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ha! what was I saying?

 

oh yeah.

 

I'm here!  and early too.... but work is calling and I need to get back at it!

 

Hello friends! hoping you are having a good monday!!

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OMGosh

 

so ME right now;

 

 

and Yet I have too.  If i'm grumpy later on-- work can know why (if they dare to ask). ha

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I LOVE that icon.

glad to have you

 

err yesterday's work went ok I guess.  but I still didn't get much done.

 

maybe I can be more productive today?

 

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ha!

 

anyways. as least it is sunny out and I got my numbers (nearly) updated.  I'll try to get to Week0 goals.

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Happy HUMP day guys!

 

today has (felt) busy.  but I'm not exactly sure I've effective...  I think I'm just working faster and Still, though, not getting a whole lot done.

 

at any rate, tho'

 

I have gotten numbers updated, did my workout, oh and I bought a sketchbook and pencils.

 

yep.

you guys win.   I still think I'm very rubbish at sketching... but... but

 

when has being GOOD .... ever stopped me?

 

perhaps I just need to Sketch because

 

  • it motivates me to SEE
  • it gives me some creative outlet in life 
  • and vaguely...I hate giving up on things in my life
  • (I do LIKE sketching I always have)
  • A great appreciation for a good sketch (although none of mine are good enough to really earn that love...BUT maybe EVERY artist feels that way?)

 

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so generally, Sketching has generated some thought.  I may be BAD at it, but perhaps I can be Less bad at it in the future?

 

this all insinuates and pleads for goals and some kind of program.

 

Wait a minute Nelly!  not so fast.

 

I Do want to improve... but a HUGE passionate effort at something else is NOT what I need right now.  casual Sketching FITS my life, but a new Riveting obsession doesn't.

Instead , like that great quote from Ira glass says;  why not do a sketch every week and keep after it?

its hard to argue with the idea of just letting the pencil doodle some weekly and seeing what can happen if I'm a little bit serious and just persist at it.

 

SO

 

I bought a sketchbook and some pencils, an eraser and a sharpener.  minimum equipment for sketching.  and I'll just squeeze it in.

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found out that my August Marathon is in a strange limbo.  they are planning on holding on and accepting registrations.  but they cannot confirm that it will for sure happen.

 

thats probably good enough for me to pay up and get on the list of being a runner for the event.

 

the lady organizing it, says if they cancel it in the summer (say Covid unexpectedly flames up)-- they will reimburse anyone registered for it.

 

it feels weird to be registering for a marathon BTW.  my weekly running volume  is only around 10miles or so... or I'm proposing to run a race long enough that it would take almost 3 weeks of regular runs to equal it.

 

hmmm

 

I can do it, though.  I'm not concerned about running the distance.

 

If I can hike 100miles I can run 26. full stop.

 

hopefully yall are having a good day.

 

 

so we'll end full circle.  you just can't hurry up a turtle.

but if HE keeps on trying- he'll get their in the end.

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yeah, it was  a weekend.

 

but you know it still takes some faith. 

 

I can imagine weeping and hurting of stumbling to a walking struggle around mile #20.  so the reminder is more of

 

somewhere in my past I had the crazy unlikely dream of hiking 100miles in strait.

after a tremendous training effort...

FAILING it (2018) and THEN doing it (Nearly exactly 1 year ago)!

 

the goals are so very different but the slow measured way of making it succeed is surely the same.

 

ha!

very STUCK on that moment in time.  I'm trying to use it to prove to myself that I can dare to do Hard things and succeed in them.

 

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I see a lot of differences in the whole ranger corps but Everyone I see is trying to dare to do hard things... its SO totally common to all of us.

 

we Can Do it!  ?  !!

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thinking about muscle ups today

and wondering when/if I'm ever going to get one. 

 

Oh and I submitted to the leaderboard last night.  kind of agonized over how much squirmish abs movement I should/could allow for a formal "strict" pullup.

 

last night I was ok with the 15 done at 10pm.  but thinking about it; and trying it stricter, in the morning I edited down the number to 12.

 

truth is SO much of my training has been to embrace the kip... its kind of hard to kill it; when going for a maximum count.

(I think my body instinctively knows that the KIP is the quickest way through any given number of pullups).

 

anyone unlikely to do anything to discourage the kip in the next little bit.

I still regard the Kip as an essential skill to get the best possible time for my murphy (May 25).  and then there is the Muscle-up.

 

the Muscle-up!  hey @aramis if you still read my challenge

have you looked into this bodyweight challenge.  its kind of like a pullup going into a dip and its very badda$$ (IMHO).  I think your closer to it then I am, and as such, I'm curious. can you do it?

