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Hello erg, you old friend

On Sunday night, scrottie and I made plans to come up to Seattle via train for the week before December 25. Nailing down that trip made December seem way more concrete and short. Of course, time is always precious this time of year because of the Holiday Challenge.

I just went back to check, and found that indeed, this is my tenth year undertaking the Holiday Challenge. I'd forgotten this detail, but the very first year I went for it was in 2006, when I went to Australia to study social interactions in sweat bees. I only completed the 100k challenge that year because I only had access to an erg for a total of 10 days. After 5 days in a row of half-marathons, my body informed me on no uncertain terms that I needed to stop. I skipped 2007, but have been doing the 200km Challenge every year since then.

This year, I'm going to go back to using one of the erg marathon training plans created by Concept2, to hopefully keep things entertaining. So far, so good. I'm also alternating between erging at home and erging at the boathouse. If I'm going to be erging, at least I can do it with a good view and the camaraderie of my teammates.

Sometime soon, I should also sit down and more thoroughly review the regatta options for 2017. There's no shortage of races in this area, and I'm grateful because they help keep me motivated and moving.

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tylik
Nov. 30th, 2016 01:02 am (UTC)
Hm! The soonest I will fly out to Seattle is the 25th...
thewronghands
Nov. 30th, 2016 03:04 am (UTC)
Damnit, I am going to miss you both, I think. I leave the 19th and I don't think I'm getting back until the 30th. (I don't even want to go on this trip. Ugh duty.)
tylik
Nov. 30th, 2016 03:14 am (UTC)
My plans are really up in the air. I want to attend the Nordholl NYE if there is such a thing (I haven't heard). I want to spend some time up in Index. I should really see Shifu because I have been sucking there. And I want to get the heck out of Dodge because my thesis will eat my head.

...but I'm also really busy and barely feel like I can spare the time. Dunno.
thewronghands
Nov. 30th, 2016 03:21 am (UTC)
If there isn't such a thing/if either of you will still be around for New Year's, I am having a small bookish quiet New Year's party (Mayhem and Iris are going out, I will be So Done With That by then, haha) and you'd both be invited! Invites so far: y'all, mimerki. I'm intending to invite varina8 and the rest of the BAMF Breakfast Club, maybe a couple similarly minded others.
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