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91  Barefoot Activities / Barefoot(ish) Activities / Re: Warrior Dash - Help me decide which VFF to wear. on: July 08, 2011, 03:23:16 PM
Ran BeachPalooza 5k - a race created by the same promotion company as Warrior Dash in my KSOs- this was no big deal. I understand the obstacles on warrior dash should be more difficult.

I also ran the 2011 Colorado Tough Mudder 15k (approx) in my Komodo Sports. Running, jumping, climbing, swimming- all no problem- running downhill for long spans= total suck fest.

You can read my total write up on the TM at the link below.

Running Tough Mudder

With that said, for 5k I'm not really that worried. I'll probably run the Komodos again when I run the Warrior Dash with my wife at Copper Mountain in August.

Phil
92  Barefoot Activities / Barefoot(ish) Activities / Thinking about running a Tough Mudder or Warrior Dash? I have now done both. :) on: July 08, 2011, 01:52:18 PM
I have noticed over the past several months that many forum members have run, or want to run in a Tough Mudder, or similar event. I recently came off the couch to run in the 2011 Colorado Tough Mudder. all told I spent 17 Months re-conditioning my body to accomplish this, and I'm quite proud of myself. With that said, I don't claim that this is the best or only way to prepare for an event like this. If you know something I don't, please contribute!

This post started as a response to another post from someone looking to pick up a pair of Vibrams for training and to eventually run in a Tough Mudder.  I was giving some perspective in the thread and somewhere in the middle of that I thought- I should post this as it's own topic so people can reference it, and hopefully ADD TO IT. Please add your ideas about training for an event like this.

My Tough Mudder training...

Here is what I did, and then I'll give you some ideas as to what I'm going to do to train for next year.

I literally came off the couch to run in this event- I hadn't run competitively since High school,  I'm 36 now, and smoked all through my 20's (dumb I know) so I had a long road of 18 years deconditioning  to overcome before the Mudder. Fortunately I was able to really focus in the final 4 months of preparation and got my conditioning in line with what was needed.

First- I went to a Sports Doctor and got a physical assessment. Tough Mudder is NOT a joke, and I wanted to be sure I was physically capable of making the run. Had the Doc nix'd the idea then I'd have been pissed, but I have a lot of things worth living for, so I'd have bowed out. In my case the Doc was pretty cool about the whole thing, and gave me a checklist to help me get started on my conditioning- VERY cool Sports Doc, I highly recommend finding one.

To get started I did a lot of roadwork. I was averaging about 12-15 miles a week by the time I was done. That doesn't sound like a lot- but it was more than adequate. The only way I have seen to really build up your VO2 Max is to train mileage. Considering my event was held at 8500- 11000 ft, I knew this would be a factor. I picked up Couch to 10k app for my iPhone and used that to get me started. I outpaced the program after about two weeks and then put it to bed, but it was a nice way to get myself going in my first attempts at training.

I have also been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the last year and a half- this was my primary workout before training for the Mudder. The school sponsors training runs on the steps at Red Rocks Ampitheater- I wish I had done more of those. Stair and hill work would have been REALLY beneficial. i'll be training those every chance i get before next years run.

Here is another thing i did- I used my Facebook page to raise money for Wounded Warrior Project- Tough Mudder gives you a donation page when you register. You don't HAVE to raise money to run in the Mudder, but I still managed to raise over $1000.00 for our wounded Veterans. This served an additional purpose as it also kept me accountable, and motivated in my training. Most folks gave $20.00 but a few of my close friends dropped over $100 each towards the cause- Money is hard earned. NO WAY was I going to fail them by not training to complete the event!

In the final 4 months I increased the intensity- I started rolling 3 and 4 times a week at the BJJ school. I also started building upper body into my cardio- we have treadmills in the basement at work so I'd go down there during the day and run a mile, then hit the weights for a moderately heavy set, then run a mile, then hit the weights again- this was useful training for the climbing obstacles.

