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Old Fri, Nov-15-19, 23:06
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Location: Central Virginia - USA
Default Old Rag Hike - Part 3


After some good Keto food we prepared to head down to the "rock scramble"


But not before one more selfie


A "Rock Scramble" sounds fun, right?


Where did the trail go? Oh - just follow the little blue markers on the rocks!


The rock scramble went on for 2 miles! Fun? Maybe - Challenging? DEFINITELY!!

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Old Fri, Nov-15-19, 23:17
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Location: Central Virginia - USA
Default Old Rag Hike - Part 4


Some parts of the "scramble" were really cool


I'm glad that I wasn't any bigger


I made it through the Rock Scramble battered, bruised, but still in one piece


With the last of the steep slopes behind us we still had 2 miles to go


But that last part was easy-peasy - making it back to the car 15 minutes before sunset
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Old Fri, Nov-15-19, 23:25
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Oh YAY, So glad you finally got to go Ken. It that looks so fun!! I can see why you wanted to do it in such a beautiful area. That BEAR sign though!!! Yikes!! Did you all see any?
DD is Beautiful!!

I saw no bears, but I did see some very grumpy girl friends that had no idea what their partners were getting them in to. I'm quite proud of myself for getting through some of the tougher areas. My legs were ready. I didn't realize how much I'd be using my arms. The following day I was a limp noodle.
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Old Fri, Nov-15-19, 23:39
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Location: Central Virginia - USA
Default Old Rag Hike - Part 5







As tough as it was, Kelsey and I made a great memory that day. Will I do Old Rag again? I don't think so. Some of it was quite dangerous. One part of the trail required a rock to rock leap over a deep crevasse. That was not for the faint of heart, let me tell you. Never say never - but I think I can find other places to hike. Old Rag -- been there, done that.

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Old Sat, Nov-16-19, 02:56
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Lovely pictures of your hill walk. I would have enjoyed the main route, but you can keep the scrambling! If you ever make it to the Lake District over here, you should try Sharp Edge on Blencathra!
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Old Sat, Nov-16-19, 07:56
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So jealous! That looked like a super fun day, challenging though it was.
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Old Sat, Nov-16-19, 14:08
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Looking good, Ken! Great photos!
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Old Sat, Nov-16-19, 22:30
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Wowee! That looks like one amazing hike! I read some vague things about the rock scramble but didnít realize it was 2 miles. Plus all the tight spots. Wholly cow!
It has got to feel great to have done this hike. I am always a bit grateful to have found our WOE & being able to do something that 5 years ago would not have been possible. The whole world has opened up. Like you, once I have done something cool like that I am ready to move on to the next awesome adventure. There are so many out there.
Thanks for sharing. It was really fun to see the pix.
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Old Sun, Nov-17-19, 08:06
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Wow what a truly tough hike! Glad you finally got to do it after all the fits and starts! It looks very challenging, but I bet it was a great day.
-Kat
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Old Mon, Nov-18-19, 09:11
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Plan: My own - < 30 net carbs
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Thanks everybody! I didn't get a lot of hikes done in 2019. I would have loved to do more. However, the ones I did get in were awesome: Crater Lake (Oregon), Mt St. Helens (Washington) and Old Rag here in Virginia. The first two were more about scenic beauty and not nearly as challenging as this last one.

And YES Renee, It is amazing what we can do now; things that we wouldn't even have considered before. I'm not anywhere near my lowest weight. I seem to have stabilized around 25 pounds up from my 'skinny old man' days. I am strong and fit, though. I'm looking forward to the next challenge.

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... If you ever make it to the Lake District over here, you should try Sharp Edge on Blencathra!

