Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I Live in Iowa: Week 250

This was probably the most busy and least climactic pre-expedition week I have had yet. I mean, I packed my calendar all the way to 10 hours before leaving, so I was busy, but on the other hand the extent of big new gear I bought is a new camera, headlamps, and HEAT electric foot warmers. I have everything I really need. I didn’t buy any new clothing. I even left a bunch of expedition quality stuff behind, like extra shirts and a soft-shell jacket, my old double plastic boots, my overboots, gaiters (not that I ever really wear them), and even my trekking poles. That dawned on me Tuesday morning here in Nepal, I forgot my trekking poles! That being said I only really use them for downhill skiing. I don’t feel like I really need them until my backpack gets over 60 pounds, and honestly, it just doesn’t get that heavy for any of the stuff I normally do. 

The work week was a little busy the first part of the week and then pretty quiet the last few days as I wrapped up everything. It’s different this time because while I will return to Dubuque for a week, I’m not going back to my old job, but taking a new job. Someone made a joke they were going to escort me out, and it was funny because I was a tiny bit expecting them to. 

It’s always strange at work when I send the Everest email. I get 20 replies from people about how cool this trip is, which I find a little embarrassing. I send the email so that people aren’t left hanging when they have a question. Personally I get frustrated when people leave the company or take two weeks vacation without letting anyone know because it can take more than five minutes to track down the new person that has the answer. 

Running, I’m not sure on my mileage, probably 80+ miles with 50 of those being on Saturday. I’ll write a separate race report for the Mad City 100k 2016, suffice it say I had a good experience. I learned a bit, I executed the plan rather well. The first 2/3rds of the race went great, but I just didn't have the base in me to bring the last 30% of the race home at sub 7 minute mile pace, or even sub 8 minute mile pace. I will probably run it next year, now that I have a much better idea of the course.

Saturday night two of my married friends had a going away party for me and for them. They are moving to the quad cities so we will not see them quite as often as we do now, and of course, I’m on my way to Everest at the moment. It always feels really strange to celebrate leaving for an expedition. I feel like we should celebrate when I return. 

I’m not going to do weekly updates while I am in Nepal, because I am not sure how often I will be able to get Internet access, it may just be one or two posts a week, or five, I’m not sure. I just don’t want to commit to something that ranks pretty low on the priority list the next eight weeks. On the other hand, I did get the unlimited text messaging option from Delorme for my InReach SE so expected a higher volume of tweets and maybe a couple blog posts from my sister based on our texting conversation back and forth, and her being able to scan the Internet for other relevant new and links related to Mt. Everest 2016.
View of the Rising Sun from My Yak and Yeti Hotel Room

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