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  1. Hi. I'm Nymeria, and I'm accepting my path as one of the shiny object chasing, Jack-of-all-trades, do-all-of-the-fun-things types of assassins. I climb multiple times/week. I also love power yoga/handbalancing, martial arts, playground parkour, hooping, rings, and other random fitness stuff I also NEED my soundtracks to operate in life. Whether I'm exercising, cleaning, taking a relaxing bath, or whatever, I need music to get into my groove. It's at times been a bit of a hinderance to me, since I can't handle a lot of exercise videos or classes where I have to endure crappy music and
  2. I just returned from visiting a friend in Grand Teton National Park. After seeing all 13,775 feet of grandeur I'm inspired to step up my mountaineering training. My friend also just sent me pictures of climbing Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens within three days of each other. As I can't be left behind it's time to accelerate the training program from the last challenge. I don't have a lot of time, so this isn't highly illustrated with gifs or punctuated with stories. Those are cool but I have to focus on the critical elements or else I burn out. Goal Number One: The best training for climbing is
  3. Ok! So, here we go again. I tried to get started with the last 6 week challenge and did ok IRL but not so well with keeping up in here. Main Quest: Lose 40 lbs over the next year.Smart Goals: Yoga (Sunday) [pass/fail grade]Rock Climbing (Tuesday, Wednesday*, Friday*, Saturday*) [weekly grade A- F]I'm just getting back to climbing, but I'd like to be back up to climbing 5.8s by the beginning of FebruaryRunning (Monday, Wednesday*, Thursday, Friday*) [weekly grade A- F]Currently running 12min/mile with three breaks. By the end of this challenge, be down to one break. Motivation: I'm going on
  4. Oh thank god for the respawn point! I'ts been a year ... or more ... I was even scared to log back in again. But well, it cannot be helped, and I am going to need you guys if I am ever going to get my *!$%t together aren't I? So yes, here I am, most literally back where I started and only slightly worse. Last August, I moved back to Germany from the UK with my family, I changed careers (new job - yay!) and only now do I have enough time to get my head above the water (barely). I have gained 3 kgs in the process ... which puts me at 76kgs now, definitely overweight now and no longer in the O
  5. As the title suggests, I really just want to keep the momentum going from #1 and add to it. So! Main Quest: Return to rock climbing/bouldering (and beyond?) There are plenty of rock climbing places around. That's the easy part. The hard part is getting back the strength, flexibility, and endurance after having two children. My entire body is way too lax (joints, etc) or way too tight (muscles, especially hamstrings). Previous challenge helped me make some great progress (yay, knuckles on the floor in a forward bend! I can lift our propane tank safely!). I'm looking at taking it to the next
  6. Crunching the crimson leaves scattered underfoot, the Tinkerer carried his pack from the foothills around the village. Though his face showed signs of a summer's worth of sun and his boots barely surpassed tatters, his gait was confident and quick. The stout rope slung over his pack was obviously well used and the staff in his hand was polished smooth from wear. While I'd love to spend hours on the back story of the Tinkerer and his return to the village after a year's adventures in the mountains my real life adventures and work demand brevity. I hope that someday I'll be able to sit down and
  7. Hi guys, I just started rock-climbing regularly a couple of weeks ago and I love it. The problem is that starting a couple of days ago I noticed some pain in the inside of my elbows the day after climbing. It had gone away today so I went climbing again, but within 20 mins or so I was in a lot of pain, so I stopped. It's subsided now, but I don't know what's causing it. My main question is, is this something I should work through in the hope that my joints get stronger over time, or should I stop climbing until I'm completely better so that I don't injure myself?
