Conquering The Mountain

After living as a Fatty McButterpants for years, I decided to straighten up and fly right in 2013. I started walking, jogging, and cycling and began tracking my progress with the Map My Walk app. It keeps track of your distance, pace, and calories burned. Throughout the year, the app lets you join challenges, where you can reach a certain amount of miles, or a certain amount of days of exercise. The most difficult challenge is You Vs. The Year.

To complete YVTY, you need to walk/jog/run/cycle 1,020 kilometers (633 miles) in a calendar year. The closest I have ever come was 800 kilometers, and that was mostly walking and jogging. This year, I added cycling into the mix, and have been riding ten miles nearly every other day since August. It did make the challenge a little easier, but biking ten miles is pretty grueling.

That said, I finally did it!

As of this moment, I’m at 1,043 kilometers (642 miles) and will continue to improve my mileage. I’m still a little heavier than I’d like to be – currently at 189, when I’d like to be 180 again – but I’m also hitting the gym every other day. I still feel great, and with the exception of the pulled back muscle, I’m good to go.

True Kevin Stories

During the Wuhan virus, my youngest son has been getting his fresh air by cycling a few miles through the neighborhood. Since he’s twelve, we try not to have him go too far, so he makes a few laps around the area.

But that’s not all.

On Tuesday he rode to the BJ’s Wholesale club about a half mile away. He rode his bike through the lot, and suddenly stopped when he noticed something which annoyed him. You see, there were a bunch of shopping carts throughout the parking lot, so he decided to park his bike, and move every cart to the cart corral. (Or whatever you call the thing where you leave the carts.)

When he came home Kevin let us know what he did. While I was proud of him for doing such a nice thing, I asked him when he started working at BJ’s Club.

Yesterday Kevin rode again and stopped at BJ’s again. This time he saw a very large toilet paper box lying in the parking lot. It was probably three feet by three feet. Angered that someone would just toss a box onto the lot, Kevin picked up the box, rode home with it – it was not crushed; the box was large – and put it in our recycling.

Again, I was proud of him, but I said he shouldn’t jeopardize your safety by riding home carrying a large empty box.

I figured this would happen after the weekend, when he stopped to pick up four empty plastic water bottles and rode them home while steering the bike with one arm…

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A Good Friday

Kyle, #31 in the center of the photo, playing against O'Hara.
Kyle, #31 in the center of the photo, playing against O’Hara.

Kyle’s lacrosse team played their fourth game of the season yesterday; a home match against Cardinal O’Hara. O’Hara is a very good team, and our varsity especially needed a win. The JV, however, was up first, and Kyle’s group was coming off an undefeated week.

The boys took the field with a sense of urgency, and scored the first goal. The scoring was back and forth for a while, but in the end, the Crusaders prevailed. They won the game by a score of 5-3. Kyle, for his part won two face-offs and lost two. His stats for the season are amazing, winning 9 of 13 face-offs. He’s becoming quite the specialist, but he still wants that first goal.

Sadly, the varsity got destroyed in the late game, losing 15-2. We never really got our game going, and the loss really hurts us. Both teams play tomorrow – Philly is expected to see both rain and snow during the day – so hopefully both teams will net a win.

There is, however, even bigger news afoot…

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