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  • Sknny Rules

    Posted on November 28th, 2014 Scott 8 comments

    So On 11/2 I started Bob Harper's Skinny Rules in an effort to reduce my mass (lose weight).  It's been almost 4 weeks and I thought I would take a minute and grade my effort.  Kinda like in school, except not to much or something.  These are non-negotiable rules… well, I negotiated.

    Rule #1 – Drink a large glass of water before ever meal – no excuse!  
    C+ – I need to work on this.  I simply forget.  I don't eat specific meals during the day very often.  I forget when cooking … breakfast I've done pretty well.

    Rule #2:  Don't drink your calories.  
    A- – I average about 75-100 calories a day on creamer/cream in my coffee.  It's something I truly love – my morning coffee.

    Rule #3:  Eat protein at every meal
    A – I've done VERY well with this – I was originally worried that I would not be able to hit the protein goal but I've had little problem.

    Rule #4: Slash your intake of refined flours and grains
    B+ – I don't eat much bread any more, I've tried to stay away.  I've had some – here and there, but not much at all. 

    Rule #5:  Eat 30-50 grams of fiber a day
    D – I haven't been tracking or worrying about this.  I've failed.

    Rule #6:  Eat apples and berries every day
    A- – I've had one or the other just about every day, but not always both.  It's hard to keep berries in stock, they are pricey and go bad fast.  Bob suggests frozen – that doesn't work out well for me.  Eaten a lot of apples.

    Rule 7:  No carbs after lunch
    C – I don't get this one – I need to re-read the chapter because even broccoli has carbs.  I've had ZERO pasta this month.

    Rule 8:  Learn to read food labels.
    B- I read some, but not enough.  I'm trying.  Just not thinking all that much.

    Rule 9:  Stop guessing about portion size and get it right, for good
    C – See – here is where I get really confused.  If I eat X, Y and Z and eat the right portion sizes – I'd be at like 1000-1200 calories which just isn't enough for me to live.  Also, he is telling me to get 125+ grams of protein a day.  If a 4 oz chicken breast has 26 grams, but I have to stick to 4 oz, how am I going to get to 125/day?  I've eaten bigger portions of the right things – so maybe i am grading myself to hard.

    Rule 10:  No more added sweeteners
    B- I'm not going to lie, I put splenda in my coffee.  I will likely not change.  That being said – I have basically QUIT all diet sodas.  My beverage selection has basically been water … water…. water… 

    Rule 11:  Get rid of white potatoes
    A – haven't had many.  A couple chucks in some vegetable soup.

    Rule 12:  Make one day a week meatless
    F – Haven't tried.  I'm not that smart.

    Rule 13:  Get rid of fast food and fried foods
    A – I really don't recall eating much fried food and I dont eat fast food.  

    Rule 14:  Eat a real breakfast
    A+  I've really tried to rock this one.

    Rule 15:  Make your own food and eat at least 10 meals a week at home
    A+  We have averaged eating out 1-2 time/week.  I've made 7 breakfasts a week, 6 dinners and packed my lunch every day.

    Rule 16:  Banish high salt foods
    A – I've been pretty good on this.

    Rule 17:  Eat your veggies 
    A – I feel like a freekin rabbit some days.  I've been eating a lot more.

    Rule 18:  Go to bed hungry
    A – Yeah – I really have been.  

    Rule 19:  Sleep right
    C – not so much.  I'm a night owl.  Very hard for me

    Rule 20:  Plan one splurge meal per week
    A-  I give myself an A- on this because one week, we didn't plan.  We did have one, but we left it to chance.  I think its better to DESIGNATE it and EXECUTE than wait until the last minute.  

    So – in summary, adding it all up and calculating it out like I would a report card, I'm looking at about a 3.165.  I'm not happy with that.  That's a B.  I wish I could say I was earning an A and I will continue to try.  Ultimately – I thank +Cindy Patton for working with me on this and hope we keep it going.  Reading and reviewing the rules has helped me get my mind back in the right place.  Maybe you actually read this far…. who knows!

    #blogit

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  • Why Hangouts?