I started using a volumetric exerciser to increase my lung capacity- the thing was cheap- bought it on Amazon for $12. I can now easily pull the max while maintaining the "best" flow rate. It's a cool thing. http://www.amazon.com/Hudson-5000-Voldyne-Volumetric-Exerciser/dp/B000C4MLGA

I put myself on a diet starting in March. I am 6'1, and I was 202lbs when i started. I went online at myapex.com and ordered myself a Bodybugg armband like the ones they use for "The Biggest Loser". I set myself a program for nutritional content- 60% protein, 25% carbs, 15% fat and then planned my eating habits around that, and a calorie ceiling of 1700 per day. My intended burn was 2700 calories a day for a 1000 calorie deficit. I was really focused on this, and totally quit fast food wuith the exception of Subway but still I only averaged 45% protein, 25% carbs and 30% fat month over month- it is REALLY HARD to get good, lean food and still be a meat eater, but i digress...
 It still paid off. At the time I started the Mudder I weighed in at 176lbs. 26lbs lighter is actually a LOT lighter especially when you are hauling yourself over the 12ft Berlin walls- all 6 of which I assaulted without assistance. I intend to maintain my "walking around" weight at 180lbs- I feel great at this weight- more confident, and it actually shows on my face. I look like I did in my mid 20's (if you're not looking at my grey hair) I feel MUCH better than I did as a couch potato.

I ran a 5k "Tune Up" event called BeachPalooza early in June to see where I stood as far as conditioning. I ran the event in my Vibram KSOs. I had a blast, but 5k wasn't really all that challenging. There was very little elevation change, and if I'm being honest- the "obstacles" were a joke next to the ones encountered during Tough Mudder- still it was a good way to work on my pacing running in a crowd. I'll be running the 5k Warrior Dash in the Rockies @ Copper Mountain in August which is promoted by the same company as BeachPalooza- my expectations of comparative challenge are not incredibly high, but my wife is running with me, so it ought to be fun.

I Finished The Colorado Tough Mudder in 2hrs and 40mins- 10miles, I averaged a 16 minute mile- which to my old HS Cross Country standards... Sucks- HOWEVER, considering the terrain with it's monster climbs, and waiting for others to clear the obstacles, and then clearing the obstacles myself I'm going to say my performance was a little better than average. I'll be training harder for next time, definitely working on my downhill as I lost a LOT of time I could have made up on those sections.


Ok, so what would I have done differently?

1. I'd have climbed some trees. Not kidding. Tree climbing would train a lot of the dexterity and skills you need in the Tough Mudder.
2. HILL WORK!!! Dear God I'd have hit hills every chance I got- both up, and more importantly DOWN! My form was so piss poor in the downhills that I had to slow up or risk injuring my knees since I was basically heel striking in my Vibrams (REALLY BAD)
3. grip exerciser- you can find them at REI in the rock climbing section- monkey bars are a very grip intense exercise. Wish I'd have trained for them better. I am thinking of building some "training obstacles" in my back yard- adult sized wooden monkey bars will be part of this.

