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  1. So I have been struggling on my challenges for a few years(understatement), but I thought deeply and realized what made me really happy when I was most active on NF around 2015. It was a rucking PVP. Taking this knowledge and what I need to do to improve myself I enrolled in the weight loss PVP for the next 10 weeks. I am right above 170lbs and would like to get below 160lbs by Memorial Day weekend, specifically Saturday May 29th. I leave for a week long vacation in the Florida Keys and am staying on the water and will be bringing my boat. I think that whole week will be spent fishing, snorkeling, spearing, swimming, boozing, and eating fish. So obviously my one goal is to lose some weight. I also need to exercise daily. Yes daily, no rest days. Every day will include a 30-45 minute ruck(more if I am up for it). After the ruck I will lift Mon/Wed/Fri and then run Tues/Thurs/Sat. Sunday is going to be a hard 2 miler since one of my goals this year is to get that sub 6:30 pace. Each workout is followed by my stretching routine. I need to seriously restart my eating habits. I have been pretty good the past couple weeks but now need to crack down. I meal prep for work and do great during the week, but the weekend is the put it all back time. So I am going to attempt to eat only whole foods with a lot of veggies. I already am there 5 days a week. Also as far as alcohol goes, no more IPA's and thick bois. I need to stick with mixed drinks, wine, and white claws/ultras. I also need to limit myself to Friday and Saturday only, as well as 2-3 on each of those days. Maybe I will try something where I can have 3 or 4 drinks per weekend. I'll play with it. Goals: Weigh under 160lbs Ruck 100 miles Run 50 miles Continue to hit my 2021 goals
  2. I pretty much gave up last challenge and ate So last challenge I did two GORUCKS and then really just sat around and ate. two years a go my pre IRONMAN Texas race weight was 163lbs. Up until a few months a go I have stayed down in the 165's or so. That has recently gone way off the charts though. This morning I was 175lbs. That being said I know a lot of it is sodium but I still have gained close to 10lbs I am guessing. It is not helping that my In Laws are here until Sunday and we are drinking and eating out every night. I can try to use that excuse but last nights burger and brownie sundae were my choice as opposed to a salad. The Delerium Red on draft was excellent though and I have never seen that. So for this challenge I would like to get under 163lbs, yes lose 12lbs in 5 weeks. Keep in mind though I should drop 3-5 quickly due to sodium. I also have two other minor goals, WOD daily, and eat paleo clean(this will be how I lose the weight). Lose 12 lbs WOD daily(includes stretching) Eat Paleo I do have a GORUCK heavy in 3 months so my WODs will be a 3 day rotation. Lift Recovery(swimming usually) Ruck, and possible light WOD That is about it for me. Kicking this off today 6/25.
  3. I have been planning on making a battle log for a while now. I have been in and out of the challenges for 3 or 4 years now. I have enjoyed them but I think for now I am done with them. I used to be bigger into lifting and rucking and then shifted into the world of IRONMAN. In 2017/2018 I finished two full IRONMANs struggled through a couple of GORUCK challenges and generally was not too happy with my fitness. This past year(2018) I have kind of been lazy and not focused much on a goal, I did a few sprint triathlons and a GORUCK light. For 2019 my new game plan is to hit the triathlon disciplines pretty hard while maintaining rucking and beginning a new linear lifting progression. In general I want to become stronger, fast, quicker, and improve my flexibility. I want to achieve a WOD daily with stretching. I have always followed a mostly 80/20 healthy eating regiment. I find this is not really good for me, I like to eat healthy during the week and then I would do an 80-100 mile bike ride on Saturday which would be followed by binge eating then usually a night of binge drinking. Sunday would be a "refeed" day. In order to really achieve what I am hoping for I need to follow a 100% healthy eating rule and maybe see it slip into the 99/1 range. I have a large amount of goal distances and weights I am shooting for. I won't post them until I achieve them. Same goes for other(mental)aspects of my year. For now I have a GORUCK light scheduled in two weeks, a tough/light in may, and a heavy in September. Tri's are just some sprints and a tune up half IRONMAN in march. I do want to get my "A" race sometime in the late fall for the half distance. I have no intentions of doing a full this year, that is for sure. I will post some book reviews as I finish them since I have reading goals as well as any other aspects of my hobbies that I feel like(gardening, cars, fishing, etc).
  4. So I signed up for a GORUCK Heavy in January. I need to get rucking, miles on my feet as well as build muscle while losing fat. For those that do not know what this is, here is the description from the website: So with a pack loaded with a 30lb weight plus water and food/gear we will travel around 40 miles in 24 hours. All lead by a special forces Cadre. Sounds fun right. Leading up to it I have a back to back regular Challenge and Light in October, as well as two sprint triathlons in September and October. Goals for this challenge: Get working out - mornings of weights and cardio(long or sprints), afternoons swimming for fun. Get my diet and food choices down. When selecting dinner think about the fact I will be working out in the morning. This includes drinking. Keep up my Duolingo(I try to finish two modules or crowns in French and Spanish during weekdays. On weekends just hit my 20 minute goal) Reading, podcasting, audible as usual.
