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  1. Maintain training consistency without tracking on NF (end of challenge evaluation)

  2. Train in the morning

  3. Daily reading in Persian

  4. Bonus: finish 2nd layer of guesso on cardboard project

 

Current training focus: parallettes, handstand, press to handstand

 

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Last challenge, I started working with Garage Gym Girl's press to handstand programme. I went through assessments / handstand line / negative presses (wall & free) and I'm now working on elevated press. Most of this challenge's topic is likely to be focused on that because I'm very excited about it!

 

I also do a custom session of GMB Parallettes 2 (bent arm work), some stretching and complementary work, some pull (background in aerial but not doing much at the moment because I'm very focused on press).

 

I have been tracking all of this for ages here. I have been fairly consistent and I maintained the habit despite a big life change (international move). The challenge will be to see if I can maintain that without having to be accountable here. I'm curious. I do maintain a workout plan & log for myself, let's see if that's enough. I will see at the end of the challenge how it went. I'm still very likely to spam you with progress (or lack thereof) but it will be more blog-like than actual tracking. I pondered about having a daily battle log but I kinda like the challenge format better.

 

There is one thing that I do want to track & challenge myself on a bit: I usually train in the morning but these days I tend to postpone my training sessions (stretching in particular) and it's not working for me (more tired, less focused, and sometimes I postpone so much that I end up skipping...). I will make training in the morning a challenge item. I do think it's ok to have some flexibility to deal with life impromptus, and doing it in the evening is better than not doing it all. I don't need 100% to pass, but I don't want it to happen too regularly basically.

 

Life-wise, E., the cat and I moved countries a couple of months ago. I'm looking for a job (IT related) and it's a bit stressful of course. I have been quite good at prepping for that (CV, daily coding, market research, motivation letters, interviews are starting to come up etc). I don't think I need to challenge myself further on that item because after a little moment of doubt, fear and procrastination, I'm now definitely motivated and engaged in the process. But I might still do some regular venting here :lol:

 

I will also leave out anything creative like drawing because I'm not in the mood at all, no point trying. If I manage to finish my cardboard project, it would be great though because it's still taking a lot of space in the living room. At least finish the second layer of guesso, so that I can move the furniture to its place until I can get on with decoration. That will be a bonus goal again (I did not manage it last challenge...).

 

There is one last little item that I do want to challenge myself on, and it is reading in Persian. Back in Iran, I always had a bit of reading to do no matter what (work being a big one) but these days of course not so much. I always have a daily read in English without thinking about it (primarily international news, tech and training stuff, sometimes a book). In Persian, I still read social media + messages/e-mails, I read some news. But on a daily average, I don't think it amounts to much. Compared to English, I don't read as much literature either. And I noticed that I have started using more fenglish (f for farsi aka Persian, written with the English script) when I need to type. So let's try to read proper Persian a little bit every day. I won't be measuring volume / time for now, just a daily pass (social media / messaging do not count).

 

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3 hours ago, @mu said:

it will be more blog-like than actual tracking. 

I am planning to do my updates blog style as well

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Glad you chose to stick with the challenge format- I do like the reflection and re-focus that it brings every couple of weeks... and it's much easier to follow along with others too- because you'll do a little recap every once in a while which just won't happen on a battle log :D

 

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14 hours ago, KB Girl said:

Glad you chose to stick with the challenge format- I do like the reflection and re-focus that it brings every couple of weeks... and it's much easier to follow along with others too- because you'll do a little recap every once in a while which just won't happen on a battle log :D

 

 

Same!

Talking about long-haul stuff, what I have in mind (but it may change) is try to get a first level of straight arm press (I expect this to take some time), then go back to fight for some kind of baseline on P2 Phase 4 flow (I say baseline because I'm not that bothered about doing the full planche version, I'd be very happy with the entry-level flow). While still improving on straight arm skills (so HS and HS-related vocabulary). Then I have some fuzzy vision of mixing silks, parallettes and ball :D  And somewhere in the middle of all this, I'd like to perform again. In Scotland, I was performing aerial. In Iran, I was doing theatre. Maybe I can get that thread running here as well (but getting a job is my priority right now).

