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Happy New Year, nerds!

 

I had a fantastic Christmas & New Year with the Welshman, plenty of time spent visiting family & friends and also having quiet time to ourselves in the middle of there too, somehow.  But now it's time to crack on with 2018, and I appear to finally in the position at the start of a challenge where I have no injuries!

 

With a view to this, I am taking everything right back to basics again and building from the ground up again in order to try minimising the likelihood of them happening again.  So my goals for this challenge are quite simple:

 

1) Run three times a week - I have a half-marathon in mid-March which is the focus of this goal.  I don't expect a good time, but I want to make sure I can run the entire thing without stopping.  I have a simple but progressive plan already sorted, so now all that remains is to do the training!

 

2) Bodyweight workouts twice a week - I have started from the beginning with the startbodyweight.com progressions as they worked well for me in the past.  This way I get a full body workout every time (once deadlifts are inserted into the programme from next weekend), and it'll stand me in very good stead for the Spartan Super I have entered in April with other UK nerds.

 

3) Daily yoga - I will do at the very least a NF Yoga mini-session every day, and preferably a full session whenever I get time.  This is a proven injury-prevention strategy for me, which unfortunately I am apparently too stupid to remember to continue doing when I haven't been injured for a while...

 

4) Read books - I started reading books on the train home last challenge and I'm really enjoying getting through them.  I have a pile of books left to read followed by the ones already downloaded onto my Kindle, then I can finally start buying new ones again.  Hoping to get through plenty in 2018!

 

So that's my challenge - nice & simple, but acheivable.  I will also be using my custom challenge mechanics again (see next post).

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Custom Challenge Mechanics

 

  • +1XP for every full mile run (i.e. 6.22M = 6XP)
    • races (excl. Parkrun/GRL) count as double points
  • +1XP for every exercise in a workout (i.e. 5x5 squats = 1XP)

  • +1XP for foam rolling (max. 1XP per day)

  • +1XP for NF Yoga mini-session, +2XP for a full session (max. 2XP per day)

 

Lvl 1 Swift Hunter special abilities:

  • Favoured Enemy:

    • Do extra damage against this foe

    • Specified exercise is now worth 2XP instead of 1XP

    • At higher levels the amount of damage done can also increase

  • Track:

    • Find tracks and follow them over difficult terrain

    • +1XP for any run involving a significant offroad potion (i.e. trails, XC, fell races, etc.)

  • Skirmish:

    • Deal extra precision damage to foes while moving quickly

    • +1XP for every dedicated interval workout performed

    • Amount of damage caused increases at higher levels

  • Trapfinding:

    • Use the Search skill to locate traps and then Disable Device to bypass/disarm them

    • +1XP for reviewing self-care list against my current life/actions and adjusting things accordingly (max. 1XP per day)

    • Effectiveness increases at higher levels

 

Lvl 2 Swift Hunter spcial ability:

  • Combat Style: Shapeshifting
    • Bear form
    • XP to be assigned for being the best version of myself, making difficult choices when they need to be made, and openly being me
    • Difficult to quanitfy, but it'll become apparent how it works as it happens

 

Side Quests

 

  • Read books on the train
    • +1XP for every train journey spent reading

 

Current total: 322XP (next level at 550XP)

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DAMMIT BIG SHOW!

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13 hours ago, Big_Show said:

 

1) Run three times a week - I have a half-marathon in mid-March which is the focus of this goal

Oh yeah, that's a thing isn't it! I'll see you there and will follow you on the way. 

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Ooooooh. Liking this return to the basics hive mind :)


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Hey guys, good to have you all along!

Quick phone update only today - a friend from Newcastle is down visiting this evening and I haven't seen her since March 2016, so laptop is not a priority today.

I have Quad DOMS of Death today - three runs & 2 gym sessions in the last 5 days are probably the reason! Plus Bulgarian Split Squats are bastards. So it's probably handy that today is a rest day! When I get in I'm going to do my yoga & foam-rolling immediately to make sure they get done.

Full update coming tomorrow for the first three days of the challenge!

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POVERTY CHALLENGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

No not really your challenge is great and there's not a lick of poverty in it, I just couldn't resist the chance to crack a Camp joke.

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You'd think with all the problems in this world, there'd be more answers. It's not fair...
...But that's the way things are. The choice is yours."

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The Spartan Super is shaping up to be another NF meet up. I hope there's a pub nearby we can take over afterwards. :very_drunk:

 

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DOMS just means you did good work.

And pain. Lots of pain.

I mean a lot of pain.

WHY DOES IT HURT SO BAD??

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On 02/01/2018 at 4:56 PM, Sloth the Enduring said:

Woot! DOMS of death. Good start brother.


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ALL the DOMS.  Thankfully mostly gone today though!

 

On 02/01/2018 at 7:31 PM, shaar said:

POVERTY CHALLENGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

No not really your challenge is great and there's not a lick of poverty in it, I just couldn't resist the chance to crack a Camp joke.

 

Well technically I am trying to spend less money during January, so there will be more than a hint of poverty about the place in days to come...

 

On 02/01/2018 at 7:58 PM, Charlie_Quinn said:

The Spartan Super is shaping up to be another NF meet up. I hope there's a pub nearby we can take over afterwards. :very_drunk:

 

 

I am running it with a couple of nerds from Camp and their friends, so pub is definitely welcome - the Welshman & I are booked into a Premier Inn about 8 miles away, and they always have a pub attached!