  5. So I have decided to sign up for a GORUCK HTL. This is dumb, but man it is going to be fun. Ok a little information on this event. https://www.goruck.com/htl/ "A GORUCK Heavy - all 24+ hours of it - is a significant religious experience. Upon completion, the last thing your body will want is more. And yet, if you have that fire in your belly, it craves more kindling. So you’ll get little to no sleep as you dry your feet out and eat as many calories, preferably hot, as a human body can endure. You’ll set your alarm for when, not if, you fall asleep, wherever it’s dry. And when you wake up, you’ll toe the line at the Tough. These are the bad decisions we make in life, and they’re not for the faint of heart." I think to have any shot at finishing this is what needs to be done: Training Most important, if my feet are not ready I will not be able to do the mileage. I need to get used to really heavy stuff on my back for long distance. I need to improve my upper body strength. Nutrition Limit alcohol. No more drinking a bunch of beer or boozing on the wine. Eat Plaeo. I have a few more things that are low carb and not paleo to finish off before I transition to 100% paleo. Bacon is not paleo. Bacon is not paleo. Bacon is not paleo. Neither is sausage. Substitutions/Chaoices. I will go out to eat, I am married and it happens. When I go out to eat I will make smart choices, passing on tacos and getting just fajita veggies and meats is a great choice. Just keep telling myself this. Track 100% of my intake. When eating out make my best guestimate. I tracked 365 days in 2015 and 2017, I know what food weighs what. Sleep 7-9 hours a night. No excuses unless I am training overnight. Stretching Daily - no excuses. I have been hitting every other day, no more! Also in later challenges I will add yoga. Crucial for recovery. If I don't stretch properly I don't heal. Reading Physical being is important, mental is more. You can somewhat "grey-man" events but you need a mental toughness to make it through. Extortion 17. That is the theme for this event, there are numerous books about it on amazon, I plan to read one or more. So I am deciding to train for the Jacksonville FL HTL on August 10th of this year. Extortion 17 is the theme to honor 17 seals who died. I have time but I need to use it wisely and today I start. I have written out a workout/training plan for the rest of the month and I will update this with my training and eating.
  6. This time around I am settled in Florida and ready to commit to a challenge. I know I know, this sounds like a broken record the past few challenges. This time I am serious! A big issue is I have a GORUCK Challenge in a week from Friday on the 28th. I have been rucking but I have not been lifting much. I am going to break this challenge into some themes for catching JAWS and assign point values to the categories. Boat In order to catch JAWS I need to have a solid boat. For me this will be my daily home habits. Things like taking the trash out, doing dishes, etc. Some are daily some are weekly on specific days, I track them in habitica so nothing new. Each day I do all of my dailies I earn 5 points. If I do the unpack 15 minutes daily I get a bonus 2 points since I need to finish off unpacking. Strength and Endurance In order to battle JAWS and reel her in I need to build strength and Endurance. To earn points here I will workout daily, 3 rucks and 3 lifts per week with a rest day. Daily sit ups, push ups and stretching included. 10 points for all finished and 2 points bonus for stretching. Bait My Cats, I have a smaller house now and I really need to scoop the poop twice daily. Also they need some food and water and occasional brushing. Daily get them all done, 5 points. Keeping it Together Random tasks. 1 point each, try to do at least one daily. Things like fixing house stuff/boat stuff etc. Food/Drink Each day I don't drink alcohol is 2 points. Each day I eat correctly(2k calories < 100 grams of carbs and one day a week at 150 grams) is 1 point. That is it, each day is potentially worth 27 points + additional random tasks. 33 days counting today. That means I could max at at least 891 points. I am really hoping to just see what percentage I can get of possible points. Obviously the higher the better but I would think 80% would be passing.
  7. So in my last challenge I noticed some interesting things about my habits. I have noticed whenever I over eat or drink, I do the other one. So if I would have a bad lunch at work, it was followed by drinking in the evening, or if I had a drink in the evening I would eat some shitty food and miss my calorie goals. It seems like I have a defeatist attitude for the day as soon as I mess one thing up. Now that I have identified this I am going to hopefully correct it. For this challenge I am going to attempt to continue to eat properly(2,000 calories and < 100 grams of carbs), really cut out drinking(I can think of one event this challenge where I will drink), and focus on having productive days. If I mess up at lunch or during the day, I need to suck it up and continue down doing what I need to do. Each day I will post what I did that day, what I am doing tomorrow, and what roadblocks/problems I had. I also hope to hit smaller weekly chore tasks I assign each week.
