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Back to Japan …

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A Mucking Good Time !

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Finishing Strong …

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Fish Market & More …

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2 Years Later !

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A Mucking Good Time !

Posted on : 07-12-2011 | By : Nathan | In : General

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Adventure Racing It seems impossible that it has been nearly a year since my last update on this site. I guess I use Facebook for frequent small updates, typically via phone pics and whatnot. Well, I guess it is time to give a proper update …

Late last year I started dabbling in 5K’s for fun. I ran a few, but to be honest running down a straight road for miles makes me feel a bit like a lemming. I then saw an ad that would forever change my view of what a 5K actually could be. The ad was for an “offroad 5K” that has military grade obstacles, fire, mud, barbed wire, and more thrown in to make things a bit more interesting. Aptly dubbed “The Warrior Dash” you are greeted with a medal and a huge beer at the finish line. What more could you ask for ?

After talking one of my best buddies into attending the event with me and putting in a solid top 20% effort, I was hooked. I began looking for other similar events that were within driving distance that would test me both mentally and physically and be something more then the vanilla weekend 5k  I was growing accustomed to. Below is my complete run down from 2011:

5K’s:

- Blues Fest
- Bellbrook HS
- UD River Run

Adventure Races:

- Warrior Dash – 1st ever adventure race. Great pre/after party with live music and turkey legs. Coarse and obstacles were epic ! Highly recommended – 5 stars

- Mud Athlon – Most obstacles of any adventure race I have done. Tough to pace due to tons of natural terrain variations. A really good time overall and great finishers medal. Highly recommended – 5 stars

- Rebel Race – Small race in Indiana. A lot of corn field running. Obstacles were run by military, so that was cool. Overpriced and not sure if I would go back. Crap medal and t-shirt – 3 stars

- Swamp Stomp – Was it’s inaugural event, with minimal turn out. Some great obstacles but could be greatly improved for next year. The final mile was all corn field. Was freezing and tough though – 3 stars

Dirt Bike:

- Ironman GNCC – My 5th year running this race. Always a blast !

- Muddobbers National Enduro – My 1st finish out of 4 attempts for a Natl Enduro. Very proud of this accomplishment. Previous ones cost me an ACL/Meniscus and some bike repairs.

- Peace Pipe Enduro – 120+ miles of pristine singe track w/ some great weather.

Other:

- Urban Athlon – A 10 mile race throughout Chicago. Every mile or so is another mini-obstacle course to complete. This was a huge event put on by Mens Health Magazine & Gatoraid. It included Navy Peer and 1 mile of stairs inside Soldier Field. This is the furthest I have ever run and one of the most memorable events I have ever competed in. My buddies and I will be running this annually, so you are invited to come with !

In short, it was one heck of a year getting out there and competing in all of these events. The days of wrestling and martial arts may be long gone, but it is still nice to get out and test yourself. Even more important then competition is spending time with friends and family and creating new memories along the way. I am already looking forward to what 2012 holds, so if you are interested just let me know. Thanks for reading !

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Joys of home brewing

Posted on : 23-01-2011 | By : Nathan | In : General

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Home Brew - India Black AleAfter watching a few episodes of a new TV program called “Brewmasters“, my passion for home brewing has been seriously reinvigorated. I have been reading up and even attending the odd brewing class to brush up on my skills. I currently have a batch of Scottish Red Ale in the secondary fermentor, and a batch of India Black Ale in the primary fermentor.

In addition to brewing my own beer (with the help of a few friends) I am getting much more adventurous in trying new craft and micro brewed beers as well. I read Sam Calagione’s book where he explains the basics of tasting, and also pairing of beer with certain foods. Great read, and highly recommended for anyone interested in getting started brewing.

I have to admit that finding Dogfish Head, Sam Calagione’s craft brewery, has given me a new view regarding what “real American beer” actually is. It’s not Anheuser-Busch (now owned by a Belgian company) brewing up urine colored,  tasteless, boring, beers for the masses … It is the small breweries who are pushing the limits of what a beer can actually be. I challenge you to try one of Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA’s, Chicory Stout, or Raison D’etre and see if you don’t agree with me.  Your taste buds will certainly thank !