    Posted on November 19th, 2013 Scott 5 comments

    I have moved to Google Hangouts as my primary SMS app.  Ironically – it's not because of the SMS capability, but it is the SMS capability that allows me to do that.  Allow me to explain…

    My +Android loving friends are about to crap their custom keyboards as they read this, but Apple started all of this with iMessage … and they did it QUITE WELL!  You see, they said if an iPhone (or iPad, or iPod) is sending a message to another person using an iDevice … why use SMS?  Why not just use data and send it based on any number of identifying features associated with you Apple ID.  The KEY advantage Apple had/has is that they built this infrastructure on their hardware, their OS, their everything – they also deployed through and OS upgrade and it ended up on EVERY iDevice all of the sudden.  They didn't take away the ability to SMS other devices, they just changed the way their devices communicate.

    Google did it different…. they rolled out Hangout and allowed anybody with a Google+ account (1 step past a Google Account).  They include a bunch of other cool features and wrapped them in.  Kind of an iMessage meets Facetime… with group chat.  The problem is it was all off in another app.  (Well, that was the problem for me).  

    Now…. they have the ability for me to communicate with you via SMS or via Hangouts.  I can send almost all the same content via MMS, but I don't get the SMS and/or MMS on my tablet or computer (maybe someday?)  That's the iMessage advantage that's not QUITE here.  That being said – iMessage users can not see their SMS/MMS on tablets unless it comes from an Apple ID / iMessage user.  

    So who is winning here?  YOU! ME!  Everybody…. Apple pushed the pocket, Google realized it was a good idea and came up with their VERY SIMILAR solution.  They enhanced it some.  The one KEY difference?  Hangouts span iOS and Android.  It provides us a way to all come together.  It gives Android SMS options (not sure how it works on iOS).  The integration of SMS into one app makes it a lot easier to adopt.  I can honestly say I have chatted with more people and enjoyed it more since moving to Hangouts.  Sure – I wish SMS was on my tablet, but I actually do have a workaround – so that is cool.  Maybe google will integrate that soon?  Who knows.

    Until then – I hope my iOS friends will consider installing and giving it a shot!  Works great!  Glad I have a unified messaging tool!

    #blogit

    Why Hangouts?

    I have moved to Google Hangouts as my primary SMS app.  Ironically – it’s not because of the SMS capability, but it is the SMS capability that allows me to do that.  Allow me to explain…

    My +Android loving friends are about to crap their custom keyboards as they read this, but Apple started all of this with iMessage … and they did it QUITE WELL!  You see, they said if an iPhone (or iPad, or iPod) is sending a message to another person using an iDevice … why use SMS?  Why not just use data and send it based on any number of identifying features associated with you Apple ID.  The KEY advantage Apple had/has is that they built this infrastructure on their hardware, their OS, their everything – they also deployed through and OS upgrade and it ended up on EVERY iDevice all of the sudden.  They didn’t take away the ability to SMS other devices, they just changed the way their devices communicate.

    Google did it different…. they rolled out Hangout and allowed anybody with a Google+ account (1 step past a Google Account).  They include a bunch of other cool features and wrapped them in.  Kind of an iMessage meets Facetime… with group chat.  The problem is it was all off in another app.  (Well, that was the problem for me).

    Now…. they have the ability for me to communicate with you via SMS or via Hangouts.  I can send almost all the same content via MMS, but I don’t get the SMS and/or MMS on my tablet or computer (maybe someday?)  That’s the iMessage advantage that’s not QUITE here.  That being said – iMessage users can not see their SMS/MMS on tablets unless it comes from an Apple ID / iMessage user.

    So who is winning here?  YOU! ME!  Everybody…. Apple pushed the pocket, Google realized it was a good idea and came up with their VERY SIMILAR solution.  They enhanced it some.  The one KEY difference?  Hangouts span iOS and Android.  It provides us a way to all come together.  It gives Android SMS options (not sure how it works on iOS).  The integration of SMS into one app makes it a lot easier to adopt.  I can honestly say I have chatted with more people and enjoyed it more since moving to Hangouts.  Sure – I wish SMS was on my tablet, but I actually do have a workaround – so that is cool.  Maybe google will integrate that soon?  Who knows.

    Until then – I hope my iOS friends will consider installing and giving it a shot!  Works great!  Glad I have a unified messaging tool!

    #blogit

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  • I SAW BEAR BUTT!

    Posted on September 4th, 2013 Scott No comments

    This past weekend, +Cindy Williams and I decided to go camping.  There had been hits about our plans for a long time (including asking you good plussers what to bring) but this was time … time to take to the woods, rough it, play with fire and live in the elements… Yup, back to the basics. 

