Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall 2017:-

Little si :- 7th oct


Entire October on purpose skipped posting things on Facebook, just got fed up for daily updates what workouts and what not. Everyone does it, I am not unique. Anyways..

Reverse walk / jog for mile : Oct: 6




Though these days intensity of them is relatively high, as against what used to be previously, it was real fun doing "Brooks reverse run for a mile thing" . Given the fact that had never even walked mile in reverse direction, it was kind of interesting thing to do and in high winds it was more fun.
And thanks to them.



Had signed up for 150 miles challenge and almost towards the end of it or may be done, medal will be sometime later.











Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Some things- Part2


Hilarious

Sorry for language but this is for some nutcases:-

-- When you stop posting Facebook updates and people don't come to know what you are doing (they don't tell you what they are doing) they wouldn't do anything but opt to spread rumors.
--Same thing you change the place in the gym where you stand and they can not any more watch you ( god knows for what reasons they want to ) they start spreading rumors.
--Or use the Instructors to check on. People go to classes based on what they did over weekends, previous day or there are many factors. Its always better to keep changing your workouts and work different muscles all the time.
-- Its feels so funny even to say " these people stoop to such low levels, that they keep telling others not to follow you on Instagram, not to say good, harass"  

Rather than all these useless things move your butts and go do something for a change for yourself, get some life.










Saturday, September 30, 2017

Reach the Beach bike ride

September: 30, 2017
Reach the Beach Bike Ride
American Lung Association:-

My first event with this org. was "rainier tower climb" it was way back.
 
It was equally crazy thing to do it as was impromptu sign up for this bike ride. There was link on one website about "reach the beach- WA" bike ride for American lung association. Mentioned that to my other half that I want to do this and he said OK I will do too and we signed up for different rides and for individual fundraising.

I was going to do 45 some miles, didn't even check from where to where it is and / or anything. All signed up as of 7/10 (Not exactly sure of date when signed up) began fundraising and all was forgotten. The reason being I had too many things on plate, Vienna to Czech solo trek was just going to start and then had women's adventure in mount hood. Besides all of a sudden came the Iceland hiking thing later on.

Earlier this year in may memorial day weekend we did "emerald bike ride- small route" that was first time ever proper organized bike ride for me ( it was also equal impromptu sign up) with most ride being on highway with all traffic stopped for the ride. Funny part was, before this ride hardly did twice some Sammamish river trail small rides and two days before actual ride one round of small hill climb behind house just to know how to use gears. Could ride on the day and it was great experience and organization at the same time by cascade bicycle club.


After coming back from Iceland hiking etc trip, just realized this event is soon coming up and with all other fundraising formalities done, was set. Before this actual ride did twice Sammamish trail some 17 miles and out of guilt that I have not even sat on bike for long time or done any riding on road at all, went for two spin classes indoors in gym post Iceland trip.

Picked up packets for the ride and the actual day came, entire previous week was very intense for me even the day before the ride. Got up around 4 in the morning on the day of ride, we grabbed some bite and since my other half's ride was starting earlier from Lacey we had to leave early, he started around 6.30 or something and I went ahead to the starting point for my ride. Reached around 8 am and since my other half mentioned don't start until he comes waited, his initial arrival was supposed to be earlier but he came in little late & finally we started from my location.It was fun leading on.

Forecast was for some rain and winds. Didn't even realize when the first rest stop came.
Just before the first stop my water bottle just popped out from holder there was just minute stop to grab it.

First rest stop:- there was no need to stop but just went to grab a bite and it was nice to stop and thank volunteers and meet many other riders.

Second rest stop:- Just near from 2nd rest stop, my other half got flat tire and we stopped in road to fix it , it wouldn't get fixed so decided to walk to rest stop. which was just across the street.There too he took help from some nice family, while i was wandering around searching how to get this thing done quick as we were losing time. I never knew usually supported rides have trucks which fix your bikes and was glad to find one. The individual was so nice he fixed everything and then we left. In all this lost almost one hour.The guy even said I will make sure U reach the beach, so nice of him.

Third rest stop:- I think it had some cat. 5 hills to climb and at the top of second hill drank water, then met everyone at rest stop and left.

Final stretch was in winds and just crossed the finish line and showers came in.