I Googled that. Yikes - you go first! There's no doubt that I could do it, but I think I'd prefer hiking around some medieval/roman ruins or rolling hills even better. I spoke with my daughters about a trip to England last night. All were interested -- especially if it involved getting in a day hike or two. We've already done the tourist trap thing. Seeing the English countryside sounds like a better plan. We've penciled it in for some time in 2021.
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Old Mon, Nov-18-19, 10:31
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Page 21, my fav pic is your DD on the staircase!
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Old Sun, Dec-01-19, 21:44
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Plan: My own - < 30 net carbs
Stats: 440/219/210 Male 5' 11"
BF:Energy Unleashed
Progress: 96%
Location: Central Virginia - USA
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Except for that Old Rag hike, November was one of my weakest effort on the workout front in a long time. The Y closed for renovation at the end of October and reopened 3 weeks later. Did I get right back to my regular routine? No. It is amazing how quickly one can 'fall out of' a good routine. Kelsey was home for the holiday and she pressed me to go to the school track for a run. I ran 2.5 miles at a decent clip. The 'doing it' wasn't hard. The motivation to go do it seems to be the problem. The plan is to get back into a good routine this week. Talk is talk, though. Time to get it done. I like being fit. I don't want to lose it.
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Nov 01 - 16,505
Nov 02 - 10,940
Nov 03 - 15,051
Nov 04 - 15,734
Nov 05 - 11,695
Nov 06 - 16,479
Nov 07 - 10,688
Nov 08 - 11,874
Nov 09 - 29,775 - 9.5 mile hike up Old Rag Mtn - a 2700 ft climb
Nov 10 - 12,537
Nov 11 - 10,245
Nov 12 - 11,995
Nov 13 - 12,769
Nov 14 - 12,239
Nov 15 - 12,187
Nov 16 -- 4,588
Nov 17 - 13,949
Nov 18 - 11,978
Nov 19 - 12,048
Nov 20 - 12,037
Nov 21 - 13,216
Nov 22 - 10,248
Nov 23 - 14,207
Nov 24 - 14,698
Nov 25 - 10,429
Nov 26 - 13,065
Nov 27 - 11,959
Nov 28 - 13,900
Nov 29 - 15,580 2.5 mile outdoor jog - Time 32:05 - HR 149
Nov 30 - 13,605

November Summary

Total Steps: 398,219
Total Miles: 190
Average daily: 13,274
Miles Bicycling: 0
Miles Jogging: 2.5
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Old Fri, Jan-03-20, 09:00
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December was a tad bit better than November. Kelsey's return from college has helped me get back in the groove with going back to the Y. The Y closing the track for 3 weeks in late October messed with my routine. It is amazing how easy it is to fall out of a good habit. May January 2020 be a fresh start. I've worked upper body strength training into my regimen again. The plan is to continue this 3 days a week throughout the new year.

I'll need to work in longer jogs as well. My next 10K is coming up March 28. Kel has been working out hard all year. She really wants to beat me this time. As it stands now - Dad 4, Kel 0. I haven't been working as hard as I did last year. Weight creep was a real problem the past few months, too. So if I don't get serious fast, then she is going to kick my butt. I do need to work harder. I will. But I will be A-OK with Kel crossing the line first this year. I just want to keep it respectable.
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Dec 01 - 13,055
Dec 02 - 10,394
Dec 03 - 14,818
Dec 04 - 12,691
Dec 05 - 19,604 - 2.3 mile indoor jog - HR 140 - Time 32:29
Dec 06 - 12,919
Dec 07 - 12,504
Dec 08 - 21,624 - 2 mile indoor jog - HR 146 - Time 29:56
Dec 09 - 14,225
Dec 10 -- 7,389
Dec 11 -- 8,054
Dec 12 - 20,854 - Walking NYC - Broadway & Time Sq
Dec 13 - 17,454 - Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Dec 14 - 22,532 - WTC, Wall St & Empire State Bld
Dec 15 -- 6,617
Dec 16 -- 8,268
Dec 17 - 18,084 - 2 mile indoor jog - HR 147 - Time 29:10
Dec 18 - 11,859
Dec 19 - 11,819
Dec 20 - 10,944
Dec 21 - 13,973 - 2 mile indoor jog - HR 151 - Time 28:03 ST1
Dec 22 - 17,769
Dec 23 - 11,670 - 1.5 mile indoor jog ST2
Dec 24 - 19,779
Dec 25 - 13,492
Dec 26 - 16,505 - Kel nudged me back into Strength Training ST3
Dec 27 - 10,285
Dec 28 - 11,888
Dec 29 -- 6,250 - Weight lifting at the Y (the indoor track was closed)
Dec 30 - 11,976
Dec 31 - 17,781 - 2.5 mile outdoor jog - HR 150 - Time 33:34