 

13 hours ago, Mike Wazowski said:

Here for this! And excited to see how the no-tracking (or at least, less tracking) experiment goes for you!

 

And of course, excited to be inspired by your epic handstands (coming from the guy who can maybe get a 10s hold, if he's lucky).

 

Yes, I'm curious to see how it goes with just having a check at the end of the month. It's still some kind of accountability but not as stringent.

 

Bah you know when I started working HS on a regular basis, my holds were around 5s at best :P I think HS just needs consistent, fairly long-term, dedicated time (I mean for an adult with no specific talent / gym background, like me basically). It's a bit of a priority shift. I have had HS in my wish list for a long time, but it's only the past year that I could really allocate proper time for it AND that I found the settings (ie parallettes) that made me stick to it - despite the amount of crap and frustration HS training is throwing at me :D

 

Monday

 

Hips-related training. In the morning? YES

Persian daily read: YES (Khabar online and BBC Persian)

 

Unexpectedly I also spent some time on my cardboard, and I reached the stage where I can put the furniture away in a corner until I have more time and desire for decoration. It's just plain white for now.

Here is how it currently looks like:

 

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Here are a few pics from the building stages:

 

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It honestly looks better on the pic than it is really. It has some soft edges and bumps of guesso that leaked and dried...erm

 

It's not too bad for a first time I guess.

If I had to do it again, I would be really super careful about edges (krafting has to be really neat) and cardboard has to be super high quality / super clean (which is not that easy to find when you're recycling). Not sure I would bother with guesso + paint (covering it might be easier).

I'm not sure how long it will stay there. It will have its use for now because we don't have a lot of furniture but to stay for good it will definitely need some improvement / decoration that hides some of the irregularities.

 

And off to some press to HS work now :)

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Tuesday

 

Press to HS + misc.

In the morning? YES

Daily Persian: NOT YET

 

So this week is deload week, I forgot to mention that. I kept all the drills but reduced volume + no HS 5x5 consistency, instead I worked on a few HS sets with leg movements and controlling my banana (it's a nice counter-stretch as well because I tend to pike / hollow hold a lot in HS).

 

This is my first week of elevated HS press and I started as Kirsty indicated, pretty high. I'm a bit lacking in boxes of appropriate height, so I couldn't go higher than chair + stool + books (we are supposed to start at bum level but bum level on parallettes is pretty HIGH).

It was doable though, I could press and come down (I did not try doing it for reps yet). This is good timing for deload. Some intensity (balancing rather then strength) but nothing crazy. I wasn't too sure at first because I've never done elevated press before. I will keep that height for the week. It was fun to do, really enjoyable, no too hard, not too easy.

 

Here is a log video to show how it currently looks like. The setup looks a bit acrobatic but it's fairly stable. I still had a bit of fear because bailing out of that has to be a bit tactical, especially when coming back the normal way. I piked a lot at first, bailed a couple of times in all directions, and then I started feeling a bit more confident.

The video also includes some ball drill on the left side, to give an idea of what I do. Caveat: my form is so so and I go a bit fast (always good to have a video check every so often!), but you get the idea: the drill is reproducing the sort of leg bending I get in active compression, so that I can work on that bit in isolation.

+ a rep of negative press where I think my HS line was quite improved at the top.

 

 

 

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I feel like your elevated set up is a bit far away? Unless you are very purposefully training without much shoulder forward lean... in which case, ignore me. :P

 

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3 hours ago, KB Girl said:

It seems cool and satisfying to me to have a piece of furniture in the house you made yourself :) it's such a cool idea for when you're saving money too. 

 

I like the idea too and people come up with very nice-looking cardboard furniture. But I'm only very mildly happy about the result. Not because of the colour because it's just guesso for now, that's fair enough, but the shape irregularities from close up annoy me a little. It will definitely need some extras to look ok. Oh well it's the first one :P

 

2 hours ago, raptron said:

I feel like your elevated set up is a bit far away? Unless you are very purposefully training without much shoulder forward lean... in which case, ignore me. :P

 

 

No you're right, I checked the ref video and I should have a setup with more forward lean indeed. Thanks! Love the coaching here too :) you're awesome guys!