 
Entire organization,setup, food, volunteers, riders were amazing. Had lot of fun riding with everyone. This was the first ever 45 miles for me and that too on road without ever practicing on road. Happy could do that. The bus ride to Elma was nice and back home, reached around 9.30. It was amazing to see no leg pain or any other, the next day went for high fitness. Humbled and happy could do that. My other half did 100 miles, it was after long time he did that, he had done some practice rides of 65 etc. miles.

Yay!!

Well had already posted this on Instagram!!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Iceland

Sept 1 - 11 2017

Hiking, walking, running, glacier exploring and things.


Usually this kind of thing is rare that in just two months period long trips happen.
Post Vienna to Czech trek which I did solo, with group but still there was nothing as such in mind or it was too soon even to think about it. 

But imagine the odds, my other half all of a sudden pings me from office "long weekend Iceland it is ok ??" Was like, is it for real? given he had taken 3 weeks break in India and usually... but anyways, I just questioned any idea about weather and said sounds good. By evening all I know flight bookings were all done, wow !! that was fast. After a while this was our driving around and doing things trip. Met friends and took guided adventures too.

Wanted to do things in Iceland since long, had in mind, but just didn't happen earlier. Had even seen organized hiking trips for the same.

Iceland : things in their most raw forms, volcanoes, glaciers, miles long ice fields, huge mountains,old lava flows, numerous waterfalls, most happy sheep, horses and people, great food.The place has very nice welcoming vibe. One can leave their things anywhere and just be fine ( the locals would say this is Iceland ).

Fishing, tourism, goat farming, aluminum smelting, renewable energy were some of the industries.Some roads in town are heated by pipes running down from volcanoes, even hot water in showers (one can smell Sulfur in some cases) Best use of natural resources. City walk was the nice introduction to the place.

Anyone can read about drive around ring road, golden circle and other things but in all this what matters is just being present in that moment.The smell, the weather, sudden cold spell, rain, drizzle, sunny day whatever it is, if u are like me it will stick with you and the memory will recreate it anytime U will see that picture.

Among many other things done this was the first time I had hiked up on glacier, past snow history of snowshoe walks and things was there but never on glaciers.

It was an awesome experience and kind of unplanned landed in private tour so had things only for ourselves.

 Apart from all glacier things,crevasses, moulin, water falls, walks, climbing up etc. one of the best moment was ( later to be described as glacier moved) We were standing in one place admiring some things and everyone knows how does calving sounds, so curiously we all started looking around as to where it happened ( I think we had seen something in open mountain face far away from us ), post that strong wind pressured sound just went below our feet and water started coming out or to say bubbling out from some spouts.This was even new for the guide and the later conclusion was glacier moved. How cool is that , three engineers (electrical, electronics, mechanical) stand on glacier two of them for the first time and make glacier move, hahaha :) just kidding. Whatever it was, it was the thing to remember.


Exploring the glaciers in really exploration team style ( calling it this way after wearing that suite , but glad it was there) was a thing.



Did number of hikes in around waterfalls, inside mountains, lakes, craters, geysers etc. It's always wise to be prepared for all weather conditions. So layering is the best way to enjoy. It can get very windy at the top of craters, as standing and walking opposing high winds is hard running in the same was fun. That's how landed up finishing two miles up the crater.


Super jeep adventure was really nice crossing rivers, hills etc.

Being soccer fan have to mention this, happened to run across Ukrainian media and soccer team in the same hotel. The players had match against Iceland the next day.

With some 80/ 85 miles on feet we headed back to place called home.For an outdoors enthusiast there is lot to do and definitely got the rough idea of the place. Return trip is for sure with the things I want to do. Hope that happens and soon.

And yes among many beautiful sunsets and things got to see Northern lights too ...



The only thing would be, given the amount of increase in tourism hopefully the place doesn't lose it's identity. Getting some examples from other countries and knowing the future problems it would be nice if steps are taken in advance to keep things as they are and may be permit systems are put in place earlier.

All individuals I have met were really nice and awesome, I think I need to create one post simply with everyone I have met on many trips.


