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  1. Right. If I don't force myself to take the time to do this, it's not going to get done. Like I told @Sovalis, challenges sometimes are things we do rather than things we post about. That's been me for the past week and some change. How busy am I? I sat down to type this up at the job yesterday and I got 2 sentences out before getting called away to do more job stuff. I just never got back. Life carries on, though. I've not been able to make mat time like I used to because I don't have OT available anymore to make up for lost productivity I'd get working through my lunch break. So I've set some productivity standards for myself to make sure that the job's cared for, and I haven't been able to manage both those and my writing in time for me to make it out to the mats with a good conscience. Good news is, the writing does persist. I've lost track of how many days exactly I've complied with the goal; I missed some between here and the last time I checked in, but it's still more writing than not and I just finished up my last character bible today. The only thing that's left now is scenes and sequels, I think; that's going to mean a bit of study about how to build this stuff but I'm confident that these will be written out sooner rather than later. I can't help noticing that it's October, and National Novel Writing Month is next month. I don't know if I'll be ready in time, but it's possible. And if I am... well, I dunno. Do I even want to do NaNoWriMo again? Like, given how little patience I have with it overall and with the community at large? I dunno. But, if I was ready in time, that'd be pretty fortuitous timing. Anyway, that's a problem for future Kishi to solve. Right now, I got a job to do.
  2. FWIW, I've always said that challenges are "doing" things rather than "posting" things. If you can't make time for here because you've got stuff to do, that's honestly fine and probably as it should be. Means you're kicking ass and taking names, or alternately that you're busy surviving bad times and need that energy for yourself, and that too is fine. (not the bad times part but the part where you're taking care of yourself). So don't worry about making time for us. It'll come back when it does. We'll be here when you're ready.
  3. Well the fear-mongering is just a thing in the previews; the film itself is actually a lot more sympathetic with its AI characters. And it's a very pretty film; something Edwards does incredibly well is creating these beautiful set pieces and using these to show the scale of the problems that his characters are trying to solve. But rather than creating a world with its issues and characters who will make the choices that he wants them to make naturally, he instead railroads the plot in a way that's really hard to ignore if that part of your brain is interacting with the film. The result, for me, is an emotionally evocative film that has a lot to say, but the moment you try to parse what it's saying is the moment it stops working. * Had to get to the office early today as one of our own is getting a sendoff. No writing to update the goal with yet. Went to Sci-Fi night last night with my friends and we decided to watch Poltergeist. It's a good film for jump scares, and for me, the sheer sense of dread is really effective. But the plot itself is kind of silly and the characters are all heart and no brains, and also whoof, there's some parts that didn't age well at all. Still, any film where the main villain is unbridled capitalism is a good time for me. Also, I never knew it was a Spielberg picture, but once I knew, I was able to find his fingerprints all over the place. Anyway, at the office today. Not sure if I'll be able to get clear of this place in time to make the mats tonight, but it'll just be a repeat of yesterday's class so if it doesn't work out, NBD.
  4. Goal: 20/23 Push training on Saturday was remarkable for a return to doing push ups, albeit with banded assistance. I looked at the amount of eccentric work I was doing and just felt like it was enough. I probably could have done 3x5 regular push ups, but I wanted to be able to do the kind of cadence work that I've been doing, and I wasn't sure that the eccentrics I was doing would give me enough strength, since they're programmed generally to lead to regular repetitions first. Good times, though. Sunday, I got up and out to the mats and did some striking work. Got beat up in sparring, but did manage to stop myself from getting turned about, which was what I wanted. Got home, did some strength work, and then it was off to the cinema to see The Creator, by Gareth Edwards. It's fine. Very pretty. Has a Lot To Say, but doesn't say it very well. I'm definitely more thoughtful about this story than I've been about most in a while, though, so there's that. Anyway, did that and then went to hang with my folks. Stayed with them for a while. It was nice. Today, made it out to BJJ. I was pretty far ahead on the job, and I thought about staying to spar, but I chose to leave since I don't have the OT to rely on anymore and I didn't want to take the chance that I would run out of time to get the requisite amount of actions done on the requisite amount of cases. It worked out fine in the end, though. If I can keep this up, it'd be a good idea to revisit all this and see what I can do. I still have strength work to get done today. It'll be a pull day. Oh, also, didn't write any yesterday, but did write this morning, so, progress continues.