  8. OK Nerds, for this one I am going to be traveling all over the world attempting to fight opponents. For this challenge I am assigning some taks to each fighter and if I can achieve a certain % of tasks completed I win! Let's get started. Zangief Zangief is going to be the tasks of lifting 3 times a week, although I will have 1-2 off around an event(talked about later). As well in order to get strong he doesn't drink...much, I mean he is russian. So I will only be drinking light beer one night a week. I have to fit it into my calorie goals as well Blanca Blanca is a sort of cat man. In order to beat Blanca I need to hit litter boxes, feeding and brushing my cats daily as scheduled. In addition Moo needs to finish her antibiotic. Also adding my fish cleaning/feeding to this since I am sure Blanca will eat them given the chance. E Honda E Honda is going to be my battle against my hobbies. I am trying to get some time on a hobby every night and they very greatly. I choose him since Wednesday nights is car time and his name is Honda. Lame but that is the best I can come up with. Dhalsim Dhalsim is pretty damn limber if you have every played these games. I guess he is going to be my stretching daily, and Yoga twice a week challenge. I won't be breathing fire though. Ryu Ryu is the definitive player IMO. He is likely focused and spends every waking moment crafting his abilities. I am going to defeat him by doing my Duolingo, Code Academy, and robotics tutorials daily, and in the case of robotics as scheduled. Guile Guile is going to be my cardio workouts/rucking. Obviously for the rucking part and I felt like I could lump the others in there with him. Vega Vega has abs. I want abs. Vega is my calorie battle. Saget Saget is kind of jacked but also a muay thai fighter. I will defeat him by hitting my body weight exercises daily. Balrog Balrog is my domestic rangering. I find it funny to choose him so there he is. Dishes, laundry and picking up. M Bison M Bison is really my boss battle. He will be back to back GORUCK Challenge and Light on 1/14 and 1/15. It is going to be tough and I have no idea what the weather is going to throw at me this far out. That is all I have for now. I may add another fighter or two.
  9. So after about 6 weeks of sloth and vacation I need to get my act back together. I have since gained about 5-6 lbs so losing those and continuing to try to find visible abs is a goal. I have a GORUCK Light on 12/10 and then a back to back Light/Tough on 1/13-1/14. I really did not want to do these but they are the MLK themed ones and he was such a great man I figure I could endure the cold for him. I have IRONMAN Texas 4/22 and I just signed up for EAGLEMAN in June since it will be my sisters first half IRONMAN. So for this challenge I am really trying to focus on what I put in my body, as well as my daily training. For now I am sticking to 2,200 calories, low carb, paleo with dairy and no drinking. Unlike training for the last IRONMAN I am going to try to do less volume and get my body in better physical shape. I am focusing on strength and flexibility. I struggled a lot running longer distances with my body breaking down this past summer and I want to run more often with shorter distances now. I will be focusing 100% on stretching daily as well as appropriate foam rolling and Yoga two days a week.
  10. Second verse same as the first! Well, almost the same at least. My GORUCK event is on November 11. I would like to not feel like dying during most of the event, so that is what my training plan is geared toward in the next few weeks. Goal 1. Condition 8 conditioning sessions prior to the GORUCK Goal 2. Ruck 4 stadium runs, hikes, or weighted walks that are at least 3 miles prior to the GORUCK Goal 3. Diaphragmatic Breathing 20 diaphragmatic breathing sessions, try to create a habit around bedtime. Goal 4. Clean 20 sessions of 20 minutes of cleaning or tidying related activities While Goals 1 and 2 will be finished by the time the challenge is half over, that is ok! I am looking forward to the event being over before it has even begun... hahah! Once this training chunk is over, I think I want to focus on lifting and yoga balances/movement control. So by the end of the challenge, I hope to be on track with a new lifting program. For the cleaning, I may try to follow some kind of online step-by-step thing like Flylady or take parts of different things to try to get on track. If I work to spend more time making my home into a place I actually want to be, maybe I can actually feel a bit more relaxed when I am home instead of feeling kind of stressed by all the mess. PLAN October 24-October 30: 2-3 conditioning sessions, 2 ruck, 1 gymnastics practice October 31-November 6: 2-3 conditioning sessions, 2 ruck, 1 gymnastics practice November 7-November 13: 2 lighter cardio/conditioning sessions, 1 light ruck or long walk, no gymnastics November 14-November 20: consider starting a lifting program! lift 2x and yoga 2x, gymnastics 1x November 21-November 27: lift 3x, gymnastics 2x, yoga if there is time
  11. The lions sing and the hills take flight. The moon by day, and the sun by night. Blind woman, deaf man, jackdaw fool. Let the Lord of Chaos rule. Aiyaa. I must hate myself. There's 47 different POV characters in this book, and the prologue is 30K words. But, lots of cool things happen here. Can't deny that. Anyway, the month's work is cut out for me. NaNoWriMo is up in about a week, and I got a GoRuck to perform. We're coming down to the wire in terms of how prepared we're going to be for that (and by we, I mean me. I'm sure @RisenPhoenix has this in hand). So, let's set the pieces on the board. One more dance along the razor's edge finished. Almost dead yesterday, maybe dead tomorrow, but alive, gloriously alive, today. Rand is an appropriate training stand-in again. He winds up wanting to build a school for men who can Channel, which is a thing not seen for thousands of years since the men who can do magic in this setting wind up going wildly, destructively mad. Still, his rationale makes sense - if the world's going to end soon, nobody's gonna live long enough for that to