Some advice for people who intend to run a Tough Mudder

Dress the Part- for the Mudder I wore the following
1. a long sleeve rash guard shirt- this saved my elbows in the crawling obstacles, it dried out quickly after the water obstacles, and basically felt like a second skin- this was an extremely good idea.
2. 3/4 length Solomon running pants- my buddies made fun of me for wearing "capri pants" i had the last laugh when my knees weren't all busted up and snow rashed
3. northface running shorts- I'm too modest to be displaying my package in the running tights alone.
4. very basic, no frills Camelback- carry your own water! There are water stations, but they are few and far between. I took pulls from my Camelback several times during the run. You want to have water when you need it. Also, you want a very basic pack since when you get immersed in water the more elaborate camelback models may fill with water, and ice cubes (we had an obstacle that was just a vat of food colored water and ice cubes).
5. swimming goggles- these were pointless. the water is so murky you couldn't see your hand in front of your face anyway. Just extra weight, I wouldn't carry again.
6. Fingerless cycling gloves- these were great for every obstacle until i hit the monkey bars- i fell right off. This could also be due to weakness in my grip, but the gloves weren't a help there. Advice- wear gloves- take them off and pocket them for the monkey bars.
7. (most important for this forum) Vibram 5 Finger Shoes- I'm torn on this. I wore my Komodo Sports-  the Vibrams were GREAT for the climbing portions, great on the trail running portion, great on the obstacles, but man did i suffer in those downhills. This is my fault for poor form, and lack of training but still... I'm not sure I'll run in Vibrams next time- and that is VERY hard for me to say since I love them so much. I will definitely train my downhill form in them, and see if i can't improve it to a point where I am more capable in them.

Other useful info
1. They are going to write your race number on you with permanent marker. They want to write it on your forehead- BUT you can have them write it on your neck instead! I opted for this, and as a result I was one of the few Mudders at the bar that night that didn't look like I had come from the worlds sloppiest Ash Wednesday service.
2. the Dos Equis Facebook updates are pointless- don't stand in that line. per discussions at the bar afterwards it didn't work for half the people who signed up for it. It worked for me, but I only got 3 so/so puictures posted to my page, all of which were on the Super G (possibly the lamest obstacle on the course) and there were 2 posts on my wall that were generic- my friends were going to try and use those to guess where i would be next so they could try to get there for pictures, but it was a wild goose chase. All my photos from the event are at the start, and just before the finish.
3. per the above- if you want pictures taken during the middle portions of the race, you need to have your people in place before the start- they can easily get around the course and eventually down to the finish line before you using the resort chairlifts, gondolas ect.
4. Wear your number on your chest- they use this for the professional photographs. Also- take some time after the pro photos are posted and browse ALL the pictures- this is how I found my avatar pic. My number was covered so they didn't send it to me, but I found it anyway.
5. Don't believe the distance they publish for the course- Tough Mudder advertised the Beaver Creek Course as 9 miles (approx) I hit mile marker 9 and still had the 6 obstacles to go! (super G, slip-n-slide, snow slide, monkey bars, Everest, and electroshock) I'd estimate it was closer to 10 miles maybe a bit over- that last mile was all downhill though, maybe they think that doesn't count LoL.

GOOD LUCK!

Here are my pics- posted elsewhere on the forum, but gathered here as well...

This is me, with my friend Kristie before the start. Kristie was the person who told me about Tough Mudder last year. She was telling us about this event she wanted to run and I think she was half expecting my wife and I to think she was crazy- instead we said "I'll do that with you" LoL. My wife didn't make the run because she failed to meet some fitness milestones she had put forth, but she is well on her way for next year and has committed to Warrior Dash in August as well as a few other 5k events.


This is a pic that was meant to be posted on a friends Facebook wall- Bill Caswell is an inspiration to me. His efforts are automotive related, but basically he races an old BMW in World Rally, and hillclimb races all over the continent. The story of how he built a $500 BMW he bought on Craigslist into a racecar, and then raced it against $250,000 purpose built race cars to 3rd place in a World Rally Championship in Mexico has been optioned by Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) and picked up by Paramount to be made into a motion picture- currently the working title is "Slingshot". Bills moto? Build. Race. Party! I adapted it for Tough Mudder Train. Race. Party!
So here is what i posted on Bill's FB page- that is his sticker on my Camelback.


Here i am at the bottom of the start


Coming off the Super G- notice my short stride? Poor downhill form FTL...


running down what was supposed to be a slip-n-slide. The material my shorts were made of didn't allow me to slide on the surface- so I ran down instead. i like this pic as it looks like the TM Logo but with water behind me instead of fire...


