Scooter’s Coconut Shrimp Recipe

Ingredients
Peanut oil for frying – enough to have 1 1/2 inches oil in pan
1 1/2 pounds thawed jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined and butterflied (I use costco raw shrimp 21-25 per lb)
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
4 large eggs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp granulated garlic powder
1/2 tsp or Pinch of Cheyenne powder – adds a little spicy love to taste (Optional)
3/4 tablespoon Chinese five spice powder – this stuff is awesome
Dipping Sauce (recipe below)
Directions
Preheat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.
In first bowl mix together panko and coconut.
In second bowl beat eggs and dash of salt and pepper.
In third bowl mix flour, five spice, onion and garlic powder together.
Dredge shrimp in flour, then eggs, then the bread crumbs.
Place in preheated deep-fryer and fry, in batches, until crisp and golden brown; about 2 to 3 minutes.
Drain on a paper towel-lined sheet tray.
Serve hot with Dipping Sauce on the side.
Best Damn Coconut Shrimp Dipping Sauce:
1 (6-ounce) jar orange marmalade
1/4 cup sweet Thai or Asian chili sauce
1 lime, juiced
Mix all ingredients in a small bowls.
Sometimes hard to find. Found this in the Spice section
Make sure it is the dipping kind, usually garlic and sweet with red peppers.
This brand has a great flavor but any will do

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Operation Second Chance

Dear Friends,

I am writing in the hope that may be able to assist in a critical fundraising effort to support our nation’s wounded heroes returning home from tours of duty overseas through Operation Second Chance.

According to Pentagon figures from May of this past year, more than 43,000 American servicemen and women have been wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. A 2008 study by the RAND Corporation also noted that beyond this number, nearly 20 percent of service members returning from war, about 300,000 at the time, also suffered symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression. Tens of thousands more also showed signs of traumatic brain injury, the signature wound of these wars, caused by the detonations of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).*

The large numbers of wounded returning home and the complexity of their injuries, both physical and mental, have strained our country’s system for handling their care and rehabilitation.  Gaps in the delivery, quality, and extent of Department of Defense and Veteran’s Administration benefits and services remain—and they are all too often delivered impersonally.  These brave men and women, every one of whom volunteered to wear a uniform in time of war, have made enormous sacrifices and deserve better.  Operation Second Chance began just eight years ago and has worked closely with innumerable wounded veterans and their families, assisting with the modification of housing to accommodate disabled veterans, supporting vets’ families’ visits to national rehabilitation centers, and aiding in wounded veterans’ transition back to civilian society.

This fall, from 4-7 October, I will be one of 70 cyclists to embark on Ride Allegheny, a 320-mile trek from Pittsburgh to Gaithersburg, Maryland, to raise money for Operation Second Chance.  This will be Ride Allegheny’s biggest year yet, and we aim to raise more than $175,000 for Operation Second Chance and the tremendous work they do.  My reasons for doing the 320 mile Ride Allegheny trek are many.  I have been inspired by my nephew’s best friend, who had both legs removed by an IED serving with the Marines in Iraq.  Another of that same nephews friends lost his entire lower body and arm from an IED in Afghanistan while having served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician for a Special Operations unit.  My observation of the incredible support Operation Second Chance has given these warriors and their families in their greatest time of need has been humbling.

Please visit our website (www.rideallegheny.org) and take seven minutes to watch the online video to learn more about the ride.  You can also visit Operation Second Chance on the web at (www.operationsecondchance.org), to learn more about founder Cindy McGrew and what her organization has been able to do to help to assist wounded veterans and their families.

Your support for Ride Allegheny will go directly to Operation Second Chance and on to the wounded heroes who have defended our nation.  Please give generously.  I have attached a donation form for your use.  All contributions are welcomed by the many volunteers at Operation Second Chance.  You can also donate online by visiting the Ride Allegheny website.

Printable Tax deductible Donation Form

Online Tax deductible Donations

Operation Second Chance Inc. has received 501 (c) 3 status.

Sincerely,

Scott “Scooter” Schneider

http://www.defense.gov/news/casualty.pdf and http://www.rand.org/news/press/2008/04/17.html

 

 

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Stop using E10 Gas, it is a Scam!