happen, and he might as well face it with as many allies as he can make. Fortunately, my circumstances are far less severe. But training is training, so training I shall do. We are going to tickle some Aes Sedai under the chin, rescue a mule, and put a snip-nosed girl on the Lion Throne. Oh, yes. That’s Aviendha. Don’t look at her crosswise, or she’ll try to cut your throat and probably slit her own by mistake. Two quotes for this guy? I didn't mean to, but the picture's too good and the cropped version of it is through the Wiki just doesn't play nicely with the code here. But it's appropriate anyway. Mat is the Writing Goal for this challenge. Yes. This is because he is going to tell a big story that's going to be very important toward the end of everything. And he can't stop talking. I cannot tell you the weather will be what it should tomorrow. I can tell you that Perrin and I will do what needs to be done, whatever can be done. And I don’t need to tell you that you will take what each day brings, whatever it is, and be ready to face the next. That is the kind of people the Two Rivers breeds. That is who you are. So, I've been dillydallying about with my money, which I shouldn't have been on account of the fact that this money has purpose and reason. I need to fix that. I have the tools I need to set it all up so that everything comes out automatically, without me having to even think of it. I have my savings account set, and my car payment set. But I still need to arrange my student loans, which means I have a few different difficult phone calls to make, as well as getting my credit card set up to be paid for. It feels like a difficult thing to do because it feels like what I'm doing is signing away a lot of money... but it's not that bad. And that's the point of it anyway. Student loans and credit card. Three lines I need to set up. One per week. That should do it. And while I'm at it, let's see if I can get some of the extra things coming out to not come out anymore. What is too absurd to believe is believed because it is too absurd to be a lie. Egwene Al'Vere is a young woman who once thought she would marry Rand. That didn't turn out to be true. There were much bigger things for her than that. Anyway, she's the reading goal. Which feels small - she's a real badass, actually - but then I remember what I'm reading, and suddenly I can live with it. 0 Week to warm up and we'll go from there.
  12. JAPAN! So for part of this adventure I will be traveling to Japan for a 12 day vacation(11/1 - 11/12). I plan on doing some fitness there and tracking all the walking I plan on doing with my garmin. I will also be posting heavy on here with photos. IRONMAN Maryland did not go well. The swim was cancelled and the bike was only 100 miles. The run was partially through water. Because of this we are now signed up for IRONMAN Texas on 4/22. I need to keep training the 3 disciplines of triathlon whether I would like to or not so that I can finish there. I do plan on not training nearly as hard since I felt Maryland was pretty easy. I did a GORUCK Light a few weeks ago and remembered how fun that was. I am thinking of doing the prohibition light on 12/2 and then the MLK back to back in January. End goal would be a heavy sometime this summer. Goals through the end of this Challenge: Miniatures(Tau Squad) Cut out legs Base legs Cut out missile arrays Base missile arrays Fish(12 gallon future reef) Assemble water filter Hang water filter Connect drain to waterline Connect filter to waterline Cut out egg crate Rinse rocks Test run rocks Aquarium on shelf Test all hardware Cars Clean EVO exterior Clean Mazda interior windshield Mazda oil change Mazda gear oil Miata inspected EVO cat change Deck Finish lower section framing Finish nailing beams Chalk line Cut beams Assemble outer ledger Frame stair area Clothes Clean out dresser Finish the corner of shelves area Magic Try to find a box of Kaladesh for $90(I know this is not in my control but I need to check pricing often) Reading Finish two current walking dead books Finish the two most current walking dead books Finish short story sci fi book Finish Dive book As far as Fitness and Food goes. I am going to start lifting again doing linear progression starting very light, Swimming mon-fri, and then throwing in a ruck on Saturdays and run/bike on tues/thurs. Food is going to be between 2,000 and 2,200 Calories daily, No drinking at home, and not eating like a pig in Japan. I do attempt to keep carbs low <100g and no sugar sources or grains. I have been on a non stop gorge since 10/1, gained easily 4-5 lbs and need to get back on track big time.
  13. The priority and focus of the following 8 weeks will be on preparing for the GORUCK tough challenge we're doing for @RisenPhoenix's 30th birthday on November 11. My strength is there but my endurance and conditioning is woeful, so I'll need this time to get my butt in gear. I anticipate the colder temperature to make this a lot more mentally grueling for me so my body better be as ready as possible to keep the loads lighter. I'll still get some gymnastics in and may continue lifting heavy, but only if it means I can still manage the other workouts I've slated for myself. Goal 1. Condition 10 conditioning sessions this challenge (mostly should be taken from the prep workouts and should have cardio components) Goal 2. Ruck 6 stadium runs, hikes, or weighted walks that are at least 3 miles Goal 3. Diaphragmatic Breathing 16 diaphragmatic breathing sessions Goal 4. Clean 20 days with at least one counter cleared before bed The other two goals -- breathing and cleaning -- are not directly related to that particular physical challenge, but will help me overall. I've got some hip/back/pelvic floor dysfunction that diaphragmatic breathing is purported to help with so there is no harm in trying it out. And a clean kitchen makes a happier cook, so I am focusing on making the space nicer/more accessible to remove barriers to cooking when I am tired or otherwise not feeling it. Let's kick it~ Here's some crazy gymnastics shit just to remind you of my true passions with this suspiciously ranger-like challenge.
