How it works

The point of this blog is to generate challenges to provide my life with adventure, personal growth, and to meet people in interesting ways. In order to do this, I need challenges. I expect it to take anywhere from a week to two months for me to complete my challenges, whether because I am preparing for some one-time event at the end of "training," because the opportunity to complete the challenge isn't a daily thing, or that is how long I need to do something.

To submit a challenge to me, reply to any post. While challenges can be as simple as "Do _____ while ______ing," but I would also appreciate more information, such as a suggestion of how long I have to complete my challenge, approximate costs if I have to buy all of the equipment involved, anything else that seems useful. After evaluating the entries, I will post about a few of them, and the ones with the best responses will be added to a poll to vote.

While I do reserve the privilege to decline challenges I do not see to be in line with the spirit of my adventure, I will give serious consideration to all submissions.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Busy With classes

The title says it all.

I'm almost done with my slapped together computer desk. It's just a supported plywood table. I need to find out a way to seal the sides of the plywood. It's gunna be sweet. I've already polyurethane the top of it.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Run in the woods

So this last weekend, I decided to do my first trail night. It was also a half marathon. Really wasn't actually my best idea.

 I started running at 8:30, as the sun was closing in on the horizon. Since I wasn't sure how to ajust my pace for a trail yet, I got to asking a couple of the guys near the front what their road times were like. The one who was older than me happened to be a coach for the other couple guys there with me. He was apparently doing mostly trail runs as he could not give me a good idea what his road time was like. He just said I should simply start somewhere near the front since I would not want to be caught in the bottleneck at the beginning of the trail. So off I went. (As it turns out, this 40 year old was the second place finisher to his athlete). Needless to say this was not as conservative as I expected to be going.

I was drinking water regularly from the requisite water bottle I was carrying, but I was probably close to dehydrated when I started. While still on the first lap on the first loop (two laps of two loops), I was already favoring my thighs a little. My continued drinking helped significantly with that. Any way, I kept at my demanding pace, nimbly flying from stone to stone. As it was getting dark, my pace started to slow from the extra care taken to not eat it, but I was already well into metabolic suicide, especially in my lower legs and feet. I continued to grind on, by this point back on the first loop for the second time. At 1:22 in, my calf were such that I started walking, thinking I had only a couple miles left to go. After about 20 min of walking (I'm so ashamed about that) one of the people who was passing me told me it was about 4 miles to the finish. Four miles!? I'm not walking that, so I started running again, but like this other runner, I walked up the hills. At the very least, having another runner to exchange a few occasional words with was much more motivating.

I eventually finished after 2 hours and 15 minutes. That's averaging about 10:25/mile. As I crossed the finish line, I was quite relieved to be done. I polished off most of my remaining water and walked around to prevent my legs from simply accumulating lactic acid. Once I had gotten my heart rate down, I went into the building to see about some food and (as I realized inside) a massage.  While waiting, I started to feel a bit nauseous. I went over to gram by complementary hot dog and chips. (great post race food *sarcasm*) Though it does at least have salts, protein, and simple starches. After nibbling a couple chips is when I really noticed it as I rushed off to the bathroom for the toilet. After another repetition, one of the race volunteers had drawn their attention to me. Rather than water, I started sucking on some ice chips and she had me take a salt tablet. I also got a start on some Coke. Gradually I started feeling better, but not without wavering from not to bad to about to puke if I stood up for a significant fraction of an hour. Eventually I got in for my massage, some of my food and by 1:30 AM, I had managed to be on my way back to my car for my hour and 20 min drive. By the time I got home, I managed to rally to the point that I was more lively than my suite mate.

I'm up to 3 states now for my half marathon tour.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Middle America Summer

Well, Two states away and I have limited tools. Another Summer, Another Internship. And...I'm writing test scripts...

I was really hoping to get away from that... -_-

I guess this should just be motivation to do some additional learning on my own.  I think this summer I need to focus on programming/electronics projects. (That is besides keeping at the running. That can't get left by the wayside)

It will be real fun juggling that with having a summer class to boot: Statistical Methods of Engineering. It sounds all fancy, but it's only a Junior Level course. Plenty of busy work, but it should be long as I do my homework diligently instead of putting it off to the last minute.  I need to get a scanner.  Sigh.

I'm a little more focused in what I want challenges in, but anything this year?

Friday, March 23, 2012

March Madness

I've been slacking  a little with my blogging and my running. I say running because I haven't been having problems with where I had some tendinitis for a couple months. At least much of my time has been spent with class work and job hunting.

This weekend, I need to do some class research for signing up for next year. I have an advisement appointment on Monday and have to have a good idea of some classes before I go since I'm an upperclassman. But besides that, I have a relatively free Saturday since I will be finishing two of my long cycle assignments/projects as of tomorrow after class. The plan: see how far I can get on making my second homemade nerf gun. 

This time, I am using a plan from NerfRevolution. the goal is to make a shortened pump SNAP with a hopper that works for my stephans. I have a weird situation of having two different sizes of foam backer rod.  My old coil, which I just finished cutting up and am in the process of converting to slug darts is bigger than the new coil I got after a job interview today.  Super lucky for me, I happen to have met  the brother of one of my friends who also has made a few homemade nerf guns, himself.

Ultimately, the plan is to finish the project before April, when it will be quite useful for a game I intend to play.

Still looking for that first challenge. Or, for that matter, reply.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Training/Build Season

I have been afflicted with tendinitis is some location or another since Thanksgiving. I got it in my foot at that time and as that was becoming less of a problem, I got it in both knees. Now, after 3 months, I have gotten out of the rhythm and need to start up regularly again. I have my first marathon coming up in May, hopefully.  I also really gotta get back in shape, as my half marathon rival has pushed the mark that much closer to 2 hours, being in the teens now. I still haven't run faster than my 2:28 back in October.

Training gets even more complicated as I am now an officer for one of my campus groups, as of a couple weeks ago. That entails around 10 hours of my week, which is about how much time running related activities had previously come close to. Although I am not one of the members mentoring a FIRST team, I am heavily involved in work on our college robot.

I'm glad posting an update could be be a quick distraction from homework.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Back to School

Back to school. I parody cause I am no fool.

Classes starting again. I have 4 classes. Two have accompanying labs and one of them is a lab. I have been a little apathetic about my grades. This semester, all of my classes seem really interesting. Usually I average Bs, so lets go with a challenge to have an A in one of the three classes that is not just a lab.

Now on to extra curricular activities. I run semi-competitively with a running club. I'm involved with a robotics organization. Besides that, I wanna see if I can find some time to tinker with my Arduino. I also want to make a prank sound effects device to use on my friend who plays lots of Minecraft.

I also have a couple small projects that will be worked on as I find time. I also need to find a little closure on any previous challenges.

Although my time is limited, I'm still looking for challenges.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

First of the Year

Well, the world hasn't ended yet.  Guess I'll just keep at it. Posting and real life adventuring kind have gotten thrown off a little since Christmas. I used to be a RL adventurer until I took some wisdom teeth from my mouth. Now I just sit around and do stuff on my computer. Much of what that means is Minecraft on my friend's extreme hardcore survival server. Fun times. Come the end of the day, I get to be off the gauze and ice. Yay!