Saturday, August 2, 2008

Steve Moore's Challenge

Yes, that's right folks; I'm in for the challenge too! I'm in for some 41 suffering fun with Greg on the 16th.

Still a work in progress, but this is what I have so far:
In one day (from sun-up to the start of the party):
41K trail run
41K bike (road/trail)
41 minute swim
410 pushups

Food and drink TBD (thinking about 41 oz of coleslaw to go with Greg's sausages)...

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Modern Day Texas Challenge

Date set for August 16th, 2008

In 24 Hours:
3 - 90 minute Bikram Yoga sessions
Since Austin is considered by many to be the Hippy capital of Texas, what better way to recognize this modern day Texas transformation than to include yoga in the challenge. But lest you be fooled into thinking this will be a relaxing part of the challenge, Bikram Yoga is an intense, strength-focused practice that is done in temperatures over 105 degrees. This will most likely be the toughest event of the day

3900 meters in Barton Springs pool
Barton Springs is considered by many to be the heart of Austin, which is the capital of Texas. So I had to do some swimming in this incredible spring fed pool at the end of the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Unfortunately, I haven't done any distance swimming in years, so this could be a problem...

39 k mountain bike ride in the Barton Creek Greenbelt
Contrary to popular belief, most of us Texans don't ride horses any more. So the modern day equivalent for getting around the hill country of central texas is the mountain bike. After taking about four years off since my son was born, I have recently been getting back into mountain bike riding, so it seemed fitting to push myself up all the climbs in the Barton Creek Greenbelt.

39 cannonballs into the pool
Ok, so there is no good way to tie this to Texas, but there has to be something silly in every challenge

In one sitting, consume:
39 oz of sausage
39 oz Lone Star

One thing that Texans take very seriously is their BBQ. Traditional BBQ is primarily brisket, ribs, and sausage. I have modernized this a bit by focusing on sausage and trying to include a big variety of types that are available these days.

Also of note is that Steve Moore will be doing his own challenge on the same weekend and we will be doing a combined challenge celebration party at our house on the evening of August 16th, 2008.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Looking for ideas

I am turning 39 this year on July 30th, which is a Wednesday this year. I have decided to do a birthday challenge over the following weekend, August 1-3.

I have been tossing around some ideas, but haven't settled on anything yet. Over the last year, I have been doing a lot of yoga. This isn't the "let's relax, meditate, and do some deep breathing and stretching" kind of yoga. I have been doing Bikram yoga, which is an hour and a half of strength building, core-stregthening, ass-kicking poses done in a room typically over 110 degrees with 100% humidity. It is one of the best workouts I have ever found. So I am thinking about doing 3 90-minute classes.

There is also the possibility of reviving my hill of life mountain bike challenge. After a break of four years (since my son was born) I have started riding again. But I don't think I could do both the yoga and the hill of life in one day, so I would need to choose.

I am looking for other ideas, so feel free to post...