Long time no update!

It has been a while since I have posted anything besides a couple of Instagram pictures but I am back to making YouTube videos and the blog a priority. I will upload pictures from Thailand and the week with Emily in a separate post in the next couple of days. Right now all of my content is on a back up hard drive due to building a new desktop computer and restoring my MacBook, trying to speed it up now that is 7 years old.

My mind is still blown that is one day away from being April and I have two and half months to keep training for the half Ironman. This year so far is flying by and that is okay with me, faster time goes the faster I get to start my desired career choice.

More to come later but for now…

Enjoy the Video!

First day back in the pool!

After months of not being in water except for showering, I finally made it to the pool on base. Luckily the pool is heated and Okinawa doesn’t get below 60 degrees. Swimming will be a struggle for this triathlon as it is my weakest event and it is very technical to be a good swimmer. A 30 minute swim session left me extremely sore the next day, ontop of hitting up the boxing gym. I cannot believe I am on training day 20 already! 135 to go!

Stairway to Heaven Day 15

Suckered my friend into bicycling to the Stairway to Heaven here in Okinawa. After a little confusing from Google Maps taking us down wrong roads and not the best directions from a source my friend had, we made it to the Stairway to Heaven! There were a couple added hills we rode up while looking for the stair step but all in good training.

The hill will be easy to incorporate into the days I have to bike and run, this steepness will condition the legs and lungs faster than regular flat ground running. Sprints will work in the same manner to strengthen and condition.

By the way the sports drink I had on my ride today was absolutely terrible by itself. Next time if I do have to use I will mix it with fruit juice or Gatorade.

 

Boxing Session Day 13

Tonight I decided to get back into the boxing gym and literally hit it hard! Afterwards we went out for a dinner with a friend that is leaving on Saturday. We tried raw chicken from the restaurant and it was surprising good with a little soy sauce.

Steak and Sweet Potatoes (Paleo Friendly)

Tonight after my workout of mostly pull-ups, push-ups, and kettlebell exercises. I made a delicious dinner of steak and sweet potatoes. Starting the diet has been a struggle adjusting to from my normal eating habits, the cravings for bread are ridiculous especially when walking past the bakery at the commissary. The dish would be easy to make a large amount then slice the steak to separate for meal prep containers. This dinner will definitely be added to my meals list though!

Ingredients:

Favorite cut of steak

Sweet potatoes

Tonkatsu Sauce

Onion

Garlic

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Parsley

Thyme

Salt

Pepper

I started by marinating my steak in a light coating of tonkatsu sauce. After several hours I preheated the oven to 350 and began to saute the garlic and a medium layer of olive oil in a braiser pan for easy transition to the oven. Once the garlic is caramelized add in the onions for caramelizing. Cut up the sweet potato into cubes then throw into pan and season with parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook until outside is golden brown and crispy. Push potatoes and onions to edge of pan to make a space in the middle for the steak. Place steak in pan then place in the oven for 10 minutes. Broil for another 5 to crisp everything up.

Next time I make this dish I will marinate my steak longer and add in a little vinegar to tenderize the steak better. I will also try just broiling the dish because the pan is already cooking the steak from the underside.

Please comment your suggestions and recommendation to the recipe!

I will update as I experiment with different techniques.

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Wifes Trip to Colorado

Carl and I have always wanted to live somewhere that we can find an adventure every day, so when my friend and bride-to- be said her bachelorette would be in Denver, Colorado, I was thrilled! The cheaper option was to drive, which is only a ten-hour ride from Tulsa, OK. The best part about driving was seeing the Rocky Mountains get closer and closer, and eventually getting close enough to see the snow covered peaks.

This was a short trip, but we were able to pack several activities into one day.