First a preface, this is my test and only my results. There, you have been warned.

While driving my Porsche to and from Tennessee this weekend, I found an amazing fact that shocked me, ethanol additive is a scam and we are all getting suckered but big oil and the government. The trip is 620 miles long with a total elevation difference start to finish of 300 feet which is insignificant and I did not factor into any tests, the temperatures were almost identical to and from and the tire pressures, speed and driver were all the same, all factors being virtually the same, here is what I found.

On the trip to Tennessee I averages approximately 24.3 MPG and was actually quite impressed with that reading being that the car is a High performance engine. While at the in-laws we started talking motors and my father in law was telling me how his car started running really poorly, missing, sputtering and so he took it to a mechanic and was told he needed the fuel filter (located in the tank) replaced and the injectors cleaned at a grand total of $800. He was shocked and not able to foot the bill so the mechanic told him to go to a specific gas station and fill up on Non-Ethanol gas then drive the tank out, refill and repeat and stop using E10 or 10% Ethanol gas because engines can’t handle it and it gums them up. He did, and after a ½ tank the problem cleared up and has not returned.

After hearing this I thought WOW, my car is going to rehab and kicking the ethanol habit. So on the way home I filled up with E0 (Real old fashioned gas) with no Ethyl and started home. I was shocked when I realized I was getting 27.3 MPG on the way home and this was the hilly portion of the trip but the mileage held and I refilled in Bristol (Home of the Bristol Motor Speedway for all you Nascar fans). There were literally dozens of mom and pop No-Ethyl shops in Bristol where Nascar and Racing is a way of life. This was a clear clue to me that I was on to something, race car drivers and nascar fans don’t put Ethyl in the tank.

The mileage continued until I hit a town north of Roanoke Virginia where I had to pee and had ½ tank There were no Non-Ethyl stations around so I filled with Premium E10 and started home. My Mileage dropped to an average of 26.1 with a tank mix close to E5.

In summary, these are the numbers
E10 – Cost $3.59 / gal and delivered 24.3 MPG
E5 (an approx. mix) – was delivering 26.1 MPG, a 7% increase in MPG
E0 – cost $3.79/gal delivered 27.3 MPG a 12% increase of mileage at only 6% increase in cost.

Now I hypothesize, 10% Ethanol decreases performance by some unknown level is obvious in the case that race car drivers will not use it in their gas and it obviously affects mileage in the car since I took a 12% hit in gas mileage. The car ran smoother on E0 and felt more responsive. Yes I realize this is a subjective test and it would take a dyno to prove my case but I believe from this small test that the big oil companies, using ethanol that costs almost nothing have figured out a way to get us to put useless $hit in our tanks that blows through the engine giving zero value yet we pay a price in both the engine and the food chain. All across America, farms are converting to Monsanto corn that is optimized to produce Ethanol and removing wheat and other valuable crops to support Big oil.

I just fired Exxon, Mobile, BP, Amoco, Sun Oil, Chevron, Texaco etc. and will now buy from the small mom and pop shops that still sell No Ethanol gas to the public for farm and race equipment.

And I am not alone in this finding. A quick google search finds much support
http://www.christopherhaase.com/?p=13643
http://lorigami.wordpress.com/2010/0…dangerous-lie/
http://www.buyrealgas.com/
http://pure-gas.org/index.jsp

The list goes on and on
If you love your machine, treat it right and stop feeding the giant oil companies that could care less about your car and are scamming you out of your money.
I am all for capitalism but this is pure and simple a violation and a scam and once again big business has stopped having ethics and gone insane.

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Stone Mill 50 Miler turned 50 K Race report


Saturday November 19th 2011 I ran the Stone Mill 50 Miler in Maryland. Here is my race report. I wanted to post my critical learning’s and rave about the great staff, Race Director Harvey Sugar and urge people to support this awesome single-track race. It was an amazing experience and I am looking forward to Running this 50 Miler again next year and possibly another as well, maybe the North Face in Virginia. The one worry I had doing this race wasn’t the distance, I was pretty confident that I would have what it took to finish, I was more worried about my right knee. Sometime around early to mid-October, my knee had started to act up. At first I thought it was ITBS but it would lock up randomly and catch causing great pain and make it almost impossible to walk. And just as rapidly as it came on, it would disappear and I could move well. It was a great concern.

