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Back home with the Assassins for another episode of the Arruvia Conspiracy :) 

 

For those just joining, the Arruvia conspiracy was written in a video game format, with the challenges as the gameplay and the narrative as the cut-scenes.  Originally I had intended the challenges to line up with the story, but I decided to abandon that so I could be more flexible in my training goals.  However, since the story is already written I am just going to keep going through it until it finishes.  Also, It was originally written to include other players so if anyone wants me to write them into future episodes of the story, let me know.  Otherwise I will adapt it to stay a solo adventure.

 

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Intro Cut-Scene: Shadows and Voices

    In the shadows of the narrow alley, a hooded figure moves silently forward along the wall trying to get a better view of the street.  The street is deserted except for two men standing beneath a dimly lit LED billboard, advertising a luxury sedan.  WhiteGhost’s eyes linger on the advertisement for only a moment before shifting his focus to the two men in the street. 

    “Man, it would be nice to move around the city in that instead of creeping through shadows all the time,” he thinks to himself before shaking his head to clear his thoughts. 

    At 3 o’clock in the morning on a Tuesday in Aldenton it would not be uncommon for a drunk office worker to be dragging himself home from a “client meeting” or perhaps a group of students from ACC, the local community college, to be finishing off a round of bar hopping.  These two, however, are as out of place in this low income neighborhood as orcs in Rivendell.  One of them is short and fat, with a receding hairline and deep grating voice, the other is tall and muscular with a nasal, rasping voice. 

    “I wouldn’t want to run into that guy in a dark alley,” WhiteGhost thinks to himself, chuckling inwardly about the irony of the idea.  Both men are dressed to the nines, the shorter man in a dark blue Italian double breasted pinstripe suit and highly polished black wingtips, and the other in an off-white bespoke seersucker suit and brown leather cap-toe derbys.  “Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K,” WhiteGhost thinks as he inches closer to try and catch their conversation. 

    “The BVI SPV could funnel mez cap through the Cayman holdco, it wouldn’t even hit the listco,” the gravelly voice says in hushed tones.  Even in the dim light of the LED billboard, Whiteghost can see the larger man roll his eyes. 

    “We’ve been over this! You have the routing info, I’ll message you when they execute the SPA.  Now let’s get out of here before someone sees us.  Who knows what kind of lowlifes might be lurking in a stinking dump of a neighborhood like this.  Both men instinctively look around, but WhiteGhost is well concealed in the shadows.  

    “I have no idea what all that means, but sounds like these jokers are up to no good,” WhiteGhost thinks as he slowly creeps deeper into the shadows.  “I better get out of here too and go find Blinky, if anyone would know what this is about, it’s him.”

    Suddenly the LED billboard changed to show a flashing bottle of a new diet soda that had just been launched.  The light from the LED screen dissipates the shadows and both men are suddenly aware of the figure crouching at the mouth of the now fully lit alleyway.

    “Mishmash ‘n’ meatballs,” Whiteghost curses under his breath as he races back into the alley with the bruiser hot on his heels.  Unfortunately, this alley is a dead end so getting away from this guy is going to be a bit of a climb.

 

 

 

 

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Level 2: A Blinky Mess

WhiteGhost reaches the end of the wall and takes a bounding leap off of the back wall, tic-tacing over to a window ledge and pulls himself up. Afraid that looking over his should to check his pursuer will take precious seconds, he focuses on shimmying up a rain gutter until he reaches the edge of the roof.  Only once he has pulled himself over does he risk taking a look to see how things are going.  To his delight, the big man is still on the ground of the alley, trying in vain to grab the fire escape ladder.

WhiteGhost breathes a sigh of relief

Well, that wasn’t so bad, but I am going to need to be more careful so I don’t get recognized.  It will be a lot harder to find Blinky if I have people looking for me” he thinks to himself as he sets off at a brisk run across the rooftops.

 

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Blinky lives in a nondescript 3rd floor apartment in Indian Flats, a middle income neighborhood on the West side of town.  He started out as a CIA forensic accountant many years ago working in the organized crime unit, but he traded sides and went to work as a financier for a mob boss who made him an offer he apparently couldn’t refuse.  A couple of years ago he got caught embezzling his boss' cash and as punishment got his eyelids cut off, hence the nickname.  He now works as a freelance financial advisor, supplying his services to white hats, black hats and anyone else with a lot of cash and something to hide. 