    We started by packing over a period of a few days, getting  everything ready.  Cocked, locked and ready to rock!  I spent most of the day getting everything except our raincoats packed.  I packed my Toyota Matrix to the brim!  There was no more room.  I mean, maybe we could have squeezed an iPad in there, but that was about it! 

    Cindy got off work and we quickly jumped in the car.  ADHD boy then realized he forgot his phone… so he ran back in and grabbed that!  Off we went.  Earlier traffic reports led us to believe we would arrive about next Tuesday.  Thankfully, we generally cruised through the traffic and got there in time to have SOME light setting up camp.  I swung the car around and we used our headlights to get things up and ready.  About 30 minutes later Cindy said "Is it normal for your headlights to get dim like that?"  Um…. no.  Crap – well, it's a standard… I can pop the clutch, worry about it tomorrow…. 

    Once we got set up, Cindy made us some of the every popular Tri-Burgers.  OMG…. this is roughing it!  Gourmet burgers off a hot flame!  I got it ROUGH!  Unbelievably good!  We finished off the evening with SMORES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cindy was convinced we would wake up at the butt crack of dawn.  I wasn't so sure… but who knows, I get up at 7 almost every day of my life, whats a little butt crack when roughing it?  As we "rolled out of bed" I looked at the clock… 9:50.  NICE!  

    I decided I would make breakfast on my camping stove and promptly burned about 1/2 the bacon and some eggs.  Frustrated … I got grumpy but was quickly told to chill out and we ended up having a GREAT breakfast after a little re-work.  Thanks, babe!

    Now, Cindy is supposed to be not using her foot too much (at all) so hiking was out.  Well, that was in theory… you can't keep that woman down.  We did a hike to the Overlook.  It was strenuous, but Cindy took lots of breaks and promised me she would stay off it later.  She did… the view was worth every drop of sweat.  

    After that, we went on a fun run to Walmart and to the Apple store.  I say fun, not because a rural America Walmart provides such a fabulous people watching opportunity… more because the roads in the North Georgia mountains provide me with such a playground.  Someday I will get there on 2 wheels, or maybe +Sam Rainey will get me better equipped… but for now, I enjoy pushing my little Toyota to the limits. It was a fun ride, we got ice cream too!  Man, we are roughing it!

    That evening was a tough one … well, for our potatoes.  We tried to make the kind of potatoes you cook by putting them in coals.  Yeah, great.  Just don't use Dollar Store foil… UGH!  We got some white matter out of the middle of them, it was tasty … but we burned them up pretty good!  That's okay… we were probably the only camp site eating fresh green beans and STEAK!  That's right, my woman takes GOOD care of me, even in the woods!  Great dinner followed by SMORES…. 

    Sunday was to be a little more low key, which is exactly what we needed and wanted.  We had another gourmet teamwork style breakfast and it was AWESOME!  We have decided not to worry about lunch …. 2 meals a day is good for our camping adventures (as long as we have SMORES after dinner!

    We got ready and headed out on and adventure.  We went into town and grabbed some ice and a few more random items.  We decided to go site seeing.  I found a dirt road… yes, not only is my Matrix a corner carver, it's an off-road beast!  I don't know how many miles into the woods we drove, but we did hear banjo music.  Up … up… up… we went into the woods on a 1 lane dirt road.  Around the last curve … TREE DOWN!  Yup…. that's as far as we went!  I gingerly turned the car around and we headed back down.  On the way down – I looked up and saw something moving…. I yelled BEAR… BEAR… BEAR!!!!!!  A big ole black bear was lumbering up a hill out of sight!  That's right, I saw him!  Cindy was sad she didn't… I tried to find him, but not too hard.  That could have been cumbersome.  

    We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring We really enjoyed driving down Old CCC Camp Road … basically doing a full lap around Fort Mountain State Park.  Aside from one scantily clad person on top of a rock, it was very nice.

    Rule:  Just because a bikini comes in that size does not mean you HAVE to wear it!  

    We got back to camp and did what every couple roughing it does… enjoyed a great spaghetti dinner with PROPERLY cooked potatoes!  (it became a challenge, a goal, a reason to live… and who doesn't have baked potatoes with their spaghetti?)  We played trivial pursuit, and for the first time in our lives, used and ENTIRE Yahtzee sheet!  The camp fire was hot, we had fun and you can probably guess…. ate SMORES!!!!!!!!!

    Monday morning rolled around and the skies unleashed furious anger on us.  Holy running water!  Packing up in the rain wasn't so much fun… but we got it done and had some fun.  It rained about 3-4 other times during the weekend, we got absolutely poured on a few times but you know… that didn't put a damper on our fun or time together.  It really was a great weekend.  

