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September 2017

One for the weekend.

Back in the day, when I spent my work week tromping around the Arizona desert measuring plants and counting creatures, I was introduced to Edward Abbey. Upon reading his classics Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang, he quickly became my favorite author whose writing shaped how I lived and viewed the West. Right now as I sit here in front of my computer device thinking about my upcoming weekend of riding and running miles outside, I get excited. Excited to feel a little more free, a little uncomfortable, and a little vulnerable. That is until I get an air quality alert that winds from the East will be blowing in smoke from the complex of Montana wildfires.

I love my job, but I love being outdoors more.

Essay by Edward Abbey "I Loved it…I Loved it All" from Ned Judge on Vimeo.

Rolling resistence.

It’s September 11th and nothing that I post here really matters.

That being said, one take away that can be made…is that life can change quickly so you need to live for today and do the best you can. Yeah it’s cliche, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

So here we are in September. The weather is getting noticeably cooler and the unfortunate realization of winter running & riding is still a ways out, but seemingly right around the corner. Having spent the vast majority of my running years in the Arizona desert, I’ve struggled to enjoy snow running but this season I’m hoping to make the best of it but starting to acquire cold weather gear now. If anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears.

“Dumb training” continues. No watch, no real plan besides doing whatever training I want to do for however long I want to do it. And while (as previously mentioned) that’s no way to train for a race, it’s doing a great job of keeping me motivated to just do it…as some might say. This past Saturday I ran my greatest distance in probably 5+ years. I attempted the same distance last weekend but bonked 3/4 of the way through, mostly due to heat & hydration issues. Yesterday I rode our Albion Loop and, again not basing this on anything but my perception, kept a greater speed and on some climbs in a bigger chainring than my previous go’s. Progress continues.

Looking forward to 2018, I’ve set my A-race for the year to be Ironman 70.3 Couer d’Alene (June 24). It’s a little early in the season, I’ll only really have about 2 to 2.5 months of weather-appropriate outdoor training time but hopefully that won’t be too big of an influence. My biggest hurdle will be maintaining run mileage over the winter (the treadmill sucks) and getting my swimming ability up to an appropriate level. And this is where a legitimate training plan will need to be introduced. Or not.

The mechanical challenge for this winter is going to be a couple of bike build projects, primarily a new road frame. Several years ago I purchased a frame from a local manufacturer with a geometry somehwere between a TT and road bike. It happened to be big (like 61cm) which I need, and the price was right. I’ve toted this frame around for a long-ass time and have never done anything with it but this winter, when road riding is out of the question, I’m going to finally slap it onto the workstand and build it up. Something I’ve never done before.

It’ll be fun to document here and with any luck, it’ll be ready to roll once the ground thaws. The general plan, at this moment, is to build up the road/tri bike by cannibalizing the carbon fork and wheels from my the current road rig. Then using the remaining components from the current road bike to build on a cross/touring frame (not yet in my possession). First B-race for the spring is the Gran Fondo Ephrata which is 80 miles, 30 of which will be grinding gravel.

Lots of riding in the future and that’s a good thing.

That’s it for now. Peace and beers.

Current training track:


Everyone’s got a morning routine. Even a non-routine, is usually still some basic set of actions. I like to get up early, which can be super beneficial when setting for the AM. There seems to be some across-the-board interest in the early morning flow of successful people these days, and not that I’m anything special, I was reflecting on my own ability to “get it going” and thought it was worth putting it down.

My alarm typically goes off between 5 and 5:30am…though many times I naturally wake up before it goes off. My workouts switch between an outdoor run (3-5 miles) 2 or 3 times a week and a HIIT session at the gym 2-3 times a week. I like to do what I call “sober” workouts, where I don’t eat anything before hand. For no other reason than eating before working out makes me want to hurl. So I’ll drink a little water, warm up, do my thing, and then get ready for work. Any “daily reflections” or “mediation” is done while working out, typically during my run. That’s my church.

Today I had my fourth fitness test and my results are definitely trending in the right direction.

Test 3 (June 2017)
22.56kg fat mass
79.6kg fat free mass
VO2: 41.4ml/kg/min

Test 4 (August 2017)
20.5kg fat mass
77.4kg fat free mass
VO2: 47.2ml/kg/min

Essentially, I’ve lost 10 pounds and bumped my VO2 conversion. Cutting back on the IPA and logging more miles has done it’s job.

Today I’m sick as hell. Working from home and watching the Stage 17 TT of the Vuelta, wishing I were out for a ride.

Basically toe-ing the line.

I think I’m ready?

T-Minus 10 Weeks


This will be like last year but more and better.


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