results so far after 5 days: (scroll down for latest entry)
started slow with a couple of drinks on the 18th. I also
walked the dogs and flossed.
the 19th I started on the push-ups and had completed 200 by
lunch, ran 4 miles with the dogs on one trail, added another 100
pushups, and did 2 home improvements by dinner time, then cranked out
the last 100 pushups while watching the Olympics.
was not too sore on Friday, but my hamstrings tightened up from the
pushups, so I mounted my hangboard (to start training for the weekend
of pull-ups), baked 40 cookies and had a BBQ with my family, with 3
drinks and a beer...
above: partying with
two sisters, mom, and fiancé mary lynn.
right: number 400.
was the big day: 5 Flatirons in a day.
Genereaux, who flew in for the birthday challenge, and Bob Davis met
at 6:45 AM and we topped out on the 1st Flatiron at 8:30.
took the long away around to the base of the 2nd and
summited at 10:10 AM. We were on the 3rd by 10:30 and
summited at 11:00. At this point, I knew we were going to take a bit
longer than my expected 6 hours, and Bob ran out of water. We thrashed
our way down to the Royal Arch trail, tiptoeing through the fields of
poison ivy and poison sumac, went past the 4th to the base
of the 5th. By 12:30 we were on the 5th, and
broke out the rope for some tricky moves midway up, before summiting
left: 7am, with bruce
genereaux and bob davis.
below: 5th flatiron
thrashing and more poison ivy brought us over to the 4th.
Halfway up the holds got scarce, so we roped up and got to the top at
2:33. A long traverse around the summit of
brought us to a poison ivy free trail and an easy descent to the cars.
drinks started a few hours later on the deck of the Foundry, with 40
friends who each told at least one story.
drinking occurred Sunday the 22nd with the family, and I ran another 4
miles (4 trails) with the dogs on Monday. Oh yeah, 2 beers and 2 ice
creams also Monday night.
summary: I’ve flossed every day, had 6 new foods, 7 unique beers, 9
unique drinks, 2 ice creams, ran 16 miles on 12 trails, done 3 home
improvements, and donated $40 each to 4 different charities. I woke up
this morning feeling a bit overwhelmed by what I had gotten myself
into, but then remembered to climb it one pitch at a time…
Swam 40 minutes in
reservoir this evening.
would not allow me to swim across, so I swam 7 laps around the beach
area, about 1 1/2 miles, farther than I have ever swam before.
Interesting note: the beach area was closed, but that has never
stopped me before, so I dove right in. I noticed a peculiar odor,
common to port-a-potty's and began wondering if the beach was closed
due to high levels of bacteria. As I continued swimming uneasily, I
made sure not to swallow any water. I checked out the Boulder
Reservoir website as soon as I got home (after showering) and was
relieved to see the beach closure was do to school starting up. Drank
my one Sam Adams for the 40 days, and impressed MaryLynn by eating
leftovers (because I never do). Bought a magazine subscription
"Outside" from one of those door-to-door salesmen and
donated it to the Ronald McDonald House, thereby getting credit for a
random act of kindness (for not telling the salesmen to get the
#$*& off of my property) and a charitable donation.
8/25 Walked the dogs in the morning, ate lunch at a new café, cut the
grass and then ran 5 miles with the dogs on 3 trails in the afternoon.
Also picked up 3 bags of other people's dog poop, in addition to
Wolf's for 3 random acts of kindness. Ordered Thai food for dinner.
Also, over the last week I have received 15 new ideas from employees
on how to improve our business. Same employees are highly skeptical
that I will be able to fast for 40 hours! Continued training for the
pull-ups, which may be the toughest feat.
After staying up late stuffing envelopes with wedding invitations,
sleeping for 3 hours, and flying to DC, I am now in DC for 6 days for
business and a party. So, until Wednesday, aside from working a lot, I
will be racking up the running miles, training for the pull-ups, and
tallying up more drinks! My buddy Steve made a charitable donation for
me, and will join me for the paddle (Steve in kayak, me on surfboard)
across the Boulder Reservoir next Thursday morning.
