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Oh, hello!

 

Hope you don't mind me stopping by to challenge with you guys this time around.  During my last challenge I realized I need to change up my focus and priorities and after reviewing them, I realized that this challenge would probably be good fit with the Druids

 

I am putting the Arruvia Conspiracy story on hold for now, but will probably come back to it when I go back to the Assassins. However, I will still keep my basic challenge structure

 

So, without further ado: The Missions

 

Mission 1: LUYL - Learn Something New Every Day

 

I feel like I have been stagnating recently in my life, and after some pondering have concluded that the root of this has been my reliance on what I already know, because it was enough to coast.  What I need now, is some acceleration.  In re-reading the Song of Ice & Fire series, I was struck by Arya Stark's character progression, especially her time in Braavos with the House of Black & White.  For those who don't follow the Game of Thrones, Arya is a younger daughter of a Nobleman who becomes separated from her family and ends up in a foreign land training to become an assassin.  As part of her training, she is required to learn 3 new things every time she reports in, to help her become observant, but also to help her better understand the world around her.  I really like this idea and have decided to adopt it for this challenge.  I need to learn something new 5 days/week in one of the following categories:

1. China Geopolitics/Macroeconomics 

2. New Technology or New Application of Existing Technology

3. International M&A/Investment Marketplace

 

Mission 2: Do Your Dadgummed Stretching - Focused Flexibility

 

I have always wished I were more flexible, but have made little effort into making that become a reality. Recently I have tried to be better at it, but I just didn't have a "Big Why" to get me past the times when motivation just wasn't enough.  However, as I was considering my winter exercise plan, I realized that a lot of the exercises I want to work on (Pistol Squats, L-Sits, even some basic abs work) would be limited not by strength but by flexibility.  As such, my "Big Why" for becoming more flexible is to be able to improve overall mobility.  The biggest problem I had keeping up with stretching was caused by the lack of application - flexibility for the sake of flexibility alone was not enough.  Having specific movements that require improved flexibility have renewed my drive to make this happen.  I have signed up for GMB's Focused Flexibility program, but the format wasn't working for me.  I have decided to create my own stretching format, based on the FF principles to create my own routine.  It will consist of ankle, hip, shoulder and wrist flexibility and will consist of two parts:

1. Focused Passive/Dynamic stretching at least 30 minutes/day, but does not have to be consecutive.  Stretching can be spread out throughout the day

2. Active stretching as part of movements I want to be able to do.  These will be incorporated into my workouts as appropriate

 

Mission 3: Eat Your Veggies - New Recipe Once a Week

 

This was a challenge I did before and it worked out pretty well, but when I stopped being accountable for it, I stopped doing it.  I want to keep this up so I am now making myself accountable again and will report on what I cooked here.  The rules are:

1. Must be a recipe I haven't made before

2. Must be served to the family - just eating it myself doesn't count

 

Mission 4: Random Calisthenics 

 

I have come up with a list of 20 calisthenics activities/progressions that I want to work on over the winter.  Each workout session, I will roll a set of dice to determine which activities will be part of the workout for that day.

1. Exercises will be done either for reps (dynamic movements) or seconds (static holds), cycled through a 3 set circuit. 

2. Each activity will also incorporate a stretch aspect for improving flexibility


 

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Workout will be determined by 6 rolls, one for each of the following categories:

 

Pull exercise (1D4)

Neck to Waist Ab Wheel Pulls

L-Sit Pullups

Chest 2 Bar Pullups

Eccentric One Arm Pullups

 

Timed Exercise (1D6)

Dragon Lift Holds

MU Transition Holds (Top of Pullup/Bottom of Dip)

Unsupported Handstands

Tuck Planches

Tuck L-Sit

Tuck Front Lever

 

Leg Exercise (1D8)

Bench/Stool Pistol Squats (1-4)

Shrimp Squats (5-8)

 

Push Exercise (1D10)

Archer Pushups (1-2)

Handstand Pushups (3-4)

One Arm Pushups (5-6)

Thoracic Bridge Pushups (7-8)

Chest to Bar Dips (9-10)

 

Other Mobility Exercise (1D12)

Front Lever Swings (1-4)

Back lever Leg Drops (5-8)

Thoracic Bridge Wall Walks (9-12)

 

Bonus Exercise (1D20)

Any one of the above


 


Also, as inspired by @Jarric and @jonfirestar, I am doing some icebreaker questions.  For week 0:

What is the farthest from home you have ever been and why did you go there?

For me, the farthest I have been is probably Auckland, New Zealand and I went there for a business trip earlier this year

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I was going to lurk but you caught me with the icebreaker. (I was also going to say I'm hiding in your suitcase next time you go somewhere fun like NZ, but then I remembered where you live and that I like breathing, and those things are mutually exclusive.)