Earlier in the week, we had torrential rains and everyone was worried and excited about the course being muddy and challenging. After the cold front passed the temperatures dropped into the upper 20’s or low 30’s in the area. In the trees, it was freezing cold. At 6AM sharp the gun went off . With headlamps and hand lamps in place, Approximately 300 of us headed into the woods embarking on what would be an all-day challenge.

The race is mostly over single-track that follow the Seneca Greenway Trail and Muddy Branch Trails in Maryland. We started at Watkins Mill High School and looped the school then headed down a steep embankment and into the woods where we picked up the Greenway trail. The first section was Watkins mill to MD 355 and is approx. 3 miles. This was all in the dark and the line of headlamps made for a very cool and interesting journey. We were all clumped very close to each other so speed was slow and lots of joking and talking were in order. Soon we hit MD 355 and dumped cloths and headlamps, crossed the road at the bridge and headed into the woods for the second leg which was MD 355 to Riffle Ford Road.

This section passes through Great Seneca Park and has a few tricky navigation spots where the trail was washed out from earlier storms. At mile 8 you could make a ¼ mile detour to the Aid Station but most passed it up and continued to the next station at MD 28 and the Muddy Branch Trailhead. To this point, everything was pretty much uneventful. The pace was good at around 10 min / mile average and there wasn’t much mud. The knee that had been giving me problems over the past month was not acting up much and I was having a great time.

At Mile 10 we were 1 mile from the Aid Station and my Running buddy Allan had his wife meet us with hot Starbucks Mocha Lattes and Oatmeal. Man that was awesome, you should try that sometime. We ate the oatmeal, filled our bottles with coke and water, chugged down the Lattes and headed out for the next 10 mile section that would take down to Pennyfield lock on the C&0 Canal.

You can actually see my knee was swelling in this picture. I hadn't noticed yet.

 

This section leaving the Riffle Ford area and getting to The Muddy Branch Trailhead was the only paved portion of the trail. It was a necessary Evil and worth the 1.5 mile hardtop because the Muddy Branch Trail (MBT) is spectacular. Once on the MBT we headed southwest over countless small creek crossings, some muddy bogs and spectacular scenery. At Mile 17 the trail crosses Esworthy Rd and was a bit confusing. Earlier in October I had tried to navigate this portion and could not find the trail after crossing the road. Come to find out later we needed to run north on Esworthy Rd about 1/3 mile to the Trailhead and then start southwest again for another 3 miles to Pennyfield Lock. Here it got a little comical as we started down a steep hill and many runners were coming back up it saying it was the wrong way. Why they thought that I was unsure since the trees were clearly marked with Blue Blazes so I just headed down the trail leaving them in their confusion. After two miles we hit river road and I was happy because all the while running I had thought that maybe they were right. Somewhere in this section my knee started to act up. The hill mentioned earlier, well as I was headed down that hill I felt the knee sort of give a little and I was now feeling some minor pain. I continued to the next Aide Station at mile 21 where I was feeling better.

As I took a break at Pennyfield lock eating a PB&J and some crackers I realized the knee was swelling a bit and pain set in again with a vengeance. By the time we left the Aide Station and headed onto the C&O canal, I was barely able to walk. In a matter of minutes I went from minor pain to excruciating pain. I hopped and limped and then started running. The pain subsided some but it was always present and for the next 4 miles I ran/walked doing whatever felt best at the time.

This was me, stretching and rubbing the knee coaxing it on for another 10 miles

After leaving the Stone mill we crossed River Road again at Riley’s lock and a short run down a side road led to the trail entrance and into the trees. This section is a mostly flat except for the first 2 miles which are very hilly. Historically it is also a miserable/fun muddy section, it did not disappoint. I have run this section several times. There are some creek crossings and many bogs where stagnant mud bogs block the trail. It is also a very fun section between River Road to MD 28 where the next official Aide Station was located. I was in pain in this section but I found if I just kept running I was good. Then somewhere around Berryville Rd in the Hilly section around mile 26 I was coming down a hill when the knee just sort of gave out, Allan why was running behind me made the comment “That didn’t look good”, well it really didn’t feel too good either. That was the beginning of the end. The rest was a run walk to MD 28 Aide station where I had to make a decision.

