Goal update, October 2014

October came and went. I ran my solo half marathon, backed off on my running miles, rode my bike, spent some time in Iowa for Beerpig, watched part of the Des Moines Marathon, and watched all the leaves fall off the trees.

I also hit my 1,000 mile cycling goal early in the month, and rode a really excellent trail before meeting a friend for some beers. And I ordered a bunch of new components for my old Trek bike. Hopefully I can make the 2014 parts work on a 1984 frame.

I got a good picture of the lead runners in the marathon too. The man in blue with the number 4 bib won the whole thing, and set a course record.

Des Moines Marathon elite racers

I did OK in October, though not as well as I might have hoped. I lost only 3 pounds because I spent almost two weeks eating too much. But I’m still losing weight and that’s what matters. The weather was good all month, and I tried to get outside a lot. But now the leaves are almost gone and the color of the landscape is back to pale blues, tans, and browns. We’ll be that way until spring comes back again.

And no, I don’t think I’ll hit my weight loss goal for the year. It was pretty ambitious anyways.

Activity 2014 Goal October To Date Progress
Running 600 miles 65 miles 814 miles 136%
Cycling 1,000 miles 180 miles 1,142 miles 114%
Weight Loss 40 pounds 3 pounds 25 pounds 62%

— Steve

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Hi, I’m Steve Block. I’m an Iowan, but have lived in Denver since 2007.

I write, take pictures, run, and ride my bike when I can. Most of my writing is in a journal, though the best ideas find their way here. My photography is a long ongoing hobby, and I have photographs on 500px and Flickr along with a smaller photo portfolio at ev-15. I started running last November, where I have progessed to regular 10k distances. For 2014 I set some nice goals for both running and cycling, and plan to issue regular progress updates. I brew beer pretty regularly too, and started developing my own recipes last fall.

I’m reliving the past, in a way, over at retro focus.

My day to day life is best found on twitter and the pictures on tagisu.

This site is has a collection of essays, short notes, quotes, and photos, in no particular order. It trends towards longer articles, posted about twice a month.

— Steve