  14. So I got to Camp Nerd Fitness early, even though I'm not a helper, and trying to be helpful. While waiting to be helpful, I figured I'd toss up my thread since I know what's going on. In two months, November 11th, I have a GORUCK challenge. How much training have I done for it you ask? Precious little. On top of that I want to test for first kyu in December. And on top of THAT I recently hit my fabled goal of a stable 200 pounds, so I want to try and transition my diet to a much more reasonable maintenance level. So how to approach these things: 1) GORUCK training 3 times a week. @raptron pointed out the GORUCK challenges have a 6 week training course. They assume you do nothing but train for this, so it's a bit crazy. I'll grab two of its workouts each week (or merge some together and create two), and then Wednesday at November Project ruck instead of whatever workout they do. I also aim to over train, rucking probably 45-50 pounds / 8-10 bricks instead of just six. Make those six bricks feel crazy light. 2) Ikkyu Prep The general consensus at the dojo is I'm going to breeze through the exam. My only (loose) barrier is I need to acquire 90ish hours more before I can test. At the moment, I'm unemployed still, so I can train ALL THE TIME. And if I do get a job, I have plans to still get a good chunk of hours in. So the goal is to get 10 hours a week. That's both classes on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, plus another two hours between Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Very doable. That said, I may have a goal of asking Sensei to test even if I fall short, because everyone says he would tell me I can test. But let's try to get the hours first. 3) Mostly Primal i recently realized my body stabilized at 200 pounds. It's a goal I've had since I started here at NF, and the few times I've seen the number it's been fleeting. I spent the last week pretty solidly at 200-point-change that I'm okay with calling it a win. So time to up my food intake and see what happens. Few plots for this -Going mostly primal. So meat, veggies, fruit, some yogurt and cheese. -Starchy sides like rice, lentils, quinoa are allowed but only twice a week. -No weight measurement during the challenge. Just before and after. But keep measurement of my gut. -No calorie counting. I can estimate fine these days, so let's try to not go crazy there. And that's it. Simple, busy challenge. Starting immediately after CNF. Huzzah!
  15. Not much going on this challenge in terms of nerd content and games. Sorry no zombies or neighbors to be saved. I took last challenge off and hit kind of a meh period, had a lovely bike wreck and luckily did not break anything(going 18 MPH and the wheel snapped all the way to the left suddenly) but suffered some nice road rash and some general poopy attitude about being so sore and missing workouts. 2 weeks afterwards I was pretty much pain free. I am now only 2 weeks out from my IRONMAN so number one focus is training/diet. I am going to continue my old method of posting daily habits and chores and just marking off what I do and grading myself based on the progress made. After 10/1 I am unsure where my challenge will head but there will be a recomp of goals and sort of a new challenge inside this challenge. I originally thought I was going to continue this long distance thing and go even further(double or triple IRONMAN next October) but recently I am deciding it is not really for me. I am likely going to do sprint Tri's and get much more back into lifting/rucking, I may even pick up rollerblading(tricks on rails and jumping stairs) again. One other big thing recently is I am down 25lbs just about. I have started bagging up my current clothing(style would be best described as Hobo) for donation and have purchased some really nice clothing that fits properly. First day at work I was asked where my interview is so I know I am looking good. I am starting to feel strongly about dressing nicely as a part of feeling good. I'll post crash pictures later.
  16. Doctorake's Final Fantasy In coming off my last challenge I wanted to try something more weekly based as opposed to a daily list of stuff that had really been stressing me out. I want the ability to take a day where I ignore some stuff and not have a penalty because of it. So here I am needing to restore the four crystals and bring balance back into my world. I will have a daily battle and update the day after like I usually do. I will log my 4 areas of focus and see how high of a % I can renew each crystal. Earth Crystal The Earth Crystal will be recharged based on my workouts, lifting, body weight exercises, and my stretching. This is a 7 days a week deal for me and I would like to go 100%, I will not beat myself up though over injuries or anything else. Fire Crystal The Fire Crystal will be recharged based on working on my deck, yard, and house work. Hoping to get 5 days a week and no task is too small. Water Crystal The Water Crystal will be recharged based on my intake. This will be alcohol, food and pills(vitamins/creatine). This one also needs to be 7 days a week. I am currently on day 5 of no drinking for 30 days(Wife challenged me) and am likely going to continue it until IRONMAN Maryland(10/1). Air Crystal The Air Crystal will be recharged based on my hobbies. This will be any of my exciting hobbies I have been neglecting. This may include but is not limited to; aquariums, nerd room, woodworking, magic cards, ardiuno, welding, etc. I am hoping for 3 days a week on this one but could do even more if I manage my time better.