 

 

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52 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

Hmm probably not true unless you already have all the stuff. Getting a thing like that from IKEA would probably be cheaper. Still a neat DIY project!

 

 

Yes, I had to buy a glue gun, glue and guesso. It's still cheaper than IKEA at this stage but if I wanted to make it look good (paint or decorative paper / practical stuff like handles for drawers), it would start getting more expensive. This is also one reason I'm also a bit reluctant to do more stuff with it, because I'm not completely sure I can mask all the irregularities, so is it worth buying nice decoration / accessories for it? not sure, probably not right now for sure.

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Tuesday

 

Daily Persian? YES (BBC Persian, stories from Shahnameh)

 

Wednesday

 

REST day

Daily Persian? Oops NOPE => why? Postponed throughout the day and in the evening, I fell asleep super quickly. No excuse really...

 

Thursday

 

P2 custom + misc

In the morning? NOPE

Daily Persian? YES (stories from Shahnameh)

 

I got up super early (~4h30), did some coding, laid down to read and fell asleep at ~10-11am, woke up past noon... I did my session later in the afternoon. Which was ok but I need to find some prep exercise for lever → straddle hold reps, the warm-up I do for those is not enough.

 

Friday

 

Backbends and HS deload + misc

In the morning? YES

Daily Persian? Not yet

 

I changed a bit my backbends drills because I'm getting a bit meh-ed by camel. I did more cobra variations and bridge to elbows instead.

I also worked on my HS banana / scorpion. I find it so difficult. There is a hairy balancing point where I don't have enough strength somewhere to control hip extension and the fold. It's the same on elbows. On elbows I can hold a bit longer these days, but in HS it's very short lived. And left arm really wants to bend, little bugger. Here is a visual:

 

 

 

And I have my tech interview this afternoon. I have to buffer some time to feel a bit grounded / prepared / calm enough (back bending and inverting already helped a fair bit). Persian will have to wait.

 

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All I know that it's pretty technical to find the balance point and the shoulder positioning, but this is beyond my underpants collection. Whenever I've tried scorpions I found it really tricky to both spread my shoulders for stability and sink down for depth at the same time. However one thing that I noticed is that at the tipping point you're looking up pretty rapidly, I think that transition throws you off. I think it could be an idea to not try to hit full depth but work on longer holds just before the tipping point to build up that very specific strength.

 

Good luck at the interview!!!! I'm sure you'll smash it! 

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Echoing to drill your weak point/fall point position for longer rather than pushing through for a fast/wobbly transition. Also I expect you find it difficult because it is very difficult, hahah. :P Also drilling trying to get into a maybe shallower hold and trying to come back out of it with control can be super helpful to build that strength. 

 

Have a good interview! 

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4 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

All I know that it's pretty technical to find the balance point and the shoulder positioning, but this is beyond my underpants collection. Whenever I've tried scorpions I found it really tricky to both spread my shoulders for stability and sink down for depth at the same time. However one thing that I noticed is that at the tipping point you're looking up pretty rapidly, I think that transition throws you off. I think it could be an idea to not try to hit full depth but work on longer holds just before the tipping point to build up that very specific strength.

 

Good luck at the interview!!!! I'm sure you'll smash it! 

 

40 minutes ago, raptron said:

Echoing to drill your weak point/fall point position for longer rather than pushing through for a fast/wobbly transition. Also I expect you find it difficult because it is very difficult, hahah. :P Also drilling trying to get into a maybe shallower hold and trying to come back out of it with control can be super helpful to build that strength. 

 

Have a good interview! 

 

Yes I definitely felt that! I will drill on it. I can come back to straight on elbows, but it's on elbows... I will have to train from scratch in HS. It amplifies everything! It's a side thing for now though, I have enough on my plate. I really enjoy the stretch though.

Thanks for the tips guys

 

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So interview went well!! They were happy with the code. Although I'm not familiar with their framework, they said it didn't show really. It's a demo so to be fair, it didn't really require an extensive knowledge of the thing but at least it showed I can decently handle a new framework. And the CTO liked my implementation of the search problem. That was the important bit!

