Saturday, March 22, 2014

Swollen knee day 2

This morning I'll be taking a bus home to have my knee checked out I'm thinking it is a similar injury to one I had playing soccer in Highschool, with fluid under my knee.

I can't stand on my board with pack without my knee throbbing and aching. Technically I have two weeks before my mileage is void, so I plan to come home in those two weeks, heal up as Jacksonville is not an ideal place I want to be hanging out in injured, I also have a better set of trucks on the way so I will be able to have those set up w/o my mom having to coordinate the care package to a post office, which will just make things simpler. 

I appreciate all of the support so far, I hope that when I get started back that everyone will continue to follow along, as well as in my time home I'll be getting a helmet mirror, to hopefully prevent future injuries like this, and now I know more of less of what I truly need, which will lighten my load some, and make it even easier. 

Thanks Rey Trucks and Darrian Balongie for helping me get the trucks, and to anyone who made a donation so far it is all very appreciated. 

Peace,
Drew 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Crunch time.

Forgive me now for any typos, as I am sitting here writing this on my phone. This is more of a test to see how well it works, and I'll edit it later. 

This morning sitting outside realizing it is almost Friday, two days before I leave for Wilmington, NC it all is becoming so surreal. The exact date of departure is Tuesday March 18, so in 5 days I will be pushing off and start my adventure, #SwitchKickAmerica.

Yestderay I had the pleasure of getting an email informing me that a newspaper wanted to do an article on my story; part of me has been anticipating this, wanting to be able to spread my story through other outlets, but at the same time it had me realizing how soon I really do begin. I can definitely say it's given me butterflies in my stomach, but I am a lot more ready this time around. I look forward to having some photos taken as I leave and getting word out so soon though.

Along with the good news of an interview, I have met an awesome girl named Lydia, who I look forward to keeping up with throughout my trip, I know that talking to her will be a bonus in my days, and help keep my mind at ease. The timing of life sucks with things like this sometimes, but it also can be a test of will and create a true love for each other that nothing could compare too. 

This is why I'm glad I could add her to my support team, she will push me to skate hard daily, and gain that World Record.

Along with having another strong supporter since my last attempt to leave from Atlanta, I have been skating a lot more, reduced my pack load a large amount which is a relief, and the weather is a big improvement from December. Having all of this in mind just puts my me at ease, and I know all I have to get past are the butterflies in my stomach, and get into the rhythm of the trip. 

I plan to have made it to Boston, MA within two months of departure from Wilmington and then start my trip West. 

For now stay tuned, be on the lookout for my face in your local paper, and I look forward what my future has to hold!

Peace, 
Drew 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Whats your personality type?


Favorite world: Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world? This is called Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).


Information: Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning? This is called Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).

 
Decisions: When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).


Structure: In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options? This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).


Your Personality Type: When you decide on your preference in each category, you have your own personality type, which can be expressed as a code with four letters.
  Excerpted with permission from the MBTI® Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®

 I was sitting here tonight thinking about the Myers-Brigg personality test(simplified version above) for some reason. It was something I took in a high school Psychology class, and after reading back over all of it, it made me curious to see the personality types of everyone else. In high school I said I was an ENTJ, today I would definitely say I have an ENTP personality type now.

This is what a Myers-Brigg site says about ENTP;
ENTP
Quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert, and outspoken. Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems. Adept at generating conceptual possibilities and then analyzing them strategically. Good at reading other people. Bored by routine, will seldom do the same thing the same way, apt to turn to one new interest after another.


Finding out what your personality type is can lead to finding the right job, ways to learn, and so much more. If you take ten minutes to read about personality types, and the rest of the Myers-Brigg site you may learn some good stuff!

After you find out your personality type, comment back let me know what you are, I am curious to know!

High Fives & Positive Vibes,

Drew

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A look inside my mind...



I was sitting outside in my hammock before work today, and I got the urge to start righting some of what I was feeling and realized a lot of it was on my trip, and how soon it is approaching.

As the month countdown begins, I once again start to get butterflies in my stomach, thinking of everything to come in the near future, giving up the comforts of a warm house and everything that goes with it, to start an adventure on a longboard; people either call me crazy or doubt me but I won't let them bring me down. The ones that I will listen to are those closest around me, like my Mom, Aunt, and some other great people who have shown nothing but support so far. I look forward to proving all the ones who doubt me wrong, it will be one highlight of the journey.

As for giving up the comforts of home, I have always loved nature so I won't mind being dirty a little longer, or having to sleep in a hammock, which is more comfortable than a bed anyways! I know that all of these nerves will be out of my system once I get the whole routine down, and I can't wait it is going to be a great experience.