When WhiteGhost gets to Blinky’s place he finds the front door hanging from just the top hinge, twisting slightly with every gust of wind. 

I guess I’m not the only one who needs a word with old Blinky,” WhiteGhost mutters under his breath and he slips silently through the broken doorway.  Inside, Blinky’s place has been completely ransacked.  Drawers have been pulled out and dumped on the floor, his bed has been flipped and the bedsheets are strewn wildly around the bedroom.  His bookshelves have been pulled down and the floor of the living room is a sea of books.  WhiteGhost takes a look at the computer desk and smiles to himself.  The guys that did this clearly were not professionals, just some low level thugs who didn’t understand Blinky’s world.  The computer keyboard has been smashed to pieces and there is a hunting knife sticking through what remains of it, pinning it to the desk.  The monitor has been knocked to the floor with a fist sized hole through it.  However, the tower under the desk is untouched and apparently still on, the cooling fan creating a dull hum in the background.  Empty diet cola bottles litter the floor and a half eaten burrito is mashed under a tipped over chair.  Apparently Blinky was interrupted unexpectedly.

WhiteGhost hooks up his tablet to the computer through an HDMI adapter and discovers a TOR browser open, with TrueCrypt and Bleachbit running in the background.  If Blinky didn’t have time to close these, he must have really been in a rush to get out.  The TOR browser is open to a Lelantos email account, but most of the emails don’t make any sense.  It seems Blinky was encrypting his messages manually before entering them into the encrypted system.  Given the types of people he deals with, he couldn’t afford to mess around.  The last email received, though, was not encrypted.  Opening it up, WhiteGhosts finds a Darknote XDN blockchain showing transfers of large sums of bitcoin to accounts in varying countries with Switzerland, Russia, South Africa, China, India and Mongolia coming up the most.  The email sender is merely identified by a single letter: H.

“No time to worry about that now,” WhiteGhost thinks to himself. “I need to find Blinky and get to the bottom of this.”  He reaches down to unplug his HDMI cable, and decides to pull out the hard drive for later.  As he pulls it out, he notices a yellow sticky note stuck to the inside of the computer tower.  He pulls it off and finds “WG38.2946071.-80.3132366” scrawled in pencil. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Level 3 - A Little Help

Smack!  A red hand print shows clearly on WhiteGhost’s cheek where he has been slapping himself every few minutes to keep himself awake.  Looking down at the computer screen dejectedly, WhiteGhost lets out a long sigh.  I got nothin’ 

     WhiteGhost has been wracking his brain for the last three days trying to figure out what the message from Blinky could possibly mean.  He has run every decryption program he could think of but nothing was working.  He had spent hours combing through the recovered hard drive for decryption codes or any hint of what encryption methods Blinky preferred but every lead was a dead end.  WhiteGhost had even considered asking an anonymous hacker group such as the Shadow Brokers for help, but without knowing who was involved he just couldn’t risk it.

     The sun broke through a crack in the curtains, and WhiteGhost let out a curse in frustration. “This is beyond me.  I’m gonna need some help…

 

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  It didn't take long for WhiteGhost to figure out where to go. He had heard of Hazard, the godfather of the local Assassin organization, but had never really interacted with him.  He asked around and was able to arrange a meeting.  

      "What can I do for you, kid?" Hazard asked.  His tone was neutral but through the look in his eyes and the steel in his voice WhiteGhost knew this was a man with a background.  Swallowing nervously, Whitghost handed Hazard the scrap of paper he had recovered from the inside of Blinky's computer tower.  "I think this is some kind of code, but I have run all of the decryption programs I know but have come up empty every time.  Does this look like a code you are familiar with"?

      Hazard took a long look at the characters written on the note.  WG38.2946071.-80.3132366”  He closed his eyes, leaned back and was put his arms behind his head as he thought.  Suddenly, Hazard opened his eyes, stood up and strode over to a bookshelf and started scanning the titles, searching for something specific.   Looking over his shoulder as he searches, Hazard looks directly at WhiteGhost "I assume this note was written specifically for you? The WG at the beginning can be ignored as it simply sates who the note is for.  The rest..." Hazard pulls a large atlas off the shelf and start flipping through pages until he finds what he is looking for.

