ERE Adventuring

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NuncFluens
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ERE Adventuring

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Welcome to my ERE journal. As I have no idea how to write something like this, I'll just go with my gut. If you'd like to know anything you're welcome to ask. I'll try to answer any questions as far as I deem it safe to do so without making myself doxxable.

With that said, I'll run you through my current situation, 10 year, and 20 year plans.

Right now, I'm 31 years old, I live in Germany and am engaged to my high-school (equivalent) sweetheart of 13 years.
I'm working a cushy government-job in IT for 32h/week and have 3x of my yearly expenditures saved.
Outdoor-sports (henceforth called "adventuring") are a big part of my spare time activities and culminate in 2-3 medium-length trips or projects per year.

In 10 years, I'll be 41 years old, still living in Germany and am happily married.
I'd like to still be working my government IT-job for 20h/week and have >= 10x of my yearly expenditures saved.
My expanding freedom will be used to do volunteer and/or badly paid work in the wider adventuring scene.
This can go from selling trail shoes in an outlet-store on the weekends to mountain guiding during the winter months.
Personal adventuring-projects are done several times per year.

In 20 years, I'll be 51 years old, have hopefully moved to a LCOL country (Hungary, Bulgaria) and am still happily married.
I won't have to work for money anymore, so I'll do a combo of homesteading, producing artisanal foodstuffs and my usual adventuring.
I'll own my house and don't worry about money anymore.

That's a very rough overview over how I see it going down.
From here on out, I'd try to use this thread like a diary of sorts, where I try to make plans so the above actually happens.

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Re: ERE Adventuring

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So, let's start this diary right away.

I've identified the following Focus Areas as the most important for reaching the goals in my 10 year plan.
The time horizon for achieving all this is roughly 3 months:

Moving:
  • Cleaning out my old appartment (Decluttering, selling/gifting stuff, getting rid of the appartment).
  • Cleaning out both my fiances basements, so I can put my few remaining possessions there until we find a bigger appartment).
Wedding:
  • Getting a grip on all the legal aspects (we'll do a separation of goods, which is pretty clear-cut in Germany). This includes seeing a lawyer for questions of what's possible (excluding alimony?), setting up the documents and having the signed by a notary.
  • Planning the date, ceremony, evening program (it will be very small, family only). Buying dresses, etc.
Adventuring:
  • Defining a goal to reach by the end of september, a training plan to get there and a training plan to keep some of that fitness during the off-season.
  • Following the training plan. Eating well, doing all the mobility, etc.
  • Going on an organized hike with the Alpine Club to connect with the wider adventuring community (was strictly adventuring solo till now).
Finances:
  • Getting back into the habit of tracking my expenses. Analysing said expenses for potential savings.
And that's about all the big stuff I've identified.
I'll try to give semi-regular updates on all of the above, if some milestones are reached.

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I just scouted the basement and I've got So Much Stuff! When I turned minimalist, I only got rid of about half of my stuff and put the other things out of sight. So I guess I'm an appartment-minimalst/basement-hoarder hybrid, of sorts. The worst offenders after my cursory sweep are 9 guitars, 2 amplifiers, 10+ effects pedals, 3 bikes and all of my snowbording equipment :((( So I guess I'll have a lot to do in the next few weeks. My head is spinning.

On the marriage front, we talked about getting a pre-nup. But that we decide after seeing a lawyer and have him explain all the defaults of the system to us. Costs would be estimated at 2000€ (they scale with net-worth at the time of signing).
Also, the marriage date moved up to this year (father in law might not make it till next year). So everything needs to be handled ASAP. More stress, yey!

NuncFluens
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Quick update:

Right this moment I'm taking a short break from decluttering/minimizing my old appartment. The plan for today is to empty out all dressers and drawers into piles on the floor (not enough boxes), sort through them and categorize them into "sell/gift", "trash" and "keep". Once that is done I should be able to sell off unwanted dressers and the whole "sale" pile over the next few weeks. The "keep" items will be moved into my fiances appartment, so that mine gets emptied out eventually. Since I don't plan on living in the appartment anymore, I'll also start removing all food/clothes/lighting over the next few days. This also means my current fitness routine will have to move from barbell training to kettlebells, which has a nice minimalistic touch to it anyway.

Regarding the marriage, I've researched up- and downsides of the defaults that the law applies without a marriage contract. The biggest downside is that I'll have to pay if my future wife will need care down the road, which worried me quite a bit*. I later found out that in Germany that's the case anyway if we live together though, so we might as well marry anyway and take the upsides with us. We're planning on seeing a lawyer in about 2 weeks, when my fiance will have a week off from work.

(*) It's not that I wouldn't want to do everything I can to help out in that case. But it's a bit unfair that they pay for all the consumers while expecting the savers to pay themselves. "Save up for retirement" they say, but you're always punished if you don't use up your money right away. Oh well.

Other than that, my brand new bike's shifting somehow got stuck, so I'm left with a fixie in 2nd hardest gear in a hilly city until I get around to repairing it, which sucks :(

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That's not what a fixie is, that's a single gear bicycle. You risk getting stronger legs. You'll get used to it and may end up not wanting to go back go gears hahaha.

