Personal Record ahoy…

I forgot to post this…did a little over 23 miles of riding over a whole day on Sunday! I can see 26.2 miles and even a metric Century within reach. Still, one foot in front of the other, baby steps…


The first Otagenki Report is up! A fun bike ride in Santa Barbara!

Yesterday I was out and about in Santa Barbara at Santa Barbara Open Streets…a lower-key version of CicLAvia, the huge event that happened 3 times this year in LA. This is the first time I’ve gone to one of these events and ridden my bike. This was incredibly fun, and I think the video I brought back says it all. Cycling is great exercise, almost everyone learned to ride a bike as a kid, and it really is true that you never entirely forget how to ride a bike. Bikes are easy to find at garage sales, and most big cities have bike collectives that sell refurbished bikes cheap and teach you how to fix or even build a bike for yourself. The bike I was on when I shot this was a garage sale find, bought 10 years ago, sitting stored for years and years and only recently fixed up and made roadworthy again. With my plantar fasciitis issues, cycling is a less stressful activity on that vulnerable part of my left foot. I actually did one of my miles yesterday in 5:16 which is a personal record!

Feel the love, share the joy, and GET OFF THAT COUCH! Otagenki!

Announcement: Disabled List

I have come to an uneasy realization. My entire fitness regime is going to have to be reconsidered, because of my continuing problems with my plantar fascitis in my left foot.

Yesterday and now today I have been having intense pain there, centering on and radiating from the left side of my heel. According to my Fitbit, I walked a total of almost 9 miles yesterday through all the things I did.

The idea of walking twice that at a constant pace is looking like something I can’t do under the current circumstances. Yes, I have put all the stuff I have needed to do in action: massage, myofascial self-release, stretching, taping etc.

So unfortunately, unless there is a breakthrough, I will not be able to do the Friends of Richie Walk or any other long-distance walk anytime soon. This means missing walking the LA Marathon too. It is sufficiently close to these events to make this determination. Not thrilled with this, but this is my reality.

Wow, I’ve been remiss…

Here’s what’s been going on in the past months since I last updated…

1.) I attempted to organize an Otagenki walk at Anime Expo. Epic fail, the only person who walked the 2 mile course was me. Part of what I want to do with Otagenki is organize meetups, walks and hikes in my area (Los Angeles) and I totally went about it the wrong way.

2.) To that end, I have given up on using the forum service I was using for discussions here, and instead I’m going to go ahead and leverage Facebook for all the interactive parts of the site. Facebook group is here: Yeah, it’s a closed group, but I am pretty good about honoring requests rapidly. Facebook is simply too good for me to ignore. Sure, there’s tons about FB that sucks, but what it does well balances out.

3.) We have also had a Fitbit group for a while now, but I haven’t promoted it at all. That will change. If you have a Fitbit, please join here!

4.) I’m really getting into Crossfit. If you follow my other fitness blog, Less Fat Chick, I have documented my adventures with this very demanding and very cool way of working out.

5.) My friend Stu Levy has launched something that should be of interest to folks following this blog. He’s got fitness videos on YouTube. I’ll do another post about this…if you are working on your body and also working on your Nihongo you are going to find this an awesome tool.

Anyway, going to give this site a lot more love in the future. Let’s go Otagenki!

Peaks and valleys…hello valley. (reprinted from Less Fat Chick)

Medians as of 2/2013

Mileage as of 2/2013

OK, this is where I’m at now. I was sick in December and also in February. My stats reflect these illnesses. I’m not proud of how much of a hit I’ve taken in my progress but progress is never a linear thing. There are valleys as well as peaks. However, this is the first day of March, and day one of any month is a perfect time to start over. Tomorrow morning I hike in Griffith Park with Ali Vincent and her posse, tomorrow afternoon is The Art Of Fit at Titmouse Cartoons. Today I’m prolly going to take a walk to Le Target…that’s an almost 5 mile round trip.

Time to kick it back into gear. Here I go…