 

anyways. I HAVE been embracing the kip and I've been doing stuff like jumping pullups and I'm not sure I yet very close to it.

 

I think honestly success at getting a muscle up is probably up to two qualities of my pullups

  • when doing a Kipping pullup, how intensely can I kip and specifically, that very pivotal swing of center mass from directly under the bar to OUT, behind my back as I go explosively into the hollow body.
  • How explosively can I make the pullup happen.  how much power can I bring to bear to my pullups; moving upwards very fast and explosively.  this is a seperate quality then the normal "strength" one works to do a pullup or to do a weighted pullup.

I also think I probably should consider bringing in a new exercise into the three that routinely work on.  beyond the pullup, pushup and squat... the DIP again looks very important to be able to do the muscle-up.  and ... tbh, I really have no idea how many dips I can do ?  there are a few OTHER things that I can do on a bar to help.  tucks, levers,knee to bars,etc.  lets save those for a later day- if adding dips and being more explosive and kippish doesn't work.

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Another thing I was analyzing some was , is my 5k pace.  I'm not sure I've written it before

but I've got a HUGE and growing desire to do a 27minute 5k.  I've been analyzing my results (to date)

 

this is considerably faster than most of my runs, even those that are shorter (or shorter parts of my normal long run)...  but its not entirely beyond my abilities.  I think I might spend some effort tweaking my program to more specifically target this goal.

 

I think I should do it in 2 ways...

  • First (and i have NOT been doing this), I need to know at what distance can I run a pace comparable to a 27minute 5k.  I know its very close to 1 mile; cuz a few weeks back I ran 0.75mile "sprint" and did in fact meet this speed.  but that was a single,remarkable, and very intense sprint with me dripping with sweat and utterly unable to breath by the time I got to the end.  If I shortened it to 0.5mile; could I do it without quite so much effort.  what about 0.25miles?  I need to play around with distances some while trying to hold this very fast pace.
  • Second, I need to be doing 5k's regularly and running them as quickly as I can.  I HAVE been doing this some. sort of.  cuz in fact, some of these fast runs I'm talking about where longer then 5k.  we need to just stick to a 5k and go for race pace; as far as I can hold....

if you put it together; I think this would be a great running challenge to regularly do.  a warmup; then a fast target sprint for nearly a mile, some bodyweight, then a full 5k with a good solid fast pace.

 

and ofc, since there's immense effort in a run that I've described it; I should only do that once maybe twice a week. any more and I'd burn out.

 

 

so thats my mood today.  I want to Look to the Future! I want to think about what I MIGHT be able to do if I persist and keep on trying. 

 

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speaking of that; I did a sketch!

 

but I have no easy way to attach it to this post.  instead I'll submit it later on.

hoping you guys are all having a good day

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more googling (about the muscle-up)

 

Explosive Bar to Chest pullups seem an important middlepoint;  half-ways from where I am to the muscle up itself.  I'm not sure I completely understand the mechanics of it (i've seen many descriptions, now)...

 

but I think I probably lack explosive strength, yet, to do the motion and in the end; it won't be SO important to understand what is actually happening.  instead; a very High and explosive pullup with a stiffened core. thats key!  then a pushing out of a dip.

 

I've already seen in a huge way, how important a stiff core is to the pullup.  

 

PS

oh I like the simplicity of this one tutorial, its tempting me to wonder

 

is it no harder than just this?

 

https://marcusbondi.com/muscle-tutorial/

 

from here on out: (until my Murphy Taper, may 19), Fast explosive pullups... always......

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2 hours ago, TGP said:

the Muscle-up!  hey @aramis if you still read my challenge

have you looked into this bodyweight challenge.  its kind of like a pullup going into a dip and its very badda$$ (IMHO).  I think your closer to it then I am, and as such, I'm curious. can you do it?

I know it, I've looked it up, but can I do it? Have no idea - never tried. First I need a good bar where I could try it (not at home, nor at work - those have ceiling too close above). I'm sure I will try it sometime though - it's good for climbing :) 

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4 hours ago, TGP said:

Explosive Bar to Chest pullups seem an important middlepoint;  half-ways from where I am to the muscle up itself.  I'm not sure I completely understand the mechanics of it (i've seen many descriptions, now)...

 

Watching people practice muscle ups at the gym, it looks like you kinda need to get some "air" in order to adjust hands from the pull up to finishing with a push on the rings or bar.  I'm a LONG way from trying them myself .....

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btw; here is yesterday's sketch

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if it looks pretty incomplete.. it is.  it was an ambitious idea with not enough time to give it a solid try.