  5. Yes, this. I've been doing something similar with horse stance lately, except that my focus has been more on "rooting" than the strength aspect. (it should start at the relevant bit. I'm sorry if it doesn't; scroll to ~8:29 or so. Or watch the whole thing. I thought it was fun).
  6. Goal: 19/21 Slept in late and didn't make the mats. It was necessary. I'm glad for it. Ran my measurements and found that after an uptick a couple of weeks ago, they're trending back down in the right direction again. I figured out what was going on and was able to correct it, which is always good to be able to say. I was kind of afraid that adjusting my daily calories via MFP per @The Most Loathed would cause me to reverse course; instead, what's happened is a slowdown of my fat loss but in a way that's much more comfortable and, dare I say, sustainable. I've been engrossed in research all afternoon, and basically realized that I don't have a problem to solve with this character as they don't really have a set place in their pantheon, and also I realized that I would be overcommitting to a mythology/metaphysics in a way that I don't really want to. Fortunately, it turns out that the way that I've conceived of this character based on first principles appears to be very recognizably a part of the tradition they're pulled from, although I'd want a diversity reader of some kind to confirm or to tease out some subtleties I might have missed. Anyway, I feel good with the day's work and ready to go as far as resuming character bibles. Today, I shall be going on a ruck and come back to do some kind of pushing work. Last night, I replaced one core move I was doing with another which I think is going to suit me better and help me develop safely and effectively, although it's way too soon to say. Today, rucking will be core work enough.
  7. Goal: 18/20 Goal done! I kind of hit a wall on one of my characters, but it's in a good way. I'm basically trying to figure out their social connections and realizing that I don't really understand them in their place in the pantheon that they're from. The mythology concerning that pantheon is actually kind of fluid, so I could probably get away with a lot, but I want it to feel right, so even though it's not my culture, someone from that culture could look at my work and go, "Oh. Well, he got some things wrong, but it looks... pretty... good, actually?" And there's just not that much else to report. I made it out to the mats for lunch and class was good; focused on headlock defense and then applying those movement fundamentals to the Dogfight position. Job ate up most of my afternoon, but with all the sound and fury coming from on high, I'm pretty much just checked out at this point. I'm wrapping up some last OT and looking forward to a proper couple days off. Sticking to schedule is going to be weird moving forward, since I like getting the writing done early, but then again, I won't be working late for the foreseeable future either, so maybe it's just a wash. The job shrinking back to being an 8-hour only affair is probably going to do me a lot of good.
  8. That sounds amazing. Ever since the first time I tried naan I've thought to myself, this could be a dopeass pizza crust. Sorry to hear that your back is acting up. I've had some shadows of that myself in my lower back, especially after guard-heavy days. I hope you find a way to deal with that and feel better. Is there anything to be done for it? Also, must thank you for turning me on to MFP. I managed to get started on it and integrate my pedometer into it, and now I get to eat all this extra food while being in deficit. You have improved my life, and I thank you for it!
  9. Good plan. A nice low dose of iron to start with. Should be a good test to see how it interacts with all your other obligations and what adjustments would be necessary from there, if any.