We started off Saturday morning driving to Golden, Colorado for a Coors Brewery Tour. Golden is home to School of Mines, which is one of the best colleges for engineering, geology, and mining. The Coors Brewery Tour started with a tour of downtown Golden. One of the coolest facts I learned is that Adolph Coors, founder of Coors Brew, was only 26 years old when he started the well-known company. After the bus tour, we walked through the brewery and saw the production of Coors while listening to the company’s history. At the end of the tour, we got to sample three beers! The best part is- the whole tour was free, including the beer tasting!

After the brewery, we headed northwest to Estes Park. On our way to Estes Park, which was about a two and a half hour drive, we got to wind through the mountains and see a bunch of Elk! On the way up the mountains, the temperature dropped about thirty degrees. It began to rain, which turned to sleet, and before we knew it, there was blizzard-like snow all around us! We finally got to the top where there were several different trails to chose from. There are all kinds of options whether you want an all day hike, short hike, or guided hike. There is a $20 entrance fee for a day pass, or there are season passes to buy as well. Due to our packed day, we chose a two-mile trail called “Alberta Falls”. There were quite a few hikers out on the same trail that we chose. Words and pictures cannot describe how breathtaking the trail was. Snow was falling heavily and it started to pile up on trees and bridges. At the end of this particular trail, there was a very tall, large waterfall. Throughout the whole walk, you can hear the waterfall, but you don’t see it until the end. I could have sat and listened to the waterfall all day! Pictures truly do not do this park justice. I would highly recommend Estes Park and the hiking trails.

Once we came down the mountain, there was clear blue sky and the temperature rose back up in the sixties. We went back to the hotel and fixed up, then went to dinner at “The View House”. This restaurant is towards the higher end of dining. It is a two-story building- the first floor is a huge bar on one half and a banquet side on the other half.  A wedding reception had just concluded when we arrived. The second floor is what the restaurant is named for. The whole second floor is glass so you can see Denver’s views and mountains. The food was excellent and priced well. I would definitely recommend “The View House” for a nice dinner on your trip!

After dinner, we went to a bar in downtown Denver called  “Punch Bowl Social”. This place is awesome! It is a huge building with a bar, bowling, darts, a photo booth, and arcade games on the first floor. On the second floor, there is another bar with Ping-Pong, pool, and a few more arcade games. We went to a couple more bars throughout the night, but I would recommend checking out Punch Bowl!

Even after a short trip, I completely fell in love with Colorado. This is definitely the place for Carl and I!

Between a rock and a hard place

Hello readers!

Recently things haven’t gone according to plan but it has given me time to focus on some reading and getting started back up with college. Being in the military has given me tons of great opportunities and experiences but it comes with a price by the amount of rules we must abide by. I got in a little trouble for not signing out the barracks to go out into town so as a punishment I haven’t been able to leave base for almost 60 days now. It has been rough because I am a very adventurous and social person but as soon as this punishment is up I will be spending every day at a new location exploring.

A couple new books I have been reading have been “How to Master the Art of Selling” by Tom Hopkins, “Way of the Wolf” by Jordan Belfort and “#ASKGARYVEE” by Gary Vaynerchuk. Some of you may know my plans for when I get out are to be an entrepreneur in the fields of real estate and cybersecurity. These books are very well written and offer good insight on business, sales and life in general. As my mom always told me growing up “Leaders are readers” but it never struck me until I found a genre that I was interested in. I will also by starting online classes soon for a degree in cybersecurity then when I get out of the military I want to use my GI Bill to get another degree in business. I will be designing a “Drunken Wanderlust” logo soon to start an adventure clothing line so stay tuned on that!

Along with computers I built up two cryptocurrency mining rigs about a month ago. I have been following Bitcoin and a few other for years now and have always seen the potential for a currency that can be used universally. I see the biggest benefit of this in the travel industry that I could go to another country and pay for lodging, transportation and souvenirs without every having to find a currency exchange. Imagine how much easier travel would be!

Lately here at work has been busy with not much off time anyways so I guess being restricted to base isn’t that bad. Over the weekend we were barely out of the way of Typhoon Lan so all we got was a little wind and rain.