Big day for ice cream! 2 at lunch during the company BBQ, and one
after dinner (a delicious rasberry sorbet). Ran the slowest 4 miles of
my life, I think due to a combination of little sleep, heat and
humidity, dehydration, and boring trail (W & OD). I had an Old
Dominion Amber with a Duck Confit Risotto for dinner. Yummy.
Donated $40 to 2 more charities (NARAL, co-worker recalled to duty to
Iraq). 3 ice creams, 2 beers, and a drink during dinner with the future
in-laws. Also biked for 50 minutes, in training for the big bike days.
I’ve got to get the butt used to sitting on a saddle all day.
Ran 4 miles, then attended a wedding shower for MaryLynn and me and
ate a couple of new foods, and drank 3 new beers. I could not resist a
, but don't get credit for it as I already had one earlier in the 40
days. It is not easy finding good unique beers. The heat and humidity
in the DC area is brutal! I don't know how I would be able to train
regularly here. Maybe your body gets used to it, like the altitude in
, but I'll take the altitude with the cool, dry air that goes with it.
Did nothing to contribute to the 40 feats today, but I'm resting up
for the big week planned once back in
. The Mt Sanitas run will be Wednesday, the surfboard paddle across
the reservoir is Thursday and Friday-Sunday will be 40 sports in 4
Ran 6 miles in the leading edge of tropical storm Gaston (light breeze
and rain) and then lifted about 10,000 pounds in a short gym workout.
40,000 in a day should not be too tough, but will probably take almost
2 hours to complete. Picked up trash and dog poop on the trail for 2
random acts of kindness. Contributed $40 each to Tyler Hamilton
Foundation and SINAPU. Then had a Foggy Bottom Ale and black grouper
for dinner (and tasted a yellowfin tuna in ginger sauce) followed up
by a dish of Mom's Apple Pie ice cream. Also got a bunch of new ideas
from our sales reps in a meeting this morning. That rest day yesterday
really helped contribute to a very satisfying day today.
Climbed 4 routes with
in the Flatirons (Tiptoe Slab, Lost Porch, Babyhorn and Square Rock:
NW Corner). Brought the dogs along for a walk and ticked a new
trail: Porch Alley. MaryLynn and Dave's wife Val joined us for pizza
and beer at Woody's where I tried the spinach, feta, and tomato
pizza, and 2 unique beers. I recommend the Golden City Amber.
Earlier, I donated $40 to I Have a Dream. After 14 days the totals
are: 5 feats completed, 9 climbing routes, 8 walks for the dogs, 15
charities, 10 drinks, 18 beers, 38 miles ran on 18 trails, at least
20 ways to improve the business, 6 random acts of kindness, 4 home
improvement projects, 230 pages read, 9 flavors of ice cream, 4 new
pieces of music, 21 new types of food, 14 days in a row flossing,
and only 1 hour of non-olympics TV. I need to work on the calls and
emails to friends and family, and I keep forgetting the dog treats!
The last two weeks have challenged me mentally to act and think
differently. If I fail every physical feat left, my challenge will
still be a success, but I plan on succeeding on all of them!
Paddled the surfboard across Boulder Reservoir at sunrise with
in kayak. Beautiful peaceful morning, with no one else on the lake.
The time was 39 minutes, but we made a big “L”, and could have
gone under 30 minutes if done in a straight line. I replaced my
standard soda at lunch with a blackberry lemonade. Delicious. Ran
the dogs with MaryLynn for 2.5 miles, but not on a new trail. Lifted
about 10,000 lbs in the gym and weeded the front yard. Tomorrow I
start the 40 sports in 4 days. Stay tuned…
Today was a travel day from DC to home, so although there were no
physical feats accomplished, I managed to get the dogs out on a walk
after I got home, had 3 new foods, 1 beer, and donated $40 to Girls
Inc., one of the groups that we work with at Climbing For Life.
I started the 40 sports in 4 days with a mountain quadrathlon: I left
my house at 6:30 AM and biked to the Cragmoor trailhead, switched
shoes and started hiking up the North Shanahan Trail at 6:47, then
running, then hiking to the base of Shanahan Crag at 7:18. I switched
shoes and started climbing at 7:20, reaching the summit at 7:28. The
sun was rising, the birds were chirping, no one else was around...
beautiful morning. After switching shoes, I ran down the South
Shanahan Trail and reached the bike by 7:47 and was home at 7:55.