 

20 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

DOMS just means you did good work.

And pain. Lots of pain.

I mean a lot of pain.

WHY DOES IT HURT SO BAD??

 

Because we earned the pain...

 

18 hours ago, Raxie said:

 

Please record this for science.

 

I shall!  Yay Instagram!

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Ok, so I don't have time to do retrospective points for the first couple of days so I'm just starting them from today.  Better late than never!

 

Today was just a regular day at work.  Loads of doughnuts, cakes, and chocolates in the office but I resisted.  I even asked a colleague to slap me if she saw me pick up a cookie.  Thankfully she was not required.

 

On the way home my train was cancelled leading to a half hour delay for the next one (no reading on the train as I was submitting my claim for my ticket instead), and then when I finally got to the gym there was a fire alarm and we were briefly evacuated from the building.  But eventually I was able to get on with my workout!

 

I moved up to the next progression on a few exercises today, and on the ones where I haven't quite reached that point yet I still managed to perform more reps this time round.  It definitely kicked my arse though!

 

Dinner tonight was a beef & broccolli stir-fry recipe that I ripped out of a fitness magazine.  I was kind of dubious as the sauce was made out of Bisto and teriyaki sauce, but it turned out to taste rather lovely!  We had it with leftover yorkshire puddings - a classic combo I'm sure you'll agree...

 

Yoga is happening immediately after this update, soon to be followed by bed as well.  SO tired today...

 

Today's score:

+7XP for the workout

+1XP for foam-rolling

+1XP for Squat Mobility mini-session

+1XP for pull-ups (Favoured Enemy)

+1XP for Trapfinding

Daily Total: 11XP

Previous Total: 322XP

Current Total: 333XP (next level at 550XP)

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Wohoo awesome job avoiding the work food trap! That's a tough one.
Thank you! Today it will be easier as I have weighed in at 2.2lbs lighter than last week and I need to keep that up! [emoji123][emoji199]

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13 hours ago, Big_Show said:

 

Today was just a regular day at work.  Loads of doughnuts, cakes, and chocolates in the office but I resisted.  I even asked a colleague to slap me if she saw me pick up a cookie.  Thankfully she was not required.

Christmas always has the amazing affect that when it's over with I just don't want anything like cookies or cake for a little while afterwards. Total burnout. 

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2019 Roadmap

Spoiler

 

" Always aim for something stupidly crazy." - Charlie Quinn

2019 Races: Cliveden MTR 06/01 | Nuts Challenge 02/03 | Reading Half Marathon 17/03 | W.A.R 27/04 | RRDW 11/05 | Nuclear Oblivion 19/05 | Man vs Lakes 20/07 | Spartan Trifecta Weekend 05-06/10 | OCRWC 11-13/10

 

Current Challenge: First Steps

Previous Challenges: 12 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24

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6 hours ago, Big_Show said:

Thank you! Today it will be easier as I have weighed in at 2.2lbs lighter than last week and I need to keep that up! emoji123.pngemoji199.png

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Congrats on keeping it svelte!  It's crazy how much easier things are once results start coming in :D

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19 hours ago, Big_Show said:

On the way home my train was cancelled leading to a half hour delay for the next one (no reading on the train as I was submitting my claim for my ticket instead), and then when I finally got to the gym there was a fire alarm and we were briefly evacuated from the building.  But eventually I was able to get on with my workout!

This is awesome you did this and still managed a workout and cooking dinner.

 

AWwww yiss.

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8 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

Christmas always has the amazing affect that when it's over with I just don't want anything like cookies or cake for a little while afterwards. Total burnout. 

 

I'm kinda the same, but if they are things that I really like and they're on offer then I kinda go the other way...

 

5 hours ago, Raxie said:

 

Congrats on keeping it svelte!  It's crazy how much easier things are once results start coming in :D

 

Knowing I had those 2lbs already in the bank did indeed help me with it today when muffins were on offer!  The second week's always the hardest for me to keep at it though, so I need to proeprly watch myself.

 

2 hours ago, miss_marissa said:

This is awesome you did this and still managed a workout and cooking dinner.

 

AWwww yiss.

 

And despite being dubious about how the sauce would turn out!  I mean, gravy cranules and teriyaki sauce are not an immediately obvious combo...

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Respawning. One day at a time.

Battle Log: #OperationWeddingSuit

Previous challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38  

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Thursday is out of the way, nearly at the weekend now!

 

I decided to jettison my planned run for the evening.  I've been feeling a bit tired & run-down all week, plus my ankle was sore for no apparent reason today, so I'm taking the extra rest day as a precaution.  One 4M run is hardly going to break my training programme, and this way I know I'll be fine when it comes to my 6M on Saturday.

 

Instead, I did two Yoga mini-sessions - I've never actually done the Shoulder Mobility video before, and it turns out I do not have much!  This is definitely going to become a more regular feature in my training, especially now I'm aiming at more bodyweight & calisthenics exercises.

 

Nothing much else to add today; kinda knackered though so gonna head to bed early. After starting work on planning our Summer holiday...

 

Today's score:

+1XP for foam-rolling

+2XP for Squat & Shoulder Mobility mini-sessions

+1XP for Trapfinding

+1XP for reading on the train

Daily Total: 5XP

Previous Total: 333XP

Current Total: 338XP (next level at 550XP)

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