Sharks season comes to an end

I had to work, tonight, so Wendy, Roxie and Reagan and me texted through the game. I watched it over the internet and the girls watched on our TV.

We had hope for the Sharks, but ultimately the Oilers were just too much for them, this year. McDavid was an amazing player and even though the Sharks have playoff experience, we just didn’t have the youth and necessary skill to win this series.

I’m proud of my girls for cheering for the Sharks when I’m not home to encourage them.

Game ended 3-1 and the series 4-2. Good season, Sharks. Hopefully we keep Thornton and Marleau another season.

Problems with the Fireboard:
– How do I change WiFi networks? I am set up for home, but now I want to connect to my work network.
(Ok, I see that I can remove my network, which is non-intuitive, but where can I see a list of networks to connect to?)

Sharks vs. Oilers: Game 1 (Sharks win, 3-2)

Armed with a brand new 55″ 4k tv, I settled in to watch the Sharks take on the Edmonton Oilers in the first game of their playoff series. Roxie, Reagan and Lucy joined me for last period, but before that, Reagan was at the doctor to have her ankle examined. She has injured it somehow – maybe in some of her tumbling and gymnastics.

It was a very hard game to watch for a while. The Sharks looked sluggish and defeated as the Oilers ran them around for the first period, gaining a 2-0 lead on a Thorton-less San Jose team.

Couture also didn’t seem himself, almost as if he was protecting his full-masked face from a puck off of Brent Burns stick a couple of weeks ago. So we didn’t look good.

But something happened in the 2nd and 3rd period. The Sharks found their legs, skated faster and seemed to have more confidence. Hertyl was amazing and tough.

The game was pushed to overtime, even as Wendy was reminding me that the girls have early-morning school choir in the morning. I made the girls promise that they’d be happy and productive in the morning, which the agreed to. So we finished the game together, cheering at 11 pm in the living room.

Great game.

Dr Pepper Prohibition, Day 1

Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend about my wildly unhealthy consumption of Dr Pepper. For over a week, I knew I was going to have to quit again. I had a crazy idea that somehow I’d be ok and able to moderate my intake. Last night, though, I counted about 10 Dr Peppers that I’d drank through the day.

A long time ago I quit Dr Pepper. I staved off that delicious drink for three years, almost.

I’ve added my new “Since last Dr Pepper” countup in the sidebar of this site.

It’s 4 pm, now and I’m dealing with a dull headache. Not for sure that this is a Dr Pepper absence thing, but it’s suspect. I need to eat something.

Ended up doing well in the not-drinking department, but horrible in the eating dept. Ate tons. Enough to put on a pound.

Last dp

Had my last drink at about 11:30 pm, Tuesday night.

Dumped out 4 DPs into the sink so that I wouldn’t be tempted today.

Friday core

Pushups total: 200
Planking time: 12 minutes

11:00 am:
-30 pushups
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds front plank alt lift legs walk
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted)
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted), opposite side
-20 pushups

1:00 pm:
-30 pushups
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds front plank alt lift legs walk
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted)
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted), opposite side
-20 pushups

2:00 pm:
-30 pushups
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds front plank alt lift legs walk
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted)
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted), opposite side
-20 pushups

11:15 pm:
-30 pushups
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds front plank alt lift legs walk
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted)
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted), opposite side
-20 pushups

Ridiculously memorable trip up to Squaw Peak

I have no idea what caused this weird pointy-spike in my GPX, yesterday. Nothing like that happens on the trail.

Jeff and I planned to run Squaw peak a couple of days ago, but last night as I pulled into Provo on the Frontrunner train, I noticed that the clouds were hanging super-low. So I knew there was an opportunity to see some amazing things if we got going.

I texted Jeff and arranged to meet at Rock Canyon Trailhead at 5 pm, hurried to get my stuff together (headlamp was already charged!) and hit Arby’s on my way. I quickly ate a Jr Roast Beef Melt (seemed like a bad idea at the time, but seemed to work out on the trail) and drove to our meeting point. Jeff arrived shortly after.

We both admired the clouds that had gathered to cover about 3/5 of Squaw Peak and discussed climbing through the clouds and how great that might be.

The first mile or so wasn’t too bad, but it was a little wet. A few raindrops, plus the ground was soaked from a couple of day’s worth of rain.

Once we turned onto trail 060, things got wetter and muddier. I finally had to stabilize myself with my hands, which was the beginnings of me getting dirty. Jeff worked on a strategy to walk on the sides of the trail (bracing himself between the two sides with his feet), while I committed my shoes to a blanket of mud and just walked straight up the middle.

Soon we were walking through rivers of water that rushed down the trail (which I’d gotten a picture of that) and I mentioned to Jeff we needed to walk carefully and not disturb the trail by slipping and sliding. We did a decent job of this, but there were a couple of points where we both slipped in a spectacular manner. I fell once or twice.

Finally the trail turned to snow and hiking became easier. We talked about earlier trips we’d made to Squaw Peak and how this one was definitely the most difficult. We’d worked hard to follow the trail, but at some point, we lost footprints in the snow and it became necessary to track out our own path.

Jeff and I kept falling through a couple of feet of snow as we’d walk, at which point I told Jeff this was called “postholing”. He tried to remember the word, but kept asking me, “Hey is it called post…what is it, again?”

Postholing, Jeff. Postholing.

Soon Jeff became heavily familiar with postholing and we slowly trudged our way, higher into the clouds.

There came a point where we lost the trail and just sort of tried to gain elevation, knowing that Squaw Peak was only going to be higher up. This worked ok, but was inefficient. Neither Jeff nor I chose a great line, so a lot of work was done. Jeff reached the peak before me and I could hear him cheering ahead.

When I found him, we took in the sight and shot a few (tons) of pictures as keepsakes. The pictures never do justice. We ate some jerky that I’d smoked this week and decided to head back down (I was starting to get cold).

We followed our own footprints back down the mountain, taking care to try to use some of the steps that had already packed the snow down a bit. It didn’t take too long to get through the meadow, then to start down some of the steeper, muddier and rockier sections.

At one point, I lost my footing in a muddy section and fell hard on my back. I actually fell a few times, but on this particular fall, I had to actually take stock my body and gear. Nothing was seriously damaged, but I was now sore and extremely wet and dirty.

We continued down the sections of trail that were rivers. Jeff finally gave in and started to use the middle of the trail, even though his nice-looking shoes were now soiled and losing their luster.

We counted the five bridges backward and finally landed at the bottom of the trail. We headed over to the BYU Creamery, where we bought chocolate milk and I bought some ice cream for Wendy.

Taking stock:
The next day, my butt, back, neck are sore. I am beat up. I planned for a long run, tomorrow, but I’m not sure how that’s going to work. We’ll see.

 

Wednesday core and diet

11:00 am:
-45 pushups! (record)
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds front plank alt lift legs walk
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted)
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted), opposite side

12:40 pm:
-30 pushups!
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds front plank alt lift legs walk
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted)
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted), opposite side

Drank a DP 🙁

Drank another DP 🙁

5:00 pm:
-30 pushups!
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds front plank alt lift legs walk
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted)
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted), opposite side

7:00 pm:
-30 pushups!
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds front plank alt lift legs walk
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted)
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted), opposite side

Tuesday core

2:00 pm:
-40 pushups! (record)
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds front plank alt lift legs walk
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted)
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted), opposite side

7:30 pm:
-30 pushups!
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds front plank alt lift legs walk
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted)
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted), opposite side

8:30 pm:
-30 pushups!
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds front plank alt lift legs walk
-30 seconds front plank
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted)
-30 seconds side plank (additional 15 seconds leg lifted), opposite side