      "The rest is merely latitude and longitude coordinates.  What you are looking for is here" he says as he stabs his finger into a map. "Looks like you are going to be making a trip to West Virginia.  Middle of nowhere, it seems.  About as far off the the grid as you can get...

 

 

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Level 4 - Off the Grid

WhiteGhost crept up to the small cabin barely visible from the game trail leading past it.  The cabin is shrouded in Bush Honeysuckle and looks as if it hasn’t been inhabited for years.  He carefully pushes past the undergrowth and hesitates just for a moment before approaching the lone door to the cabin.  After a quick glance over his shoulder, WhiteGhost gently pushes open the unlocked door and sees his old friend sitting in an antique rocking chair next to a long unused fireplace. 

      “I was beginning to think you weren’t coming”.  Blinky says dryly as he looks up over the top of his book.  Blinky listens carefully as WhiteGhost recounts what he saw and heard in the alley back in Aldenton, and also the scene in Blinky’s apartment in Indian Flats. 

      “Well, I am not familiar with Mr. Muscles, but the fat guy is a Senior Partner over at Pentadin Partners, a shady financial services company that brokers transactions structured to get around international sanctions.  This is very interesting because I stumbled across a series of corporate acquisitions PP brokered this year just before I was so rudely chased from my home”.  Blinky walks over to a table covered in books and papers near the window and grabs a small notebook out of the stack.  “Let’s see here, we have a sclerochiton ilicifolius farm in Transvaal, South Africa, a chemical manufacturing plant in Guilin, China, a bacterial R&D center in Yasenevo, Russia, and an Ion Exchange Equipment manufacturer in Chennai, India.  Seems our fat friend has been quite busy”.  He walks over to his refrigerator and pulls out a soda and offers one to his guest who politely declines.  Blinky never used to be a big soda drinker, but perhaps the stress has gotten to him.  “I was trying to find out who the buyer was for these companies, but, as you can see, did not get to finish that task” Blinky says.  “Seeing as I need to stay off the grid for a while, perhaps you can help me look into it”. 

      “I’d love to help” WhiteGhost says, "but I wouldn’t even know where to start looking”.  The corners of Blinky’s mouth turn up to form just the faintest of smiles. 

      “Luckily, I have some information that may help” he says  “Mr. Osladin, whom you met in the alley the other night, likes to funnel his transactions through the same few offshore holding companies.  The hard drive you recovered has a few programs I developed that you can use to trace back to the beneficial owners.  Unfortunately for you, though, I can’t do it with you as I need to lay low for a bit”. 

      WhiteGhost looks at Blinky who just nods knowingly.

      “Well, it looks like I have some work to do” says WhiteGhost.

 

 

Level 5 - Dead End

After many hours of combing through the voluminous data in the software, WhiteGhost is able to track down all of the transactions.  At first, it seems these companies are all being bought by seemingly independent private companies, but it doesn’t take much digging to tell that they are all just shell companies. 

Interesting, but not very helpful,” WhiteGhost mutters to himself. 

Without any other leads to go from, WhiteGhost spends the next few weeks trying to dig up the shareholders of the acquiring companies by poring through government filings, drilling up through complex offshore holding structures in various tax havens and ultimately coming to numerous anonymous individuals holding proxy stakes through a number of Swiss accounts. 

This is a dead end,” grumbles WhiteGhost.  “Even if I could hack into each of those accounts and find out the identity of each holder, I don’t have the time or the resources to track them all down.”   

Waiting until after dark to avoid unwanted attention, WhiteGhost head back out for another visit with Blinky.  Once he is back inside in Blinky’s cabin, Blinky yanks closed all of the curtains and plugs in an audio jammer.

I don’t think anyone knows I’m here, but we can’t take any chances” Blinky says as he sinks into a chair next to a table covered with a stack of binders and few empty soda cans.  “What do you have?”

Pacing back and forth, WhiteGhost explains to Blinky about the shell companies and proxy shareholders, continuously watching Blinky, looking for any sign of hope.

Well,” starts Blinky “It isn’t impossible to track down these individuals, but there’s no guarantee those people are even real.

WhiteGhost slumps into an empty chair dejectedly.  So that’s it?