Some glimpses : - these are just some low resolutions pics :- Iceland pics:






Monday, August 28, 2017

New next :


Had signed up for this challenge while back and finished loooooooooooong time back, was spread over some days , but doing along with all other things going on it was kind of .....
Finally the medal just arrived.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Women's Adventure:



Women's adventure camping:
Aug 17 to 21 -2017
Mt.hood
  
Early morning 5 / 5.30ish

It was about time to claim the gift. With so many things going on, had totally forgotten about this for a while until it was time to go. This was the first time had ever done solo camping. Carrying / setting up the tent with many others.
Getting up really early in the morning, walking around in the fog, watching the night sky, stars in pitch darkness. Have seen this before so many times but every time it's really something.



  As per one's liking we always keep on doing couple things and some things even if you want to do or try out always get pushed back. I am sure this happens with most of us. It was a great chance to do / explore / try out things never done before.  Doing so many things one after another time just flies and one doesn't even realize that weekend is over making memories.

 
Rock climbing French's dome, kayaking, trail running, hiking
  
Too many details and unknowingly everyone tries to follow the footsteps. Just go with the flow. Most importantly have fun.

A thing to cherish!! Yes and the Solar eclipse, with so many people sharing so many things about it didn't want to fall in that mode of information overload or flooding everyone's mailboxes or Facebook feeds with it. It was amazing, had seen before but every time it's great!! Pictures too ....

Glimpses:- things done 






Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Vienna To Czech republic hiking:

July 14- 25 2017
Covering 90 some miles hiking, exploring things etc.

As it has been a trend, things always happen at the last minute and it works out better. Probably too much time into planning and thinking is for some set of people or needed where its required like U have to have permits and all, but not for us. There goes too much waiting period. N'ways have done both kind of things but always in favor of last minute quick things.

This was first time exploring new country, first time solo kind travel for hiking and exploring other things (my other half had 3 weeks break in India so no vacation left for him.) Was in kind of dilemma whether to do this one or the other but all other logistics came together at last minute and decided to do this.



This was the first time traveling in this region. Navigating and traveling these days is way much easier given all the technology available at hands.Language can hardly become a barrier and if one has done train travel in Bombay, one can travel in any parts of other country easily. It's kind of cool experiment not to use technology and interact with locals for information, they are really helpful and one comes to know more. My cab driver in Vienna was kid doing summer job with his mom being teacher and dad a chef, probably he told more about things in Vienna. Using local transportation, walking around is yet another way. 
Most noticeable thing was people are really outdoors kind, biking being primary activity, river floats,
rafting etc. The bicycle routes in Czech are extensive and well maintained and marked. There are color coded different kind of trails, red, blue, green. Educational trails are very well marked and informative. Maintaining old forests, various restoration sites, man made lakes, fish farming, bee farming and hunting are couple other things. Cleanliness and good habits were a nice touch. It was so fun to meet lively, continuously smiling individual in the winery and he proudly sharing his wine shares with everyone.
Really happy go lucky kind of guy and wife has really good voice.

More than hikes I would call them walks in the forests, towns, different places and they could be more intense than they are. But it was good mix of culture, places, country side etc giving you an idea of what is out there. The glimpse into local life and culture in some days.

Visiting these countries and not remembering world wars and things which happened during that era is not possible. On and off one can see remains and cemeteries and untouched , unused equipments reminding you of the times. So far everything you saw in movies and when really being present there and walking through, was a different thing.

Flowers / potatoes / fruit stalls /Hanna pottery maker / nature museum
Getting up really early and having walk/ run early morning or using free time during lunch more efficiently, stroll before dinners and silent nights to watch calmness that falls in place and how the place looks are some more ways apart from regular schedules to do what you want to and explore and enjoy the place. If you are like me, not much into shopping category you will do more hiking around, finding new things and doing them. Walk up the castle towers, night walks in the city, wooden boat rides, doing smith job making coins, nails, visiting nearby area, quick running up the hill, early morning bird watch and many more things.
Finally it's you who decides how best shape you are in.

Well given that it was nice experience in new country!! Music, food, people , culture , history, castles add special touch and good set of fun loving people to do all these things with.


 Some Glimpses:

Monday, July 3, 2017

Roller skating :

Had done this in arena not many but just twice or so and given every time summer was busy with things outside attempt got pushed back, finally today was the day ... being holiday had real fun heavy weight lifting class in the gym and what followed later evening time was the attempt with roller skates, with all possible gear and poles to support. Funny, one has to stand in grass to take picture. Nice sunset and evening by the water. Beautiful day!!

