Post STP 2015

Posted by Bout with Gout on Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Another Seattle to Portland (STP) in the books.  This was my 3rd one since 2012.  However, this time I didn't not finish due to knee pain.  I was pain free and felt good up until mile 95, approaching the midpoint.  I was still about 5 miles out when all of a sudden, I felt some pinching pain in my left knee as I hit the down pedal strokes.  The last 5 miles before Centralia were brutal for me.  I had to go super slow as in 5mph.  I had to stop and get off the bike about 10 times that last 5 m...
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Arguing with a husky

Posted by BoutWithGout on Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Can't win an argument with a husky
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Got Goals? Get SMARTER

Posted by BoutWithGout on Monday, January 5, 2015

Another new year, another resolution?  Here’s an idea to make it work this time or at least make it a little more successful than your previous new year resolutions.  It’s an approach that is used quite effectively in the business world so why not use it in other non-business situations, including your personal new year resolutions.  

The first step to your New Year's Resolution is to clearly define the goal.  It takes a little bit of work but that just shows that you are serious about thi...


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Hiking Ice Caves in WA

Posted by BoutWithGout on Monday, November 17, 2014
This is a must hike when visiting or living in Western Washington.  We got to do this this past summer so I'm not sure how the experience would be this time of year especially when it has been freezing this past few weeks.  

The hike is about an hour drive from Seattle.  The hike is a short 2 mile roundtrip hike from the parking lot and it's pretty flat so it was perfect for our toddler.  He walked all the way but he wanted to be carried the way back.  We could have brought the stroller and th...
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Who in the world is getting gout

Posted by BoutwithGout on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Diamond head hike

Posted by BoutwithGout on Thursday, September 18, 2014


When in Hawaii, this hike is a must.  It's relatively easy. It gets steeper as you get closer to the top.  Plus the steep stairs and the dark tunnel can be a little intimidating.  But they also add to the Diamond Head hike experience.  The best time to go is in the morning right when they open.  We got there before 7 and the parking lot was getting full.  Keep in mind that almost everyone that visits Hawaii will likely do this hike.  It was also a hot and humid day and so the early morning te...

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STP one-day finish!

Posted by BoutwithGout on Monday, August 18, 2014
It was my first Seattle-to-Portland one-day ride.  It was my 2nd STP; the first time took me 2 days.  130 miles the first day and 70 miles the following day.  This 2014 STP was brutal because of the heat that got up to mid-90s especially around the middle of the ride at around 100 miles.  I started cramping up after the mid-point stop at Olympia and I actually started to turn around ready to call it quits.  I figured that I wouldn't be able to finish even if I rested a while. But the cramps e...
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50 miler to Ballard, Golden Gardens

Posted by HR Analytics on Friday, July 4, 2014

Yesterday's exploratory route is to Ballard, Golden Gardens.  Burke Gilman Trail ends somewhere before you get to Ballard and I had to do some street riding.  There were some choppy parts through Ballard going through some of the city streets but it wasn't bad at all.  I wasn't the only bike on the street.  In fact, there were dozens of other bikers on the street with me, most of them looked like commuters.  And cars in this area I think are (hopefully) constantly aware that there are plenty ...
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It's that time of year again

Posted by BoutwithGout on Thursday, July 3, 2014
  
Time to train for Seattle to Portland (STP) Bike Ride again.  This will be my second time but this is my first time attempting to ride all 204 miles in one day!  The fun part is the training rides I do around the Seattle area.  It truly is a great biking town.  I have lived in a number of places and I think it is so easy to find a 100 mile bike route in the Seattle area without having to worry about connecting trails or going back and forth on the same stretch of trail.  And on top of tha...
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Seahawks 12K Run complete!

Posted by BoutwithGout on Thursday, April 17, 2014 In : Event 

Glad that I was able to run the Seahawks 12K this April, despite having no rigorous and systematic preparation leading up to the longest race I have ever done.  The only training I did was a 4-mile run about a month before the race.  I just simply couldn't muster up the energy and couldn't find the time to run long distance.  I was running 2-3 miles almost 5x a week for several months so I guess that was helpful.  I wasn't sure how my feet and stamina would react when I jump from a 3miler to ...
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About Me


I'm a blogger hit with gout early when I was in my 20s (now a couple of decades ago). But I just can't give up biking, running, hiking, and just being able to be out and about exploring places. As an office worker, an organizational psychologist/data analyst, I tend to be sedentary so getting up and about is a must. But as a psychologist and data geek, I'm interested in the psychological aspects of gout as well as the data. And really, I just want to share what I learn about gout, what works for me (and doesn't work). Gout is a very personal battle and each individual is unique. I'm not an MD, so please take heed and always check with your physician.

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