Running away after the slides- much better stride here. Ran well on more level ground...


approaching Electroshock- it stunned me (no pun intended) how many people came full stop in front of the obstacle- YOU COULD SEE THE FINISH LINE!


The birth of an avatar... I chose to hit the Electroshock at full speed- i got zapped about 3 times as i went through. My friend kristie got knocked out- seriously, she went out and fell face first into the hay bale i am vaulting here. The pictures of her getting back up are EPIC! I'll see if it's cool to post them here.


Kristie and I at the finish- Headbands earned, and in place!


GOOD TIMES! Seriously, if you are thinking about it- DO IT. It was awesome. I'm all pumped up again just remembering it.

Philip





93  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: My first Vibram --- Komodo or KSO? on: July 08, 2011, 12:35:56 PM
with that said- I'd be very careful about running a Tough Mudder in Vibrams if you are still new to them. I have been training in mine for over a year, and I still had some issues keeping form in the downhills, and was pretty slow in what should have been the easier portion of the run.

What would you recommend I do for TM training? I'm currently in the loss here as to what to do for training. I'm doing P90X and running to lose a lot of weight and get in shape, hopefully that will make TM easier... but beyond that, I'm not quite sure what else to do.


Tough Mudder Training...

Well here is what I did, and then I'll give you some ideas as to what I'm going to do to train for next year.

I literally came off the couch to run in this event- I hadn't run competitively since High school,  I'm 36 now, and smoked all through my 20's (dumb I know) so I had a long road of 18 years deconditioning  to overcome before the Mudder. Fortunately I was able to really focus in the final 4 months of preparation and got my conditioning in line with what was needed.

First- I went to a Sports Doctor and got a physical assessment. Tough Mudder is NOT a joke, and I wanted to be sure I was physically capable of making the run. Had the Doc nix'd the idea then I'd have been pissed, but I have a lot of things worth living for, so I'd have bowed out. In my case the Doc was pretty cool about the whole thing, and gave me a checklist to help me get started on my conditioning- VERY cool Sports Doc, I highly recommend finding one.

To get started I did a lot of roadwork. I was averaging about 12-15 miles a week by the time I was done. That doesn't sound like a lot- but it was more than adequate. The only way I have seen to really build up your VO2 Max is to train mileage. Considering my event was held at 8500- 11000 ft, I knew this would be a factor. I picked up Couch to 10k app for my iPhone and used that to get me started. I outpaced the program after about two weeks and then put it to bed, but it was a nice way to get myself going in my first attempts at training.

I have also been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the last year and a half- this was my primary workout before training for the Mudder. The school sponsors training runs on the steps at Red Rocks Ampitheater- I wish I had done more of those. Stair and hill work would have been REALLY beneficial. i'll be training those every chance i get before next years run.

Here is another thing i did- I used my Facebook page to raise money for Wounded Warrior Project- Tough Mudder gives you a donation page when you register. You don't HAVE to raise money to run in the Mudder, but I still managed to raise over $1000.00 for our wounded Veterans. This served an additional purpose as it also kept me accountable, and motivated in my training. Most folks gave $20.00 but a few of my close friends dropped over $100 each towards the cause- Money is hard earned. NO WAY was I going to fail them by not training to complete the event!

In the final 4 months I increased the intensity- I started rolling 3 and 4 times a week at the BJJ school. I also started building upper body into my cardio- we have treadmills in the basement at work so I'd go down there during the day and run a mile, then hit the weights for a moderately heavy set, then run a mile, then hit the weights again- this was useful training for the climbing obstacles.

I put myself on a diet starting in March. I am 6'1, and I was 202lbs when i started. I went online at myapex.com and ordered myself a Bodybugg (like the ones they use for "The Biggest Loser". i set myself a program for nutritional content- 60% protein, 25% carbs, 15% fat and then planned my eating habits around that, and a calorie ceiling of 1700 per day. My intended burn was 2700 calories a day for a 1000 calorie deficit. I was really focused on this and it paid off. At the time I started the Mudder I weighed in at 176lbs. 26lbs lighter is actually a LOT lighter especially when you are hauling yourself over the 12ft Berlin walls- each of which I assaulted without assistance. I intend to maintain my "walking around" weight at 180lbs- I feel great at this weight- more confident, and it actually shows on my face. I look like i did in my mid 20's (if you're not looking at my grey hair) I feel MUCH better than I did as a couch potato.