Worked until 4:00 PM, and then met up with my friend Matt, my 10 year
old nephew, Beau, and his friend Sebastian. We played a quick game of
ping pong, followed by darts, then loaded up the car and went to the
park. After a quick 6 game set of tennis, and 2 on 2 soccer, Matt and
Sebastian left. I kicked Beau's butt in a game of Horse, we played
lacrosse, and were joined by another friend of his. We played some
softball, and were joined by my niece Sophia for volleyball, frisbee,
and badminton. The mosquitoes were eating us alive, so we headed back
to their house for some skateboarding. I managed a 720 before
realizing how late it was, and we loaded up the car for my house. We
picked up MaryLynn and headed to Fairview High for some rollerblading
and roller-hockey in the parking lot. It was getting dark, and we
wanted to high jump and long jump, but the pit was covered, so we just
did the standing broad jump, followed by handstands, headstands, and
cartwheels (gymnastics). Day 1 = 20 sports. We finished up the evening
with some Indian food and beers, and 4 double scoops of ice cream (8
flavors). I gave a homeless guy $1, and bought Sophia "The
Is poker a sport? If it's on ESPN, it's got to be a sport. And anyway,
Hemingway said, "The only real sports are bull fighting, mountain
climbing, and automobile racing. All the rest are simply games."
So this challenge is really 2 sports and 38 games in 4 days. Anyway,
we started the morning with poker and Beau cleaned us out. Then it was
on to golf at the driving range, baseball in the batting cages, and
since we had already climbed and there were no bulls to fight, we
raced automobiles. Go-carts that is. Sophia kicked Beau and my butts
with a combination of light weight, fast car and the motto “to break
is to admit defeat”. Then I came from behind to beat Beau 7-6 in air
hockey, and the kids were off to other plans. I was so far ahead at
this point, that I started taking it easy. We had dinner with friends,
who coincidentally had horseshoes and booze (Dark and Stormy and 3
bottles of wine). Chalk up 2 more sports for a 2 day total of 27. I
also finally got started on the dog treat feat.
Sunday dawned clear and cool, so I warmed up by jumping rope, then
went on a 45 minute mountain bike ride. I took the dogs for a walk
and then did a quick 20 minute 9000 lb weightlifting workout. I
drove up Flagstaff Mtn for a bouldering session, followed by a 500
meter swim. The dogs were recovered from their morning walk so I
took them to the reservoir and paddled my kayak while they swam
along behind. We had friends over for dinner and I made them play
croquet for the 33rd sport. Also had a margarita with dinner and
some unusual but delicious salsas.
Woke up late not feeling too good, but met Bob at 10:00 to go sport
. We did 4 fun routes, rappelled (it's not a real sport, but some
people do it on their days off) and played a quick game of pool. I
was feeling miserable at this point, went home, ate, napped in front
of the TV, and thought about quitting with 37. MaryLynn got back
from a bike ride, and would not let me stop. She dragged me out to
go fly fishing on Boulder Creek, followed by foosball and more air
hockey at the Walrus. We got home at 8:00 PM and did a 20 minute
pilates workout (my first ever) for number 40!
Recovering from pushing hard over the weekend. The only feats I worked
on were charities, walking the dogs, and unique foods.
9/9 Feeling slightly better. Ran 3.5 miles, 2 trails with the dogs.
Picked up trail trash and other people's dog poop. Summary after 3
weeks: completed 7 of 15 one or multi-day events. Consumed 30 unique
foods, 22 unique beers, 15 unique drinks, 17 unique ice creams. I
listened to 14 new pieces of music, read 1132 pages (3 books), done
11 random acts of kindness, and donated $40 each to 23 charities.
I've walked or run the dogs 18 times, given 12 other dogs treats,
ran 48 miles on 23 different trails and climbed 16 different routes.
Flossing is now a habit as I have not missed a day in 3 weeks.