  10. Goal: 17/19 Fire gif is because of the turn of the seasons finally coming to my state, and should certainly not be seen as a commentary on how the job is going. Nope. Not at all. Last night wound up being a long walk afterhours from the job, and I didn't make it out to the mats. Not too tore up about it. Monday and Wednesday striking classes are really more about exercise than actually teaching us how to use what we're given, and I got frank with myself last night and admitted that I'm really just not motivated to go. Friday's a sparring class, but I'm already going to BJJ on Fridays around lunch and the sparring class starts before the end of the work day, and while I'm using my lunch break for the one and remaining compliant, it eats enough out of the day that between that and my writing, I'm not giving the job what it needs. Although, to be clear, I don't really know what this job needs anymore. I thought I did, once upon a time, but it's failed to respond often enough to what I thought it needed that I'm willing to admit that I've had to rethink some things and make some adjustments. It remains to be seen if the changes will work, but the past couple weeks have been responsive, so I think I'm on the right track. Today, working on a character bible, I realized that I'd left some of my world-building documentation out of the Snowflake that I was making, so I had to go find that and add it on. I got the chance to see what kind of story I had tried to tell before, and walked away feeling really good about where the story has come since the last couple drafts. And hell, I feel really good about how much work I've done since then to ground these characters and their circumstances in something a bit more real, even as I have to admit that there's a degree of heightened reality that I'm just going to have to make my peace with. I think it'll be fine. It feels right, for now. Tonight should be more mat time, since my Writer Friend should be off on travels elsewhere. I'll get some ruck and upper body work done today, and then I've got some personal errands to run and see to as well. Cool.
  11. Right? But that's apparently what's needed to warm the body up for the kind of hardening I mean to attempt. For this one in particular, yes. But Sanchin is a very unique kata for that. Karate generally prioritizes sharp, snappy movement, while also pushing for absolute precision and control of that movement. Off the top of my head, Rika Usami of Japan is, like, the best exemplar of that kind of thing. So, the way that she does kata is pretty much the gold standard, and as you can see, it's nothing like what I referenced earlier. ETA: I don't actually know if she's a gold-winner, and I don't necessarily know that the way she does it is actually the gold standard. She's a martial artist I was exposed to in my early Bullshido.net days as someone who didn't train for fighting but still accomplished something beautiful, and I kind of imprinted on her for that reason. The earlier comment about how this kata's performance is more normal/striven for vs Sanchin still stands. * Goal: 16/18 Quick one today. Job's on fire. It's not my fault, but I'm caught up in it and I have to weather it. We're at the end of our fiscal year and so we've got certain productivity goals to hit, and I've been dealing with the pressure of that whilst at the same time dealing with issues related to my phone not working like it should. So, yesterday I had to spend catching up from a position of being behind. Not fun. I probably should have worked a bunch more OT last night, but I needed mat time, and fortunately I was able to make that happen. Spent a lot of time working on attacks from diamond, which is an incomplete triangle position. I didn't spar it very well in the situationals after - pretty much every single person I went with either postured up or just stood and waited for my legs to get tired, and I couldn't force them back down. Got tapped once by a lower rank, but otherwise I was able to just out-survive folk, which was fine with me, and there was one gent I went with where my survival postures pretty much put me in places where I could just pass his guard, and I did manage to hit him with a triangle choke. Anyway, that's yesterday. Today is today. Might need to go for a long walk to go pick up some stuff at the Whole Foods, which is good for steps but bad for productivity. Don't know how I'm going to balance the load today. Guess I'll see what happens.
  12. Yeah, flax is not fun. Flaxseed itself might be OK, but TBF I think I've lost my taste for it, if I ever had any at all.