  8. I took a while off, but I think I could use a little extra motivation and focus for the next six weeks. Been keeping up the climbing/swimming/juggling regularly, eating what I want when I want it and discovering how awesomely that works for me. Came back today on a whim, only to discover it's the beginning of a new challenge - and it's my thirteenth. AWESOME. Goals: 1. Pull-up power. I've let this hang out at a maintenance level of 4 pull-ups while I've focused on actually climbing - time to build some more muscle, get some more reps. I also want to move my rings upstairs from the basemen
  9. Motivation I climb things. Climbing is hard. I will train. Intro It's been since December of 2012 that I was active on NF. Recently, I've moved to a new location and want to make sure that I build good habits. In general, I am an active and fit person but I miss training for and achieving goals. After re-reading my last challenge (link) I see that I wandered away for two reasons. One reason is that my goal of making new fiends and finding new activities worked. I joined both a running club and a mountaineering club and was swept away with activities. Those led to friendships with people wh
  10. Hello Everyone- I haven't done a challenge in about a year and a half but am planning to join the upcoming Sept 15th round. Previously, I was in the Assassin guild. Here is the question: My training goals are toward two ends: climbing higher mountains, faster and climbing harder rock pitches. These are actually somewhat counter-productive where training too much in one will diminish performance in the other. Ahh, the connundrum! Do I work with the Assassins, the Scouts or the Rangers? I see benefits to all three. My question is really: Where do those of you with your hearts in the alpine
  11. A Meetup.com group for those in their 20s & 30s who enjoy outdoor sports and fitness in the Quinte Area (Brighton-Belleville-Picton-Napanee area). If there are any fellow rebels in the area and looking to meet new people to explore the outdoors with, and drink beer, please check it out! http://www.meetup.com/Quinte-Outdoor-Fitness-and-Social-Club-20s-30s/
  12. So, the new semester of school is starting at my college, and I'm looking to be in the gym more this semester. My plan so far is: Monday: Yoga in the morning, then swim laps in the evening Tuesday: Weight lifting in the morning, then rock climbing in the evening. Wednesday: Yoga in the morning, then swim laps in the evening Thursday: Weight lifting int he morning. Nothing else planned. Friday: Yoga at noon, rock climbing in the evening. Saturday and Sunday are mostly off days/free days. Will this be conducive to building muscle and getting my body toned and strong? Is there anything t
  13. This PVP (PVS? player vs. self?) challenge will continue indefinitely, and the goal is to continue improving your climbing skills while helping all of your fellow climbers by sharing videos, tips, techniques, advice for relevant exercises, and more. It's also a great place to just talk about climbing, vent when you're frustrated, or have the rest of us cheer you on when you finally get that route you've been projecting. There are no real rules for this PVP. Just set some climbing goals for yourself, hang out here, talk about climbing, and occasionally update on how you're progressing wi
  14. Main Quest: Reclaim my 'fighting' body (by opening day of KCRF 2014 - 30 August 2014)Lose 25 poundsFit back into my size 2 clothesMake it through a full 30 minute fight show (Bawdily Harm), in a bodice/corset, without nearly passing out or even being windedGoals: Get 8 hours of sleep every night Exercise (pilates or cardio) for at least 1 hour, 5 out of 7 days each week Go to Aerial Silks class or go rock climbing once a week Life Quest: Start being on time, if not early, everywhere I am supposed to be. Motivation: I have been generally unhappy for well over a year; gained 30 pounds in about
  15. Once upon a time, there was a hobbit called Ruby. She had a cheerful life, with good friends, a loving family, and a job that made her happy. But somewhere, deep inside, there was something missing. A discontentment. Unlike other hobbits, who preferred to stay at home and never stray beyond their borders, Ruby pined for adventure. And so, at the first dawn of the new year, she packed up her things, and set out on her quest into the unknown… + + + + Main Quest: So what’s my ‘real life’ motivation? A fairly shallow one, if I’m honest. I love going shopping with my friends, but it b
  16. I'm stoked to be joining the Assassins for my second challenge! From my last challenge, to keep my eye on the Main Quest: Last challenge, I lost approximately 7 pounds (177 to 170). My goal is to get to 150, which is a good weight that allows me to build strength and burn fat, and then fine-tune body comp from there. I'd estimate maybe two more challenges after this one to get there. I definitely improved my strength and flexibility - yesterday, I redpointed an outdoor climb I started last challenge, so that was very exciting. So, this challenge, my main quest will be the same, but m
  17. Greetings from central TX! I'm an average guy, with a newfound love for rock climbing, parkour, and nerdly fitness! I've been following the NF blog for awhile, and decided I should check out the community! Seems like a lot of knowledgable people like to hang here, so I thought I'd join. I've been rock climbing for about 6 months, V4+ now, and practicing parkour at a couple of the local gyms once a week. And I wear black. A lot. So, TX Assassin reporting for duty!
  18. I'm joining the Assassins after having a bit of a hard time with the Scouts. Not their fault. I was well on my way to running my first ever 5K, and then I had a foot injury that sidelined all that. Running is not something that I can do at the moment. But there's lots of other interesting things I'd like to do. Like a frog stand, for example. And I did some rock climbing last winter and enjoyed that so I'll see if that's something my foot can handle again. Plus I've secretly always loved this guild, and that alphabet challenge you had last time out looked wicked fun. So here I am.
  19. So this is my second time around signing up for the beginners Rebel challenge. The reason being that when I signed up for the last one, in the midst of jumping right into the excitement I failed to notice I “jumped†in 4 weeks late. I decided to use this time as a warm up for my next “real†challenge and can thus allot true points to my character vs imaginary ones. My Main Quest To be an average rock climber. I just decided one day that I really wanted to try it and I instantly fell in love. It's all I could think of after first going. I love how physically demanding it is while cha
  20. hey Rebels! Long time listener, first time caller, etc. Right now I'm focusing primarily on getting to the point where I'm kicking ass and taking names at rock climbing (I've been climbing desultorily since last September, seriously from January) so my goals are mostly focused in service of that: upper body strength, flexibility, endurance, but without putting on too much muscle so I'm less to lift. I should also note that I have no natural abilities in this arena. In a real-life guild of assassins, I'd be the one filing the paperwork. But who's to say that thrashing away wildly against geneti
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