December Summary

Total Steps: 427,074
Total Miles: 207
Average daily: 13,777
Miles Bicycling: 0
Miles Jogging: 12
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Old Sun, Feb-02-20, 21:48
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December was better than November and January has topped December. That's progress; however it's nothing like what I was doing a year go as far as the jogging is concerned. Last year I was prepping hard for the April 10K. This year the 10K is on March 28th and I just don't have the same motivation to train as I have had in the past. I'm a little heavier than I was last year. I also have a nagging knee injury left over from my November "Old Rag Mountain" hike that has been slow to heal. It doesn't hurt like it did in November & December. My slow man jogs don't appear to be making it worse, but I do still feel it. The plan is to keep the jogs easy for the next few weeks and start training harder during the last 4 weeks before the race. I'm doing good with my eating so far this year. Hopefully I'll shed a few more pounds before race day as well

Kel will wear the crown this year. After 4 years of edging closer and closer to my 10K times I am certain that she will take care of business this year. She has made jogging her thing all year. She may very well crack the 60 minute mark. I hope that she does. She is a senior in college. This could be our last Richmond 10K together.


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Jan 01 - 12,421 - Weight lifting at the Y
Jan 02 - 12,312
Jan 03 - 13,607 - Weight Lifting at the Y
Jan 04 - 12,812
Jan 05 -- 9,397 - Yard work - Weight lifting at the Y
Jan 06 - 13,249
Jan 07 - 16,021 - 2.2 mile jog - HR 161 - Time 30:21
Jan 08 - 12,238
Jan 09 - 11,584 - Weight Lifting at the Y
Jan 10 - 12,020
Jan 11 - 12,495
Jan 12 - 16,121 - 5K outdoor jog - HR 154 - Time 41:01
Jan 13 - 14,219
Jan 14 - 19,292 - 2 mile indoor jog - HR 139 - Time 28:16
Jan 15 - 13,938
Jan 16 - 22,922 - Lots of walking & Weight Lifting at the Y
Jan 17 -- 7,277
Jan 18 - 23,415 - 2 mile indoor jog - HR 148 - Time 26:31
Jan 19 - 11,467
Jan 20 - 10,720
Jan 21 - 16,787
Jan 22 - 22,742 - 2 mile indoor jog - HR 143 - Time 29:27
Jan 23 - 12,649 - Weight Lifting at the Y
Jan 24 - 10,018
Jan 25 - 14,442
Jan 26 - 24,273 - 5K indoor jog at the Y - HR 159 - Time 41:30
Jan 27 - 11,789
Jan 28 - 16,379 - 2+ mile indoor run - Time 35:00
Jan 29 - 15,304
Jan 30 - 14,232
Jan 31 - 16,466 - 2 mile indoor jog at the Y - HR 150 - Time 30:01

January 2020 Summary

Total Steps: 453,451
Total Miles: 214
Average daily: 14,627
Miles Bicycling: 0
Miles Jogging: 18.5
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Old Sun, Feb-02-20, 22:02
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Definitely a good thing to heal that knee. I would rather break a bone than have a tendon injury.

Have you considered hiking in Acadia National Park ? In the off season, of course. Or Katahdin ? THAT one is on my Bucket List.
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