  13. I mean, I'm resigned to the fact that what is not a shitty rushed job is really down to people who aren't me. My work gets checked over by so many people before it clears that it's just not worth my time or my effort to be fussed about how good a job I do. Let those other people earn their paychecks. I got mine. * Goal: 15/17 Ah, man, life feels better when I write. Admittedly, it was last minute and minimal on Sunday, but it carried over into Monday and then today, so it's all good. I'm about done with another character bible at this point, and while it'd be preferable to be done sooner, this is the kind of work that, prior, might have taken weeks or months to get done. Now it's a matter of days, and while it'd be preferable to take less days, well, it's progress still. Better may be possible yet, but I'm not going to let some perfect possible be the enemy of the good I'm doing now. Training has been fine. I did parallel bar jump dips, 5x8 with slowed cadence although not the slowest possible. Takes about a minute to do a full set, and condensing all that work into 10 minutes means reduced rest, which is fine, but wow is that taxing. I approve. Superset that with some kneeling side planks, and was surprised at how much my shoulders talked to me in the midst of that. I wasn't very thoughtful about putting these together, and it may benefit me to be so going forward. Monday I went out to BJJ and worked on fundamentals of movement. Lot of attacks and sweeps from guard when the opponent is making newbie mistakes, and then we did some work on pulling/levering an arm to either take the back, attack a kimura, or get to diamond position, from whence we do more terrible things. I could stand to do more study on my own about these, but I also respect the degree to which I've got a whole lot going on, man. I refuse to castigate myself for that. I also finally heard from my brother, and I have a plan of attack going forward for body hardening. First step is to learn Sanchin, a kind of isometric/isotonic kata that's basically another flavor of hard qigong that is acceptable for the kind of work I will be doing. (the linked video, by the way, is too short to show the full thing, but it's honestly the best example I can find of the kind of tension and quality of movement I want to achieve. Frankly, she's goals to me). Anyway, today is today. Gotta go to the office. Would be good to make the mats tonight, but it'll be a duplicate/refinement of yesterday's class, so it's no biggie if I can't sneak out early. It'll be a Pull day of some kind today too; might end up rucking tonight and might not. Really hard to say. Lots of good possibilities tonight about what's gonna happen.
  14. Yeah, well, that's capitalism for ya. Even in the public sector, we take our organizational cues from the private, meaning that we have unelected, unaccountable lords of our labor who dictate to us what we will do, how we will do it, and how we will be compensated for it. And my coworkers aren't ready or willing or really even able to fight for something better, so this is just what it is. It's a good reminder of the Stoic observation that the only thing in my control is my own rational thinking, and how little that really amounts to. I might have been angry or disappointed once, but the training has been good. I've found my way to dry resignation over the whole thing. It's an improvement, I promise. Yep! Yes, and this is good. Less time to get the job done, however, is gonna be a problem. Nobody who's above me is going to care about the effect of these limitations on my caseload, so, I'm going to have to take responsibility for it myself. Means getting up earlier to get my writing done early as opposed to later/on job time. Thanks, padre. It won't last. It's fiscal year shenanigans combined with budget shenanigans in both our state and federal governments, which is where our fundage comes from. It won't last. See, that's the thing. See my comments to Mistr. They don't think that the workload is unreasonable; they genuinely believe that we can accomplish what we need to on 40 hours a week, even though we all know now that it takes something like 55-60 hours. Hell, there are people in the chain of command who think that they're being too generous to us with our workload as it is that we should be doing more. * Goal: 12/14 No writing the past couple of days. Friday I focused on the job more and made mat time; I could have got the writing done, but I just didn't. Saturday, the folks came to visit me, and we got lunch even as the tropical storm decided to go ahead and rage outside. I never did get the writing done; instead, I heard back from my brother and kind of started down a rabbit hole of research into how to approach the body hardening based on how he explained it. I'm kind of still there, since he said to do "hard qigong," but then told me he'd find video examples to explain what he was talking about and hadn't got back to me. I've been scratching the research itch myself, and I suspect that I've found some of what he's looking for, but I need to confirm. Training's been fine. Think I'm going to go ahead and buy a 30 lb ruck plate and some magnets since I'm about at the limit of what weight I can put in my pack right now. Rucking and inversion work was Friday. Saturday was a Lunge day. Did some Kettlebell Orbit Reverse Lunges, which was fine but I didn't manage some of my transfers very well so my right shoulder's a bit upset with me. Also did some GMB Elements work, which was welcome. Today is today. Got out to the mats this morning and did some good work on striking, but there's more to do as always. I've got plenty of time today to write and exercise, and it sure would be a shame to let it pass me by with nothing done.