Well, I think we have gotten all of the information we can with our current information,” Says Blinky slowly. “We need to go out and get some new leads.

WhiteGhost stares at Blinky uncomprehendingly as he mutters angrily “What do you think I’ve been doing for the last 3 weeks?

Go back to the beginning, of course!” exclaims Blinky.  Those fellows you saw in Aldenton probably know what’s going on.  Mr. Demerara, The Partner from Pentadin, will probably know more about the shareholders because I suspect he structured those accounts himself.  I have a feeling, though, that the other guy may be more likely to provide useful information. 

Why’s that?” WhiteGhost asks, his curiosity peaked.

Think back to the initial conversation you overheard,” continues Blinky “Demerara was being very guarded about what he said and was doing everything he could to keep the other guy quiet, remember?” Blinky grinned slyly “I imagine it wouldn’t take too much persuasion to get the big fellow going.

Brilliant idea!” exclaims WhiteGhost. “I just need to track that guy down, and I have a few ideas where he might be…

 

 

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I was going to do a Star Wars themed challenge this time to coincide with the release of the new Star Wars movie until I realized that the China release is Jan 2018 (exact date TBD) .  So this challenge is going to be basically theme-less.  Anyway, the theme tends to be forgotten as soon as it gets past page 1 anyway, so whatever.  

 

Mission 1: Assassin Stuff

For my workouts this time I am going to specifically focus in EVERY direction.  I'm talking up, down, front, back, left, right and center.  All of them! 

 

So how is this going to work?  Following my last challenge, I have narrowed down a few exercises that I want to improve in over the next month, and each one has a directional focus:

Up: L-Sit and Chest-to-Bar Pullups

Down: Handstand Pushups

Front: Front Levers

Back: Back Levers

Left/Right: Single Leg Deadlifts and Squats

Center: Core stuff

 

I am still working through how I want to put these together into a routine, or if I want to divide them up.  I will play around with it for week 0 and then make a decision (which will still probably get tweaked as I go)

 

Mission 2: More Assassin Stuff

I have finally figured out a way to make stretching both interesting and effective for me.  It worked great the last challenge so I will keep it as is for this one as well.  Focus areas continue to be hips (forward fold, front & side splits), ankles (3rd world squat, wall lean), and shoulders (back scratch, wall lean).  I may also add in some wrist stuff, but for now that will be mostly ad hoc.

 

Mission 3: Foooooooood

This year I decided I wanted to become someone that knows how to cook.  For the last few challenges I have been doing 1 new meal each week and have been really enjoying it.  I also want to keep this one going, and the recipe ideas from everyone here have been great.  I was a bit alarmed to discover that over the course of the last challenge my weight went up 9kgs and BF% went up about 4% (according to my "smart" scale).  My pants that used to be too big are starting to fit again so I think I probably should be more careful with goes into my mouth.  On the other hand, I was intentionally eating more as I have never tried bulking before so it was a bit of an experiment.  Overall I am not too worried because my chest and arms got bigger faster than my waist, but for this challenge I want to try for a bit cleaner bulk.  Will be really hard to keep from doing another dirty bulk with both Thanksgiving and Christmas, though, but we'll see.  

 

Mission 4: Do a Good Turn Daily

When I was a boy scout, we were supposed to "do a good turn daily", which meant doing something for someone else every day.  I have not given this much thought in the intervening years, but recently it has been gnawing at me that maybe I am bit too self-focused.  For this challenge I want to look outward, and see if I can find at least one opportunity to help someone else.  That could mean a family member, a coworker, friend or even a random stranger.  I am not going to set any specific pass/fail marker for this as I have no idea how successful it will be.  I am hoping it will help me to adjust my mindset, if nothing else.

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I'm with you again.  Looking forward to seeing how it goes.

 

   As for bulking clean, just remember, you can't bulk if you don't eat.  I have had several friends that tried Clean bulking and ended up not eating enough and either stayed the same, stayed the same and had strength loss, or actually shrank.    Chart it out.  make sure you are getting enough of the right stuff.

 

 

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Following! 

 

6 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Up: L-Sit and Chest-to-Bar Pullups

Down: Handstand Pushups

Front: Front Levers

Back: Back Levers

Left/Right: Single Leg Deadlifts and Squats

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Of course I'm here and following along!