 

I can't tell from a map which is farther from home for me, but it was either Turkey (went on spring break when I was studying in France, with my friend who was studying in Italy at the same time) or Jordan (went to study Arabic and never use it again after coming home). 

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51 minutes ago, WhiteGhost said:

What is the farthest from home you have ever been and why did you go there?

 

Warszawa, Polska.

 

Mrs H had a work conference there.  We extended it into a vacation, spending most of our time touring Warsaw and Krakow, with side day-trips to Oswiecim for Auschwitz and Wieliczka for the salt mine.

 

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Looking forward to learning your new things too when you post them! 

 

For the icebreaker: I think New Zealand is farthest for me too (cause it's basically far from anywhere haha), and my aunt lives just outside Auckland so we went for a visit

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Following along! Bulgaria is the furthest I have been and I can't imagine I will go much further until I get over my refusal to stand up when I am 40,000 feet in the air. Luckily for me there are plenty of awesome countries in between and a little further - I think I could handle that. 

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6 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Also, as inspired by @Jarric and @jonfirestar, I am doing some icebreaker questions.  For week 0:

What is the farthest from home you have ever been and why did you go there?

I'll admit that I shamelessly stole it from @Jarric :D

 

I think geographically Florida is the furthest I've been from the UK where I grew up but I was living in Connecticut at the time and I'm not sure that counts :D

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Your choice of dice confuse me, but I love your dice roll workout - looks like it should work really well. It also conjures up a rather charming image of going into a gym and sitting on the floor with a bag of dice :P 

 

9 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

What is the farthest from home you have ever been and why did you go there?

 

Albufeira in southern Portugal, just for a holiday. I'm not exactly well travelled to be fair; I've never got outside of western Europe.

 

9 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Also, as inspired by @Jarric and @jonfirestar, I am doing some icebreaker questions.

 

3 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

I'll admit that I shamelessly stole it from @Jarric :D

 

And I stole if from someone else :D . Pretty sure it was @NeverThatBored?

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Queenstown, NZ, which is literally the furthest you can get from Sweden, within 200 km or so. :) I was working in Australia with frequent work trips to NZ at the time. Each time I went to NZ I would take a few days to explore a different place so Queenstown was a semi-holiday.

 

Also cool challenge. Nice that you found your "why" for improving flexibility!

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I spent two weeks in Seattle and Olympia, Washington for Kung Fu summer camp.

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I love dice roll workouts!  

 

The furthest I've been from home was a trip to France in high school as a summer exchange student.  

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La Palma, which is just off the coast of Northern Africa. I don't mind travelling far, i rather travel to a place i can have much fun riding my bike. Like the Spanish Pyrenees and Italian Dolomites this year :D.

 

Here to keep you accountable with the stretching, i'm always in awe with people putting that up as a goal...

 

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I mean come on:

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Pyrenees:

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I thought I'd pop by and root for you quietly, but that icebreaker... 

 

14 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

What is the farthest from home you have ever been and why did you go there?

At 8,921 miles from home, the city of Kochi in Kerala, India is the farthest I have ever traveled. I went for family reasons/leisure. My cousin married a man from India and their son needed to have a ceremony performed. My cousin's father in law was integral to the ceremony but unable to travel at the time, so they had to go to him in India. They invited the extended family along and those of us who decided to go had a great trip! 

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15 hours ago, fleaball said:

I was going to lurk but you caught me with the icebreaker.

 

1 hour ago, Wobbegong said:

I thought I'd pop by and root for you quietly, but that icebreaker... 

I'm sensing a trend here...

 

So, furthest from home depends on what I count as "home". My hometown is in Washington State, but I've spent most of my life in Maryland. It's either Seattle, which both times I've been there were as side trips since it's relatively close to Spokane (my hometown), where we were visiting family. If I count my hometown as home, than it would be Puerto Rico, where I traveled to visit my wife (she's from there).

 

6 hours ago, Jarric said:

Your choice of dice confuse me, but I love your dice roll workout - looks like it should work really well. It also conjures up a rather charming image of going into a gym and sitting on the floor with a bag of dice :P 

It's one of every die, how is that confusing? :P 

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Flexibility is an awesome goal, and will really help your progress in becoming the Best Ranger You Can Be.  It will also be a great tool to prevent injuries in the future and helps with lengthening your walking stride, preventing falls, and improving sleep. 

 

You may enjoy trying it some yoga too, which a great combination of strength and stretching. I like Yoga with Adrienne because 1. It’s free and 2.she never gets too  "be one with the trees" but is relaxed and fun. 

 

Best of luck! I hope you reach ( heehee, I couldn’t resist) your goals!

 

 

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Wow, so many great responses. I will try to respond to them, but since I am on my phone I may get frustrated and give up. If so, I will be sure to get to them later.