  15. Do now! So, I don't do it anymore, but I was doing it once upon a time for grappling. My belief was that I was developing the ability to go without breath for long-enough periods of time that I could out survive certain positions and find my way to better positions. I was also a believer in the central claim that Hof makes, that his breath work is a way to stave off disease and to achieve certain superhuman feats. Neither of these turned out to be true for me. As to the first belief, the ability to go without breathing didn't do anything for me in terms of surviving chokes. My attackers would simply crank harder, and eventually my throat just closed up in a way that I reflexively tapped out. There may have been some other psychological benefits, as I freak out a bit whenever I can't see and I'm worried that I'm about to get hurt, and going without breath for relatively prolonged periods may have been useful as a kind of mental hardening, but so is just the repeat exposure to that position and those circumstances. As to the second belief, his central claim is apparently under enough contention for it to be an unsettled matter in the broader scientific community. Hof, to his credit, does expose himself to scientific scrutiny, but apparently there's not a lot of evidence that the exact response of his body to his training can be replicated in other populations. The studies conducted on other folk basically seem to say that there was some response, but it wasn't the same response in terms of its degree, and the response itself wasn't consistent in the test populations. There's also some medical skepticism as to whether it's even desirable in the first place; inflammation in this way of thinking is seen as a beneficial, appropriate response in the healing process, and stymying that may be inappropriate or otherwise contraindicated in normal folk. OTOH, I want to be careful here. XBlackWidowX has said that she's benefitted from this training, and who am I to come and say that her benefits aren't real or unscientific? And while there may not be enough consistency in the response to sell the method, well, that doesn't mean there's no response. It could just be that some people respond well to this kind of thing, and some people don't, and the only way to know is to give it your own try and see how it works. It's worth pointing out that the Method itself doesn't seem to be innately harmful, and while there are fatalities associated with it, they seem to be related to people attempting it under risky, inappropriate, uncontrolled circumstances which Hof himself warns against. So, you know. tl;dr I don't do it anymore, but give it a shot and see what happens.
  16. Morning walks are a reward I'm hoping for for learning to get up early.
  17. So I gotta ask, how well would you say MFP does in terms of giving you "earned" calories on exercise? Would you say it tracks pretty well or does it give you too much? And does it still work even when you're on a cut? I've been thinking a lot about my energy needs and how they vary day to day and I'm thinking about trying to match my inputs to my outputs beyond "don't eat above this much."
  18. Quick update. Haven't done the goal yet or else I would have led off with that. Last night wound up being a writing night, so I went to visit my friend and did more writing on top of the writing done earlier in the day. Got a complete character bible out of it which puts me at 2/5 for my main cast. I strongly suspect I'm going to have to add some minor characters. They won't require nearly the amount of work I'm putting into my mains, although I'm not 100% certain just how many minor characters I'll need either. At least 2. Maybe more. Just rolling with it at this point. I suppose I could have taken an extra point on that goal for writing twice in a day, but that just didn't feel true to the spirit of the thing and I don't have an external motivator to incentivize me to cheat. So, whatever. I did a good job with my drilling yesterday, at least; better than I have in a while. And my Hinge work was good - suitcase deadlifts with lighter suitcase carries for core work. That was a real smoker, even with only 16 kg. Which demonstrates to me the power of cadence. Even with the limited means at my disposal, I can get good, transferable training that strengthens my joints and makes the most of what I have. I did reach out to my brother like I said I would, but he hasn't got back to me yet, so no changes to put in just yet. He's out on training for his position in the Army and I don't know what the communications policy is in that situation. He either might not be in the headspace to respond, or he might just not be able to respond period. I can respect it either way. But no exciting changes to report yet. Job reported when I logged on this morning that apparently all overtime is canceled next month, so I couldn't work OT even for added leave at this time. OTOH, I don't like that. It'll make the job harder and it's a pay cut, however temporary. But OTOH, I'm kind of relieved. I wouldn't mind a hard stop for a bit. Anyway, that's it for now. I got out to the lunchtime class. Still plan to ruck today, since my strength work is upper body focused and the ruck will be enough for the lower body/core. So that'll happen sometime this afternoon.
