Adventure Monkey http://adventuremonkey.com Life is an Adventure: Feed Your Monkey! Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:13:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 31478593 Las Vegas Mountainbiking http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/las-vegas-mountainbiking http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/las-vegas-mountainbiking#respond Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:21:02 +0000 http://adventuremonkey.com/?p=18661 All my prerequisite courses are complete and I am working on a few details before PA school starts (like getting my immunizations up to date). Not only do I have 28 months of rigorous training ahead of me, I am also getting married and we just moved! Much going on as usual. One of my goals before starting school again ...

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Life and Riding in Las Vegas http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/life-in-las-vegas http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/life-in-las-vegas#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:59:52 +0000 http://adventuremonkey.com/?p=18616 The move to Vegas I visited Vegas twice and thought it would be a horrible place to live. That’s true if you live next door to Circus Circus, but the last couple of months have shown me that there is life, “normal” life, off the strip. And not only is there some form of normal, there is some good cycling too. ...

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First Gravel Ride in over a Year http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/first-gravel-ride http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/first-gravel-ride#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:44:44 +0000 http://adventuremonkey.com/?p=18575 I started my back to school adventure to become a Physician Assistant (PA) just over a year ago . I thought I would be able to juggle training for the Dirty Kanza 200 and classes, but Organic Chemistry took care of any extra time I thought I would have. This would be my first gravel ride in over a year. Getting ...

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Applying to PA schools, missing the Dirty Kanza 200 http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/applying-pa-schools http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/applying-pa-schools#respond Mon, 18 Jul 2016 22:13:28 +0000 http://adventuremonkey.com/?p=18557 I’ve made it. Well almost. After two semesters I have most of my prerequisites for PA school completed. Since coming back to school I’ve gotten all As. I have worked hard and it’s paying off. I am currently taking a cadaver dissection course which is pretty fascinating and then I start my last necessary prerequisite – Biochemistry. Applying to PA ...

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My first semester as a non-traditional student http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/first-semester-non-traditional-student http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/first-semester-non-traditional-student#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2015 22:10:21 +0000 http://adventuremonkey.com/?p=18432 Wow, it’s been over four months since my last confession, er, I mean blog post. I haven’t gotten lazy, I got busy. Starting classes was like diving into a pool where a race had already started and I needed to keep up. The only problem was I hadn’t raced in sometime and not only did I need to swim, I ...

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The Decision: going back to school at 43 http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/the-decision-going-back-to-school-at-43 http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/the-decision-going-back-to-school-at-43#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:16:57 +0000 http://adventuremonkey.com/?p=18399 I made some radical moves in my life last year. I simplified all my belongings, sold my house, lived in an RV and quit my job to follow a dream and figure things out. It seemed crazy, but radically simplifying my life, especially financially, opened up more opportunities. I gave myself a timeline to make things happen before I would need to ...

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Hot July Cycling http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/hot-july-cycling http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/hot-july-cycling#respond Wed, 15 Jul 2015 19:19:18 +0000 http://adventuremonkey.com/?p=18374 My last post was aptly named cool July cycling. Did I jinx us all by writing that? Because since then, it has been like a tropical rainforest. Temperatures have been in the 90’s with humidity in the 90’s too. Simply walking outside takes my breath away. There’s always a reason or excuse not to ride but I have done my best to get out ...

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Cool July Cycling http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/cool-july-cycling-2 http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/cool-july-cycling-2#respond Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:35:59 +0000 http://adventuremonkey.com/?p=18364 This summer has given us some of the weirdest weather I can remember. Tornado sirens stopped blaring about 20 minutes ago. July is usually hot and humid with tornado season behind us. We have had so much rain and cool weather it has made riding both hard to do and nice when the roads are dry and the temperatures are low. ...

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July 4th Sailing and the Nikon Coolpix A http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/july-4th-sailing-and-the-nikon-coolpix-a http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/july-4th-sailing-and-the-nikon-coolpix-a#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:06:31 +0000 http://adventuremonkey.com/?p=18336 I hope you had a great July 4th celebration! I did. I took my Nikon Coolpix A and went sailing with some dear friends. I have never sailed before so this was a treat and a good test of the camera’s sensor. First I drove up to Lee’s Summit, MO just in time for a tornado to touch down a ...

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Summer Training Continues http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/summer-training-continues http://adventuremonkey.com/blog/summer-training-continues#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:45:07 +0000 http://adventuremonkey.com/?p=18308 I am on the Salsa Beargrease. I look down and see the big wheels whirl over chunks of gravel. The Husker Düs are aged past perfection and are going bald. But I feel good. My average speeds are going up and my heartrate was low today. I looked at the monitor and saw my HR wasn’t even 140 as I was ...

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