Also- Don't believe the distance they publish for the course- Tough Mudder advertised the Beaver Creek Course as 9 miles (approx) I hit mile marker 9 and still had the 6 obstacles to go! (super G, slip-n-slide, snow slide, monkey bars, Everest, and electroshock) I'd estimate it was closer to 10miles maybe a bit over- that last mile was all downhill though, maybe they think that doesn't count LoL.

Ok, so what would i have done differently?

1. I'd have climbed some trees. Not kidding. Tree climbing would train a lot of the dexterity and skills you need in the Tough Mudder.
2. HILL WORK!!! Dear God I'd have hit hills every chance I got- both up, and more importantly DOWN! My form was so piss poor in the downhills that I had to slow up or risk injuring my knees since I was basically heel striking in my Vibrams (REALLY BAD)
3. grip exerciser- you can find them at REI in the rock climbing section- monkey bars are a very grip intense exercise. Wish I'd have trained for them better. I am thinking of building some "training obstacles" in my back yard- adult sized wooden monkey bars will be part of this.

Some advice for people who intend to run a Tough Mudder

Dress the Part- for the Mudder I wore the following
1. a long sleeve rash guard shirt- this saved my elbows in the crawling obstacles, it dried out quickly after the water obstacles, and basically felt like a second skin- this was an extremely good idea.
2. 3/4 length Solomon running pants- my buddies made fun of me for wearing "capri pants" i had the last laugh when my knees weren't all busted up and snow rashed
3. northface running shorts- I'm too modest to be displaying my package in the running tights alone.
4. very basic, no frills Camelback- carry your own water! There are water stations, but they are few and far between. I took pulls from my Camelback several times during the run. You want to have water when you need it. Also, you want a very basic pack since when you get immersed in water the more elaborate camelback models may fill with water, and ice cubes (we had an obstacle that was just a vat of food colored water and ice cubes).
5. swimming goggles- these were pointless. the water is so murky you couldn't see your hand in front of your face anyway. Just extra weight, i wouldn't carry again.
6. Fingerless cycling gloves- these were great for every obstacle until i hit the monkey bars- i fell right off. This could also be due to weakness in my grip, but the gloves weren't a help there. Advice- wear gloves- take them off and pocket them for the monkey bars.
7. (most important for this forum) Vibram 5 Finger Shoes- I'm torn on this. I wore my Komodo Sports-  the Vibrams were GREAT for the climbing portions, great on the trail running portion, great on the obstacles, but man did i suffer in those downhills. This is my fault for poor form, and lack of training but still... I'm not sure I'll run in Vibrams next time- and that is VERY hard for me to say since I love them so much.

Other useful tips
1. They are going to write your race number on you with permanent marker. They want to write it on your forehead- BUT you can have them write it on your neck instead! I opted for this, and as a result I was one of the few Mudders at the bar that night that didn't look like I had come from the worlds sloppiest Ash Wednesday service.
2. the Dos Equis facebook updates are pointless- don't stand in that line. per discussions at the bar afterwards it didn't work for half the people who signed up for it. It worked for me, but I only got 3 so/so puictures posted to my page, all of which were on the Super G (possibly the lamest obstacle on the course) and there were 2 posts on my wall that were generic- my friends were going to try and use those to guess where i would be next so they could try to get there for pictures, but it was a wild goose chase. All my photos from the event are at the start, and just before the finish.
3. per the above- if you want pictures taken during the middle portions of the race, you need to have your people in place before the start- they can easily get around the course and eventually down to the finish line before you using the resort chairlifts, gondolas ect.
4. Wear your number on your chest- they use this for the professional photographs. Also- take some time after the pro photos are posted and browse ALL the pictures- this is how I found my avatar pic. My number was covered so they didn't send it to me, but I found it anyway.