MaryLynn has received well more than 40 kisses per week, and the
calls and emails to family, friends and business contacts are
growing. The home improvements and business improvements need some
more focus. Since my boat is not running, I had to cancel the
waterskiing feat, but that still leaves 41 Feats. Overall, these 40
days so far have been an incredibly positive experience, making me
think and act differently in all aspects of my life.
Ran 5.5 miles with the dogs on 2 trails and picked up 2 dog poops
and trash on the trail. We had sushi for dinner and I had 2 new
foods: fresh water eel and ginger, along with a Kirin Ichiban and
Boulder Amber beers.
Saturday was a rest day in preparation for the 40 mile mtn bike
ride, but I did have several new foods and drinks and a home
met me at 7:00 AM Sunday morning. I ate my first piece of apple pie,
as today would be the All American Day in addition to the biking. We
and started riding into a fierce headwind blowing down the canyon.
did 6 1/2 miles in a little over 1/2 hour and then the climbing
began. An hour later we had gone only 4 more miles and I was
wondering if we were going to make it 40 miles. The trail leveled
off somewhat with about 4-5 miles of beautiful rolling single-track.
We stopped 15 miles out at an amazing overlook of the south fork of
. Continuing on meant a 3 mile 1000' descent, which we would then
have to reverse. We opted out and headed back. Randy, coming off the
couch, kicked my butt on the downhills, and followed me on the
climbs with a steady pace. At the top of "the final climb"
on the way back we opted for a loop through
. After steep climbing for another 10 minutes, we encountered some
steep downhills, beautiful forests, and nervous horses who wanted to
kick us in the head. We passed the horses, and descended back to the
car. Total miles 30.10.
was done. I refilled my Camelback, ate a slice of apple pie and
headed back out. The headwind form the morning had reversed and
helped push me up the canyon, than reversed again and I slowed to a
crawl and began suffering.
20 minutes, the magic number 35 clicked on my odometer and I turned
around for the last 5 miles back to the car. 40.02 miles and about
3500 vertical feet took about 5 1/2 hours.
stopped at a convenience store for a hot dog on the way back, washed
down with a Bud and a Bud Light. After a short nap, ML and I headed
's house for 40 basketball shots, 40 football throws, 40 soccer
kicks, and 40 Frisbee throws before the Broncos game. We listened to
the national anthem and then I somehow managed to force down 3
hotdogs (2 beef, 1 turkey) with 2 more Buds, and finished up with 2
pieces of apple pie ala mode (cookies and cream), before going home
and passing out.
Ran 3 miles on only 1 trail with the dogs. Picked up lots of dog
poop, and trash around the trailhead for 4 random acts of kindness.
Did wedding planning stuff, drank 2 unique drinks, 1 food, and gave
1 dog a treat.
Ran 4 miles on 2 trails with dogs in the morning, picked up trail
trash. Added 1 more unique food, 2 beers, and went climbing in
and added 4 climbs to the total.
I ran Mt Sanitas in 39:40! My fastest time yet, although my ascent
time was 23:37, about :47 slower than my best time. MaryLynn and
the dogs hiked up ahead of me, welcomed me at the top in the midst of
my suffering, and then Moki joined me for the run down. I hiked back
up to meet ML and Wolf, but went the wrong way, but managed to pick up
a bunch poop. I had a beer, drink, 4 ice creams, and finished off the
food challenge. We got home around 11:00 and began the pull-ups with
I planted 50 tulip and daffodil bulbs today after climbing with ML at
Avalon. We did 5 routes. I cranked out another 160 pull-ups, with 200
to go tomorrow. By the time I got to 100, I had to begin using gloves
because the hangboard was giving me blisters!
Today was a great day! I finished the 400 pull-ups in a weekend with
200 today. Somehow, I got stronger towards the end and was able to
finish up with sets of 8-10 reps. During the low point of the day, I
was struggling to crank out 5 in a set! I finished the reading last
night (1600 pages), music today, and added 7 random acts of kindness
(lots of poop, helped teach a dog to retrieve, picked up trash, and
gave a homeless guy $1).
Ran 3.5 miles on 2 trails with the dogs and picked up 2 dog poops.
Added another charity, CO Public Radio.