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3 hours ago, GregT. said:

I'm with you again.  Looking forward to seeing how it goes.

 

   As for bulking clean, just remember, you can't bulk if you don't eat.  I have had several friends that tried Clean bulking and ended up not eating enough and either stayed the same, stayed the same and had strength loss, or actually shrank.    Chart it out.  make sure you are getting enough of the right stuff.

Yeah, that's true.  I think getting enough calories shouldn't be too much of a problem, but I plan to try and make a full holiday dinner this month which will hopefully include a couple of pies.  I plan to eat a good portion of both so I have little hope of getting a really clean bulk.  I can just try to make sure things don't get completely out of control. :D 

 

3 hours ago, deftona said:

Following, of course! Looking forward to seeing what you do for the daily good turn :D 

This one is going to be a real challenge for me because it isn't really something I can plan for, except in the sense of actively looking for opportunities

 

1 hour ago, Ash Raine said:

Me too! And I love the idea of one new meal a week. I may just co-opt that one :D

Welcome! stealing sharing challenge ideas is an Assassin tradition :)  

 

33 minutes ago, zenLara said:

Following! 

 

Beast!

Says the Wolverine :P  

 

16 minutes ago, elizevdmerwe said:

:loyal:

Heelllllloooooo!

 

9 minutes ago, jonfirestar said:

Of course I'm here and following along!

Yay!  So glad to have you here :) 

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Strength: 13 Intelligence: 14 Wisdom: 6 Dexterity:14 Constitution: 12 Charisma: 11

 

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following!

 

2 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

This one is going to be a real challenge for me because it isn't really something I can plan for, except in the sense of actively looking for opportunities

i think you could use social media and text messaging to your advantage here. like or comment on a friend's post that you haven't talked to in awhile, just texting someone that you hope they have a good day is uplifting! not sure if it's the same in china, but this time of year there are so many opportunities to donate your time to places like food kitchens and shelters. good luck!

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ALL THE GOOD ASSASSIN STUFF!

 

But, I am especially excited about your last goal. This is a good season especially to be looking out for others.

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On 11/20/2017 at 9:50 PM, WhiteGhost said:

Mission 4: Do a Good Turn Daily

When I was a boy scout, we were supposed to "do a good turn daily", which meant doing something for someone else every day.  I have not given this much thought in the intervening years, but recently it has been gnawing at me that maybe I am bit too self-focused.  For this challenge I want to look outward, and see if I can find at least one opportunity to help someone else.  That could mean a family member, a coworker, friend or even a random stranger.  I am not going to set any specific pass/fail marker for this as I have no idea how successful it will be.  I am hoping it will help me to adjust my mindset, if nothing else.

 

Great goal sir! Loved the write-up for Chapter 5. I'll have to go back and read the other chapters when I have a second :) 

 

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On 11/21/2017 at 7:58 PM, Sloth the Enduring said:

Following.

Welcome brother Sloth!

 

On 11/21/2017 at 9:41 PM, CourtnieMarie said:

following!

 

i think you could use social media and text messaging to your advantage here. like or comment on a friend's post that you haven't talked to in awhile, just texting someone that you hope they have a good day is uplifting! not sure if it's the same in china, but this time of year there are so many opportunities to donate your time to places like food kitchens and shelters. good luck!

Thanks, those are all good ideas, I have no idea if food kitchens and such exist but I will look into it.

 

On 11/21/2017 at 11:28 PM, raptron said:

ALL THE GOOD ASSASSIN STUFF!

 

But, I am especially excited about your last goal. This is a good season especially to be looking out for others.

Thanks, the last goal is going to be the hardest for sure. 

 

On 11/22/2017 at 1:04 AM, Mad Hatter said:

Following for all the awesome! I also really love the last goal. :) 

So glad you are here :)

 

9 hours ago, Wild Wolf said:

 

Great goal sir! Loved the write-up for Chapter 5. I'll have to go back and read the other chapters when I have a second :) 

 

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Wolfpool

Glad you enjoyed the write up, and even more glad to have you here. Would be nice if you could stop bleeding all over my furniture, though ;)

 

8 hours ago, Yuen said:

As always I really love your exercise choices!!