 

Did my stretching last night and actually enjoyed it. I am going to need to take some "before" pictures tonight to track against so I can have some way to know if I am making any progress.  Can anyone suggest a good position for checking ankle flexibility? So far I have considered the 3rd world squat or propping my foot up on something to see how high my toes get. The problem with the squat is that it is hard to account for horizontal ankle rotation, which can make the bend of the ankle appear to vary wildly. Putting my toes up on something may work, but I would need to make sure my leg is at the same angle every time. Any other suggestions?

 

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I didn't do any workout this morning because I had to take care of some urgent stuff so I will try to get it in tonight.  I also need to pick a dish soon to cook up this week.

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On 10/16/2017 at 11:05 AM, Hazard said:

 

Warszawa, Polska.

 

Mrs H had a work conference there.  We extended it into a vacation, spending most of our time touring Warsaw and Krakow, with side day-trips to Oswiecim for Auschwitz and Wieliczka for the salt mine.

 

I would love to visit Poland someday. I have never been to Eastern Europe (other than layovers) but it is on the list of places I must go.

 

On 10/16/2017 at 11:37 AM, Teancum said:

Looking forward to learning your new things too when you post them! 

 

For the icebreaker: I think New Zealand is farthest for me too (cause it's basically far from anywhere haha), and my aunt lives just outside Auckland so we went for a visit

New Zealnd is great, I will definitely find my way back there again.

 

21 hours ago, deftona said:

Following along! Bulgaria is the furthest I have been and I can't imagine I will go much further until I get over my refusal to stand up when I am 40,000 feet in the air. Luckily for me there are plenty of awesome countries in between and a little further - I think I could handle that. 

I admit I don't really get not wanting to stand if you are already on the plane. If you were on a lower flight (say 30,000ft) you could stand up and still be way lower than sitting at 40k ft. Also, if you run down the aisle while it is in flight, you can tell people you ran faster than 600 miles per hour!

 

20 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

I think geographically Florida is the furthest I've been from the UK where I grew up but I was living in Connecticut at the time and I'm not sure that counts :D

For purposes of this icebreaker, go ahead and count it :D

 

16 hours ago, Jarric said:

Your choice of dice confuse me, but I love your dice roll workout - looks like it should work really well. It also conjures up a rather charming image of going into a gym and sitting on the floor with a bag of dice :P 

 

Albufeira in southern Portugal, just for a holiday. I'm not exactly well travelled to be fair; I've never got outside of western Europe.

As Wobble-gong(R) mentioned, it is only one kind of each die, and a way for me to control my ability to manipulate the numbers. If I am rolling 2D6, I could pick which die represents which activity after I rolled it (and I know myself well enoughto know that I would totally do that) so I went with different dice fore each activity to keep myself honest

 

Even never having left Western Europe, you may well have travelled to more countries than others who have gone greater distance :)

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On 10/16/2017 at 10:21 AM, fleaball said:

I was going to lurk but you caught me with the icebreaker. (I was also going to say I'm hiding in your suitcase next time you go somewhere fun like NZ, but then I remembered where you live and that I like breathing, and those things are mutually exclusive.)

 

I can't tell from a map which is farther from home for me, but it was either Turkey (went on spring break when I was studying in France, with my friend who was studying in Italy at the same time) or Jordan (went to study Arabic and never use it again after coming home). 

Ah, but if I am going somewhere exciting it would most likely be to a place with clean air. You would just have to know when I am leaving and get here just before departure :)

 

I have long dreamed of going to the middle east to learn Arabic, but the older I get the less plausible this dream becomes

 

15 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Queenstown, NZ, which is literally the furthest you can get from Sweden, within 200 km or so. :) I was working in Australia with frequent work trips to NZ at the time. Each time I went to NZ I would take a few days to explore a different place so Queenstown was a semi-holiday.

 

Also cool challenge. Nice that you found your "why" for improving flexibility!

Wow, that is really far! How long did it take and how many tines did you need to change planes. The farthest from me now is Argentina, but I had a business trip scheduled to Brazil that would have been pretty close. It ended up getting cancelled but it would have been 39 hours on 4 different planes

 

14 hours ago, Vincent Van Bro said:

I spent two weeks in Seattle and Olympia, Washington for Kung Fu summer camp.

I once spent two days in Seattle, but never left the airport (layover from hell). I do not have fond memories of that place.

 

14 hours ago, LadyShello said:

I love dice roll workouts!  

 

The furthest I've been from home was a trip to France in high school as a summer exchange student.  

My high school french program arranged a summer trip to france but I had to skip it because I didn't have anyway to come up with that kind of money. 

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13 hours ago, mr_willes said:

La Palma, which is just off the coast of Northern Africa. I don't mind travelling far, i rather travel to a place i can have much fun riding my bike. Like the Spanish Pyrenees and Italian Dolomites this year :D.

