Houston Beer Media

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Just a quick update to the Media section – a few beer articles that I wrote for The Full Pint that should have been added last year…whoops.

Houston: Joining The Craft Beer Revolution

Brenner’s Fest 2012

Houston Beer Week/Draft Festival 2012

And yes…I’m fully aware that this doesn’t count as a ‘real’ post. That’s okay. It’s a start. As I’m now located in the beer Mecca that is Fort Collins, Colorado, expect to see some sweet beer coverage soon.

Resurrection 2.0

One post in the last year is PA-THET-IC. What kind of writer am I if I don’t actually write?? No writer at all, obviously. So once again, I’m here to bring this blog back to life. 

I didn’t really succeed writing about just fitness, so it’s time to try something new. I’m going to focus on fitness, beer, and what’s changing in my life (education, style, becoming a big boy). And I’ll probably throw some mountain love into the mix. 

It’s not Spring, but fuck it…out with the old, in with the new!

Early Season High Country

Early Season High Country

This is my first year in New Mexico. I’ve been told by many that the high country is quite the fickle bitch in the springtime. I acknowledge this, but rarely listen. I always have to see for myself, and that’s just what I did last weekend.

With snow levels dropping rapidly, I decided a quick overnight in the Pecos Wilderness was in order. I didn’t get off work on Saturday until 3PM, so quickly stopped by the apartment to load my gear and puppy and was on the road just before 4.

I made it to the Jack’s Creek trailhead around 5:45 and hit the trail. The weather was worrying me slightly – it had been cloudy all afternoon and seemed to be worsening, even though the forecast called for only a slight chance of a thunderstorm.

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I had originally planned to head to Hamilton Mesa, but stupidly decided to go north instead. Not far along I ran into a day hiker coming from Jack’s Creek, a couple hours ahead. Apparently there were just a few snow drifts to contend with until the creek, but much worse conditions past it. I figured I had just enough time to get to the creek before dark. I’d camp there, then take a branching trail towards Beatty flats the next day and loop back.

About an hour in I hit the intersection with trail 25. The views were nice despite the sky’s cloudy disposition. Not long after, the snow started. It was light, but the wind picked up quickly and the temperature dropped rapidly. I plowed on, still set on making Jack’s Creek.

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Over the next couple of miles the snow was off and on. I made it to The creek with a tiny bit of light left…and then the snow really started coming down. I quickly threw up my Sublite a little ways off trail next to the creek. Myself and Flurry scarfed down a quick dry dinner and we hopped into the tent as the snow continued to fall.

I set to work drying Flurry off, as she had insisted on walking into every muddy spot in site. Of course the fresh snow wasn’t helping either. I normally read for a bit before bed, but instead chose to relax and listen to the falling snow.

I woke up several times during the night and knocked snow off the tent walls. It snowed pretty steadily into the early morning hours and finally tapered off. As the sun finally began to rise, I opened the door to survey my surroundings. White!

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A few inches fell overnight and covered much of the area. It was unexpected, but beautiful. We took our time eating breakfast and lounging around, having decided I didn’t feel like walking in snow all day and dealing with the inevitable postholing that was to come. And the wet dog. I was happy just to get out, and would make this a quick and short out and back. Not ideal, but shit happens.

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We made our way back to the parking area, enjoying the snow blanketed scenery. Flurry, of course, detoured into every mud puddle she saw. We encountered a few elk crossing ahead of us; Flurry’s bark echoed intensely across the entire area.

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We were back to the trailhead in just a couple hours and home in a couple more. Although the mileage and length of the trip was ridiculously short, it was still a great night out.

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Polyphasic Sleep + Intermittent Fasting – Day 3

It’s the end of day 3..and I have an early opinion on intermittent fasting, but zip to say about polyphasic sleep.

Sleep – I’ve basically been running on 4.5 hours of sleep/day for the past 3 days. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to fall asleep for any of the naps. I’m not a super frequent napper, but I’m used to taking short ones at least a few times a week, so I’m a little confused. I suppose I’ll have to keep trying and hope my body decides to cooperate.

IF – At first, I couldn’t imagine not eating for 16 hours; in reality, it’s not so bad. It’s nice to actually feel full after a meal since I’m taking in nearly the same amount of calories in half the meals I’m used to. I can already see increased abdominal definition and my vascularity is greatly improved. I wish I could say this was due completely to IF, but a lot of it probably stems from eating mostly healthy again. I’m still drinking a beer most days, but I’ve massively cut my carb intake and cleaned up the rest of my diet. My energy level seems fine, even with the lack of sleep – huge and very unexpected plus.

I’m excited to see how both of these experiments turn out. I’m really unsure about polyphasic sleep, but I have exceedingly high hopes for IF.

A Spring of Experiments

For years, spring has been my time of experimenting with various exercise programs, eating plans, and anything else I’ve been interested in over the years. This spring is no different and comes with two of the biggest experiments I’ve yet committed to.

1. Polyphasic Sleep – the idea of getting only a small amount of core sleep each night supplemented with short 20-minute naps during the day. Without going into the science of it, you (supposedly) get more of the important (REM) sleep. Because I’m not completely insane, I’ll be starting with the Everyman 2-nap. With 4.5 hours of core sleep and 2 20-minute naps spaced evenly throughout the day, I’ll be sleeping just over 5 hours each day. I’ve been comfortable in the past with 6 hours of sleep each night, so I expect this to not only be comfortable after a few days of adaptation, but I believe I’ll be able to decrease the core sleep to 4 hours or less. Maybe it’s just the positivity talking, so I guess we’ll see.

2. Intermittent Fasting – extended periods without eating. It has a lot of pieces of effective eating plans I’ve used in the past, minus the fast. I’ve been eating 6-8 small meals for years so I’m a little nervous about my IF plan: 16 hours of fasting with an 8 hour eating window. I’ll likely take in just 3 big meals, mostly consisting of protein and fat. On days of higher energy expenditure, like my long run days, I’ll throw in a few extra carbs. While most IF plans recommend fasting overnight through the morning, they also assume most people are monophasic sleepers (7-9 hours of straight sleep per night). Since I’ll be running my polyphasic sleep experiment at the same time, I’m worried about lack of energy in the morning while adapting to the decreased core sleep. That being said, I’ll be fasting in the afternoon through the night instead.

I’ll post weekly updates on both experiments. Let the games begin.