 

I'll be following along for sure :)

Welcome! You are hugely inspirational for me so I can't say how happy I am to have you here :)

 

1 hour ago, annyshay said:

I'm here. I will catch up on reading anon. ;)

Take your time, I don't expect this thread to be as crazy as the last one :D

 

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Not much to update for now because I am taking this week as a rest week (I really needed it). I have pretty much figured out my workout routine for this challenge so I will probably post that tomorrow.  Stretching is still good.

 

I am still at zero for good deeds, but I have at least been mindful and looking for opportunities. I'm sure I will find some :)

 

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4 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

I am still at zero for good deeds, but I have at least been mindful and looking for opportunities. I'm sure I will find some :)

I disagree. Your comments on my thread boosted my confidence and if that doesn't count as a good deed, then what will?

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On 11/23/2017 at 9:15 AM, fleaball said:

*lurking*

waving back :) 

 

23 hours ago, sylph said:

Rest week/de-load week is an important thing to do every now and again. Refresh, refuel, recover. Good on you for recognizing that.

Yep, I always feel anxious when I go a few days without a workout, but I really needed it this week

 

20 hours ago, elizevdmerwe said:

I disagree. Your comments on my thread boosted my confidence and if that doesn't count as a good deed, then what will?

Fair enough :) I am really glad I was able to lift your spirits, and everything I said is 100% true.  Sometime's it hard to recognize the effect of things we do/say, especially with regard to online comments.  

 

13 hours ago, annyshay said:

Yeah right. ;) Anyway, I'm up to speed. Let's dooooooo this.

OK, time to crank this show into high gear :P 

 

9 hours ago, Machete said:

le follow

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Week 0 Friday

 

Mission 1:

I have come up with a plan for my workout for this challenge.  The workouts will be split between upper and lower body, and will still consist of the usual 3 series.  Unlike previous routines, this one will change for each series based on a matrix.  The upper body portion will have up (Pullups), front (Front Levers), Down (Handstand Pushups), and back (Back Levers), each interspersed with a core exercise (leg raises, planks and sit ups).  The first series will be active, explosive movements that incorporate the full range of motion.  The second series will be slower, controlled movements that focus on power and form and the final series will be static, focusing on endurance.  The upper body matrix is below:

 

Upper Body    
  Active Controlled Static
Up Chest Pullup L-sit Pullups MU Transition Hold
Center Windshield Wipers Leg Raises Hollow Body Hold
Front  Front Lever Lifts Front Lever Extensions Can Opener Front Lever
Center Pistons Side Plank Reach Throughs Plank
Down Hand Stand Kick Ups Hand Stand Push Ups Freestanding Hand Stand
Center Russian Twists Jackknife Situps V-Sit
Back Skin-the-Cats Back Lever Extensions Back Lever Hold

 

The lower body portion I am still working through.  I have identified 9 exercises which can be grouped into three general categories of Strength/Power (Stool Pistol Squat, Weighted Shrimp Squat, Weighted Single-Leg Deadlift), Explosive (Landmines, Jump Lunges, Side Jump Lunges) and Other? Not sure what this category should be called (Slip Leg Curls, Glute Bridges, Kick-Ups).  These will also probably be interspersed with a core or some other exercise, but I haven't decided yet what I will do.  I may do Animal Flow transitions, or some more core work, or maybe just whatever will get points for the mini.  Any suggestions?

 

Mission 2:

Stretching is going as always.  Not much to update there.

 

Mission 3: 

I was going to do a Thanksgiving type dinner this week but everyone is super busy. Instead, I made a very simple chili last night made of ground beef, stewed tomatoes, and refried beans, seasoned with chili powder, coriander, and cinnamon.  I was pretty good, but much better when I added in some hot dog slices and cheese :) 

 

Mission 4: 

I finally found an opportunity last night.  Mi Vieja has a 3-day training at a resort outside of the city starting from this morning.  Originally she was going to drive up this morning, but in normal traffic that is a 2 hour drive, meaning she would have to get up super early.  Instead, as soon as she got back from work, I drove her up there so she could get a good night sleep and get to her training refreshed.  It helps that in nighttime traffic it only takes 30 minutes to get there :) 

 

Also, work has picked up a bit so I will not have as much time to be on here as before, so if I am not commenting in your threads that's why.

 

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