My GPS said just over 31 miles but the sign in the aide station said 29 miles only 21 left to go. Well, I knew at this point I wasn’t going another 21 so I had to get that 50K mark under my belt. The GPS said I was there but the official mileage was 29 so I decided to press on to the next road crossing which was around 1.5 miles further. This was a very grim time since I knew I had failed to get the 50 Miles but it was also a landmark for me since I had never ran 50K. talk about bitter-sweet. I walked up a long hill and then started running. There were times the pain was so intense I thought I’d vomit and a hundred moments that my brain was screaming what are you doing fool (In a Mr T Voice) but if 50K was all I’d get that day then 50K it was. As I came into the Parking lot at Blackrock my GPS read 33.2 miles, I was done, stick a fork in me. I fist pounded Allan, said I’d see him at the finish line and climbed into the truck. Torn, Beaten and proud at the same time. Talk about a strange twist of emotions.

Well, It has been over a week now and, the feet are good, the knee is still swollen and I have a pretty healthy bakers Cyst behind the knee. I say the feet are good because I have had some problems with the Peroneal Tendon where it attaches to the 5th metatarsal on the left foot. Basically, it gets damn sore after running and it didn’t disappoint after this run, it was excruciating and felt like someone was holding a bic lighter to the knuckle there, That pain disappeared after a few days, the knee, not so lucky. I recon I’ll be getting some scope time to see what’s up but I made my mark at 50K and enjoyed every minute. It is interesting when you achieve a goal and miss another at the same time. You just don’t know whether to celebrate of get mad. I chose to celebrate.

Things I Learned in my first Ultra:

  1. They are hard but not impossible. I have no doubt that I can run a 50 Miler now. I was close.
  2. My hydration strategy although I thought was good enough must not have been. I was drinking pretty regular at about 20 oz per 5 miles but I was not going to the bathroom at all on the run – twice in 33 miles is not good enough. It was almost 2 days before I was back to normal and 12 hours before I pee’d after the run and that was a weak dribble attempt. Never did I drink enough that I felt I drank too much. I know I need a lot of water as I sweat like crazy. Lesson Learned!
  3. Food and electrolytes! I had decided on a Gel every hour and an S cap every 2 hours. I did only 3 gels in 6 hours and only 2 S-Caps. I just don’t think I was doing well on electrolytes and at the end I was feeling some cramping that started around mile 25. Since I sweat so much, I probably need more potassium. I was using a Nuun Tablet in my water, I think I used 3 or 4 tablets, that didn’t seem enough.
  4. Training: I had previously done some 25 and 28 Milers; most training runs were 20 or less on the same terrain as the run. It would have been better had I ran some 30-40 milers to mentally prepare because when the knee started going south really bad around mile 25, I was already fatigued. I don’t know what the outcome would have been had I not had knee problems but I question whether I could have made that last 10 miles after mile 40. Guess I will never know. My training plan called for some back to backs of 20 and 30 miles. I neglected doing them. That was a mistake. Next year I am kicking it up a notch.

The shoes I wore were Merrill Trail Gloves. I tried several other shoes in training and always came back to the MTG’s. I wore them the entire run and was very impressed. I got no blisters, I was comfortable and if the shoes got too slippery with Mud I would simply run in a creek and wash them out. They dry and drain very well. Before the run I drenched my feet in 2 Tom SportShield Liquid Roll-On. This stuff is the chit and works well for me. I never had a hot spot wearing the MTG’s with SportShield. Shoes give me heel blisters so I need a soft back. Vibram Five Fingers have no traction and no rock plate so I eliminated those when I started trail/Ultra running.

Running the Stone Mill 50 was a blast, people running Ultras are a different bread of human. They are so much cooler than the uptight people running Marathons and other street races. On the street I have been yelled at, pushed, crowded out, and generally feel like everything is do or die. In the Ultra world the general feeling is team work and comradery. If you happen to fall, others help you up and care; If someone else falls I help you up. When someone looks in trouble, everyone wants to help. It is a crazy cool world to play in.

