Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Operation Food Search

Spent yesterday afternoon down at Operation Food Search, an area food bank, helping package donated food for distribution.

We worked on Operation Back Pack preparing about 150 "backpacks" for children attending St. Louis public schools to take home on the weekends. During the school week these kids are on subsidized food programs, however on the weekends they don't receive that support. These "backpacks" provide them a source of food during this gap.

We also sorted and re-packaged donations from area grocery stores and collection programs for general distribution. Removing compromised and out-of-date products from the stream, blacking out UPCs, and ensuring that each of the final boxes contained a broad assortment of products: proteins, carbs, fruits, vegetables, etc.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Orienteering Race at Meramec State Park

Ran the red (difficult) course at the St. Louis Orienteering Club's race in Meramec State Park yesterday. While I've done a few adventure races, this was my first official orienteering race. The final results haven't been posted yet, but I think I finished in about 2h 30m. The winner probably finished closer to an hour - so I've got a lot of practice ahead of me if I'm going to start making a decent showing.

Above: My topo map and clue sheet.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Bubba 3 Cyclocross Race at Faust Park

I finished my first cyclocross race on Sunday. I used my mountain bike since I don't own a cyclocross bike yet. It was a lot of fun - and a lot harder than in looks. I finished middle of the pack in the C group. There is a great write up on the Faust Park race on Jeff Yielding's blog - complete with photos and videos.

Results are posted here