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Yesterday’s cardio; Getting started with Geocaching.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

August
4
2010

Yesterday I decided to skip the golf course’s rolling hills in favor of a 17 mile bike ride. At the halfway point was a small geocache, which I successfully located pretty quickly after arriving at Ground Zero. The bike ride was entirely on paved roads, and I pushed the pace very hard. Despite some forced stops at traffic lights and some pretty serious uphill climbs my average speed was just shy of 20 MPH. The heat was very intense, and I didn’t bring enough water. I need to start taking my CamelBak instead of just a 25 oz. bottle of water. The CamelBak is a pain to clean, and I often find myself thirsty because I decide not to bother with it. I need to stop doing that.

I was asked to talk a little more about Geocaching. Geocaching is actually pretty simple: it’s a “high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices.” There are caches hidden all over the world that can be located using any hand-held GPS device. Some caches are easy to find (so-called “park and grabs”), and some are very, very difficult to reach. Some of the more difficult caches, for example, might require skills such as rock climbing or even SCUBA diving. Each cache is rated on a scale of 1-5 for difficulty and also terrain so you know what you’re getting into in advance. You can also hide and then publish your own caches. The “treasure” can be as simple as a hide-a-key containing a small log book that is signed by those who locate the cache, to much larger containers that hold interesting and valuable items. It works on the honor system: if you take something from the cache, you’re supposed to leave something of equal or greater value in its place.

Getting started is easy. Obviously you’ll need a GPS device, but most modern smart phones have GPS built-in. I use my HTC Evo smart phone along with a free Android app called c:geo. If you don’t have a phone with GPS, you can purchase an inexpensive hand-held GPS device such as the Garmin eTrex Venture HC GPS Receiver. You’ll also want to create a free account on geocaching.com. Geocaching.com is the site you’ll use to find caches you want to go after, learn all about geocaching, log your caches (both found and failed) and interact with other geocachers.

I’m pretty new to geocaching, but I’ve found it to be a fun and interesting pastime. Not so much for the treasure (although it is satisfying to find a well-hidden cache), but more for the journey. Seeking caches has taken me to some cool and interesting places I otherwise never would have known about. Geocaching compliments my biking activities very nicely.

I’m feeling great this morning, and I expect today’s workout (chest/tris/delts) to be exceptional. The goal, of course, is to add weight to all exercises and perform the same or more reps than last week. I’m feeling confident!

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