    I'm sure I left a lot of stuff out like the heard of children that moved in for about 23 hours, details about he pouring rain, humidity and other things that COULD have put a damper on our weekend – but we simply didn't let them.  Can't wait to do this again!  

    #blogit

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  • Turning Failure into Success

    Posted on July 19th, 2013 Scott No comments

    As some of you know, I have been doing the #30dayabchallenge. It's getting REALLY hard for a guy who in his life may have done 120 situps… now doing over 100 two days in a row on top of 150 crunches and all the rest of it is really well…. hard.

    I had a rough period around day 4-7. I got all screwed up and caught up and then stuck to the program until day 21. I was tired, I was not feeling like doing it at all and well – I just went to bed. I told Cindy I was going to do it, she said take a day off… (it was late) and I just "quit". The entire next day I felt like crap (that was yesterday). I really thought I was going to quit. I was sure of it. I couldn't do day 21 and 22 on the same day, no way. What to do?

    I decided to make it a 31 day abs challenge. I just started on day 22 with day 21. Today (23) was supposed to be a rest day, but I did day 22…tomorrow will be a rest day. I just added a day in there.

    This is success – I didn't quit. I fought through my own internal bullshit and am going to finish the 30+1 day ab challenge. It's only a failure if I quit… right?

    I'm trying! As long as I keep trying – I keep going!

    #blogit

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  • Should I cancel Comcast – it kinda sucks!

    Posted on July 17th, 2013 Scott 20 comments

    So here is the deal, the facts, the situation – the skinny….

    I currently pay:

    $105 ish for cable and TV on 2 TVs with 1 DVR.
    I pay $8 per month for Netflix, $8 for Hulu and have Amazon Prime as well.   Soon, I MAY pay $8 a month for Aereo – may… 

    So … for television entertainment I am paying $121-129.

    Now, on 8/7 – Comcast (sucks) will do this LAME thing where they raise my rate and make me pay $160 for cable and internet.  That will put me at $176-$184 a month for TV and internet. 

    I have to have internet… so that's $65.  

    TV cost current:  $72-80 
    TV cost next month:  $127-$135
    (Way to reward your loyal customers).

    I'm SERIOUSLY considering going to this plan:

    Internet – $65
    Hulu, Aero, Netflix, Amazon – $24

    I will lose a few channels I like (ESPN, Spike, some others) but there is a mega ton of content online.  Aereo gets me DVR, rewind, etc for football. 

    I would probably want another ROKU for $70 but that would be covered in 2 months of savings.  If I spurge for a cable modem so I don't rent from +Comcast Atlanta I will see profit in 5 months. 

    So what do you think?  Am I missing anything?  That's over $600 a YEAR!  

    Anybody else taken the plunge?  

    That sick/sad thing is – if I quit and come back, they will give me a better deal.  I know they say +Comcast and +Comcastcares but it really feels more like Comcast wants to make money and I don't want to spend it.  

    Let's do a poll…. Vote by +1'ing my comments below!  

    #blogit

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  • A road trip to remember

    Posted on July 15th, 2013 Scott No comments

    Every summer, my kids go to points north for fun and frolicking… They go to Camp Twin Creeks for a couple of weeks, then hang out with +Jim Patton and +Elaine Patton for a while… then off to see +Shawna Harrell .  Well, this summer was on different.  All good things must come to an end, which means I have to go pick them up.  No problems, right?  

    This year things were mildly complicated by a commitment to announce at the Outback Bikes Omnium at the Dick Lane Velodrome ( http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com ).  You see, the race ended at about 9:00 at night, I was facing about 1100 miles of driving (really, closer to 1200) and +Derek Patton needed to be at Space Camp at 7:15 am on Monday!  Challenge … ACCEPTED!

    I finished at the velodrome and headed off to +Cindy Williams house where she was waiting for me.  A quick splash and dash (shower) and we were off.  Destination …. UNKNOWN!  Cindy took care of the Waze activity (http://www.waze.com – a tool so good that +Google just paid $1.1 billion for it and I drove the +Ford Motor Company  Edge rental car.  I do like that car!  

    We made it to Statesville, NC before we decided it was best to get some sleep.  About 2:00 am, we retired.  About 6:45 am… the alarm went off and one wacky day was about to begin.

