March 7th, 2013

Exercise - MLP - Large

Exercise Backlog

I don't think i've posted about any exercisey anything in the past week or two, so... POST!

Last tuesday i went to the gym, and this tuesday i went to the gym. In both cases i climbed some walls, used the pull-up machine a bit, and used the cross-train/elliptical machine a bit.

According to the machine, i burned 1280 calories last week and 1295 calories this week. As mentioned previously that seems like way too many calories for an hours' work, so all i can really say is that i did very slightly better this week than last week.The machine also said i went distance 11.09 last week and 11.22 this week. That distance would be in... km i guess? 11 miles seems like a bit much, especially since i wasn't going that fast. According to CardioTrainer i burned 686 calories. Of course it doesn't know what resistance setting i had the machine on or how fast i was going, it just records a steady calorie rate per time unit, so i have even less reason to trust it than the machine itself. The machine also said my heart rate peaked at 176, though that wasn't for very long. Of course i'm not sure if i should trust that measurement any more than any of the others, especially since the heart rate measurement seems to keep dropping out.

But anyways, besides all the stuff i'm entirely unsure about, i also went rollerblading on saturday, because it was the second warm weekend of the year! Yay!

According to CardioTrainer it was 13 miles covered in an hour and forty minute, for a total of 555 calories.

And hey, while i'm at it, anyone know what it's called when you combine a crunch with lifting your legs up and down at the same time? It seems like a pretty natural combination to me, but all the references i keep finding are to crunches/sit-ups, where you're supposed to keep your feet on the ground and raise your torso, and leg lifts/leg raises, where you keep your torso on the ground and raise your legs,
Lime Truck

Food Truck Fail Day

Today one of my favorite food trucks was supposed to be at the Sports Chalet meetup (not the Lime Truck, one of the others) and a new truck that i was interested in trying.

Since i was a little over on planned calories for the day instead of stopping by there on the drive home i decided to home first and walk to and from the food trucks. In fact i decided that maybe i should try that jogging thing. Well despite all the cross-trainer/elliptical machine exercise i've been doing i still suck at jogging. I got 0.8 miles before i started getting out of breath and my legs started to cramp up and i decided i better got back to walking =P

When i got to the food trucks i discovered truck #1 was not there. I checked their twitter feed, and yes, there was a tweet from two days ago saying they would be there, and no contradictory tweets since then, but there was no truck. So i figured at least i'd get to try the new truck... except it turns out they were all out of beef =P

So instead i got food from two other trucks, and was rather disappointed by both of them. (The first one was somewhat my fault, i misread the ingredients on one of the items and didn't realize there were onions that i should have asked them to remove.) For the other, well, apparently beer battered deep fried avocado isn't quite as tasty as it sounds like it ought to be.

So i didn't get any really good food, and now my legs are kind of stiff and sore, and there are decent odds i'll wake up in the middle of the night with a real leg cramp. Yay =P
Boardgames: Acquire - Large

Small World Boardgame

On a more positive note, i got to play my first game of Small World on Wednesday.

It was a five player game, three of us having played before i believe and two of us not.

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So in the end the other new guy won with 101 points (after the Ratmen he also got Forest Amazons, which were also pretty stompy,) player #4 came in second with 98 points (after a couple very good rounds with Berserker Elves) and i came in third with 93 points. The other two weren't very vocal about what their scores were, in fact one of them declared "i'm not even going to count this." I think the other got something in the 60s or 70s.

I'm certainly interested in trying the game again. Not sure if i'll pick up my own copy or not. I would be interested in getting the chance to grab some Wealthy Ghouls, or Spirit Ghouls, or Stout Ghouls. I'm sure there are all kind of awesome combos, but the Ghoul ones seem to really stand out.