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    mark's challenge

    END OF CHALLENGE RESULTS I'm generally happy with February. I was very active throughout the month with a lot of futsal and other sports. I'd like to get back into weight training too and increase my triathlon training but at times I find it difficult to fit in the volume with the other sport I play. Fitness Goals: 1) Swim, bike and run at least once each per week Swim - exactly once per week Bike - missed week 1 and 4 Run - at least once per week, twice in week 1 and 4 Overall I give this a B. I want to get out on the bike more, it's my weakest of the triathlon disciplines. I'm really hap
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    mark's challenge

    February 26 & 27: Life caught up with me a bit over the weekend and the last few days, hence this update is a little bit late. I sliced the bottom of my foot on Friday. Nothing serious, just become painful to put pressure on the ball of my left foot. Was going to bike but took Saturday off instead. Ice skating/hockey and futsal on Sunday. I'll post a summary of the challenge results below in a new post Goals: 1) Swim/bike/run: week four - swim 1, bike 0, run 2 (+ futsal 3, tennis 1, ice skating 1) 2) Flexibility: week four - 1 hour stretching 3) OMFG: level 18 4) Out of bed befo
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    February 25: Long swim this afternoon: 2km in somewhere around 55 minutes, with a moderate amount of rest at times. Little bit frustrating, I felt sluggish for some reason today but not sure why. Goals: 1) Swim/bike/run: week four - swim 1, bike 0, run 2 (+ futsal 2, tennis 1) 2) Flexibility: week four - 1 hour stretching 3) OMFG: level 18 4) Out of bed before 8 AM: 8/12
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    mark's challenge

    February 24: Run this afternoon: 1600 moderate then 3 x (800m in ~3:30, 800m easy) Played tennis for an hour and a half tonight too. It was fun but I haven't played in six months and frustrating to be so rusty; I used to play a lot as a junior. Goals: 1) Swim/bike/run: week four - swim 0, bike 0, run 2 (+ futsal 2, tennis 1) 2) Flexibility: week four - 1 hour stretching 3) OMFG: level 17 (nothing new) 4) Out of bed before 8 AM: 7/11
  5. How's everyone doing? Only a few days left now and squad two has 3 more replies on their thread compared to ours, let's chase them down "Everyone wants to know what I'm on. What am I on? I'm on my bike, busting my ass six hours every day. What are you on?" -- Lance Armstrong (from )
  6. That's pretty rough. I usually try and tell myself that as long as I keep taking action and moving forward, no matter how slow, I'll get there in the end. This is something I'd also like to improve and I agree it can be hard to find a good way to go about it. Maybe something like initiating a conversation with someone you don't know well at least X times per day/week?
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    Thanks mate! It's funny though because on our last run we were both completely cooked by the end so we made a conscious effort to go easier this time, which we did, and somehow we managed to go slightly faster and both felt much better afterwards.
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    mark's challenge

    February 23: Futsal game and 60 minutes stretching. Not much to report other than I'm planning to run some time trials over the next couple of days and see if I can level up on OMFG Goals: 1) Swim/bike/run: week four - swim 0, bike 0, run 1 (+ futsal 2) 2) Flexibility: week four - 1 hour stretching 3) OMFG: level 17 (nothing new) 4) Out of bed before 8 AM: 7/10
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    mark's challenge

    February 21 and 22: Two hours futsal training Monday and today a good run with a friend at uni, 6.4 km in 33.5 mins. Overslept till 10 today for the first time in a while but I was up till 3.30 last night. Goals: 1) Swim/bike/run: week four - swim 0, bike 0, run 1 (+ futsal 1) 2) Flexibility: week four - 0 hour stretching 3) OMFG: level 17 (nothing new) 4) Out of bed before 8 AM: 6/9
  10. 4 hours in the gym! That is quite literally a marathon, or would be if you replaced gym with running... awesome! Thumbs up to the pushups improvement too. Sometimes it's hard to notice changes day to day but to be able to look back and see that you've improved is fantastic! A good beds is so valuable. Hope you can get things sorted in the new location ASAP.
  11. This is great advice in that it hits home to me right now. I've been a bit sore the last few days and done nothing at all. Really, what better chance to spend some time working on flexibility or something else like that? Of course, there's a big difference between "bit sore" in my case and "doctors orders" so don't do anything crazy justicar Also, thanks to you (and wikipedia) I now know much more than I did about the mandolin. How long have you been playing it?
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    mark's challenge

    February 20: Back at it today. Scored 5 goals during futsal this afternoon (woot!) and then played cricket, or more accurately just practised batting and bowling in the nets with my brother for 45 minutes. First time I've done that in ages and it was great. Goals: 1) Swim/bike/run: week three - swim 1, bike 1, run 1 (+ futsal 2, ice skating 1) 2) Flexibility: week three - 1 hour stretching 3) OMFG: level 17 (nothing new) 4) Out of bed before 8 AM: 5/7
  13. That's awesome, well done! Really? The Barmy Army was going strong most of the Ashes that I saw this year. The most memorable one I can recall was "You all come from a convict colony, a convict colony, a convict colony..." Gotta love them
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    mark's challenge

    February 17-19: Not much to add for the last few days. I have a slight tweak is my left hamstring so have just been resting until today when I went to my usual ice skating/hockey lesson. On a positive note I've been out of bed before 8 AM now for four days in a row, which is a big improvement on the first half of this month. Goals: 1) Swim/bike/run: week three - swim 1, bike 1, run 1 (+ futsal 1, ice skating 1) 2) Flexibility: week three - 1 hour stretching 3) OMFG: level 17 (nothing new) 4) Out of bed before 8 AM: 4/6
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