Beautiful, fireworks and music was really good to mark 4th july

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Solo Hike -2

July 2: Bullitt fireplace trail:-
 
Well beautiful morning today, imagine getting up eating Idli -sambar , coffee for breakfast reading book in kind of cloudy nice weather. Lucky me, made it the earlier night so one gets to eat it next morning. These days mornings start with cloud cover which burns off later.

Initial route
Anyways , so far had never been to Squak mountain state park before, it just went back of the list. Well reached the place sometime around 11, not that many cars, there is no designated parking lot too where I parked ( not sure if there is some other entrance), just parked by the side of the road and there was one couple just getting down new to hiking and they were too doing this trail for the first time. Just walked with them for .1 / .2 some miles and headed ahead. The place really has jungle kind off feeling even the forest is thick, did see deers, birds, banana slugs, something rat like, squirrels, small garter snake etc. Well the trail is not bad, initially wider and in between gets steeper and thin with lots of brush around.

Trail

That's the end of signs place
Followed the signs for the fireplace trail, but at the end after the mentioned distance they just disappear,  there comes some area with different trees altogether and signs for other trails, saw people wandering around there, they too were trying to find fireplace if it existed. Just did run around the area on different section to see if there was anything and since this was first time on this trail decided to head back. Saw one runner, he mentioned he runs here quite a bit but has never seen fireplace. Will figure out next time. Overall nice trail, not that much traffic and dense forest, walking in my unexplored area for the first time, not exactly sure but may be walked around 4 /5 miles altogether.


When headed out there were far more cars parked outside. Well should / could have checked report for the trail, just forgot to do that. Nice experience though!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Solo Hike


Poo Poo point :- Chirico trail - 1800 ft elevation, 4 miles round trip.

For first solo hiking experience it has earned to be penned down. However big or small the distance doesn't matter as much as the fact that an individual did it. Beautiful Saturday July 1st , after finishing just the previous day 200 miles challenge which lasted over some days, it was lazy morning. Weather was beautiful though, just that one kick came with tea in hand and decided to head out for Chirico trail - poo poo point. Some 1800 feet elevation with 4 miles about round trip. Have done this before many times, but never solo.

Trail sections remind of Inca Trek with uneven stone walks, cool breeze, each section you observe as if  you have never been there before and relate it to sections of some things you have done previously. Occasional hi / hello , some information exchange with some new people to the trail. Just an amazing thing. Everyone on trail was really in good spirit, may be holidays and relaxed minds are one of the causes.

Many people sitting at first false summit taking in the views and many more at the top real summit.
After drinking water and just spending some time up, headed down, almost in running mode. Overall beautiful day and awesome memory, to be cherished forever!! Yes, it happened !!!

Solo travel and touring around japan last year and hiking around both have their own charm as one might say!! 





Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Happy Pills


Yay feeling great!! on Global run day , became Brooks Athlete. It is such a coincidence since the time started running have been using Brooks shoes, right now what I have are 'launch' . What everyone wears is their personal choice based on what suits their feet and have seen over the time it even changes, for me these work really well.

Haha , need to take some cool running picture but for now one from Feb 2017 winter works.


Feeling awesome, blessed
#brooks #brooksendorsed #brooksathlete #run #running #athlete

Well I need to put my own runs done page or results page, Athlinks keeps changing their website and many results one adds get removed, re-adding them is just a task. So not all things done are listed there but they are really trying their best to keep up. Not blaming but just something ...The link is very much present on this blog under the "Have fun- some other blogs" category, on right side just scroll down.... njoy ...


Happy pills ----- 25 / 30 pounds and 200 squats ... ohhhh !! feels nice. These days intense workouts are really amazing...

Life is great!!!

17-June : nice day for some run and volunteer work , blackberry removal.










Yay!! Sun June 18:
Solo zipilining on fathers day.
Was little cloudy and rainy earlier but rain stopped and enjoyed zipping in the trees....


















When at last minute one has to change plans ...... oops!!! not good thing but happens!! still beautiful sat. 24th .. Sun.25th WOW !! even 800 ft. elevation felt high enough in scorching heat with no shade, 7/8 miles started around 11.30ish , god knows how high the temps were. 85 F or more. Nice wknd with strawberry festival etc. etc ...










Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Water it is :-

Growing up, as far I remember we had only one public swimming pool near our place, one year in vacation got admission and with enthusiastic schoolies learned to float. Well later studies, exam and came the next year vacation but the admissions were all over for entry and there went the learning in water...

Come to think of it, have done many water activities without it. Parasailing, jet boats, whitewater rafting, boat rides, snorkeling not in deep waters though, sailing, river rides, river hikes and many other things. One of the most interesting recent was, crossing muddy river walking through it without knowing depth or for that matter absolutely anything as to what lives in that river (very interesting... :) ) .


June 6:

Getting one more year younger always starts with something new, well this time it was lesson come ride on sail boat. It was really interesting to understand how to steer it , use of ropes, setting sails and many other things. Had real fun, turned out to be really amazing thing. Imagine taking pictures with camera later to realize memory card was missing :) This time it was my bad and that was first time. Iphone for rescue, glad had taken at least some shots with it. Reason enough .....

 keep happy! keep healthy! keep moving!!


Feeling great!!

June 10:

Beautiful day on water again.
First time experience in a canoe. Had done other things before not the canoe. Basically front person rows and back steers, both using paddles. Once got the hang of it which really didn't take time at all, it was nice. Catching and riding on waves generated by other power boats, wind and newbies who do not get hang of rowing or the one's who have done it before but still ride little weird in kind of zigzag patterns are to watch out for, also other boats, canoes, paddle boarders. Best way to deal with this is to row faster and keep long enough distance in between. It was lot of fun 4 miles of rowing. 

June 11:

Nice day, initial plans were of something different which changed later. Hike come walk and balancing acts in the woods. Pulling some balancing acts on logs and tree stumps in not so yoga friendly attire though it was skort (hiking skirt with built in shorts), haha :), yup still was fun.

One of the best question asked was how can one stay calm among all the unwanted noise around? :

For beginners basic answer is simple "Shallow waters make more noise,people who are making noise are hiding their lies and trying to cover their wrong doings by making noise. If those kind can party, then you have even more right to enjoy life and one has to think do people know even ounce of your side of story?
if answer is " no" then enjoy full on. One should ask " what is it that you know about me from me?? Put all the details with facts out, word by word who said what and who did what and put out your story."

Have a great Life!!



Friday, May 12, 2017

Life is beautiful -






Look what was received in the mail today : The medal for the 100 miles challenge ...It was long finished in April 2017.










Turned out to be classic PNW day , perfect for some outing

Beautiful day for some miles on bike.... and quick evening hike....











Memorial Day weekend: 2017

Interesting thing:  I registered for the ride just a week before and over weekend we did some biking on Sammamish river trail, and 5 minutes one day on hill to know the gear system. Had fun riding on the highway for the first time with lots of people, I think almost 7000 people participated. Emerald Bike ride 2017 -cascade bicycle club. Nice organization, kudos to all the volunteers, staff, police for making it safe and fun experience. Glad could climb uphills and down hills.

Besides luck by chance beautiful weather  for memorial day made hikes to mt. Si, talus loop, cougar mountain more fun.


Friday, April 7, 2017

April Showers May Flowers --


There comes a time when you kind of become strong enough to not feel the workouts (its been so almost for more than 3 years now) those who do them can and will definitely agree with this. In all this credit goes to individuals as well to awesome club instructors.

Haha, reading my last post people were thinking Oh what happened?? Nothing ... that was just the collection of how somethings were overcome to reach to this point (after three different type consecutive episodes 3rd one. and denied help every single time, yes hell happy to be in this best position, million thanks to those I knew were always there rooting for good) .  Is and was always doing good. Feels so good to lift heavy weights with ease ....

Yes apart from regular things just quick wandering around  Friday harbor right during wind storm, felt nice though. Hikes and walks like Young hill etc. , driving around, exploring couple other things. Nice change. That reminds need to do some long trek, may be solo, been a while.Probably after finishing current things have signed up for.



Nice almost there , had signed up for 100 miles challenge and pretty much towards the end !!cheers!!
Done as of 17 April.... fun as always. Medal will appear soon.


Happy to finish Whidbey Island Half marathon 23 April 2017 , the course is really beautiful and very nice people. Had a lot of fun. Finished in 2:08:43 cheers!! Your competition is always with yourself . Besides did some wandering around Tulip fields and other things .




Mt. Si great anytime ....