372 for July-August 2017: Miles, Miles, Miles!

I haven’t been putting too many monthly goals together the last year or so, so I suspect this will be a real treat for you. Finally doing another one! The wait must have been excruciating.

This goal is dead simple.

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130 for February 2017: Bike Rides

Capital Bikeshare has given me a ready-made goal in the form or their Winter Warriors campaign.

No work from my side, except to take a bike ride (or many).

Their challenge goes thus for January and February:

  • Gold Medal: 150+ rides
  • Silver Medal: 75+ rides
  • Bronze Medal: 35+ rides

One’s prize for success is to acquire a ‘digital medal’ and entry into their prize drawings.

I probably rode about 20 times in January, so only 130 more rides to go!!


February Goal: Take 130 bike rides and win a Gold Medal!


Ride it!


187 for May: Mopping Up the Miles

I made myself a goal to run, hike or bike 550 miles in four months. I failed. Big time.

So I’m punishing myself by having to finish the goal over the month of May. With a 26 mile penalty added.

Goal for May: Hike, run or bike 187 miles to make up for the fact that I didn’t finish my January-April Goal.

This is six miles a day. Or, more likely, zero miles for 30 days and 187 miles in one day!



Here’s the epic failure laid bare:

Goal for January-April: Hike, run or bike 550 miles total. Just do it.

  • Running = 8.92 miles (weak!)
  • Hiking = 168.25 miles (robust!)
  • Biking = 211.88 miles (not enough!)

Total: 389.05 miles

Result: Fail! By 161 miles!

I will blame travel…about 4+ weeks of being away. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

The One Day Hike (31.1 miles) gave me a boost, but not big enough.

Just a walking down the trail
Just a walking down the trail


550 for January-April: Miles

I’m a little slow in posting this goal.

I guess you can say I’ve been doing other things… And I have been working on this goal since January, but I can report I’m woefully behind. Woefully. A March Madness miracle is in order.

I do have the 50K One Day Hike in late April to look forward to, along with a few training hikes, so maybe that will be the difference!


Goal for January-April: Hike, run or bike 550 miles total. Just do it.


Just a hike in the land Down Under
Just a hike in the land Down Under



My last goal was in December. Let’s peek at how I fared.

Goal for December: Do all 11 items on my freshly minted To Do List.

Total: 9 (out of 11)

Result: Fail!


December To Do List

  1. Touch snow – I would say go skiing, but my back may not have recovered enough by then. Result: No. I could have driven an hour and stuffed frigid snow down someone’s back. But I didn’t. Instead, upon my return to DC, it snowed.
  2. Attend two Seattle Seahawks games – One in Philadelphia and one in Seattle. Result: Boom, son! Done!
  3. Grace Portland, OR or Vancouver, B.C. with my presence – They both need it! Result: Indeed. I hit up Portland for an evening of…stuff. I believe alcohol and karaoke reared their ugly heads. Don’t quote me.
  4. Watch two Oscar buzz movies in the theater – With extra butter. Result: Yep. Wild and Unbroken.
  5. Take a hike – I need to find out what bears do in the woods. Result: True. I did a quick 8-mile jaunt along the Foothills Trail in Orting.
  6. Eat a Dick’s Drive-In (Seattle) Deluxe burger – Eat it! Result: I ate it.
  7. Try 10 new beers – AKA beers I’ve not had the pleasure or displeasure of drinking before. Result: This I did in abundance. I should get extra credit, because I had about 25 new beers…but who can remember?
  8. Eat at Thai Tom (Seattle) – Or any Thai restaurant on this Seattle Times list. Result: No. I tried, but the line to get in was out the door. So I went to a different Thai restaurant a few blocks away.
  9. Visit Two Beers Brewing Co. (Seattle) – Or any brewery I haven’t yet visited in Seattle. Result: Burp.
  10. Visit one Espresso Vivace coffee shop (Seattle) – Or any coffee shop from this King 5 list around Washington state. Result: Sipped! 
  11. Wild Card – Add something awesome when I think of it. Result: I can add anything here, right? Well, I’ll put down the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room, because it is crazy excess for coffee lovers.


Starbucks or something like it.
Starbucks or something like it.


140 for April/May: Miles Hiking and Running

I trust you’ve survived the wacky winter.

The time is nigh to get outside. Bust out a hammock.

Or rather run. Hike. Walk your wiener dog. Get some sun on your face. Don a bikini or speedo.

Whatever it takes. Be active.


April/May Goal: Hike and run 140 miles


Coming up, I have the One Day Hike on April 26th (50 kilometers) and the Semper Fi 5K on May 10th.

And some practice hikes and runs.

140 miles shouldn’t be too terrible over two months.

Let’s get it on!


Here is the successful report out on my first random goal of 2014.

January/February Goal: Exercise 33 days (out of 59)

Final stats: 34 days exercising

Result: Success

Totals breakdown:

  • Running = 8.5 miles
  • Hiking = 18.3 miles
  • Biking = 125 miles
  • Volleyball games = 39
  • Skiing = 1 day

Even though I technically succeeded, I could have done more.

One volleyball match (3 games) counted. Riding a bike for 4 miles in one day counted. This is exercise, sure, but I wasn’t always pushing myself.

I was successfully active. Let’s go with that.



Augmenting Authoritative Assholes (An Allegory)

We are all assholes. It’s true.