GOOD LUCK!



94  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: My first Vibram --- Komodo or KSO? on: July 07, 2011, 11:47:07 AM
I have both the KSOs and Komodo Sports, and I have a perspective for you since I also just finished a Tough Mudder (Colorado)

I ran the TM in my Komodos, and can tell you that little bit of traction on the bottoms went a long way on the uphill muddy portion. The sipes on the KSO's are awesome for wet pavement running, but just didn't do anything in the mud when i was training in them. If you were going to Run in KSOs I'd recomend the KSO Sport treks which have the more aggressive tread pattern.

with that said- I'd be very careful about running a Tough Mudder in Vibrams if you are still new to them. I have been training in mine for over a year, and I still had some issues keeping form in the downhills, and was pretty slow in what should have been the easier portion of the run.

I also fielded a lot of questions during the event- it seemed like every 3rd person I ran with was asking "so how are those Vibrams working out?"  I also noticed a LOT of other competitors wearing them- most common were the Sport Treks, some Bikalas, and I DID see a pair of Speeds as I was registering which I wanted to ask about, but then didn't have the opportunity due to needing to get my race number written on my neck.

So my official review of Vibram Komodo Sports from my personal experience in Tough Mudder is the following...

climbing- Awesome
swimming- Awesome (if swimming in 32 degree water can be called awesome- I think it was... LoL)
negotiating the man made obstacles- Awesome
Trail running- awesome

Downhill- NOT awesome- but I believe this was due to poor form, and that is my fault

When I trained I worked so hard on considering the distance and the obstacles that i didn't consider the terrain. This was really short sighted on my part, so train accordingly, and since you are running Tahoe- I'd practice downhill often.

I finished for sure- and I got a REALLY BITCHIN AVATAR out of it (check it out- nice right?) I wish you luck, and have as much fun as you can cause Tough Mudder was a BLAST for me!

I'm doing another one ASAP

Phil

95  Barefoot Activities / Barefoot(ish) Activities / Re: What did you do barefoot or in VFF today? on: June 28, 2011, 01:20:18 AM
They cleaned up fine. Some of the gold leaf wore off, but that is kinda a good thing IMO
96  Barefoot Activities / Barefoot(ish) Activities / Re: What did you do barefoot or in VFF today? on: June 27, 2011, 03:32:43 PM
looked like a blast  Grin.  Komodos? 

You got it!
97  Barefoot Activities / Barefoot(ish) Activities / Re: What did you do barefoot or in VFF today? on: June 27, 2011, 12:56:35 PM
I ran the 2011 Colorado Tough Mudder @Beaver Creek...

10 miles, up the ski slopes and through the freestyle park- then back down. 25 obstacles. swimming in 32 degree iced water.

I raised $1030.00 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

I'll be back next year

Thats me in the Red/White/Black Rash Guard leaping that crevice...







98  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Proper downhill form? on: June 27, 2011, 12:41:54 PM
My form must be terrible because the downhill sections of Tough Mudder pounded my right knee mercilessly...

will try training more downhill to practice form...
99  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Are people coming around to VFFs? on: June 16, 2011, 01:09:06 AM
I realize the Denver/Boulder area is pretty crunchy, but I am seeing a LOT of VFFs on peoples feet this summer. Last summer it was a bit unusual to see someone else sporting "toe shoes" but this year it seems like i see them everywhere.

I'm wondering if production finally caught up with demand, or if some other factor has influenced people to try them.

