Monday, June 28, 2010

It's Not Rocket Science: Week 12

In the work week it was one of busiest week’s of the summer. We ran about 150 scouts through camp which is a large number for 13 staff members. In case you were not aware I am the Rock Climbing Director at this camp. It is a nice job because I am able to rock climb most days, I get my 14 hours a week to run, the rest of the staff is quite agreeable, and I get to impart to teenagers some adventure and perhaps some values.

As far as running, I ran 76 miles. No workouts because I was pretty tired from the 15 mile race last saturday, the busy week at camp, and I had a few late nights. It's amazing how a full day of work, an hour and a half run, two hours of dishes, then an hour just reading a book by my fireplace make it close to midnight. I did get to run a 5.5 mile run with a 13 year old from Nebraska up to the local reservoir. It was amazing how well he could keep up with me. I could not run like that when I was that age. It was also interesting how on the uphills he was really hurting, it helped me realize how hard it is to adjust to altitude and that it's not just me.

I also ran up Longs Peak. Not the whole way but about six miles up to boulder field. It was from 9,400 feet to 12,700 feet in only 1:28. Thats just over 2200 vertical feet of elevation an hour. That's a new record for me. I got hailed on though so I turned around because I didn't have the equipment to deal with it.

As far as climbing. I did a first ascent of what my friend and I think is a 5.12. That is to say, "really hard." Basically it's a right hand undercling at knee level with sloper feet while you move the left hand from a side sloping two finger pocket to a counter pressure way above your head that becomes another undercling when your body is three feet higher. That is to say, "really hard."

As far as job search, maybe it's a good thing for my mental health to not stress out about a job so much right now. That being said, I really want to do actual engineering. I like it, I'm good at it, and I'm sure that I would help some company make more money. All of that being said, I think that it is important to be mentally in a good place (most people would call that happy) rather that have money. So I'm teaching kids climbing and rappelling, helping them get over their fears, I'm running and I'm climbing. Not really what I would prefer to be doing all of the time but it is awesome. I am pretty sure that I will not be able to do things that I do now when I am in my 60s so I had better enjoy it while I can.

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