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I had a Salad Club salad for lunch (shredded cabbage, banana peppers, roast chicken, sunflower seeds, bacon bits, cilantro avocado dressing) and went to gymnastics practice -- which was actually very good! I did lots and lots and lots of front tumbling and my shoulder felt fine. I'm starting to work up to front handspring + front pike + front tuck again, so I did some into rebounds and into rolls. I might try some onto soft mats on Saturday and see how that goes because it feels very doable!

 

After floor, I worked on balance beam basics and then lots of back handsprings. I got on the high beam and removed a couple of mats, so I am back on track with these. I want to include it in a series next season, and right now I feel like I am very, very, very far away from that but I have like... 8 months. I'll just keep chipping away and hopefully they'll feel really solid and comfortable by then. Ended with standing back tucks for abs conditioning and to be happy about just having them on the floor again. 

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On 5/25/2018 at 2:00 PM, Mad Hatter said:

Sure, just casually doing back tucks as core work. Easy peasy. ;) 

On 5/27/2018 at 5:36 PM, sylph said:

Right? Doesn't everyone?

;) 

 

So to wrap up my zero week, I lifted on Friday. I barely eked out a new bench PR at 152# -- it feels like it should/could be much easier but my bar path is shit. So, I definitely will zero in on trying to improve my technique next cycle. My conventional deadlifts didn't go anywhere... haha. Literally, just stayed on the ground at 280# even though I was pulling 275# for 3 AND separately in singles. I feel like I actually tried to load my hamstrings properly and it just didn't work. Probably because I never do that. :P 

 

Saturday practice was great for tumbling. I started trying to connect dive rolls out of my front handspring + front pike on a 4" mat, which went really well. I think I'll be able to just go for some actual front tucks after a few more practices at this progression. I also did my back handsprings on high beam with only 3 mats, and while they didn't feel perfect, I was still okay mentally with doing them. I ended with kips for abs conditioning, but threw my neck a bit weirdly on my last set. I don't think it was related to the shoulder -- just probably a result of my shoulders being very tired after the week's activities. 

 

Sunday had a quick driving practice, but I was NOT in a great mood for it, so it was pretty short. Still living that parking lot life. I have to renew my permit next week because it will be expired when I get back from my trip. Speaking of....

 

I'm going to be out Wednesday - Sunday renting a house with some friends. VACAAAAY.

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Zero Week Summary: gymnastics x3, lifting x2 (max testing!), Salad Club x3, Driving x1, weeknight dishes x2, Crow PVP x2 

 

Week 1 Plan

Tuesday - lunchtime strength circuit at work gym if lol I have any time ever, working a meeting meeting til 9

Wednesday - lunchtime run, finish packing, flight out at 9:30pm

Thursday - YMCA lifting with my friend + head to rental house!

Friday or Saturday DO A HIKE?! DO A SWIM! DO SOME CROW?

 

I will not have time for driving this week, only will have 2 opportunities to do lifting/accessories, and probably won't have access to much salad-like food after today. Maybe I'll make a resolution to get stuff for at least one big salad for peeps during the weekend. I normally just subsist on beers, handfuls of chips, and weirdly... lots of raw radishes. I'll make an effort to get something green in my belly. 

 

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have fun!!!

 

i've been making this kale salad for potlucks that is stable and great for leftovers, even as a quickie hangover breakfast or post-workout snack! it'd be easy to pick up the ingredients for and/or sub other ingredients into it - good luck!

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27 minutes ago, raptron said:

Friday or Saturday DO A HIKE?! DO A SWIM! DO SOME CROW?

 

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27 minutes ago, raptron said:

I will not have time for driving this week, only will have 2 opportunities to do lifting/accessories, and probably won't have access to much salad-like food after today. Maybe I'll make a resolution to get stuff for at least one big salad for peeps during the weekend. I normally just subsist on beers, handfuls of chips, and weirdly... lots of raw radishes. I'll make an effort to get something green in my belly. 

 

YOU CAN DO IT

 

3 minutes ago, CourtnieMarie said:

i've been making this kale salad for potlucks that is stable and great for leftovers, even as a quickie hangover breakfast or post-workout snack! it'd be easy to pick up the ingredients for and/or sub other ingredients into it - good luck!

 

Thank you for this! Saving the recipe. We've been big into kale salads.

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Hi friend! I love reading your challenges. Which is to say I love stalking you and wishing I were living that life. Food trivia? I need food trivia. Looks like everything is going well, and you’re on the move doing tons of things. 

