26 Tue, 2011 § 6 Comments

A Week in the Life.

Like I mentioned, this week I’m trying to take simple everyday photos, accurately depicting our days & lives right now.

Though we have less stuff filling our apartment than most, we still feel the need to reduce further from time to time.  Lately I’ve been consumed with purging, organizing & beautifying our home.  It’s not about going without but truly relishing in what we do have.

*photo taken of a clipping from Sunset Magazine August 2011 issue.


We do relish.

As much as I love being home, enjoying our little nest, experiencing life is life’s meaning.  Sometimes we need stuff  to do the things we love.  I love tackling the boulders with Dave once he’s off work.  It’s great to go out there with no expectations & then surprise yourself.

Yesterday was a good day.


I Boulder

10 Tue, 2011 § 5 Comments

I’m a boulderer;

or rather, I boulder.

[on Tranced Out & Dreaming in Ibex, Utah by David Finch]

Give me a rock with a few, fun, strenuous, limit moves, I’m content to fall off it for hours.

Sometimes, it doesn’t make sense.

Because I don’t like falling.

Actually, I don’t mind falling; it’s hitting the ground I dread, even from a short distance.  Considering the bad ankle sprain I earned after one of my first gym bouldering sessions, this is a reasonable fear.

Even before a boulder starts to approach true “high ball” status, I might burst into tears in my desperation to top out.  In these moments, I’d give anything not to hit the ground; I’d much rather be taking my fall tied into the end of a rope 60 feet up.

So why boulder?

Bouldering strips rock climbing to an even bearer, rawer state.  Little equipment is required.  If I was truly a purist, I’d be climbing naked, chalkless & shoeless.  Once I step up to the rock, “the mechanism clears”: it’s just me…the rock…my body…moving with the stone…yielding to its permanence…pushing the bounds of my own limits.  There is no physical reward at the “top” — no significant or measurable height achieved; no bird’s-eye view — only the victory of inner growth, the submission of the ego (beaten down by falling over & over again) & a connection with what is truly greater than all else.


Bouldering isn’t the only rock climbing I do; but when I need to touch rock now, the most natural tug leads me out the door with a simple pair of shoes, a pad (or two or three) & a little chalk.


Where do you find presence?

Quatro Obsession

5 Sat, 2011 § 6 Comments

I did not want to…

I had the motivation…

but no energy.

I even laid on the weight room bench for several minutes & thought about falling asleep while Dave worked out.  I am not proud to admit this.

I have not been feeling great this week; I think it is just my…well…anyway, I hope I am not coming down with anything.  I have definitely not been getting enough sleep, & it is catching up with me.  Sometimes your body just needs rest — BUT

exercise boosts your immune system, so I kicked it into gear with an on-the-fly workout.*

High Intensity Interval Training using body weight exercises & the treadmill executed around 4 minute segments, which just happened.

I did each exercise for 4 minutes total before moving to the next = 6 rounds each: 10 second rest, 30 seconds maximum effort.


  • Dips @ the dip station
  • Skater Lunges with hop & knee up [alternate sides between sets]
  • Burpees [true burpees with full push up & jump]
  • Hanging Knee Raises on the dip station

I finished off by joining Dave on the treadmill for a 4-minute splits run.  Splits & intervals are the only way I can run on a treadmill; otherwise…boring.  I do not consider myself a runner by the way.

SPLITS [this would be considered a split right?]

  • Speed 7 ~ 60 seconds
  • Speed 8 ~ 60 seconds
  • Speed 9 ~ 60 seconds
  • Speed 9.5 ~ 15 seconds
  • Speed 10 ~ 15 seconds

Followed by a 4-minute “cool down” of a fast-paced-Speed 4-walk at an Incline of 4.

Actual cool down: decreased speed & incline equally every minute for the last four minutes ~ 3.5, 3, 2.5, 2.

Stretched. Aww.

The sweat was worth it.  It took me a second to find my land legs.  Funny how the treadmill does that.

Apparently 4 is the number of the day.  Last night my pizza had 4 toppings too — wait, scratch that — Dave & Marisa had yummy sun-dried tomatoes & artichoke hearts I added last second to kick it up a notch.  Glad I did.  I piled caramelized onions, mizuna greens, mushrooms, thyme, a few sun-dried tomatoes & artichoke hearts on pre-made spelt & sprouted grains crust.  Once out of the oven, I drizzled each slice with a little truffle oil & sprinkled with a dash of sea salt.  Pizza nights rock.

Now we are hitting Priest Draw to boulder.  Earlier I thought I would take blankets & an extra pad & curl up while Dave climbed, but maybe I will make a goal to send a V4 — wait, we are hitting the Bat Cave — scratch that too.

*Always warm up for ~5 minutes before working out.  Mine varies but usually includes 30 seconds each of walking in place high knees, jumping jacks, running in place high knees, heels to butt, lubricating various joints with unloaded movement, arm circles, etc, followed by a couple, short, light stretches.  My true stretching follows my workout.


What are you doing this weekend?  How do you decide whether to push through with a workout when you are feeling sub par?

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