Oh, one last note! At mile 29 or 31 whichever it was, they had BBQ’d Roasted salted baby Potatoes. OMG, they were like eating little chunks of heaven or Fairy Eggs.

Mmmmmmmk, Potatoes Good!

Here is a picture taken by someone at mile 8 at that Riffle Ford Creek Crossing as we switched from the Blue Greedway Trail to the Trail leading to Route 28. Not sure why I looked like such a poser!



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Running Blind

I have been running most of my life, well, except that large gap in the middle of life. As a young child, in Jr. High and in High School I ran on the track teams. I was never the top guy except once I did finish an unofficial 1st in High Hurdles at Sophomore State only to have it taken away and given to someone else based on a judges error and lack of support from a drunkard as a coach but that is another story.

After High School I pretty much gave up on running because I found it a major pain, literally, running was a pain. I would suffer all year from shin splints relieved that I could finally stop running at the end of the season and heal. Rarely did I enjoy running but a few moments and those were mountain runs. For some reason running in the mountains on trails was never a pain, it was pleasure.

Well, move the clock forward to 2003, almost 25 years later, and I start hitting the road again. Immediately I begin enjoying a run and feel like I just missed something for a lot of my life. Then I go buy a pair of corrective, support, stability, padded running shoes that were recommended by some “teenage expert” in the local running store and the shin splints are back. But I hang in there for another 4 years putting in a few short runs a week. This all changed around 2008 when I started to move towards Barefoot and minimalist running and injuries started to drop away. However I still have a few here and there and I attribute it to bad form. As I get comfortable with my form, I start getting lazy, over striding and end up in pain. Running Minimalist/barefoot was a god send for my running and now I need to take another step forward.

Yesterday I was running in my Vibram Five Finger KSO’s and I realized once again I was over striding. I worked hard to bring in the stride, land under my center of mass, increase cadence, be light and easy, Easy, light, yada yada yada and it was all intellectual, logical, not a “feeling” like it was working. Then it hit me, what if I close my eyes, what if I run blind and let my feet be my eyes?

I was on a long, flat straight and safe stretch of blacktop pathway where I could experiment so I closed my eyes. Each step I made an endeavor to feel the foot pick up off the road and sense the landing as close under me as possible. Each step I wanted to feel as much as I possibly could feel and become one with the road. And then I went off onto the grass and almost tripped myself.  That is when I realized I would need to peek every now and then until I mastered running blind. Otherwise, I was going to run into a tree and that just wouldn’t be cool!

Next I closed my eyes again and extended my mind to my feet and after a few seconds realized they were landing out in front of me again and then pulling me forward sort of like Land, skid a little, brake, pull, kick off and push. Heck, no wonder I had blood blisters from last weeks race. I quickly made a correction and was landing under me again and then hit the grass edge. Crap, I opened my eyes and I realized I was veering to the right. I realigned with the path and closed my eyes, focused on the feet again and immediately I was over striding and reaching again but this time I noticed almost immediately and corrected. Then I felt the camber of the path, it was slight but I could feel it and then I hit the grass again on the same right side. With my eyes closed I was compensating for the camber that sloped away to the left and I veered right almost as if running away from the slope uphill. I corrected and closed my eyes again.

This process went on for over 2 miles. As time went on, I found many different issues with my stride. Pushing off, pulling, over striding, compensating for my sore ankle, compensating for landing on objects (good thing). I started feeling cracks in the path as I landed; I felt my foot pronate as it landed and rolled to the ball and realized I was pushing off not lifting. I found that in the beginning I was able to run 8-10 steps before needing to peek. Then it was 15 and then 20. I hope that someday I can pick a straight path and follow it for a minute blind using feet and ears as my guide.