The one critic I got "to be picky" was that I could maybe have added one clarification comment inside a lambda function - although the lead said the method name was clear enough for her. Overall they said the code was clean, modern and well-organised (ouf!). So the code review went much more smoothly than I thought. I'm very happy about that bit!

Then there was one question about REST methods and reverse-proxies that I couldn't answer but that was not a major killer I think. I was quite plain about my current strengths and weaknesses (the ones I know at least) and that didn't phase them out. If anything, it might have given me points for blunt honesty? (but sometimes this causes me to undersell myself slightly).

Now I have to wait for an interview with the CEO next week... reaching stage 4... and then maybe I'll get an offer? HR person gave me info about the premiums (eg health insurance, meal vouchers..). Is that a good sign? I hope :D I sure hope I won't blow it with the CEO, you never know :ph34r: It's a (relatively) lengthy process and I find it hard to fork into new applications at this stage.

 

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:surprise::surprise::surprise::surprise::surprise::surprise:

 

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OMG the CEO called me (8pm!) and I HAVE THE JOB!!! 

 

Woooaaaaaaa, at last, job search COMPLETED!!!!!

 

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That was so much stress pending over my head. I'm so excited now!!

 

 

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:cheerful:

 

Friday

 

Daily Persian? Yes (Khabar Online)

 

Saturday

 

Press to HS + misc

In the morning: Yes

Daily Persian: not yet

 

My butt is sore from yesterday's back-bends. And my pecs as well, the bananas I suspect.

 

For press to HS, I worked on my previous setup with a lean, and then I lowered the height until I found it doable but still challenging (and inconsistent). Which is one little bench/stool high and much nicer to work with than chairs + stool + books. The lean on that one is a bit closer to the ref video but it's still small

I submitted my video #2 to Kirsty, let's see what she says. If you watch my spam, you have seen all the videos except the last one which is from today (elevated press from stool).

 

And I don't know why, I have a horrible headache, that came down a little while inverting but is back on again. I need some off-screen time, it's making it worse.

 

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Congratulations on the job offer!!!

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On 5/25/2019 at 2:30 PM, Mad Hatter said:

Wow you’re already sooooo close!

 

Relatively to parallettes, it's a little bit above a yoga block. But from previous xp on negatives, I expect that reducing that height will take a while :D 

 

21 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Congratulations on the job offer!!!

 

Cheers! I'm so happy this is moving forward. It was a big factor of latent stress. Now of course, I will have to deal with adaptation stress for a while... But at least it will be paid stress :D

 

Saturday

 

Daily Persian: Yes (ISNA)

 

Sunday

 

A pretty bad day, I mean not that horrible on the scale of the universe but pretty unpleasant.

 

First I went voting for the EU elections early in the morning. I still had a really bad headache, we can say full blown migraine at that stage. I came back, popped more ibuprofen, went to bed and laid down in the dark. Just before I launched a system upgrade on my laptop since I was pretty much going offline myself.

 

At about ~4pm my brain came back online sort of, migraine had reduced slightly. I started my laptop, bang no keyboard after upgrade... Keyboard was working before boot, eg I could go and edit boot settings but once booted, whether graphically or in a console, I could not type a thing. And networking was also failing so I couldn't ssh on it from my phone to figure out what was wrong.

Long story short, that totally killed my Sunday. This morning, I finally found out what was wrong (a new kernel option that was disabling the keyboard...just like that...ffs).

I'm relieved because I have a lot of admin documents that I need to send / print etc... I just made a backup.... and the headache seems to be finally gone. But I did not train and did not do any Persian. I wanted to do other things as well but Sunday just did not happen :abnormal:

 

So Week 0 summary: so so. Leaving hell Sunday aside, I'd say okayish but can do better. I need to up my game a little because I will start work next week (on Tuesday) and if I'm sluggish on my routine, it will likely break quickly.

The good thing though is that I finished my cardboard thing.

 

/* Challenge Log */

Morning:   4/6
Persian:   5/7
Cardboard: DONE!

 

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Ugh, that headache sounds terrible.  Glad you are feeling better now (and also glad your keyboard is back)

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