So many people ask why I want to do this journey and there are a lot of different reasons and figured I could put some out there. For starters I originally started planning this trip with my recently lost friend Chris, we were going to see all the sites around the US, bomb the fastest hills, and meet rad people. So in part of my heart this is a push for him and I know he will be with me the whole time.

It is also not just a journey to break a Guinness World Record but a journey of great self improvement. I look to come out of this a much healthier person physically, mentally, and spiritually.
I want to be able to show my little brother that if you put your mind to anything it can be done, especially knowing he has a support team too.

A motto I have adopted from the Shralpers Union, operated by a rad dude Noel Korman is
"High Fives and Positive Vibes"

It is a great attitude to live by and I plan to spread my High Fives and Positive Vibes around America.

Peace,
Drew
@SwitchKickinUSA

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Update since Injury!

As you all know or may read before this post I had begun my journey around America starting in Atlanta, GA. About thirty miles in, after some downtown GA sight seeing, and just getting on the beginning of the Silver Comet Trail, I began having some intense stomach pains as well as some other issues. I did not feel right at all, so I called and talked to my mom and she said it would be a good idea if I came home and visited the doctors. So I had to walk the 11 or so miles, direct route to train station in pain and wait 8 hrs for next one home.

After arriving home, I visited the Dr. which I very rarely give in to going so easily unless I'm in pain(I don't trust them). They addressed my digestive issues as well as other stomach problems and gave me medicine to treat everything. As of now I am feeling better, I am watching more closely what I eat, even though I was eating fairly healthy before, and trying to train more and more.

This a.m. I was able to get out and do my first distance push since getting back, I did a short 12 miles right before work and it felt nice being on the Subsonic deck cruising down greenways!

I am now planning to leave near the beginning of March, near the summer solstice to take advantage of those longs days like originally planned. From now until March my main focus is training, training, training. I plan to be fully ready come March and no stomach issues to hold me back!

Thanks again to ENO Hammocks for sponsoring, and I still look forward to hammocking throughout my adventure!

Sorry for the delay, but make sure to stay tuned for an awesome adventure!

Peace,

Drew

@SwitchKickinUSA

Sunday, December 8, 2013

My final days at home

As I sit here watching the Panthers game I figured I would go over what I've been doing as the trip closes in.

First off if you haven't already read, my departure was pushed back to this Friday, as I got the opportunity to make some extra cash for food. I have gotten all the required gear for my trip, some things I got smaller versions of, and some things were added.

I added some extra clothes since this weather lately as been so crazy, and I'd like to be warm when I am just hanging out so I will sacrifice that weight.

My water purifier for example is something I took out and replaced with Aqua Potable Water Purifier drops. These tabs are in small containers and are a lot lighter than the 1 lb. purifier. I also got a 48 oz. Nalgene as you can never have to much water in any outdoor situation.

In my cooking section I added a small circular pill container to hold assorted spices; cayenne, pepper, salt, garlic, thyme, onion powder, and lemon pepper. It is very small and lightweight, pictures to come. Being the cook I am I also had to add a small container of olive oil and hot sauce, as I will have to be able to enhance the bland food while I camp. I also replaced my spork with a Sea to Summit spoon, that's a bit longer and will be better for actually cooking.

I am considering carrying another pair of wheels to just mess around on if I am taking days off and want to slide etc, but that will be a last minute decision most likely.

My pack weight is remaining at around 30 lbs right now, I will try and decrease this where I can then as I get going and see whats used most.

The adventure begins Friday so as always stay tuned!

Peace,
Drew

Saturday, November 30, 2013

T- Minus 7 Days

Departure is nearing closer and with that means crunch time.

I'm working the next six days between departure trying to gain as much extra money as I can. My train leaves Charlotte at 2:45am and gets to Atlanta around 8:30am. The only downfall of working non-stop is losing out on some conditioning, but that won't be a problem once I get going.

Today I went over my gear again and cut out a few things;

-My ENO bugnet which I figured as its in the colder months the bugs will not be as prevalent
-My water purifier; which was 1lb.  I am switching to water droplets.
-I also took out the pot lid to my cookware.

With these things being cut out, I re-weighed my pack with full 2L Camelbak, film equipment, and all my other Gear plus some extra clothing and the total weight came out to 19.8 lbs.
 
A few other things I've gotten done in the past week are add a GoPro mount to my Subsonic GT 40 to allow for some neat shots on my journey.

Skate sail- In progress 

Also, with the help of my mom, we are getting my skate sail, that will function as a brake as well hold my gear under the hammock at night. We are making this from an old tent. #reduce #reuse #recycle

The last things I have to do is visit the local skate shop Wallerbears for some fresh bearings, and wheels.

As always stay tuned, as the adventure is nearly upon us!