  19. Yo, listen, bathroom cleaning is a FREAKING ACCOMPLISHMENT and I felt right with the world the last time I did it back here. Totally valid form of excitement.
  20. That sounds about right, actually. When we drilled it, we wound up supporting our partners rather than them driving in to us, and I didn't receive a lot of drive in the rounds afterward that I can recall. Or if I did, I wasn't strong enough or technical enough to take advantage of it when it happened. - Goal: 11/12 So far, so good. Rucked 2.5 miles yesterday with 36 lbs on my back. Time was in acceptable ranges right now as far as actually being able to do the thing. I'm thinking at this point that I need to get another weight plate; will probably wind up with something in the 30 lb range since I think that's the best I can fit into my backpack's plate sleeve. After that, I'm thinking I'll buy some magnets so that I can stick the 30 and my 20 together for 50 total pounds, which is the goal weight to get to IIRC. And even if it isn't and I need to go heavier, that kind of setup is probably going to be how I add more weight going forward, just because it'll be the most comfortable. Training after was Ring Support Holds superset with Tabletops. Basically, I'm trying to build toward a German Hang, but I don't quite have the mobility for it yet, so I'm starting small and staying humble. I found some progressions to train through to get there, but there's a lot, and I'll basically be at progression standard for the Support Holds way before I'm accomplishing German Hangs. This shouldn't really matter, but I am using that chart I linked way back at the beginning as a way to keep myself proportional and healthy, so that I don't let one area of strength fall out of balance with the other and lead to physical complications. Balance is quite good for health. I took a long walk last night instead of getting out to the mats because I had some stuff I needed to pick up from a farther grocery store for my heart, so I figured I should double up on heart-healthy activities. It was a good walk, and I'm glad I took it, but no mat time. And tonight is questionable as I don't know if my Writing Friend is going to be available or not. Personal training should happen either way, though, so it's not a big deal. Something I'm going to do today as well is I'm going to talk to my bro about what kind of Iron conditioning he does for taking blows as I've been putzing around and researching that stuff and I'm no closer to having a systematized approach than I was when I said this was a project of mine a year ago. I don't consider the time wasted, but it's okay to admit when I don't know what I'm doing, and Brother has made claims that I think are worth testing.
  21. See, we did try that, but what I found was that with my partners I was either too weak or they were too heavy for me to do that. Best I could do was lock down and hold on. I can use similar footwork to deal with mount sometimes to recover to half guard, but best case for me right now is an open half where I'm trying to get a knee shield in place and hinge for space. Worst case, they take my back, but I'm ambivalent about that anyway since I'm pretty good at defending those attacks from white belts and blue belts atm. Still, the fact that I'm bad at it is no reason to flee it or to try not to understand it. I'll just have to work on this as the opportunity arises. * Goal: 10/11 Past couple days have been all right. Job's been kind of a pain - had to go to the office all day yesterday because we have to justify the expense of a building somehow we had to perform for our new branch manager engage in teamwork and comradery every once a month for the good of the unit. They insist on a full day, which meant I was there all day in meetings and doing team-building exercises, although one of these involved watching The Goonies all the way through, so it wasn't all bad. Did get in the way of my writing, but I did some work as far as isolating the character stat block I'm using to build out my bibles, which is going to be a huge timesaver going forward. I used it today to start building out another one of my characters, although she's requiring a bit more research in order to be true to life. I wasn't able to sneak out yesterday to get to the mats. Did do some squatting work on my pistol progression, but wound up cutting it short due to some balance/stability issues. No pain, and I feel fine about the decision; I'm trying to figure out what some of the confounding variables might be and I think it could be that I warmed up maybe a bit too much this time? Maybe? That was the big difference between this time and last, so if I had to pin it to one thing, it'd be that. I actually felt really good overall, though, so I think it's worth it, and I can ease this up a bit with the use of my breath to speed up cadence a touch. Or maybe I won't need to next time? I'll need to hit this a few more times before I can say for sure. Anyway, today is today. Got enough to do to stay busy. Think I'll ruck at some point today and then my upper body work is actually going to be support work of some kind. I generally superset that with pulling mobility work because it just feels right to do that stuff all at once and so far I seem to benefit from it. Dunno what tonight looks like yet as far as mat stuff goes.