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Right, the freewheel... Anyway, with great torque comes great knee pain, so I'll have to fix it sooner rather than later and keep my puny legs, I fear :/

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The knee pains means that your seat is way too low for your height

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... for the height of the saddle, that is.

This does come with some caveats though. If volume is high, it can hurt the knees regardless of how strong they are. There's a reason pros ride at 90-110 rpm instead of the more "amateurish" 55-70 "human default" rpm despite the former being cardiovascularly harder. It's to save wear and tear on the joints. (Same reason that long distance runners take shorter but faster steps than recreational/weekend runners. Leg length has a natural oscillation period. Pros push beyond this working harder in order to reduce the impact load from longer steps.)

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yep, gotta watch out for arthritis. work on your cadence.

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Well, no. That's not the reason they ride at higher rpm. They do because it's demonstrated to be more efficient and that matters if you are competing. It's not like elite sport competitions have health as a primary concern anyway. And I've ridden multi-thousand km rides geared 56x15 and I know some other people who also do similar stuff, and I none of us ever had problems with their knees. And what hurts is not even the knees, but the muscles above them.

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i got physical therapy for mild knee arthritis, and besides exercises to balance muscles (hamstrings, glutes, etc, to compensate for overdeveloped quads) i was told to keep the gears light from this point forward (i have a tendency to mash the gears).

entropy is real, and in the end it gets us all :lol:

eta: decent article here: https://www.bicycling.com/training/g200 ... our-knees/

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Wow, a lot has happened in this thread while I was away :p

Anyway, it's not (just) a biking problem. That knee has been whacked for 10 years now, for no apparent reason. It was analyzed with ultrasonic, X-ray and MRT both 10 years ago and in March of 2020. The orthopedist said that nothing is wrong with it that he could see, but maybe I should work on my core and would I like to buy a program from him? :/ After that I started hip and knee mobility, myofascial release self-therapy and (free) core work. In addition I seem to have weak or under-activated glutes, so I started Deadlifting and Squatting again.

With that I worked up to 20km hikes on hilly terrain, at least. But I still can't push the big gears on my bike and neither can I move fast on the uphills when hiking. I guess, after 10 years, this knee is more of a paradox to handle rather than a problem to be solved. And lighter gears with a high cadence definitely help with that.

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Moving: I didn't manage to sort through everything in my old appartment on Wednesday and since I'm at my parents for the weekend, I can't do much right now. They'll drive me back home tomorrow, so we'll move a few things from my old appartment into the current one. My fiance seems to have made some space in the basement, but I will need to verify (lol).

Adventuring: I did a rather hard training-mesocycle up until two weeks ago, that ended just as planned. The celebration hike afterwards led to all the symptoms commonly associated with overtraining, so I didn't fall asleep, didn't stay asleep, was not well rested for 3 days straight. After that I avoided hiking in fear of going back into that dreadful state and biked a bit instead. Now my bike is fucked, and it's actually quite nice to hike at my parents, so I took a 12km hike real quick in the afternoon. Had IT-Band pain on the knee at 7km but managed to stretch it out. Overall it was very nice and invigorating. I think I'm ready to start training again.

Life: Since joining this board I started really thinking about how I want to live. The previous answer of "without having to go to work" was not satisfying anymore, so I'm taking a good hard look at myself while trying a few things. One new thing I tried is DIYing what I can, including food. I'm coming from a semi-elimination diet (long story) right now and adding in factory-foods felt iffy. Now I substitute those with my homemade alternatives. My fiance said the pesto-chicken was the best food I ever cooked, and I really liked the process of it all. So that's definitely something I'd want to do more of.
Also: Sprouting. I was listening to the Rich Roll podcast with Doug Evans today and it seems like sprouts might be my urban-homesteading spirit-veggies. I tried the search function, but there doesn't seem to be a resident sprout expert on these boards, yet. Maybe a niche I can fill. We'll see.

Finance: On the one hand, my tracking of expenses is getting better. On the other hand, more expenses keep coming up. So I'm not quite sure how to handle that right now. ERE-mind says don't go on a week long trip "somewhere in eastern europe" on a whim. My fiance says pretty please. So I guess I'll go. I'll need to find a way to keep the ERE machine going with these kinds of things popping up.
On a more micro-level: I socialized twice this week and both times food was ordered. Now, I hate ordering food because I'm more of a food-as-fuel kinda girl and so the taste (and quality of ingredients) just isn't it for me. Still, you're the weirdo if you don't order and eat with everyone else, so I bit the bullet. Overall I got away with 8€ for a third of my fiances glass-noodles on the first occassion and a serving of fries on the second one, so that was good. I like to think there's a lesson about finding ways to stick to your values while still participating in "normal" society, but maybe I'm just trying to celebrate my stinginess somehow :p

Anyways, I'm tired and should sleep now. Maybe this was a bit incoherent due to that, but it was nice to try a more stream-of-consciousness approach to writing. Bear with me, I'm still trying to find my voice.

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from somewhere eastern europe, welcome to somewhere eastern europe! It's not the most expensive place to travel, you could do much worse. Enjoy your trip!

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