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  1. Here’s my take on this. It is human nature to be selfish like it is with many animals. And this makes sense in the wild when you are at constant risk of death from lack of food, predators, etc. Raising offspring can be a major exception to this. Humans and other animals can go to great personal sacrifice to protect their young. There also seems to be some instinct to form strong bonds with a group. Many animals do this. How much of that is nurture and how much is nature, I don’t know. This makes sense though as the group can provides protection. It is in one’s selfish best interest to conform. With the intelligence and communication skills of humans, we are able to make rules against behaviors that most think doesn’t benefit the group and themselves. This has come in the form of religion and laws but can also be as simple as shunning someone for bad behavior. I believe you mentioned how some male animals kill the young of their own species so they can mate with the female. How prevalent would that be in humans without rules? I don’t know but I’m sure it would happen more often even if it would still be rare. The fact that it is against our rules is a deterrent. Morality comes from believing these rules are in the best interest of the group and abiding by them. Whether they are religious based or not usually doesn’t make much difference.
  2. I don’t have Sirius radio. What are some of the most popular Modern Hits/Hip Hop songs? I’d like to read the lyrics.
  3. Being a morning runner in a northern climate make me not have much seasonal swing. It’s usually under 70 degrees for me on summer mornings. Obviously Texas is very different as are afternoons virtually everywhere.
  4. I just view it as a measure of heart rates at various paces. Run faster with a lower heart rate and vo2 max (on the Garmin) goes up. Have some slower runs with higher heart rate, and it goes down. I’ve noticed a strong correlation between Garmin Vo2 max and race performance for me. Others may have different experiences.
  5. I really don’t understand what’s going on with my running these days. VO2 max is jumping to levels I’ve never seen before but it doesn’t make much sense. I’m not doing anything differently running wise. The last week I’ve been eating like ####, drinking, and not exercising other than running/walking/hiking. This morning I ran hungover in the AZ heat (but low humidity) but managed 7:41/117 averages. I think I’ve decided that I’ll make very few changes when I start marathon training. Why change what’s working? It seems like an unnecessary risk even if I’m training unconventionally.
  6. Even after getting a little experience with the Canyon, I have no idea how I’d do attempting R2R2R. But I’m a flat road racer, not an ultra guy. It’s interesting to think about even if I’m quite sure I’d never do it.
  7. Yeah, curious about which trails to the rims and whether he’d run overnight with a headlamp.
  8. You’ve written this before but I didn’t catch the meaning. What would your plan be? Over two days?
  9. Kind of mean to make them wear diapers.
  10. Yesterday a friend and I hiked the Grand Canyon. I’ll spare posting pictures because I’m sure you’ve seen plenty even if you’ve never been there. It’s beautiful scenery, of course. If you’re curious about the route, we took the South Kaibab trail down to the river and the Bright Angel trail back up. Both trails start at the south rim. Here’s a good article about the route. 16.5 miles total. 4,380 feet of elevation gain back up. The Park advises against doing a hike all the way down and back up in one day and there are several warning signs. Nobody stops you though. That made the whole thing more interesting to me. Adding to that, it was quite hot in the canyon. The high for the day was 82 at the rim but much hotter as we got lower. I only saw one thermometer and it was exactly at 100. That wasn’t all the way down either. Besides near the beginning and end, there was little shade and few clouds. Sometimes there was a nice breeze but it was spotty. The way down was when people enjoyed most of the scenery. The way up seemed mostly about finishing. I got nervous after the first three miles down when we basically had the trail to ourselves. We only saw a few other people until reaching the river including a cowboy leading pack mules who told me, “Be careful, it’s hot down there.” My friend also wanted to take some breaks on the way down which made me nervous on how difficult it might be for him on the way up. I asked him a few times if he wanted to turn back but he was adamant about sticking to our plan. Although he’s not in the shape he used to be when he used to do Ironmans a decade ago, I trusted that he had a decent sense of his limitations. It took us longer to get down than we anticipated but the river was great. There was drinking water down there to refill our bottles and it was refreshing to take a quick dip in the fifty-something degrees water. There were some other people at the river but I think some of them were camping down there. I started my Garmin for the way up. I didn’t think I’d have the battery life for the whole way. After a few miles we started seeing other people more frequently who also had gone all the way down and most were very nice to chat with. There were a few young people who seemed to be doing great but older people were struggling. Except me, though. I was doing fine. I actually preferred the way up because I was wearing running shoes and sliding a lot on the way down. My friend needed to take lots of breaks to get his heart rate down. His was in the 150s. When I would check, I’d be in the 90s. We were taking lots of breaks, maybe every quarter mile or so. With a few miles left, my friend finally let me carry his back and that seemed to help him. When he finished he said it was one of the hardest things he’d ever done. Overall, I enjoyed the experience despite the struggles. I was very excited when my friend invited me on this trip. I used to hike some as a kid and teenager but stopped as an adult. I’d like to do more but I’d prefer to go at my own pace. Unfortunately I guess that makes hiking with others hard to do.
  11. I got some work in today. Took yesterday off.
  12. Kind of funny reading the campingguys posters giving gian advice on cotton fabrics and sandals. I think he has that covered.
  13. It's fair to blame the media but it reminds me of the boy who cried wolf. Lie enough and you can't be surprised when people stop believing you.
  14. When you buy the bond, you get the initial rate for 6 months. So, if you buy today, you’d get it through October, if you bought in July, you’d get it through December, etc. When that six month period is over, you’ll get the rate published on November 1 for the next six months. Rate changes continue on that schedule every six months based on rates declared May1 and November 1. Yes, the $10,000 is per calendar year per social for bonds purchased electronically through Treasury Direct.
  15. Boston Fred’s first race report is going to be looooooong.
  16. This thread makes you guys seem like a bunch of old men. (NTTAWWT)
  17. Although not frequently funny, the season was so well written and filmed. I thought Naomi Ackie was fantastic too.
  18. Coming out of a pandemic makes a recession extremely unlikely. What quarters before November 2022 are you expecting to be down?
  19. What does the map look like on Garmin Connect? Do you see where it’s off? On my old watch I used to have occasional problems (often near the same spot) but my new watch is OK.
  20. Keep that in mind for your trip back from Washington.
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