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October 12, 2013 posted by

Happy 50th Steve Edwards

Happy 50th Steve Edwards

No, I’m not going all Bob Dole and talking about myself in the third person. This is a homage to my wife and friends from my 50th that I’m posting for anyone looking to delve deeper into birthday challenge history. Here’s what I said when I saw this.

I awoke today to something amazing. Well, actually, I woke up and did 50 minutes of yoga before discovering it but that’s another storyline. So somehow, someway, Romney got about 70 of my friends to do birthday challenges in my honor and recorded them all here:

HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY STEVE EDWARDS

I’m honored, humbled, inspired, entertained, and absolutely baffled at how she pulled this off without me catching even the slightest drift about what she was up to. Most of these people are pretty close friends, whom I talk to regularly, and I never had the slightest clue that it’s been happening for months. I never doubt my wife’s talents. She’s shockingly proficient at everything she tries (except mtn biking, for some reason, but she doesn’t really try). But until today I would have been skeptical if the Vice President leaked a Plame-gate story about her longtime covert activities with foreign governments. Not so much anymore.

Clicking anywhere above will take you to the blog she and my friends made that will give you birthday challenge ideas for pretty much ever. The posts run the range of nice, funny, creative, and sarcastic to truly brutal and massively physically impressive. If you’re ever feeling a bit low and need a kick of motivation, keep the address around for your entertainment. It certainly works for me. Here’s the blog’s tagline:

THIS BLOG IS A TESTAMENT TO THE TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF LOVE AND RESPECT STEVE EDWARDS HAS EARNED IN THE LAST 50 YEARS. OUR CHALLENGES ARE OUR WAY OF SAYING THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE FRIENDSHIP, LOVE, RUNNING, RIDING, TRAINING, CLIMBING, BELAY-SLAVING, DRINKING, EATING, FILMS, HUMOR, AND COMPANIONSHIP. MOST OF ALL… THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION!

And thanks again to me friends, even though I haven’t seen most of you much lately. I’ll be back. To steal from Bob’s book, “everybody has friends. Mine are better.”

Now let’s do the numbers…

Steve’ 53rd Birthday Challenge

Join the Challenge and win stuff!

Beachbody Workout of the Day

6 Minute Abs– Turned to this due to lack of time when I should have been doing a full blown recovery workout. Instead did a short ab routine and some yoga.that left me feeling like I should have done more. Still, this little 6 minute routine covers the bases pretty well and gets used a lot on those “something is better than nothing” days.

Synopsis – My legs are cooked from my lungathon yesterday. Bolted a route this evening, too, which is never easy. Occurred to me that I should be recording all of my exercise instead of just what’s on the list because it’s selling this thing way short.

Reading & questions answered: /2809 (53/day) – 15 & 60 (144 questions and 442 pages), The Charlie Francis Training System and a bunch of pages from a weird site called Food Babe, that was so shocking I couldn’t turn away. While I agree with the sentiment by topic the audacity of writing such inaccurate BS with vast conviction while lacking any interest in due diligence is mind boggling. Yet it’s supremely popular. We live in a strange world. Btw, I can only call this educational reading due to the sociological aspect.

Nutrition:
Servings of Shakeology: /53 – 1(11) – w/ water
Days of Ultimate Reset: /5.3
Days taking supplements: /53 – 11
Days of no alcohol: /53 – 11
Days of no meat: /53 – 11
Coffee Cycles (more on this later): /5.3 – round 2.
King Pin fritters: /5

Exercise:
Beachbody workouts: /53 – 1(15)
Push-ups: /5300 – 300(670)
Jumping jacks: /5300 – 300(600)
Ab moves: /5300 – 200(1060)
Crunches: /5300 – 100(1000)
Ab Ripper X Moves: /5300 – 100(1000)
Beast back day: /53,000 lbs. 54,000 CHECK
Beast chest day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast shoulder day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast leg day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast arm day: /53,000 lbs.
P90X2 functional warm-up: /53 – 1(10)
Running drills: /53 – 1(9)

Neuro-integrating stretching: /53 – 1(8)
Iron Mind gripper and extensor band reps: /10600 400(2800)
Breath hold sessions: /53 – 1(11)
Stabilizer sessions: /53 – 1(9)
Internal Organ Training: /53 –  1(12)

5.11 Climbs: /5
5.12 Climbs: /3
5.11 Boulder transverses: /5 – 1
5.12 Boulder transverses: /3 – 1
Campus board movements: /530 – 0(66)
Climb-specific pull-ups: /530 – 0(65)
Cycling on road bike: /53 miles
Cycling on mountain bike: /53 miles 10(10)
Cycling on cyclocross bike: /53 miles 0(26)
Cycling on time trial bike: /53 miles
Cycling on fixed gear bike: /53 miles
Cycling on single speed bike: /53 miles
Cycling on tandem bike: /53 miles
Hiking: /53 miles – 3(15)
Running: /53 miles 0(2)
30 minutes of rowing: /5 times 1(1)
30 minutes of elliptical: /5 times
30 minutes of swimming: /5 times

Family:
Tasks for his wife: /53 – 2(13)
Chores around the house: /53 – 2(18)
Tasks for his dogs: /53 – dogs are basically sidekicks so this one’s a freebie

Other:
Blog posts: /53 – 1 (14)
Team Beachbody Instructional Videos: /5
Team Beachbody Video Chat /5 1(1)
Days keeping these stats: /53 – 1(11)

A Few Challenges of Yore

2000 – 40 Days of Hell
2003 – Get Back To Reality
2006 – This is Gonna Hurt
2007 – My Blood Must Be Fully Replaced Each Year
2010 – Birthday Tribute from 67 friends
2012 – Making Lemonade

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