    The First "leg" of the day was plagued with rain and idiots in the left lane (there will be a lot of that discussion coming).  Simply put kids…. say it out loud and slow … DRIVE RIGHT =>  Pass Left <=  If you aren't passing somebody – MOVE OVER!  Thanks for listening.  

    About 20 miles outside of Dayton, I look up and see a bunch of brakes lights and realize something has happened.  We get closer and realize there is a cow sized deer in the middle of the road.  I've not seen a deer this big in person before.  It was HUGE…. unfortunately, it didn't cross at a "Deer X-ing" sign and it kind of got dead.  About 40 yards down the road there was a mini-van on the side of the road with some extreme front end issues.  That will change your thoughts on what you are doing this afternoon!  Felt bad for them.  

    We got to +Shawna Harrell house in Dayton, VA and had some pizza, exchanged pleasantries and off we went.  We made it all of about 1/2 mile before +Max Patton realized he left his phone behind so we went back… got that … here we go again.

    The first 4 hours of the trip were relatively uneventful – we did find some traffic, we used the powers of +Garmin and +Waze to circumvent the traffic and find out more about Rural America… it was a nice detour, I will say that!

    About 30 minutes from Greenville, we got a warning thanks to +Google … Severe thunderstorms – GREAT!  This wasn't our first storm of the day, wouldn't be our last either, but we could see the fury coming.  Sure, just add a few more minutes to this marathon!  We stopped to eat at Red Robin.  I used to love that place, but well…. it kind of went WAY down hill.  Things did kind of start getting entertaining though…. My burger had a grilled jalapeno on top.  I love hot stuff, so I took about 1/3 of this beast off in a bite and chewed it up.  HOLY HOT STUFF!  It provided entertainment to my travel companions!

    Getting out of Red Robin, I felt energized, ready to go… 130 miles to go, let's make up some time… RIGHT!  I've been known to exceed the speed limit.  SURELY the Wazers have posted where all the cops were, right?  I quickly speed up and get my roll on… Less than a mile later I come around a curve and see a cop.  I don't know EXACTLY how fast I am going at the moment, I back out the the throttle and try to look inconspicuous in a full size SUV.  He starts moving and I know I am going to get to chat with the guy.  Yup… blue light special on I-85!  Apparently I was going 78 mph in a 60.  Why is the speedlimit so low?  (We already know why I was going so fast!)  I pull over and present my info quickly and am still amazed, I got a warning… 

    As I pull away from the South Carolina State Trooper I have obviously learned my lesson as I accelerate up to about 73 with him behind me… I realize it quickly and slow down and set the cruise control.  Cindy and I confer about the speed, the cop is still back there and I set my cruise control at 6x.  I don't remember exactly, I want to say 65?  Not sure… but this is FRUSTRATING to me.  I am being passed on both sides by all kinds of people.  Then … here come the insult to injury … I am sitting in the middle lane, a moral dilemma… an urge to go fast… I am discussing it with Cindy and a blue Toyota Prius (just like +Chad Bragg drives) PASSES ME!  Cindy is telling me to go slower and I say "GOOD LORD I AM GETTING SMOKED BY A PRIUS!".  It took Cindy about 15 minutes to finally stop laughing about that.  As the realization that I got a warning and pride isn't as big a factor as my manly self wanted it to be wore off, I began to realize exactly how funny that REALLY was.  

    We continue down the road… and Waze starts telling us about an apparently very bad traffic jam coming.  We discuss – detour? no detour? what to do… We decide NOT to detour, traffic is moving (sucker….) suddenly we stop again and we find this CHICKEN walking around on I-85.  You have to understand – I do have ADHD and I do have random thoughts.  I often, randomly say stuff about chickens.  It's what I do!  I have a shirt that says "They say I have ADHD but they just don't understand oh look a chicken!"  THIS IS TOO FUNNY!  We are in tears laughing.  I actually stop in the middle of I-85 to get a picture of this chicken!  (Don't worry, traffic caught up quickly… we were going 4 mph).  You also have to understand, Max LOVES animals.  He is WORRIED about the chicken!  He starts yelling "IT IS A SPECIAL CHICKEN!"  He wants to go back and GET the chicken!  Thankfully I convince him it is a special chicken, with special FREEWAY WALKING powers!  

    Unbelievable…. 

    The trip statistics are like this:

    1077 miles 
    24 hours, 40 minutes 
    15:37 moving 
    18:40 in car
    1 Warning
    1 Chicken

    It's great to have my boys back, my co-pilot helped keep the trip fun… Never really a dull moment!  I'm kind of thinking about looking into plane tickets next year!