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

About Switch Kick America


"A Beginners Guide to Longboarding"

I realized this post was relevant as I am now in crunch time of planning since I have changed the route once again somewhat. I will now be leaving in two weeks by train to Atlanta, Georgia where I will skate the Ladiga trail to Alabama then head to Miami for Ultra-Skate, after Ultra I'll just begin on the East Coast Greenway from the start. Doing all this on my board just shows how longboarding is an awesome sport that you can use as great form of exercise, as well as gain some great thrills.

Which these are probably two of the main reasons I do longboard. I love just pushing for miles and then coming to some good downhill section and bombing it at 40mph, and at the same time pushing up some big hill you only hope the other sides just as good and it's an awesome feeling cresting that big hill.

So, if you're just getting into longboarding, then first things first; You'll need a helmet, and if the thrill factor is what your going for I'd recommend some slide gloves too. Knee pads and elbow pads are always a good idea if your just learning how to slide etc., but they can be bulky and unnecessary once you learn to fall properly.




Setup wise there are so many different options, especially depending on what style of riding you choose to do. For better help on this just check out some of these links that have helped me in the past, or better yet go to your LOCAL shop and get some advice from them. It's always good to support the local stores so maybe one day they'll support you too!

-http://www.muirskate.com/longboard-guide/faq
-http://www.muirskate.com/longboard-guide/
-http://www.daddiesboardshop.com/longboard-skateboard-buyers-guide

But, if your on here to push mile upon mile I'd recommend these sites for much more personalized advice.

-http://whoisadamcolton.com/category/advice/ (My personal favorite, I even followed Adam Coltons pack choice)
-http://pavedwave.myfastforum.org/index.php
-http://www.skatefurther.com/

A little advice from my perspective though;

Find a board that you are comfortable with, this goes for trucks as well. It can take some time to find this stuff too, you're going to have to experiment "it's part of the game" as I like to say. Wheel wise I think that is a solely personal opinion, granted there are better wheels for certain things but its all preference as well.

Gear wise, if your going long distance you have to go light, because not only is it more stress on your legs, but you have less control when your tired. This can lead to becoming off balance which is not safe on a road way with cars (which is an always present danger you must be aware of as well). As for knowing exactly what you need for your desired trip, it just comes down to research and remembering that you don't need a whole lot, base your initial gear list off minimalist camping setups, this will give you a good of what you truly need to survive.

This is one of the main reasons I chose to stay in an ENO Inc. Hammock System for my trip. They offer a setup for any climate and have so many benefits. The weight saved in carrying an ENO system is a good bit compared to a tent, sleeping bag, and a sleeping pad. Some may argue that they can get lighter setups through some type of tent combo, but if so it would be very little difference and my pack will still have more room than the tent filled one. All that being said you can't beat ENO's great prices and even better customer service.

My ENO setup in Uwharrie National Forest
Now my last little bit of info is on conditioning. I feel like everyone has their own type of conditioning especially for distance skating, I personally prefer just skating wherever I can and just make loops around cities etc. Open roads are key because the terrain plays a great factor in building leg strength. As for the distance goes, just find out some good routes with low traffic roads at first and work your way up, it is all about muscle memory. When the end of the workouts start getting tough you just have to find that will from within and the desire to complete your goal, and you will. Lastly the one thing that should be stressed the most is make sure to Stretch; before, during, after, and if you don't know which are good for you here ya go!

-http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1565

Peace Out and cant wait to be skating with some rad skater throughout the US!

-Drew
@SwitchKickinUSA #BeTheMotor #SwitchKickAmerica 



Have you ever hammock camped?

What's your favorite style of Riding?

Got any good stretches you didn't see?

Who will I see at Ultra-Skate?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

GoPro Boomstick

I just recently uploaded a review video to +YouTube of my new homemade +GoPro Boomstick.

The boomstick is an extendable hand-held pole with a +GoPro mount attached to the end. It really allows for some cool angles while longboarding, or really any other activity you want to film.

My homemade boomstick consists of a 3-Piece Monopod, they are typically used to balance guns on while shooting. It also has a +GoPro vented helmet strapped rigged on the end, with a rubberband securing the bottom, and some ductape.

This rig being on a Monopod has many advantages though, because by adding the swivel mounts to +GoPro you can turn the monopd into a tripod like apparatus by staking it in the ground. This allows for some great shots. It also creates very steady film no matter what surface I'm riding on which makes the editing much simpler in the end.

For a better idea of the rig and to see it in action make sure to check out the video below.


The rig itself cost me ZERO dollars to make because I had the stuff lying around my house, but if you would like to make one yourself there are some other cheap alternatives. I saw a extendable paint roller at Walmart for $7 and it had a flat surface on end perfect for the +GoPro flat mount.