  17. LOADED CARRIES: 4 events with extra weight [x] Murph RX [x] GORUCK Tough [x] Lift Up Autism [ ] SLEEP: Bed before 2300. Track sleep with Sleep Cycle App. READ: Read all required schoolwork by Saturday. Finish reading The Hybrid Athlete.
  18. ZOMBIES ATE MY RANGERS CHALLENGE! For those that do not know, this was an amazing game originally for the SNES system in which you would adventure through levels 1 or 2 players and gain items/weapons while attempting to save your neighbors. You could die by losing health or by losing all 10 neighbors. I loved playing it as a kid and really need to put it on my retro pie when I get a chance. So I will start with 10 lucky Neighbors/Rangers to be saving. Neighbors: @raptron @Tanktimus the Encourager @DJtrippyT @Jarric @Lifter5 @WorldSparrow @Rinna @Artemis1 @sozzielou @Rurik Harrgath @Thom Ulfhedinn @Sloth the Enduring @Xena @mr_willes @maegs @Rebel Five @bker1370 How Rangers die, simple, I miss doing things I am supposed to be doing in my training and life. Groupings: pills/stretching - miss either each day 2 dead Rangers. lifts/pulls/workouts - miss any each day 1 dead Ranger. low carb/no drinking/correct calories - mess each day and 1 dead Ranger. daily habits - more than 2 missed 1 dead Ranger. So pretty much if I miss a day of taking my pills or stretching, I kill two of you guys. I made this one so harsh because it is so simple to do, there is really no reason to miss a day. Missing a workout, pull ups, lifting etc. One of you are zombie food. This is pretty simple to understand. Injuries will be given special treatment, excuses will not. Caloric intake. I need to lower my carbs to less than 100 per day(some special considerations may apply, not excuses). Absolutely no alcohol unless I am at a special event, and then keep it low calorie/low carb. My calorie limit is 2,600 per day, super heavy training days it may be slightly pushed up, but is not an excuse to go to 7k calories. Any of these messed up in a day results in a dead Ranger. My daily habits are pretty simple, things I should be doing any ways. I can miss up to 2 a day, special considerations when I have things like work all day then a late hockey game I go straight to. More than 2 missed in a day though and one of you guys die. Chores: none - 1 dead Pretty much get at least one thing off my chore list done per day at least. If I fail without a seriously legit reason then one of you die. How to earn bonus Ranger: 3 days of all dailies - 1 bonus Ranger 5 days of lift/pull/workout - 1 bonus Ranger 5 days of pills/stretching - 1 bonus Ranger I can earn up to a max of 20 Rangers. Bonus items: 5 guys cheeseburger 5 guys cheeseburger Chipotle bowl(no rice/wrap) Thai bowl(no rice, 4 buddies) Chipotle bowl(no rice/wrap) Thai bowl(no rice, 4 buddies) wings(3 wings) wings(3 wings) Wegmans Pizza slice Wegmans Pizza slice Pretty much for each bonus item task completed I roll a D10 and get the coresponding item. All food bonuses must fit inside of the intake criteria for the day(calories/carbs). Bonus items disappear once received and a reroll will be added to their slot. Bonus item tasks: Notch all posts on deck Finish all beams Finish framing Finish setting up filter Finish setting up 12 gallon Finish building 75 gallon stand Clean entire Nerd Room Organize minis Organize an entire set of MTG 7 days of healthy intake 7 days of exercise 7 days of stretching/pills SUPER MEGA BONUSES: Finish with X Rangers: 20 neighbors: Rib Eye/Shrimp and a nice low carb side, then go ruck 5 miles with 20lbs 15-19 neighbors: Go buy a new fishing rod/reel 10-15 neighbors: Have a nice dinner out wherever you want 9: Not amazing, Buy something small fish tank related 8: Not too good, open 2 magic boosters 7: Average, you get nothing < 7: You suck, go RUCK 10 miles At 30 lbs That is it, hopefully I can keep everyone alive!