I just might have a little idea “brewing”. About this time I bet you are thinking “oh no, here we go again” … Well, to all the naysayers, you will just have to wait and see. Stay tuned, more on that to come.

Unordinary: Want to know how jacked up the beer business really is ? Click Here

2 Years Later !

Posted on : 23-12-2010 | By : Nathan | In : General

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They say that hindsight is always 20-20 … and I would be inclined to agree ! It was 2 years ago this week that I decided to sell my majority stake in a server support outsourcing company (ClearLogix Technologies Pvt. Ltd – www.logicsupport.com) that my business partner Vivek and I started in India. It was a tough decision, as we spent 5 years building it from a crazy idea we had into a successful offshore corporation.

We started in a 2 bedroom apartment with a couple part time techs, and upon concluding my tenure we had 50+ full time admins running 24x7x365 at a custom built, fully redundant, office facility. Fighting things like: constant power-outages, internet connectivity loss, oppressive heat were just a few of the interesting variables we had to find solutions to.  We definitely had our fair share of obstacles throughout the 5 years I was involved, but the experiences and lessons learned are priceless.

After flipping through some of the pictures I took during my trips over to India, I am reminded of so many good times I had during my visits. The visits were not all business and everyone in the company went the extra mile to show me what their great country had to offer. Sights and sounds that you could never experience anywhere else in the world really opened my eyes.

I went ahead and created a new image gallery on here to share some of those pictures with you. Please take a look if you get a chance, as you will surely see something of interest. Whether it be elephants in the street, a massive festival, a severely bug-bitten hand, or just picturesque scenery, the India  gallery will give you a little peak into my experiences during the trips.

While I don’t want to go into detail regarding my decision to sell my stake in the company, I will say that the decision was made with a heavy heart and none of it would have come to fruition without Vivek. I miss my business partner Vivek, the friends I made during my visits, and the extraordinary assault on the senses that only India can give you. While the company is in great hands now, I definitely wonder “what if” …

In reference to the hindsight quote earlier, they also say “A good soldier never looks back”, which is especially true in business. So, did the true worth of the business lie in it’s sale, in the lessons learned, the relationships made, or the experiences encountered during the travel ? I would honestly say all of the above !

Unordinary: Ever heard of a flash mob ? If not, check this out !

Ride’n Dirty … Good Luck Guys !

Posted on : 23-05-2010 | By : Nathan | In : General

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In case you didn’t know, I am an avid dirt bike enthusiast ! I may not be one of the faster guys out on the track, but I sure do enjoy myself. It is not all about the racing either, as I enjoy the weekend trips with friends, BSing, camping,  scenery, and everything else. Here is a pic from “The Wolf Pack’s” last outing.

However, there are a couple local guys that make a living doing what they love, riding at the highest possible level of this sport. I have been lucky enough to spend some time with both of them, hanging out and/or riding … which, of course, inevitably led to me making their official web sites.

Charlie “Hotrod” Mullins is from Hamilton Ohio and rides for AmPro Yamaha. He has been in contention for the #1 spot in GNCC Racing for the last couple years and I have a feeling this could be his year. He is also racing the National Enduro Series, where he is currently the points leader. He has won his last 5 races races in a row and is stomping the competition in both GNCC and National Enduro. His entire family is very supportive of him, especially his father (who is blazing fast as well) and fiance. Good luck Hotrod !

Nick Fahringer is the other local pro, from Dayton Ohio. Like myself, he is a graduate of the University of Dayton. I had the pleasure of getting to know Nick when I took one of his 5 hour “riding classes” at Dayton Dirt Riders. He has been riding for factory Husaberg for the last couple of years. He has been steadily improving his results in the National Enduro series (which Hotrod is currently leading) taking numerous podiums throughout the year. He even rand the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) last year in Portugal, where he finished gold in his class ! His father is one heck of a trail rider/racer in his own right, so he gets his skills pretty honestly. Keep up the good work Nick !

Unordinary: My theory on dirt biking is: “If you can’t win, you and your bike better look good on the starting line!” Guess what … I look pretty damn good on the starting line, just ask me ;)

Thanks for stopping by everyone …