 

Here to keep you accountable with the stretching, i'm always in awe with people putting that up as a goal...

 

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I mean come on:

Dolomites:

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Pyrenees:

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Oh man, I am so jealous. You couldn't ask for some more beautiful riding destinations

 

11 hours ago, Wobbegong said:

I thought I'd pop by and root for you quietly, but that icebreaker... 

 

At 8,921 miles from home, the city of Kochi in Kerala, India is the farthest I have ever traveled. I went for family reasons/leisure. My cousin married a man from India and their son needed to have a ceremony performed. My cousin's father in law was integral to the ceremony but unable to travel at the time, so they had to go to him in India. They invited the extended family along and those of us who decided to go had a great trip! 

That sound like a really wonderful trip. Having a local host makes a huge difference when visiting unfamiliar places

 

10 hours ago, zeroh13 said:

So, furthest from home depends on what I count as "home". My hometown is in Washington State, but I've spent most of my life in Maryland. It's either Seattle, which both times I've been there were as side trips since it's relatively close to Spokane (my hometown), where we were visiting family. If I count my hometown as home, than it would be Puerto Rico, where I traveled to visit my wife (she's from there).

 

It's one of every die, how is that confusing? :P 

Oh really good point. I was basing New Zealand relative to the US, but given that I have lived in Beijing longer than anywhere else, I checked a globe and discovered that Boston in the farthest I have been from here.  While I was checking the globe, I also discoved that Singapore is farther than New Zealand so depending on the definition of "home" my answer is either Boston (actually Devons) where Iwent on military TDY or Singapore which was another business trip

 

9 hours ago, Snarkyfishguts said:

Welcome to Druids! Even if you’re only visiting for a while, you are welcome to stay as long as you like.

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Stayyyyyyyyyyyy. As long as you like..

 

Flexibility is an awesome goal, and will really help your progress in becoming the Best Ranger You Can Be.  It will also be a great tool to prevent injuries in the future and helps with lengthening your walking stride, preventing falls, and improving sleep. 

 

You may enjoy trying it some yoga too, which a great combination of strength and stretching. I like Yoga with Adrienne because 1. It’s free and 2.she never gets too  "be one with the trees" but is relaxed and fun. 

 

Best of luck! I hope you reach ( heehee, I couldn’t resist) your goals!

 

 

Thanks for the warm welcome! I have never tried yoga because it seemed pointless without at least a minimum level of flexibility. I suspect I will end up trying it at some point.

 

9 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

Following.

Yay! Welcome :)

 

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12 minutes ago, Wobbegong said:

I love it! But credit goes to Zeroh for the dice, not me. (I know, now we're both Rebel GLs it's like we're the same person.)

Oops, my bad. Zeroh posted right after you and I didn't check carefully as I was writing up responses.  

 

Also, congratulations to both of you for being selected as GLs. You guys will be great

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1 hour ago, WhiteGhost said:

I admit I don't really get not wanting to stand if you are already on the plane. If you were on a lower flight (say 30,000ft) you could stand up and still be way lower than sitting at 40k ft. Also, if you run down the aisle while it is in flight, you can tell people you ran faster than 600 miles per hour!

 

 

It's not a case of being higher it's that I am terribly afraid of heights. Even in lifts (elevators), I start to feel light headed and my first reaction is to hit the floor. If I am sitting down, I don't get anywhere near as dizzy. This is all it is. If I was walking down the aisle of a plane and bad turbulence hit my first response would be to hit the deck and that would be too embarrassing to endure. 

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2 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

For LYUL, I learned that Guo Wengui, the Chinese billionaire in the US who is making great effort discredit Wang Qishan (Xi Jinping's anti-curruption enforcer) made his money as a property developer with the Pangu Group, which, as a matter of pure coincidence, is the owner of the building where I work.

 

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In other words, WHAT?!?! I read that sentence too fast and was all

 

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1 hour ago, WhiteGhost said:

Oh man, I am so jealous. You couldn't ask for some more beautiful riding destinations

 

I truly feel blessed being able to do these things, especially in the postion i'm in (working dad). There are quite a few tourguides, but most of them are single, don't have kids, or have kids that are adults themselves.

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... a little odd in the head ...

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13 hours ago, zeroh13 said:

It's one of every die, how is that confusing?

 

By Jove you're right! I don't know how I missed that, they're even in order! *facepalm*

 

3 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

As Wobble-gong(R) mentioned, it is only one kind of each die, and a way for me to control my ability to manipulate the numbers. If I am rolling 2D6, I could pick which die represents which activity after I rolled it (and I know myself well enoughto know that I would totally do that) so I went with different dice fore each activity to keep myself honest

 

And that makes total sense! I was imagining you rolling one at a time, and wondering why you were rolling bigger dice when smaller ones would give you the same number of options!

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