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I have never done a pull up on my own. I did recreational level gymnastics as a kid and we had these checklists of skills. We needed to get all the skills checked off before moving to the next list (level). There were pull ups on some of the lists (we called them chin ups, but they were palms facing outward) and somehow I got them checked off, but I never actually did a pull up without assistance. My theory is that the instructors felt sorry for me and checked it off, even though I couldn't quite do the skill on my own. It was recreational gymnastics after all, not like I was going to be at a disadvantage later in a competition because I couldn't actually do pull ups. But 20+ years later, it still bugs me that those pull ups got checked off when I have still never done one. So when NF sent an email announcing a Chin Up Challenge, I decided to go for it except that I'm going to do pull ups, because I always thought that palm facing in was weird (possibly a leftover from gymnastics classes?) and pull ups put my arms in the same direction as when I'm climbing, so it seems like pull ups would directly improve my climbing strength as well. I think the NF Challenge is supposed to run seven weeks which will put it past the end of this challenge, but that's okay. I'm kind of excited that I may finally be able to do a pull up!

 

I also want to get back into hiking on weeknights. My hiking group still isn't arranging our weekly hike (thanks Covid). It was easier to get out when I was going with other people, but I can still go on my own. And I need to practice knots for climbing and rigging. It's been way too long since I did that (we're not doing training right now, also thanks Covid) and if I don't start practicing, I'm going to be in trouble the next time I actually need the knots.

 

Edit: I almost forgot, I want to do the DailyDare thing too.

 

This Challenge:

1) NF Chin Up (Pull Up) Challenge

2) Hike one weeknight a week

3) Practice knots every day (5 min)

4) Dishes every night

5) Clean, tidy, or do yardwork every day (5 min)

6) DailyDare exercises

7) Compline (evening prayers) every night

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Week 0, Tuesday

Pull Ups: Benchmark test (8 second hang at top of bar) and Week 1 Day A

Hike:

Knots (5 min): bowline

Dishes: done

Clean (5 min): took out garbage and folded grocery bags

DailyDare: 4x10 squat hold side bends

Compline: done

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I'm doing the chin up challenge too! I can actually do a chin up, but I've been plateaud at 1 for forever, so I'm hoping to be able to do a solid two chin ups. I think it's going to be fun doing it with a group

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2 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

I'm doing the chin up challenge too! I can actually do a chin up, but I've been plateaud at 1 for forever, so I'm hoping to be able to do a solid two chin ups. I think it's going to be fun doing it with a group

 

Woohoo! Let's do this!

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Week 0, Wednesday

Pull Ups: Rest Day

Hike: short hike

Knots (5 min): munter hitch, clove hitch, one handed clove hitch

Dishes: done

Clean (5 min): nope

DailyDare: 2 min leg raise hold

Compline: done

 

I wasn't sure I was going to get a hike in because I found out yesterday that I had a zoom meeting tonight. However, it ended up being short, so I threw a few things in a pack and went to find a geocache. I had hiked up the steep part when I realized that my gps's micro SD card (I keep all the geocache info on it instead of in the internal memory) was back at the car. It wasn't that far, so I went back to get it. On the way up again, I tried multiple times to get the geocaches to load, but they wouldn't. Oh well, even if I couldn't search for the geocache, going up the hill twice meant it was more of a hike than I expected (although still short). At home, I discovered that the reason the geocaches wouldn't load was because someone had deleted them all(most likely the SAR people who were downloading tracks to my gps over the weekend). I loaded the geocaches all back, so I'm ready to go for next time (unless someone deletes them again).

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Week 0, Thursday

Pull Ups: Week 1 Day B

Hike: Week 0 done

Knots (5 min): mule knot

Dishes: done

Clean (5 min): laundry

DailyDare: 1x5, 2x4, 3x3, 2x2, 4x1 = 30 pushups

Compline: done

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On 7/28/2020 at 3:49 PM, Ranger Hal said:

So when NF sent an email announcing a Chin Up Challenge, I decided to go for it except that I'm going to do pull ups, because I always thought that palm facing in was weird (possibly a leftover from gymnastics classes?)

Hey, me too! Except mine are probably neutral grip (that's what you mean by palms in, right?) because rings. How close are you to a full pullup?

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Week 0, Friday

Pull Ups: rest day

Hike: Week 0 done

Knots (5 min): guide sling

Dishes: done

Clean (5 min): folded laundry

DailyDare: 30 forward bends

Compline: no

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7 hours ago, juliebarkley said:

How close are you to a full pullup?

 

I think I still have some work to do, but there's some improvement due to workouts I've done since joining NF in the fall. Now instead of not being able to get out of a hang, I can pull up a couple of inches.

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I've not seen this challenge but Boy do I remember the trails of learning how to chinup/pullups!

 

seems like It took forever to learn to do the first good chinup and soon, I was off doing more and more at a time.

 

I'll try to tag along! cause chinup/pullups are Amazing exercises! 

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Week 0, Saturday

Pull Ups: Week 1 Day C

Hike: Week 0 done

Knots (5 min): no

Dishes: done

Clean (5 min): tidy and repack gear

DailyDare: 2 minutes overhead clenches

Compline: done

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42 minutes ago, juliebarkley said:

If there is a gap in the summary (like in the one above, for cleaning), does that mean that the thing wasn't done that day?

 

Yeah, I need to work on the cleaning thing. The last couple of days, I've gotten to the end of the day, realized I hadn't done any cleaning, but by that point I was tired and didn't want to.

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16 minutes ago, Ranger Hal said:

The last couple of days, I've gotten to the end of the day, realized I hadn't done any cleaning, but by that point I was tired and didn't want to.

Sounds like me.

 

Is there something in your day that you could anchor the cleaning to? Like, "While I make my coffee I will tidy up a little" or something like that? That technique has helped me a lot when I can't remember to do stuff.

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7 hours ago, juliebarkley said:

Is there something in your day that you could anchor the cleaning to? Like, "While I make my coffee I will tidy up a little" or something like that? That technique has helped me a lot when I can't remember to do stuff.

 

I'll think about it. I think at least part of my problem is that I look at the cleaning I should be doing and just don't do it.

 

Week 1, Tuesday

Pull Ups: Week 2 Day A

Hike:

Knots (5 min): no

Dishes: done

Clean (5 min): recycling and clean hydration bladder

DailyDare: 60 climbers

Compline: done

 

SAR meeting (virtual) tonight and I did grocery shopping which combined to take up lot of the evening. Since I have to be up early tomorrow and it's already late, I'm not going to worry about knots tonight.

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9 hours ago, Ranger Hal said:

I think at least part of my problem is that I look at the cleaning I should be doing and just don't do it.

Well yes. If you were already doing it with ease, it wouldn't need to be a challenge item, now would it? :P

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Week 1, Wednesday

Pull Ups: Rest day

Hike:

Knots (5 min): no

Dishes: no

Clean (5 min): no

DailyDare: 40 sit-up punches

Compline: done

 

Church tonight, plus I'm tired (need more sleep).

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Week 1, Thursday

Pull Ups: Week 2 Day B

Hike:

Knots (5 min): rewoven figure 8, clove hitch into anchor

Dishes: done

Clean (5 min): tidied a few things in the living room, swept the bathroom floor

DailyDare: 40 reverse lunges

Compline: done

 

I fried fish in a pan for the first time and then used it to make fish...umm, I guess they weren't really tacos...burritos!

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