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Four Years of Change

Shurukian

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Most of you have seen that I've returned. If not - hello.

I stopped being an active CN player the summer of 2011. In mid 2012, while I was deep in the woods of West Virginia on a climbing trip, my nation deleted. I had forgotten to collect. Oops. I had a twinge of regret at forgetting about it, but for the most part, I was happy that the burden was finally gone. It was time. It had been time.

My blog has never really been an IC one, and I don't intend for that to change now. I frequently talked about my climbing, my cat, my hobbies, my poetry - just general life. When I left the game, I was in a period of turmoil in my life that was fairly consuming. It was a period in which I had the opportunity to completely change most of the aspects of my life, and I did so enthusiastically.

My immersement into the real world took my activity and goal list and made it explode like a kid's 4th grade science volcano. I finished my Bachelor's Degree and got my Master's Degree in Human Resource Management. I moved four times. I spent an absurd amount of time outdoors. Previously, I rock climbed...and that was about it. I've expanded that to rock climbing, running, cycling, swimming (triathlons), snowboarding, mountaineering, ice climbing, and mountain biking.

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On top of Algonquin Peak, Adirondack High Peaks. Mount Marcy and Colden in the background

This year is a big one for me. I have a lot of races that will be firsts for me, including my first marathon, first half Ironman, and first full Ironman. So basically... I'm going to be turning my blog into a race blog. Hopefully that won't be too boring. So far, these are my races for the year that I'll be talking about:

3/29/2015 -Philadelphia Love Run (Half Marathon)

5/3/2015 - Broad Street Run (10 Miler)

5/24/2015 - Vermont City Marathon

5/31/2015 - Independence Sprint Triathlon Nockamixion, PA Sprint

6/14/2015 - Eagleman 70.3 Half Ironman Cambridge, MD Half Ironman

7/12/2015 - Steelman 3 Mile Open Water Swim Race

8/9/2015 - Steelman Olympic Triathlon

9/20/2015 - Lake Tahoe Ironman

10/17/2015 - Runner's World Festival 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon

10/25/2015 - Perfect 10 Miler

... Most likely to be added to. I also got engaged. Fun fact - the Lake Tahoe Ironman is my honeymoon. We also figured out after we registered that it's considered the hardest Ironman in the world. Oops.

I also added one to the family. My fiance and I adopted Ridley in 2013, and she's the biggest bundle of joy ever, which helps balance out my diabolical cat.

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Coming back was a mixed bag for me. I had pretty much sworn off ever returning to cybernations. I saw no use - I'm rarely home, constantly training, and still have the same laptop I used 5 years ago (AKA - this thing barely works). I got rid of my TV, my video game systems, my desktop... I figured if I would return to the world of the internets, it certainly wouldn't be for CN. I was apparently a little wrong.

I don't have any plans or expectations for my time here - other than to coast along and hopefully not stray too far away from my training schedule. It's been interesting to return and see how different and alike the community is so many years later.

Of course, I'm still climbing - Just definitely not as frequently as I had been before. Though certainly with a lot less hair - I abandoned the lion's mane for the first time a few months ago.

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much muscle. such pull.

Hopefully you'll find my attempts at fitness worthwhile for a glance every now and then. If not, that's perfectly fine - for me, writing about them will hopefully be motivating enough to keep me off the couch or out of that pint of ice cream (which I just finished eating, damn you snowstorm) and out on the road or trail. Maybe if I'm lucky, you'll find some motivation or interest in it as well.

Sincerely,

Shurukian



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i climbed longs peak in Colorado with my wrestling teammates. I will never forget signing my name on the summitt.... because i dreaded going all the way back down- of which I was holding on for dear-life and marmots ran around me like I was a wimp.

cheers to your endeavors,

L_H

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i climbed longs peak in Colorado with my wrestling teammates. I will never forget signing my name on the summitt.... because i dreaded going all the way back down- of which I was holding on for dear-life and marmots ran around me like I was a wimp.

cheers to your endeavors,

L_H

It's very true that going down is usually much more painful than going up!

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CN is a little less !@#$%* with you back. Also, I personally am very proud of the changes you have made, it has been my privilege to be close enough to watch the changes.

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It's a damn pleasure to be, for the first time, sharing an alliance with you. But it's more of a pleasure to be your friend, Shuru. You're a rather remarkable human being, and we're all the better for you being in our lives.

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Looks like you're doing well. Nice to meet you and glad to see you're passionate about HR of all things. (My background is similar.)

Needs more cat pics.

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CN is a little less !@#$%* with you back. Also, I personally am very proud of the changes you have made, it has been my privilege to be close enough to watch the changes.

It's a damn pleasure to be, for the first time, sharing an alliance with you. But it's more of a pleasure to be your friend, Shuru. You're a rather remarkable human being, and we're all the better for you being in our lives.

Thanks for the compliments guys. It's nice to regularly see both of you again.

Looks like you're doing well. Nice to meet you and glad to see you're passionate about HR of all things. (My background is similar.)

Needs more cat pics.

That's interesting! I'm curious as to what your background is. If you're ever on IRC and feel the desire for a chat, I'd be in. I'll make sure to put cat pictures on the list for my next post. :P

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On 3/9/2015 at 11:08 PM, Chimaera said:

It's a damn pleasure to be, for the first time, sharing an alliance with you. But it's more of a pleasure to be your friend, Shuru. You're a rather remarkable human being, and we're all the better for you being in our lives.

 

WHELP

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