  22. Take your time and take your rest. We'll be here when you're ready to carry on.
  23. Yeah, man, that sucks about the meet. The feels get real strong in situations like this. They'll pass, and you'll have a lot of good data to work from when you're ready, but you gotta wait through the feelings until then. There's no hurry. Take all the time you need.
  24. Goal: 8/9 Howdy, y'all! Past couple days have been relatively quiet. I did my OT on Saturday and then just kind of chilled out for the rest of the night. No writing. No reason for it, really. Just a matter of everything else being more interesting than the draft, which happens sometimes. Wasn't productive. Sunday, I got my writing done late at night. Noticed another vicious pattern that I've suspected for a while: I don't like to go to sleep on a day when I haven't written, because it feels like a loss. So I tell myself I'll stay up, but the later I stay up, the more tired I get, and the more tired I get, the more prone I am to doing easier and easier tasks like watching content and convincing myself that when it's over, I'll write then, except by that point I'm more tired and even more prone to easy tasks, and the writing is even harder if I get to it. But I did it. Kept filling out questions until I hit one that my brain just couldn't find an answer for and called it done. Felt good. This morning, I got up and did my writing before the job and got a character bible finished! I don't like the delay, but it feels good to have it done. I'm guessing that the others will be, if not easier, maybe quicker since all I gotta do is repeat the process. Although, then again, who knows what walls I'll hit on my way? I don't. And I won't, until I run into them. Training's been steady and good. Rucked on my Saturday night, and it was a Pull day, so I did Ring Row Eccentrics, 5x(5x12s). This notation indicates what Low calls "cluster reps," which means that I'm doing 5 sets of 1 rep, but that 1 rep is made of a cluster of 5 reps of eccentrics with each rep being 12 seconds from start to finish. At this point, I've lowered the rings from shoulder height a bit and the goal is to continue this volume over time as I lower the rings further and further. I anticipate that at some point it's gonna be too much and I'm going to fail out, at which point I'll start rebuilding to this volume from the new height. Dunno when/if/how that's gonna happen, and I won't know until I get there. Attempting to progress on 10 minutes of training a day is new territory, and this is really where things are going to be kind of scary. It's true even with the leg stuff I mentioned previously too. I think it'll work. But I don't know yet. Sunday training was going off to practice striking. Lots of longer combinations that I don't really know how to memorize and I haven't quite internalized the principles behind them so that I can just improvise on the fly. Just another challenge. I wasn't sure how spritely I was going to feel by the time that training was done, but I came out of it feeling pretty good! So I did some power work. It was a "Lunge" pattern day, so I decided to do jumping Bulgarian split squats. Those were fun - lots of power, lots of rest, low reps. It was plenty in 10 minutes. No ab work to go with it since, again, I figure that the core gets plenty of work just handling the transfer of power throughout the body, but I had to remind myself of that yesterday instead of programming it in. Today's training is Inversion work of some kind. Don't remember if I'm working on pike press or handstand work today, but fortunately I write that stuff down so I don't have to remember.
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