My next Blind Run is going to be barefoot. I am healing some blood blisters I picked up in an 8K race due to sloppy form so that is why I headed out with the Vibram Five Fingers in the first place. I was determined to see if I could figure out what I was doing wrong. Running Blind Barefoot will be a real trip. I imagine that it will take a little recon ahead of time just so I avoid any glass or damaging surfaces. I encourage you to give this a try, the feeling was strange in the beginning and everything comes into play including trust, nerve, ego if someone sees you, trees, grass and fear but soon your feet become more than eyes, they become levels, grade sensors, compasses and instructors. I feel this might be the tool to take my running to another level.
Have fun Running Blind!

 

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Bourbon Feet’s killer Blog on Luna Sandals

You all knowmy passion for minimalist shoes, crazy ultra runners and my dream to be better than I am.

Here is a great Blog post from an amazing runner, record holder

http://bourbonfeet.blogspot.com/2011/06/words-from-lunatic-comprehensive-review.html

 

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Tuesday Trails – Stone Mill to Potomac

Tuesday Trails.
Headed out on a nice trail run with my buddy. It was going to be an easy 5 miles out and 5 back. We got a late start and I wasn’t really ready. Hadn’t eaten well, was not well hydrated and the temperature was in the 90′s, humidity was off the charts and there wasn’t any wind. Perfect setup for a learning day! 

He headed out and immediately noticed the trail markers were counting down from 8 miles to 7 etc… We wanted to know where they ended. After all, who wouldn’t, right? So we decided that instead, we would run to the end and call for a ride wherever the end was. Well after 7 miles something we hit the end and decided that it wasn’t too late to head back and round trip the run. I wonder who’s brainiac idea that was 

It was very hilly, I was hot, getting low on water and I hit a wall around 10-11 miles. I ate gels, drank what water I had but I was feeling like crap. I could barely lift my legs. Finally I got through it, something of a learning experience to be in the middle of nowhere, no easy bail out and have to press on. I got through it and felt a new kind of pain and some feelings of accomplishment too. Then the rain and lightening started. Long story short it got dark, we were tired and 1.4 miles from the car we had to get a ride.

Moral of the story: be ready for anything, be aware of the time, carry at least a small flashlight, and have some kind of food available when trail running cause I was famished.

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Running along the Potomac

Day before yesterday I did some running Hill training
Basically I walk or jog to the bottom of a 1/4 mile hill.
Then I turn and sprint to the top at a 6 min/mile pace.
Sweat, breath and repeat.
I did 8 of these and then cooled down. It was a total kick in the pants.
I was a little frustrated because I could not get my HR over 145.

Yesterday I put in a rather aggressive and hilly 20 miles on the bike. It wasn’t anything more than just keeping my legs from pussing out on me.
I needed to make sure I was keeping a daily routine. It was a fun ride and at one point I reached 35 miles/hr. Pretty cool.

Today I hummed and hawed and tried to talk myuself out of working out. I had planned a 14 mile run along the Potomac river but it was getting muggy and I had excuses. BUT… I overcame and headed to the river in such a hurry that I got a Photo Camera Speeding ticket. Bastards!

I ran out 7 miles on the river then ran back. 2.5 hours and I really did feel good however I was feeling it at the end. my feet were sore. I don’t think mu HR ever got over 130 BPM. Insane!

I am ready I think for my next elevation in the challenge. Running home from work. It is a 20 mile trip, will happen in the heat of day and water is going to be an issue. Today running I sweated through 20 oz pre run water, 70 oz on the run and another 20 oz after the run. That is a total of 110 oz and I lost 4 lbs so hydration is going to be a major issue. I may have to have someone meet me in the middle with food and water. However, the urge at that point will be strong to quit. Something I need to fight mentally.

I’ll tell you what though, I had a 20 oz bottle of Nuun Citrus on Ice waiting for me at the car, OMG that was heaven to drink. I needed something cold and not sweet when I finished up.

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Resting Heart rate, How low can you go.

I ended up going for a 7 mile bike ride. Not much really just wanted to keep the legs loose. It was 98 degrees and I am pretty much acclimated. I didn’t even break a sweat of get my pulse over 90.

I can always tell when my fitness is starting to pay off.

My resting heart rate this morning was 34.

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A 30 mile bike ride in a light rain!

Went out for a nice 30 mile ride yesterday. Felt great afterwards and could have done another 20, Seriously. My but was getting a little sore and some lube over 30 miles might be a good idea.

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