Tuesday was a travel day to
with little accomplished. I walked the dogs, had 1 drink, and made a
bunch of calls to friends and business contacts.
I did the 40,000 lbs in a day today at a Bally's Fitness in
. It took about 80 minutes and did not hurt as much as I thought it
would, although today (Thursday) I am feeling a bit sore. I did a
total of 41 sets with most sets of 10 reps. The squats and leg presses
hurt the most, since I had not done any in months. I could have done
the total weight in lat exercises, but that would have been repeating
the weekend’s feat. I probably could do 40,000 kilos, but would have
to train the legs with weights for a few weeks to manage it. Also,
added another drink, and more calls.
3 charities, walked the dogs in the morning and then ran the dogs on 3
trails, picked up 2 poops. Tomorrow starts my bachelor party weekend,
so I had 2 beers with Shawn and Bruce, and ate the first King Pin
fritter which traveled from
Big day: ran the dogs 3 miles on 1 trail, picked up 2 poops. Then
climbed 9 routes at North Table Mtn with Shawn, Bruce, Bob, Randy,
Doug, Tim, drank 5 beers and 3 cocktails, including a car bomb, and
finished off the King Pin fritters. The fritters have so much sugar
in them, my whole body buzzed after eating one of them, and through
me off balance. I finished the 4th one at 11 PM. They seem to be an
important part of Birthday Challenges, so I complied, but why are
hell are King Pin Fritters a part of this?
Continued the bachelor party weekend by doing a classic ride in
Steamboat. Started working seriously on the beers and drinks and
finished the night with 4 beers and 10 drinks. Also, some serious
lounging at Strawberry Hot Springs. Carried around a ball and chain
shackled to my ankle for 4 hours that night, and outlasted all of
the bachelor party attendees except Rick Winters, by putting them to
sleep with a slide show.
Not as rough a morning recovering from the previous night, as I
thought it would be, but the boys were kind of quiet this morning.
We drove home and I took the dogs for a short run. Had a glass of
wine for dinner, making my total drinks so far: 39.
The finish is near. Walked the dogs in the morning, donated to the
, walked the dogs and gave out some dog treats, had my 40th beer
with dinner, then began the fast at 8:00 PM. Also did 240 sit ups,
starting at noon.
Began this day of fasting with a 3 mile run with the dogs on the
Boulder Creek Trail (the 40th trail!). Donated to my 30th charity,
MS Foundation of NY, did an additional 160 sit-ups for a total of
400, and flew to
. I was able to continue the fast until I arrived, but then went to
a delicious Italian dinner with Doug and Suzanne, ending the fast
after 26 hours. Had a glass of Chianti (my 40th unique drink) with
dinner. Fasting for 40 hours would be tough. Maybe it was the 400
sit-ups, but my stomach was killing me and I had to eat after 26
hours. I will try it again.
The Birthday Challenge is over! Final statistics: 29 completed, 2
did not attempt, 4 failed, 7 did not finish but I will finish within
the next week. The DNA's were 1) 40 pulls behind the boat - the boat
broke on day 2 of the challenge, and 2) road bike 80 miles in a day
- after the 40 mile mtn bike ride, I just could not get motivated to
do a long ride the following weekend. The failure's were: 1)
working 40 hours per week - I took 2 days off over the course of the
6 weeks, 2) fasting for 40 hours - only made it 26 hours, 3)
running 120 miles in 40 days - I did not consider the effect of the
big physical Feats, which did not allow me to do my planned long
runs and subsequently I only ran 88.5 miles, and 4) climbing 40
routes - it rained on Monday, when I planned on running up Flagstaff
and doing the Monkey Traverse, which would have been my 40th route.
I had several earlier opportunities to do another route, but always
thought I would have more time, so I ended up with 39. Time is what
it all came down to with the DNFs. I managed my time well, but stuff
happens that you can't plan for. 2 unplanned business trips and
getting sick took up several days. Next year, it will be a one day
challenge, maybe a 41 hour challenge, and I can start thinking about
the 50 Feats of Strength in 50 days! It has been a fabulous 40 days
and a great way to begin my next 4 centuries!