 

nonetheless there's certain parts of the pic that is (almost) accurate and doesn't look so bad to me.

 

I think I may stick to trying to draw things with trees.  somehow TREES feel like the theme of the landscapes around here.  we dont' have mountains, just lots of tree, a few hills, and creeks/streams/rivers.

 

but sketching running water intimidates me.. I'm not sure HOW you simulate the flow of water?  I would guess you smudge the pencil marks out. hmmm.  I'm better at lines.

 

anyways we'll see. I've already warned you all this rubbish.  but per Ira Glass; that's ok.

 

PS. I really need to take pictures of my sketches in better light, don't I?  somehow the lights not flattering at all. 

 

 

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you know What.  I was nearly alarmed to learn that I am NOW very close to 13 weeks before the Titusville Marathon. WOW! (August2)

HOLY cat! what happened to the time.  This seemed Vague in the far future- NOW- it looks  like I have barely enough time to train for it.

its a good think I've been picking up my mileage recently....

 

so while I think I'm still very committed to my murphy and to getting better at my 5k-- I want to make sure I'm properly training for the marathon

 

and I can no Longer wait any longer

 

so that gets put at the top of the List.  no stalling. put in the long run right away and build it weekly.  the long runs on Weeks 8 and 10 shall be ; 20miles and 24miles.

those would be Hard,hard runs with my current conditioning.

 

anyways I need to slowly ramp up to nearly 40miles during the course of the training.

 

the next 5 are;

13.5 (this week),18, 19, 21, and 27

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello Liz!

 

Today is actually pretty busy; which is Fine .. Saturday at home... but people haven't really been in a good mood. so it just a little bit harder.

 

and the Weather aint helping- SNOW!  SNOW!! in may; yuck.

 

regarding my recent plans I have to admit I'd just a little momentarily disappointed.  this was a predictable reaction.  and I shouldn't be sad about it- but- I had to tell the family about my marathon.

 

and...and

 

well, they are ofc not happy about it.

 

anyways. I shouldn't be unhappy about it. but I am ( a little )

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anyways.  do you know that I dreamed of doing a marathon for 30 YEARS!?  yep. when I was a young teenager (13?14?); for a short while I started running with my dad and I dreamed of the running a marathon.

 

I think I did a 16?mile run way back in the 80's that remains my longest run I've ever done.

 

So.... maybe when I Do it! that means I will absolutely be in the BEST shape of my life?f

 

anyways these are my reflective thoughts today.

 

tomorrow morning is my first long run (since last fall)- it needs to be longer than a 10k and maybe close to 15.  I set up a schedule and I think I put 8 miles down- but we will have to see what my body says.

 

yesterday I ran some very fast miles to see how long I can do a run on a 27min 5k pace. the firm answer to that seems to be 0.5 miles.  I also did a longer 2 mile run near my max pace.  at 2miles- I have a 9:30min/mile pace.  this is closser to a 29min 5kpace.

 

SO ...

speed isn't my thing :(

but I'm trying. lets see (also) if I can run LONG

 

and hopefully I can lean on you; my nerdfitness friends for the support to do a remarkable run in august.  Otherwise I'll just be busy in the snow; helping the house be a little cleaner. (till Monday).

 

ps, thanks for the congrats for the sketch-- I'll try to do one this weekend.

 

 

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Hey :)  can  i ask why the family isnt supportive? Surely they should be cheering you on? Im in awe of all the work you do to improve body and mind. 

 

Hoping your day goes well xx

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this is complicated. I think my wife DOES appreciate my exercise program (and I'm sure she's a little jealous) but big long events are Still days and hour of time spent doing something solely for me- not with my son or helping our garden, fixing our house,etc.

 

she sees these kinds of things as distractions and unnecessary.

 

we're a little dysfunctional, btw... regarding everyone ELSE.  my mom and dad will be delighted to hear this news; by daughter more ambivalent.  my son emphasizes that he didn't know what was being said- when I talked about it but that he fully supports me.

 

I shouldn't have doubted him; we've had great times together- hiking and such...

 

its ok.  I've decided to rant about it a little online ; to hear a cheer of support from people on NF that definitely love my exercise program.  sometimes people that have exercise programs themselves understand the importance of something like this better.

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Yea, I did ONE 1/2 marathon, and the amount of time it took each week to be ready was enough to convince me that I would never do a full marathon.  My friends who run a LOT generally manage to do it because the whole family is into running .... or the kids ride their bikes with parents who are training.  

 

Any way that you can trade "me" times with your wife and let her have some solo self-care times??

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