Lastly I will be looking at coming home to Tulsa, Ok at the end of December to beginning of January! Spend some quality time with my wifey, dogs and family! My wife and I are trying to plan a trip to a fun location while I am so if you have any recommendation please share!

Another EPIC week with my wife!

 

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As some of you all know my wife and I live in different countries. It’s difficult at times but it makes seeing each other that much better! In just 5 days we jammed packed our schedule. We went to two waterfalls, the aquarium, Kokusai Dori Naha, Okinawa World, and to many great restaurants! We used Airbnb to rent a small studio apartment, it was perfect for us and close to all the fun.

 

Emily arrived on a Friday and the next day was her BIRTHDAY! We spent most of the time at Kokusai Dori trying to see sights before Typhoon Noru. Kokusai Dori is translated into “International Street” which means it has a little bit of everything. Lots of cool little shops selling Okinawa items and a huge fish/meat market. We stumbled upon the market just by walking into a random door. I will have to go back and buy some fish to try because it looked delicious and fresh! That night we found small Japanese karaoke bar and celebrated her birthday with some friends! Unfortunately we were having too much fun having tequila and singing to take pictures. But the next day was another windy cloudy day so we spent most of it recovering.

Monday we had to make a stop on base to get Emily her military dependent’s ID then it was off to the 2nd largest aquarium in the world, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. For being a monday it was crowded and jammed packed! We looked at some of the small exhibits but we were focus on seeing the 1.9 million gallon tank with TWO whale sharks swimming in it. That was truly an experience seeing creatures that large swimming at eye level with you. There were three outdoor exhibits that we looked at with dolphins, sea turtles, and manatees. What lives below us in the ocean is amazing, some of the most colorful and interesting living creatures.

That afternoon was very interesting going to Pineapple Park… A whole park dedicated to pineapples! You go in through the park entrance and get into a self driving jeep that takes you through a tour of the fields and gardens. Once that is over you are able to walk around the park and see everything up close, they have lots of beautiful plants and decorations. The trails lead you into the area where they make pineapple wine and you even get to try some! It’s good wine to pair with a desert that had some pineapple in it. Then we discovered a whole new world of pineapples… THEY HAD PINEAPPLE EVERYTHING! I am not even kidding if you can think of it they made it with pineapples. That evening we walked to sea wall and took some awesome pictures then had the famous CiCi’s chicken and waffles.

Okinawa has quite a few waterfalls that are a must see! They take a small hike to get to but the fresh cool water and views are worth it! We left early in the morning to have breakfast and get on with the two hour drive. Unfortunately we were delayed due to being rear ended on the highway, it’s not like the United States where you just swap information and move on. Here they have to bring out the Japanese Police and since I was involved I had to call the military police. Aha Falls have a big deep swimming area with two small cliffs to jump off of. There is a small waterfall that you will see first but the big waterfall at Aha Falls is extremely dangerous to be on top of but it’s cool to look at how the rock has formed. Fukugawa Falls are nice because they are shallow and offer better relaxing areas. The waterfall itself is true natural beauty in how it flows and the nature surrounding it. On our way home we witnessed a perfect sunset and stopped to take pictures at a seawall.

Last day here we saw that Okinawa World had good reviews to go see so we decided to check it out! It was very reasonably priced for all the activities and sights you get to see. They have a snake exhibit that has snakes of every kind to include the viper on Okinawa and the deadly sea snake. They’ll even put on a show where they bring out a cobra and smack it on the back of the head. Not sure the meaning behind it but the guy had some balls to smack a deadly snake. Emily and I had been through underground caves before but I think we both can agree that this one was the largest and most interesting. Going through it seems to be never ending and every new area brings new formations of rock. They have traditional Ryukyu Island song and dance with dragon costumes. I wish I was able to take pictures/video of it but they were strict on no cameras.

(Will update last day with pictures, didn’t realize I couldn’t upload Canon RAW images)

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