 

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12 hours ago, raptron said:

lots of raw radishes.

Is this your secret to day-drinking???!?!?

 

12 hours ago, CourtnieMarie said:

i've been making this kale salad for potlucks that is stable and great for leftovers, even as a quickie hangover breakfast or post-workout snack! it'd be easy to pick up the ingredients for and/or sub other ingredients into it - good luck!

Saving!! You're seriously the best for curating all the tasty recipes!

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Hi friend! I love reading your challenges. Which is to say I love stalking you and wishing I were living that life. Food trivia? I need food trivia. Looks like everything is going well, and you’re on the move doing tons of things. 

 

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15 hours ago, MikeW said:

Is this your secret to day-drinking???!?!?

B) 

 

On 5/29/2018 at 11:28 AM, CourtnieMarie said:

i've been making this kale salad for potlucks that is stable and great for leftovers, even as a quickie hangover breakfast or post-workout snack! it'd be easy to pick up the ingredients for and/or sub other ingredients into it - good luck!

This looks lovely but I think it'd be a serving for one (me) if I made it for this particular group of people. MIGHT STILL DO IT.

 

9 hours ago, doctorake said:

Following. Impressive squat.

It's all I got.

 

Day 1.2

I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO HAVE TIME TO WORK OUT? How hilarious.

 

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Anyway, STILL hoping to get my run on today. I have no other exciting updates.

 

Edit: It happened! I forgot to pause Runkeeper the whole while I was stopped at Starbucks to pick up some thank you gift cards for some folks that helped us with a project, so it looks a bit worse than it was. THE WEATHER WAS FRICKING BEAUTIFUL. 

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ooooooo got get sweaty at lunchtime

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On 5/29/2018 at 8:04 AM, raptron said:

I normally just subsist on beers, handfuls of chips, and weirdly... lots of raw radishes. I'll make an effort to get something green in my belly. 

 

Why not turn the radishes into a salad? 

 

I hope you get in your run today and have a good flight tonight!

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2 hours ago, Jonesy said:

 

Why not turn the radishes into a salad? 

 

I hope you get in your run today and have a good flight tonight!

BRILLIANT! 

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On 5/29/2018 at 6:21 PM, raptron said:

I'm going to be out Wednesday - Sunday renting a house with some friends. VACAAAAY.


Niiice, enjoy the week-end! Send us some crow postcards :lol:

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HIII, I'm back! 

 

My friend who filmed my crow video apparently FAILED AT IT and only took blurry pictures.  But I did sit in a donut float for National Donut Day:

From the top though, I did get my lifting with a friend on Thursday:

4 x 5 x 215# squat top sets

4 x 5 x 120# bench top sets

4 x 6 dips

4 x 12 scap pulls

4 x 12 x 60# one legged KB romanian deadlifts

 

It is nice to lift with buddies! Once we got to the house, I spent MUCH of my time in the pool and in the hot tub:

 

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POOOOOL PARTY. There was a little diving board so I did some simple dives -- but not a ton because the water was very chlorinated and felt like snorting fire. In terms of total physical activity during the trip, it was pretty low for me, but lots of fun. We had some musical sing-a-long time in the hot tub, played some board and card games, and shot the shit for 4 days straight. Love. I tapered off my drinking much better than I have in years past so I wasn't very hungover Sunday and feel great today. I am back to normal biz! Let's get after it. :)

 

Monday - gymnastics + film and post some crow PVPing

Tuesday - lifting + weeknight dishes

Wednesday - lifting

Thursday - PT appointment + maybe gymnastics but maybe rest day

Friday - lifting + weeknight dishes

Sat - gymnastics + Boston Pride weekend stuff + cookout

Sun - driving practice 

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35 minutes ago, raptron said:

I did some simple dives -- but not a ton because the water was very chlorinated and felt like snorting fire.

:uncomfortableness:

 

36 minutes ago, raptron said:

In terms of total physical activity during the trip, it was pretty low for me, but lots of fun.

 

Involuntary deload, tough! :P
Love the donut float. By the way,  have you found a good moisturizer with SPF, or are you still trying out stuff?

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9 minutes ago, @mu said:

Love the donut float. By the way,  have you found a good moisturizer with SPF, or are you still trying out stuff?

I haven't found one I love yet. I'm using the Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture (35 spf) right now and it applies well at first go, but if I start to sweat, it gets kind of slimey in a way I am not a big fan of, especially because I'm trying to use it for summertime sunshine. The search is not over! 

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