First day I have felt reasonably normal since coming down with a cold on Thursday. So this morning I went with the Sierra Club “Sage” group on a conditioning hike through Whiting Ranch. As this was the first time, I wasn’t sure what sort of trouble I was in for as they advertised this as a “fast” hike and “not for beginners”. By the time the group was exiting Billy Goat Trail I was alone and far ahead at the top of Dreaded Hill. Guess I’m not a beginner.

Ok, I’m slightly jazzed :). Weight is down to 205-210 (from about 235 last May) and I’m down to the last notch on my belt. Never had to buy a smaller belt before. As or more important my fitness level has improved. Got a ways to go, but headed in the right direction.