Friday, April 25, 2008

Weeknight Caving

We went back to Hardins Cave this past Wednesday night for our monthly grotto trip. We recruited people from the Earth Day Festival in Nashville last weekend, and we had 4 or 5 people show up because of that. We had 17 people on the trip, and several of them were first time cavers, including a 5 year old and 7 year old that did pretty well.

I've lost about 10 lbs since last month when I went, plus I've been exercising more, so this time it was easier for me. We went back to the rope climb-up and then turned around, which is our usual route. Not a bad trip and everyone seemed to have fun.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Back on the Greenway

I let my diet and exercise get away from me since October, and I put on about 25 lbs since then. After three days of gastrointestinal debauchery in Tuscaloosa this past weekend, which included 3 trips to City Cafe on Friday, it was time to get back into gear. I did discover a new combination at City Cafe that was great though. I've always loved their chicken livers, and at the suggestion of my old friend Michael Bolden, I also tried the candy yams to go along with them. Wow. Definitely a great combination.

My pedometer is out of commission, so until I can order a new one I'm just making myself walk a certain number of strides per day. Tuesday and Wednesday I hit the small walking trail near work, which is just shy of a 1/4 mile per lap. I did one lap on Tuesday and two laps on Wednesday.

Yesterday it was pretty nice outside, so when I got home I loaded up Jackson and his stroller in the car and made the short drive the Stones River Greenway, at the dam entrance. Jack had a really good time, and we did a little over 1.5 miles, and it pretty much wore me out. It sure doesn't take long to get out of shape.

I'm also having some pain on the back of my heel, which is likely the tendon being too tight. It was really bad last week, but I've been stretching it, putting ice on it, and taking Alleve, so it's down to being a minor annoyance at this point.