Is anyone else noticing an increase in popularity?
100  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: activites that ruin VFFs? on: June 13, 2011, 03:29:14 PM
I'm pretty sure that i read on here it is a bad idea to wear them in chlorinated water- like a swimming pool. I guess the chemicals go to work on the seams. The person said the toes were developing holes in the fabric.

I had another guy tell me his kid ruined his while climbing a tree, but he didn't offer too many details other than to say the big toe split, and he was pissed because "those water shoes cost me $100.00"

I think he just wanted to justify not liking the shoes...

P
101  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Bystander Comments on Your VFFs and Barefooting on: June 13, 2011, 11:57:38 AM
As I was walking with my daughter from my car to the registration desk for a 5K MudRun I ran in on Saturday I walked past a family who were also headed to the same place- the young son pointed at my KSOs and said "what are those?" to his mom, and her reply was "I don't know". The son then asks "do you think he is going to run in those?" and mom said "I don't know, but you would think he would want to wear sneakers for the race"

I laughed to myself a little, but didn't engage in the conversation.

I was the last competitor to cross the Start line, and over the course of the race I passed a lot of people. I passed the kid's mom as we were going over a balance beam style obstacle about 1/2 way through the race- I wonder if she noticed...

I finished 10th in my age bracket for the race BTW- not bad for a guy who hadn't run competitively since the 8th grade...

102  Barefoot Activities / Barefoot(ish) Activities / Re: What did you do barefoot or in VFF today? on: June 13, 2011, 11:17:22 AM
I missed my opportunity to post on Saturday, but I did a 5k Mud Run called Beach Palooza in Boulder CO. Finished 10th in my age group.

I ran in my KSOs, and had a great time. You just can't beat VFFs for tackling the obstacles! Wet or dry they perform the same.

This was my "tune up" run before I take on the Tough Mudder in Beaver Creek on the 26th. I'll be wearing Komodo Sports for the Mudder.

P
103  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Bystander Comments on Your VFFs and Barefooting on: May 13, 2011, 05:41:58 PM
I took my family on vacation to San Diego (German for A Whales Vagina) 2 weeks ago. While we were there we took my daughter to visit Legoland in Carlsbad. A woman and her friend stop me in the park and start asking me the standard questions about my Komodo Sports (what are they for? What do they feel like? ect.) which I happily answered.

After the ladies left my stepmother started cracking up. She had never seen anything like that before, and I could only tell her that it happens all the time.
104  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Five Finger Celebrities on: May 13, 2011, 12:11:54 PM
Old topic, but we can't leave out Thomas Jane, of Punisher, and Hung fame...

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/08/hung-star-vibram-fivefingers/


I didn't appreciate that articles author stating "Off the set, Thomas Jane wears the Vibram FiveFinger foot-gloves that have become a geek trend."  I do not consider myself a geek, but I am a fan of VFFs.  Most people that I see wearing VFFs are runners or athletic types, not your typical geek.  



I found being a cool guy who was always conscious about what other people thought was pretty boring after I graduated from high school- so if having pride in my intelligence, and trying out new stuff is "Geeky" then I'm a geek. An athletic martial artists geek, but a geek all the same.

So is Matthew McConaughey apparently...

(Check out what is dangling from his left hand)



There are other shots of him wearing VFFs on the web, but I'm not celebrity obsessed enough to go looking for them.

Also the Troy Polamalu news is awesome- Steelers fan for life here! (my Komodo Sports will look real nice with my Jersey if the season doesn't end up locked out)
105  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: My encounter with an angry running shoe salesman on: April 29, 2011, 12:30:43 PM
It happens. In my short number of years I have learned that there is no arguing with a know-it-all on any subject. If they become condescending, and you really want to frustrate them, just lightly dismiss their opinion- it REALLY gets them!

I had a guy at my BJJ school start lecturing me about my Vibrams once. I let him say what he wanted to say, then when he finally stopped for air I politely replied, "I disagree" and left it at that. I guess after I left he continued to rant to one of the coaches, but interestingly that coach now runs in KSOs
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