  19. And so it begins again.... The boring backstory Main Over-arching Goal: My goal is still to lose bodyfat and gain strength. I still haven't been to Onederland but my ultimate goal is somewhere over that rainbow. Main goal for this challenge: The main goal for this challenge is to prepare for the GoRuck next month. I also have no time to waste this summer so I want to enjoy every minute of it. I really liked the structure of my last challenge. I'll continue tracking 6 core goals that all work together for success though each one may be tracked a little differently. I've mapped out the challenge and out of the 33 days (since my challenge starts today) I am travelling for 11 of them. I do like the idea of strictly tracking my compliance on the core goals regardless of what life is going on but I did modify them this time to make sure that my goals match my actual expectations. In addition to the travel schedule, I also realized last challenge that I need a day off. My current standard rest day is on Monday only because I am so busy that I don't usually have time to get a workout in. Well then I don't really have time to rest and enjoy my time either. I made a list last challenge consisting of how I want to spend the summer and I need to have time to get to those activities. So I've scheduled in another rest day that could very well end up being a pretty active day but I'll be free to spend quality time with the family instead of putting the gym before them... the same with my summer hobbies. Ruck Like a (Badass) Girl (STA) I need to ruck more, a lot more. I've had side goals for the past several challenges to do Ruck WODs and I've only done 1. Now it is a necessity. I've decided to get 2 rucks in a week at minimum. No distance requirements but I'll be keeping track and trying to increase the distance or work on speed. I find it really difficult to hit the 15 min mile benchmark without doing a bit of running. The plan: Ruck 2x week. Any distance, increase speed each time, Each ruck counts as 1 pt 4 Rucks with coupon (carrying a tire). This can either be part of the 2 weekly rucks or in addition. Each ruck with coupon counts as 1.5 pts 4 Ruck WODs. I've got one scheduled with my personal trainer already. I'll be incorporating more into the lift goal below. 1 Long distance ruck. I'm not sure what that long distance is. At least 5K but I'm thinking more like a couple hours. Long ruck counts as 2pts Lift (STR) I want to maintain my 3 lifting days per week. The problem is the travel days cover a lot of lift days. There are 14 lift days scheduled. 6 of them are travel days. I may be able to get some lifting in before I go or as I return but I can't say that now. Since it's much easier to get a ruck in while travelling I can substitute a Ruck WOD for any lift day on travel days only. This gives me more than ample opportunity to hit the goal for Ruck WODs and maintain my strength schedule. Each lift day or RuckWOD substitution counts as 1pt Demolish (WIS) The goal is to accomplish 3 productive tasks each day, travel days excluded. I made some improvements last challenge but still procrastinated tasks I don't like to do or are out of the ordinary. This time I will make a couple of changes. I will not commit to 3 tasks at the start of each day but rather be mindful of tasks and ensure I get 3 of them done by the end of the day. In addition, I will keep a bullet journal style to do list in my Passion Planner. Any tasks that sits in the back of my mind taunting me will get written on the list. I will also include a list of Flylady tasks for the week. Each day, as I am finding things to do I should consult the lists and see if I can at least accomplish 1 thing from each list. So the 3 daily tasks will loosely consist of 1 cleaning task, 1 long term To do task, and 1 daily task. I say loosely as I am not required to do any of the items on the list. But at the end of each week, I will have to migrate any leftover tasks to the following week's tasks. tsk tsk. Each day with 3 tasks accomplished counts as 1 pt. Occasionally partial credit awarded. Sleep (DEX) Continue working on getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night. This counts for all days, travel or not. 1pt per night with at least 7 hours Macros (CON) Meet MFP macros each day. This includes travel days. No variance days are worked in but I am not necessarily expecting 100% on this goal. But 90% would be really nice. 1 point for staying within calorie goal, .5 points for staying within +10% of calorie goal. Leisure & Enrichment (CHA) I want to continue to make this a priority over the summer. I have a tendency to waste the summers away and I want to enjoy the time and make memories with the kids. The goal is to set aside time each day to do something leisurely (that's not multitasking with a chore and not procrastinating a chore either). Things that count are quality time with the hubby or kids, spending time at the pool at the gym, going to a movie, watching a movie at home, knitting, quilting, sitting in the sun, reading... I do want to make a distinction from mindlessly watching TV before bed or from actually being lazy. Sometimes drawing the line is difficult for me. I want to enrich my life, not waste it away. Travel days are excluded since leisure will be built in. 1 point per day.
  20. New Challenge! So I skipped the last challenge due to busyness and laziness. Since the IRONMAN New Orleans 70.3 I have been eating like Kirby from Nintendo and just inhaling everything. I need to get back on track starting this week, especially since Eagleman 70.3 is Sunday. I did PR my 5k last Monday with a 7:21 mile pace which as very nice since I had not PR'd for 6 years, and I beat it by about 1:30. The training is paying off! I have finally managed some good time management with training and life and I would like to invest some time into my hobbies. So I will be posting lots of image updates of me working on my new reef aquarium, cars, magic cards, building a deck, and gardening. Hopefully I can continue and really get some time in on these instead of watching TV in the evenings.
