New 50M course. RCDO – Forbes Mill

Working on new course. There are some key points in course for aid 10-12 miles apart.

  1. Calero main entrance
  2. RSV (Rancho San Vicente)
  3. Quicksilver Hacienda
  4. Quicksilver Hicks or Sierra Azul Hicks
  5. Lexington Reservoir Limekiln trailhead or Jones trailhead

If not familiar with course there are some key turns you don’t want to miss. Description coming soon.



Testing ways to display trail runs

Using WP GPX Maps plugin with .gpx file from Garmin Connect.

Total distance: 13.13 mi
Max elevation: 2057 ft
Min elevation: 420 ft
Total climbing: 3173 ft
Total descent: -3120 ft
Download file: activity_1649255124.gpx

Using ‘Embed’ from Garmin Connect.

Using WP GPX Maps plugin.

Total distance: 13.13 mi
Max elevation: 2057 ft
Min elevation: 420 ft
Total climbing: 3173 ft
Total descent: -3120 ft
Download file: Purisima_Creek_south_entrance_loop_.gpx

Using ‘Embed on Blog’ feature from Strava.

Fitbit Charge first week

I have been wearing my Fitbit Charge on my non-dominant wrist everyday. I only take it off when I shower, for charging, and a few workouts where something on my wrists either feels uncomfortable or is in the way. It feels like you are just wearing a watch. It is comfortable and generally does not get in the way except when noted above. iPhone app works well. Screenshot below.


Fitness journey so far

I began my fitness journey a little over 3 years ago. At 5’7′, 205lbs, 47 years old. I bought a copy of Power 90 on VHS years earlier buy never really stuck with it.

With fresh motivation, I radically improved my diet and started with Power 90. After 4 months I lost 40lbs. Another 2 months later I was down an additional 15 lbs. Still 5’7″, 150-155 lbs for 3 years.

All exercise done with Beachbody programs and healthy eating.

My program progression:

Power 90 – 2 rounds
Power 90 Master series – 2 rounds
P90X – 2 rounds
Insanity – 1 round
P90X/Insanity hybrid – 2 rounds
Focus T25
P90X3 Doubles
P90X3 Elite Doubles – current as of May 2014

Next: Body Beast/P90X3 hybrid

Ideal Bookshelf


I came across the book and site, Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount and Thessaly La Forge and found it to be a great original idea. Here is my contribution to the cloud.

The Trail by Franz Kafka
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Nausea by Jean-Paul Sarte
The Devils/Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
Dune by Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann


Power 90 Master series week 9

Starting week 9 of Power 90 Master series today. Power 90 Master series is a great transition from Power 90 to P90x so far.

Why Power 90 Master series? Due to lack of some equipment, space, and time I ended up doing Power 90 for too long. I got comfortable with leve 3-4. Even after losing 45 lbs. and in overall better shape I felt I was still not up to P90X without modifying more than I care to.

After the first week or two of doing Power 90 Master series learning the different routines I felt more confident on working on my form and increasing intensity.