Charlie, congrats on the 800 PR!
Brittle Master, I like your soundtrack idea but I think I would have chosen something other than “Disco Inferno”.
Rtype, you ALWAYS have more stuff than you think. I have moved twice in the past 20 years, each time to a larger house than the one before so that there was no need to cull things prior to moving. (I’m a throw-awayer married to a hoarder, but I just rolled my eyes and let him take everything.) It’s almost certain that our next move, if there is one, will be to a smaller place and then things will get interesting.
old guy II, that’s so cool that you can still surf even if it’s a bit risky on the back.
Coureur des bois, those are some nice runs and the bear is pretty cool!
My backpacking trip was a fiasco because of the worst mosquitoes I’ve ever encountered in the Sierras. Hiking in wasn’t too bad as we were moving constantly, but we encountered several people hiking out wearing head nets, never a good sign. We arrived shortly after noon at the lake where we’d planned to stay two nights with a day hike in between. At first the bugs weren’t too bad, but around 5 pm someone turned on the mosquito switch. We ate a hurried dinner, skipped the traditional hot chocolate and retreated to the tent until morning. At first light around 5:10 am I saw hundreds of the little bloodsuckers perched on the tent prepared to swoop down on the first mammal to exit. We didn’t even bother with breakfast, but broke camp as quickly as possible and hit the trail, where again it wasn’t too bad as long as we kept moving and were soaked in DEET. 8 miles in on Sunday over moderate terrain with a 25-pound pack, and 8 miles out on Monday with a couple pounds less, all at 7000-8000 feet. It works the legs in a different way from running, particularly when a short person has to take big upward steps carrying a pack, but it didn’t feel generally very hard. I returned hungry, dehydrated, and mosquito-bitten, but otherwise in good shape.
I saw the rheumatologist on Thursday. He still wants to order some more tests but is 90% certain that I do have polymyalgia rheumatica and that the prednisone regimen I’m following is appropriate. He’s optimistic that, given my overall health history, the condition may resolve faster for me than for most people (months rather than years), and suggested I try tapering the prednisone dose faster than the usual protocols. I liked this guy—he quickly figured out that I’m not an idiot and I’m capable of making reasonable decisions about my own health care.
We had another week of triple-digit weather including 108 yesterday, and even very early in the morning it was pretty hot for my tastes. I managed 66 miles in six days of running. I’m not sure what I’m training for, as both the October half-marathon and the November marathon I’d normally run have already been cancelled. I guess CIM is still on the books for December but I can’t believe that one will go either. COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly both in California as a whole and in my county. Our gym does not require masks and while my husband has been there twice since they opened, I really wish he wouldn’t.
Wishing everyone good health and fitness.