  21. Seven years have passed since the Treaty of Coruscant established a peace between the Sith Empire and Republic. Now an ongoing cold war exists between the two faction as both sides vy for resources and struggle to gain the edge over the other however they can without igniting a galaxy-wide conflict, though there remain those who would see it so. Many grizzled veterans have returned to their mercenary roots and now act as hired guns for ambitious Imperial elements or find themselves taking whatever work they can find among the criminal elements in the seedy underbelly of the galaxy... Mandalore the Vindicated has stood down his legions of Mandalorian commandos, leaving some warriors disenfranchised and itching for another good fight. In the galactic arms race that followed, there are glories to be forged and fortunes to be won. Rurik Harrgath is one such man. Starting weight baseline: 199 lbs. CrossFit Skill Spreadsheet: CrossFit Metrics MANDALORIAN ALCHEMY: Nutrition accountability measured through Health meter. APEX PREDATOR: Experience meter focusing on rucking and Co-op missions. SELF-IMPROVEMENT JUNKIE: Day-to-day inspiration & Big 3 goals for the week. Experience Bar activities... CHALLENGE INSPIRATION: The Modern Viking theme slipstreams toward the near future in this installment of the ongoing Chronicles of Rurik Harrgath. Sure to be as action-packed and adrenaline-fueled as any other, this challenge invokes the spirit of the Mandalorians in Star Wars: the Old Republic and the Hunters of Destiny, with perhaps a taste of Overwatch and Killzone: Shadow Fall for good measure. It’s time to don my battle-scarred armor, charge up my primary weapon system, and put boots on the ground in yet another hostile environment. June’s 4 Week Challenge won’t know what hit it... “Always work harder than you feel capable. That way, your enemies will never know your limits.” “The only thing better than having a Mandalorian’s mind is having a Mandalorian’s heart.” - Mandalorian proverbs.
  22. Hey Folks, So who here is signed up for the upcoming GORUCK's? We are six weeks out and looking forward to the events!
  23. Hey all! Now that tinybaby is almost 9 months I'm jumping back into the swing of things. And why not do so with Team Spearhead's Pathfinder 12 week challenge?? These 4 weeks I will: Ruck 2 miles daily Complete 7 WODs Team Lead once Complete 2 more Pre/Post WOD rucks Life goal: Help the pitbull rescue/ foster nonprofit I'm assisting with their start up. (Gritty Pitty - Longmont CO) Let's do this!!!
  24. Welcome to the RuckFit Light 2016, the Nerd Fitness rucking PvP program. This PvP will run alongside the current four Week Challenge, starting Monday, April 4th. Lately there has been an enigmatic surge of interest in GoRuck challenges and rucking in general, emanating largely from the Ranger forums and spreading outward. I present to you a beginner-friendly GoRuck-style Nerd Fitness PvP for the rucking masses. The First Rule of RuckFit is Always Talk About RuckFit. The Second Rule of RuckFit is Although This Is A PVP, We Are A Team. Support one another! The Third Rule of RuckFit is Ruck All The Things! WHAT IS RUCKING? The GoRuck website defines rucking as... More information available at: http://www.goruck.com/rucking SAFETY BRIEFING: If you are new to rucking, please do not bite off more than you can chew. Marching around and exercising with heavy weight on your back is an activity best worked up to. Start out light and build your capacity up from there. Recommended starting weights are 5# for women and 10# for men. If you find that is too easy, upgrade to 10# for women and 20# for men. Start small and work your way up as you build confidence and capability! Without further ado, let's get into the metaphorical meat and potatoes of RuckFit. RuckFit Light goals: 20 miles rucked during the 4 weeks of this challenge. Complete two (2) RuckFit WODs during the course of this challenge. Complete two (2) RuckFit challenges over the next 4 weeks. Here is where the PvP factor comes in. 20 miles is only the goal, which means the sky is the limit. Ruck as much or as little as you want. Treating this as a motivational PvP challenge will keep each one of us striving for more mileage. Get out and enjoy that springtime weather! For the sake of this event, only urban/rural rucking mileage will be allowed. While camping and hiking to a particular destination with a pack full of sustainment gear is an excellent activity, carrying a weighted backpack for the sole purpose of exercise is a different effort entirely. Load up that pack with your choice of weight, some water and food if you feel the need, and call it a day. We're operating on the honor system here, folks. Here lay the Challenges and WODs. Feel free to substitute and scale wherever necessary. RuckFit WODs: Whatever you make of it! This category is entirely open to your imagination, but a guideline would be 3 Rounds For Time of 10 ruck squats, 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, 50 meter crab walk or AMRAP in 5 minutes of the same, for example. Please post your workout for verification and the viewing of others! RuckFit Challenges: Two minutes maximum Push-ups. Two minutes maximum Sit-ups. Three mile mountain/hill terrain ruck. Three mile overnight ruck. Must start and end during night hours. Carry 20 pounds of coupons for 2 miles of your ruck. Any item will do. Ruck 10 miles on top of the 20 mile requirement. Don't stop rucking until you've hit 8 miles. The RuckFit tracking spreadsheet: RuckFit PvP Tracking Now get out there and log some mileage under a heavy load!
  25. Me the last two weeks: So After IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans I slacked and ate like Kirby. Last week I got my butt in gear and hit all my workouts. This challenge I am going to keep hitting my workouts, eat appropriately, get my house work done, and stay on target. Each day I will pick a Video game character to be my goal. No races during this challenge other than a Memorial Day 5k, I may sign up for a GORUCK over memorial day weekend as well, but it will be a last minute thing.
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