizes and weights.
Climbing last night was at a relaxed pace since we had a trio (so much chatting, plus people fawning over puppies), but I flew up 5.8's and made it up two 5.9s. I almost got a V1 boulder route but didn't trust my grip on a high wide hold (think it was V1, might have been a hard V0). I have to get over my "I can't do those!" reactions to 5.10s ASAP, as I need to be trying them now. *boggle* They always marked the "good" climbers for me, going regularly has marked a lot of improvement for me! I also felt my core really engage to keep me on the wall once, yay! I found the fitness room for climbers, they had a peg board there that I'm interested in trying to get to work - I suspect needing to do a one arm chin up (or at least hold) is the trick to get the weight off the peg you want to move.
Lifting: on Monday I went from double 20lb kettlebells in one routine to double 30lb ones. I need to keep moving up on the 'bells, I've been lagging on my strength training.
Running: getting a bit faster. Pace still needs work. The course this weekend is 10.4 miles with 22 obstacles, so there will be some running but lots of obstacle breaks, I'm looking forward to it so much. :-) I swear I will not psych myself out on the Funky Monkey.

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Monday is my birthday, and to celebrate Jane is going to show me around Paris for a long weekend. We're off tomorrow morning, and arriving back on my actual Birthday (Monday), which is _also_ the anniversary of the first time she hugged me (after she came to the airport to meet me off the plane back from my trip around the Southlands).

I arrived home to discover that she had made this wonder in the living room:


And I am looking forward to being allowed to open any of the things underneath it!

(Jim is being left with strict instructions that he is not allowed to eat any of the boxes. Or the tree. Or be sick on any of them. Or peek inside.)

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Aug. 17th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Haec Sunt Mea Ornamenta

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:42 pm
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My offspring, they have a podcast:

No Story is Sacred

It's up at all the usual places.

("Art in the blood, Watson . . . .")

Maybe It's Just Me

Aug. 16th, 2017 07:53 pm
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But I swear, these days the typical Atlantic article might as well be titled, This Thing You Like? Here's What's Wrong With It.

Case in point: "The Moral History of Air Conditioning."

I can't help but wonder, sometimes, about who the Atlantic's target reader is assumed to be. Not me, I'm fairly certain.

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Aug. 16th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Aug. 15th, 2017 12:00 pm

pear shaped week/end

Aug. 14th, 2017 12:10 pm
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Just got my week's summary from the work time tracker program: 51:20. No wonder I'm exhausted. Turns out weekends are useful for rest and recovery, and I didn't really get one. Add in losing a filling and ripping up my shin and the weekend really only had a couple of highlights. Read more... )

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Aug. 14th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Instead, I was seen by a doctor last night at the Out of Hours service, who checked with the Eye Pavillion, who told me to come in at 2pm today. So Jane got me there in one piece (crossing roads and navigating festival-goers being tricky when any change of brightness causes intense pain), the doctor checked it was nothing unexpected, and that my iris was not stuck to my cornea (like last time), and then handed me some Maxidex and Cyclopentolate. The former reduces inflammation, the latter stops anything sticking to anything else while it recovers.

It's a pain, because I have to take the Maxidex hourly for the next two days, then 6 times a day for a week, then 4 times a day for a week, then thrice daily for a week, twice daily for a week, once daily for a week, and then I can finally stop. So I've installed an app on my phone to tell me when I should, and am letting that worry about it for me.

Also, the Cyclopentolate seems to cause my eye to focus slightly less well, so for the week I'm using that I suspect I'll have a bit of a headache (as I do now).

But! I am not in as much pain as I was, and my eye is probably not going to explode. So yay!

Sigh.

Aug. 13th, 2017 11:43 am
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In a sane and rational world, it shouldn't be necessary to state for the record that I thoroughly disapprove of alt-right supporters neo-Nazis white-supremacists dirtbag racist whackaloons holding torchlit rallies, chanting racist slogans, beating up counterprotesters, and ramming cars into crowds of people with murderous intent.

It would be the sort of thing that any person of normal intelligence and good will should be presumed to be against until proven otherwise.

But that's not the world we live in, so . . . let it be known that I thoroughly disapprove of all of the above things.

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Aug. 13th, 2017 12:00 pm

Bleah.

Aug. 12th, 2017 07:13 pm
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Falling barometer. Thunderstorms to north and south of us, but not here. Internet wobbly. News full of dreadfulness. Online discourse full of hate and discontent.

Bah.

Restarting the writing

Aug. 12th, 2017 09:55 pm
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I've been meaning to write more for ages. But nothing quite seems important to share, which frankly is a pretty silly approach to take.

So, I'm going to try writing more:
Pink Floyd/Dark Side of the Moon, as projected onto the inside of the dome at Dynamic Earth was entertaining, but largely because of the music. The graphics were, frankly, the kind of thing I used to see in 1990s demoscene disks. Basically a more modern take on this kind of thing. Which isn't _bad_ per se. But it was pretty uninspired, and not up to the quality you'd expect Pink Floyd to demand.

The local council are great. Well, when it comes to emergency sewage problems. Where the drain outside the back of the building flooded, leaving raw sewage coming in under the back door to the block. I paid for it to be cleared, and they couldn't, so I got my insurers involved. And they told me I'd need to get everyone in the block onside to pay for their share. And then Mandy at work recommended I talk to the council, who had someone here within two hours to say "Yup, that's a health hazard, and it affects multiple homes", and then had an emergency team out three hours later who had plans of where the drains were, found drain covers _under the grass_ and sorted it all out. And will now bill everyone in the building separately, so I don't have to worry about that!

The NHS are great. Because I have a recurrence of uveitis, which flared up over the last 24 hours. Previous occurrences were in October 2012, in January 2014, and in February 2015 (links more for my own future reference than anything else). Happened a week after seeing my family, and coincided with my IBS playing up, which may be A Thing. Anyway, I called the 24 hotline for non-emergencies, and they've given me an appointment at 23:10 at the Western General hospital, so I'll be leaping onto a bus in 45 minutes to be seen at the Assessment & Rehabiliation Centre.

Jane is lovely. And came on holiday with me and my family (parents, my brothers, and their partners/children), played lots of board games, went for walks with dogs, and is about to come to the hospital with me to keep me company. (Actual holiday post to follow at some point. Possibly even with pictures of dogs).

Work is good. And I am currently involved in multiple things I am enjoying, and stretch me. Favourite things of the last year or so are getting to learn PowerShell in a fair amount of depth, and finally getting to fix a bad design decision I made circa 2008 and remove a huge amount of duplicate code.

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