I’m not calling you an asshole per se (at least not to your face), but there are times when you are one. And yes, there are also times when I’m an asshole.

It’s all a matter of perspective.

When you are a driver of a motor vehicle (AKA motorist), all pedestrians and bicyclists are assholes.

When you are a bicyclist, all pedestrians and motorists are assholes.

When you are a pedestrian, all bicyclists and motorists are assholes.

When you are riding high (on a bus or in a taxi), everyone else is an asshole.

When you chug along on a Segway, you are the only asshole. Stop that.


You know it’s true. From your unique perspective, it’s always the other person that’s the asshole. And from their unique perspective, you are the asshole. So yes, you are uniquely an asshole sometimes. To someone.

I’ve used every mode of transportation in Washington, D.C. and I can categorically say that however I’m getting around, the other person is at fault. The other person deserves to get run over. Or verbally violated. Or smacked upside the head. It is always their fault. Always. I am right. They are the asshole.

Okay, in theory, I know I’m not always right. But just try convincing me in the heat of road battle. In the thick of weaving and avoiding pesky people in my path. Won’t happen.

There is nothing quite like two-hour commutes, or being stuck in traffic, or someone not obeying traffic signs, or someone not waiting their turn that gets people in a mood. A foul mood. Road rage isn’t part of our lexicon by accident.

Getting around D.C. (or any city), requires us to have a certain understanding of our fellow travelers. We must recognize the rules, the nuances, the rights from wrongs of navigating within our concrete city-jungle. And we must be willing to follow and adhere to those ourselves.


The problems arise when look at the three categories of travelers:

1) People who are oblivious. They aren’t paying attention or they’re focused on themselves. The world is small to them. They have important places to be or important calls to take. They must text or tweet now!

2) People who just don’t care about other travelers. They know what’s what, but they have to be first. They won’t wait or stop or play nice. They won’t give an inch and they care about you about as far as they could throw you.

3) People who are conscientious. They know what’s what and they follow the rules. They pay attention. Mostly they care. If everyone fell into this category, we would have far fewer accidents, incidents and anger.

Granted, there are times when we might be in more than one category, or we could just have a bad day. But in general, you can relate to one of these categories more often than not. Everyone makes mistakes. It’s your attitude that dictates what happens next. People in categories 1 and 2 will most often be the ones to start something or cause an accident.

Here’s a handy list of things you should do that will make our world a better place, with far fewer assholes:


GET OFF the sidewalk if there are pedestrians or someone is walking their dog. You can also walk your bike around them.

DO NOT blow through the Stop Sign or Red Light without stopping when there are OTHER vehicles or pedestrians. If the coast is clear, you have my permission to go for it…


DO NOT wait for a speeding bicyclist coming up to a four-way stop. You got there first, if they blow through the intersection, run them over.

DO NOT ride your motorcycle in the bike lane. Or on the sidewalk.

DO NOT hold down on your horn when someone is a couple of seconds slow to move when the light turns green. A quick tap will do after all the cars in front of it have moved.


DO NOT walk or jog in the bike lane. If you are in the lane to open a car door, step aside or wait when bikes are coming.

LOOK BOTH ways before jaywalking – even if it’s a one way street. Bicyclists sometimes ride the wrong way on a street.

DO NOT cut across the 4-way stop diagonally or cross two streets in succession. Your turn is to cross one street, then wait for the next traveller in line.


DO NOT exist.


Stop being an asshole.

Be nice. Be wrong. Be able to say when you’re sorry. And get out of my way.

Many the Miles

In July and August both my random goals were about clocking miles and keeping the blood pumping. Since this is an exhaustively fact-based blog, I crunched a bevy of numbers and dug deep for timely, hard-hitting analysis. That is a fact.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and shoot our veins with sweet, sweet PEDs.


August Goal: Run 21 miles AND play 3 tennis matches.

  • Running = 10.2 miles
  • Tennis matches = 4

Result: Fail

Analysis: I just couldn’t get off my tuckus enough times to run 21 miles (who comes up with these numbers anyway?). I don’t run more then 2-3 miles at a time, so I have to find more times to run. I did find time to play some tennis. I went 1-3 in the four matches, including a tense, down to the wire loss, 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 6-7 (7-9). No. I. Didn’t.


July Goal: Run, hike or bike 190 total miles.

Max for any category was 43% of total (81.7 miles).

  • Running = 26.6 miles
  • Hiking = 81.7 miles (.36 extra)
  • Biking = 81.7 miles (2.3 extra)

Total: 190 miles (plus 2.66 extra)

Result: Success

Analysis: Boom! I did it. It really sucked! Peace!

Yeah, this was really hard because I traveled to Washington State for the last seven days. I managed to get a good hike in at Mt. St. Helen’s (8 miles) and did some runs the last few days, including a last-minute (like 10pm on July 31st) 2.5 mile run to pull it off. I could have quit or stopped or said fuggedaboutit. Trust me, I really wanted to. I don’t win anything. I don’t make any money on this. But it’s forever immortalized on this insipid blog, so I went the extra mile to get those many miles. Now you know.


Year-to-date monthly goals success/failure rate: 4-2

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Many the Miles

‘There’s too many things that I haven’t done yet
Too many sunsets
I haven’t seen
You can’t waste the day wishing it’d slow down
You would’ve thought by now
I’d have learned something’Many the Miles by Sara Bareilles