    #blogit

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  • I figured it out!

    Posted on July 12th, 2013 Scott No comments

    I use a cool tool, written by +Daniel Treadwell called Google+Blog.  It takes posts that I put the hashtag #blogit  in and post them on my blog – www.scottpatton.com.

    Recently, I noticed a lot of the blog posts were getting "corrupted" or disappearing from Google+.  I couldn't figure out why – I was not deleting any posts from +Google+ – I don't post anything worthy of a content violation – I post random crap about me … my life and a few friends.  Yeah, i'm boring.  

    Anyway after a lot of tinkering, goofing and trial and error – I've figured out a) when it started b) why it is happening c) the solution… 

    All of the "deleted posts" contained PHOTOS… Google changed how they handle photos and took them from "Instant Upload" and moved them to "Auto Backup".  Then they added all of their self-proclaimed "awesome" featured and provided us with the "Featured" view of our photos because they perceived a need for that.  *THIS* was the beginning of the problem.

    I had Instant Upload on … and subsequently it became Auto Upload.  Great, fine, awesome.  Except I don't want to keep all of my stupid pictures online.  I delete them.  If you delete them from "Auto Backup" – which is a PRIVATE view only you can see, they leave there.  If you have shared them – they still exist in "Photos from Posts" or the album you shared them in.  If you SHARE them and make a POST and then DELETE them from the "Photos from Post" album – you orphan your blog post.  Google+ just doesn't show it, but the blog – pointing back to a now deleted post – renders it incorrectly.

    Well, +Google did provide a "Trash" folder, you can restore them and everything works out.  

    Now – most of you are like what is he talking about and probably don't syndicate various posts to a blog so none of this will matter.  Hell, all 4 of my blog readers probably don't care – but I don't like broken computers – and now I understand and by just deleting things from the right place, I can avoid this issue… so I learned and now I told you about it.  

    If you made it this far…. i'm surpised!

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    Scott cycles…
    So – as you may recall, on Wednesday nights, I do this thing where I sit in a lot of traffic, listen to Rage Against the Machine at insane volumes and get to the velodrome all jacked up on adrenalin and sometimes 5 hour energy… Yup, then I race and sweat a lot! Tonight was no different…

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  • This is a test

    Posted on July 12th, 2013 Scott No comments

    I've noticed when I post a blog from Google+ – the photos end up disappearing from my blog in the not too distant future.  

    This is not something worthy of posting, but it is an available photo!

    #blogit

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  • Now that felt good

    Posted on July 11th, 2013 Scott 1 comment

    So – as you may recall, on Wednesday nights, I do this thing where I sit in a lot of traffic, listen to Rage Against the Machine at insane volumes and get to the velodrome all jacked up on adrenalin and sometimes 5 hour energy… Yup, then I race and sweat a lot!

    Tonight was no different…

    We started with the Split Scratch – an Australian creation, apparently good for making me suffer.  Four weeks ago I rode my first and suffered, got dropped and well – was glad to get my first race under my belt.  Tonight – I hung in there, took a MONSTER pull in the chase group to get us back in the field and finished just behind the "money spots" – eh, there is no money … but you get the point!

    Next – the 30 lap madison.  I guess to be fair, I have to admit my partner is a professional who has brought home the jersey in the points race in the past – but I try not to make them work too hard.  I did make Dan work hard – I sucked – but we came out of it with the win.  I'm proud of it because I never let us falter too bad.  I held on the best I could and gave it my all every time I was in the race.  I sucked, Dan rocked, it is a team event – so yeah, I won!  First win since 8/6/2011 (I didn't race in 2012).

    The points race – I didn't get last!  Hey, its a LOT of racing for me coming in with little to no base training.  

    I'm incredibly optimistic about my racing, my fitness, my weight loss and my happiness.  Things are going well and I look forward to finishing off this season – and getting ready for next!  

    I think if I continue these crazy challenges, start upping my riding, maybe even do some fall running – eating right – I won't be riding the B/C race next year – rather the A/B.  That may curb a few placings here and there, but I'd rather race with the faster group any day.  It's good to be back… Come back 2013 is a success!  Now, to get some more results and most of all…. Have some more FUN!

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  • Please keep this in mind – the life you save might be MINE!

    Posted on July 10th, 2013 Scott 1 comment

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