Sunday, November 05, 2017

Utah Fall Open 2016 hosted by Salt Lake Table Tennis events center (Adam Davis)

This morning Austin and I went to the events center for the Fall Open. I entered us both for three events: Open, under 1700 and Doubles.

First was the open. I was in a mini round robin with: Arun and Aaron with only one advancing. I beat Arun in two (best of three) and lost ton Aaron in two. So I waited around for about four hours for the next event. As only those who advance got progress and they had a double elimination to go through.

Eventually the under 1700 event started.  I was in a bracket with: Rohit, Morgan, Jan (Little girl who was amazing) and Braxton.  I started with playing Rohit. It was best of three again and I won the first game, he won he second and I came from behind to win the third. After that he took off. I was like what the crud? Nobody else in the bracket has to even play him now. If I lost to even one person I wouldn’t advance. Which is part of the reason I believe he took off. Anyway I beat everyone else in the bracket to advance.

It was especially worrisome for me to play Braxton as I haven’t beat him in a tournament in like 10 years. Once I progressed out of that bracket I played Lief, and too one game from him but he won the next three. Thank goodness it’s a double elimination.

Next up I played Eric whom I lost to at the Farmington Tournament in March. He had pips on one side. But I had to patient and not attack with unnecessary risk. And when I took that approach I had the upper hand. I forced him to do the same as when he took risks he often lost. So it came down to who had the most control.

I think it went to the fifth match but I got it. I then had to play Viorel. I had a similar approach about not taking extra risks and won in four ensuring a bronze medal.

For doubles it was a single elimination tournament and Austin and I had to play Leanne and David and won in three.  Then we played Bob and Walter and won in four.  We then played in the finals against Daniel and Malachi. Dan won the open against Joey in the finals so that was pretty intimidating but we actually won two matches against them which was really surprising!  We took the silver medal in doubles! Awesome day. I exceeded my own expectations as far as wins/losses. But the ultimate goal of every tournament is to simply play my best and to have fun which I definitely met.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Isaac's Cycling Merit Badge

Here are the requirements for the Cycling Merit Badge.

After giving Isaac instruction on how to switch the gears on Cathi's road bike and giving him a few practice tries in the culdesac, we went on our first 10 mile ride together.

Here's the log of his rides:

6/13/2015 - 10 miles - "This kinda hurts my back".  We already had the seat as low as we could.  The frame is a bit big for him, but he was able to stand up without the top tube hitting him in the groin.  But he does need to bend over a little more just to reach the handlebars.  Not overly so.  He also needs to get used to the saddle.  It already has a gel pad cover.

6/17/15 - 11 miles - Nice bike trail ride all the way up to West Point.  He needs eye protection from gnats!

Monday, March 09, 2015

First bike ride in a long time

Saturday, I dusted off the bike and filled air in the tires and did the following ride:

10 miles in 36 minutes.  Flat and riding the back roads in Syracuse.  Had a fun time dodging the pot holes on 4000 W.

10.34 mi
17.1 mph
Avg Speed
727 C
102 ft
Elev Gain

Saturday, October 04, 2014

My famous athletic wife

I'm so proud of my wife!  She recently had an interview with a KSL reporter who wrote up this article on her.  Right now she is running her 100th marathon down in St. George.  I wasn't able to go cause of all the other activities the kids are involved in here at home.

On Monday morning she will be on KSL tv in the early morning(5am-6am), doing an interview there.
Running is her thing and it brings her great joy and stress relief.  Having 7 kids can get pretty stressful, and many people who are under stress find unhealthy ways to relieve it.  So glad she chose something that can make her life with me on earth last so much longer.

Love this woman!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Alex is kicking my butt, well actually my triceps

At lunch Alex had us do our normal M/W/F workout, but today was chest/tricep day:

Bench Press: 20 @ 135, 15 @ 185, 10 @ 225, 3 @ 275, 20 @ 135

Straight arm Dumbell Pullovers: 5 x 12 @ 55  (Strict form)

Straight arm pulley pulldowns: 5 x 15 @ 80 (Strict form)

One arm DB Preacher Curls: 15 @ 35, 4 x 15 @ 30

Perfect situp machine: 2 x 40 crunches (awesome burn!)

Found my old Bench Press max video and uploaded it on Youtube so it doesn't ever get misplaced again:

Thursday, April 10, 2014


This morning I got to sleep in a little.  Yoo hoo!  Got up at 4:45 and took my sweet time getting to the pool at Northwest.  Here's what I planned for and swam as successfully as I had hoped:

300 easy warmup
10 x 100's FAST
1st one a little easier than the others (1:07), 2-9 got 1:04 and on the last one 1:01
300 easy cooldown

1,600 yards total in 30 minutes

Because I pushed those 100's I don't feel guilty one bit for tapering.  If I can maintain a 1:04 average on my 100 splits in the 500 free,  I'll have a new PR (from high school) beat this Saturday.  I think this is doable.  It's gonna be tough, but definitely possible.  Looking forward to it!  No swim tomorrow, mental training tomorrow.  

Wednesday, April 09, 2014


There is a guy that started at my work named Alex who is an ex-bodybuilder.  He loves to lift and we got to talking and for the past two week's we've been lifting together.  I've loved it!  Having a partner, and to have him know what he's doing and taking the lead is an even bigger bonus!

I dropped my weight back down under 200 finally and went to see Cameron.  After all the caliper pinching the formula showed that I am now at 7.56% bodyfat.  I lost 4 pounds of bodyfat since my last weigh in, and surprised that I only gained 0.1 pounds of lean mass.

I'd like my body fat percentage down to about 4.5%, so I have a little more than 10 pounds of bodyfat to lose and then I'll be at my peak again.  I hope to stay there this time.  No need whatsoever to bulk up and "put on a few for the Channel", with MIMS.  Yeah the water won't be toasty, but it won't be exactly cold either.

Log of the last 16 months of measurements.