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Jarric - Back in the Saddle

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23 hours ago, Starpuck said:

Lovely update!   That picture is great.   Foreshortening is freaking tough.  I hate it!! 

 

 

Thank you! I thought it would be a really cool idea, and the more I drew it I thought "what have I done?!"

 

10 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Sweet!  That is a serious accomplishment

 

9 hours ago, fearless 2.0 said:

+1 ;)

 

Thanks guys ❤️

 

5 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

*Pheelie voice*

Hellooooo....

 

I think that's just WW's normal voice :P 

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Week 1 Day 3 stats

Running: 1/4

Hangboarding: 1/2

Splitting: 1/1

Rolling: 1/3

Brushing: 3/7

Drawing: 3/4

 

So I'm pretty sure I did some drawing at lunchtime yesterday? I've ticked it off now so lets say yes. I'm still working through Draw a Box exercises and it's a bit hard to tell what I did when.

 

Snooker was fun last night, it was really nice to see Hopalong and given that it's the second time I've played in about 5 months I didn't play that badly. When I got home WW had made pesto pasta with feta cheese, olives, and courgette (zucchini). I also had some rhubarb and blackcurrant crumble that WW made the other day. 'Twas very nice, not least because it was cooked for me!

 

I was knackered by the time I'd eaten, so teeth were done and I went to bed.

 

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This morning I ran to Crossfit. The workout was AMRAP 16': 16 alternating single arm kettlebell swings, 4 mats (maybe 20ft?) handwalking, 200m run. I decided to do actual handwalking in the WOD, which I've never done before, doing half a mat at a time walking in towards the wall. As a consequence I only got 3 rounds done, but I got lots of handwalking practice and that's all I really wanted.

 

We followed that with a bit of dumbbell bench press, I did 5x12 @ 17.5kg (~38.5#) each hand.

 

Work again is going ok, still trying to mission through some stuff before I get busy. At lunchtime I had leftovers of the pesto pasta, and did some washing up so that WW doesn't come in to too much tonight.

 

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Dinner tonight will be Chicken peperonata with cheesy potatoes, and then I have D&D. I think we're going to spend a session doing library research, which should be interesting for Urah, my bloodrager. (If you're not familiar with bloodragers, they are a sorcerer/barbarian hybrid class, so think angry guy, massive sword, sometimes on fire).

 

Tomorrow night I'm going to Hopalong's to have pizza made in his pizza oven and have a few beers, and then it's the weekend! 

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38 minutes ago, Jarric said:

angry guy, massive sword, sometimes on fire

 

 

I'm pretty sure I've seen that in an anime.  Possibly more than one.  🙂

 

Keep up the good work!

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16 hours ago, Cheetah said:

 

I'm pretty sure I've seen that in an anime.  Possibly more than one.  🙂

 

Keep up the good work!

 

Yeah, I don't really watch anime but I feel like the slightly magical fighter archetype is pretty common.

 

Thanks man!

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Week 1 Day 4 stats

Running: 2/4

Hangboarding: 1/2

Splitting: 1/1

Rolling: 1/3

Brushing: 4/7

Drawing: 3/4

 

Dinner last night was good. I'll try and channel @Tanktimus the Encourager for a description...

 

I took 4 frozen chicken thighs (bone in, skin on), and rubbed them in vegetable oil, oregano, salt, and pepper. The thighs went on a baking tray and in the oven on 200°c for 55 minutes. Next I realised that I had run out of potatoes, so dashed up to the shops to buy some. When I got back the chicken had been in about 20 minutes, so I cut the potatoes into bite-sized pieces, tossed them in vegetable oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper, and placed them on a separate baking tray in the oven.

 

While the chicken and potatoes were cooking I realised that I had fewer peppers than the recipe called for, and that I'd run out of tomato paste. I sliced 3 peppers and 2 red onions into thin strips, and fried the peppers in a little olive oil on a medium heat for around 7 minutes before adding the onions for another 5 minutes. While they were cooking I made up 450ml of stock with two chicken stock cubes and a pinch of sugar. I added 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar to the onions and peppers and stirred it through for one minute, then added the stock and a tin of tomatoes. I turned up the heat to medium-high and left the resulting peperonata to reduce.

 

By this point the chicken was about done, so I removed it from the oven and set it to one side. Next I grated 100g of cheddar cheese and crushed 4 garlic cloves in a garlic press. I mixed the cheese and garlic together, and then sprinkled it on top of my rosemary potatoes before returning them to the oven for another 10 minutes or so.

 

I shredded the chicken thighs and removed the bones, and then added the shredded chicken to the peperonata to warm through. When that was suitably reduced I served it with the cheesy garlic rosemary potatoes on the side, two portions for WW and I and a further two leftover for our lunches today.

 

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D&D was fun last night. We'd just got to a new town, and spent a really chilled out session shopping, drinking pomegranate liqueur, enjoying the public baths, and visiting the local entertainment. We also did a lot of library research, and failed to book an appointment with the governor of the city and high priestess of Nethys.

 

It was nice to have a chilled session. I also had a fair few beers and chilled out generally. Teeth were done before stumbling into bed.

 

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Crossfit this morning was squats, and it's the first time I've done them in months. Worked up to 80kg (~176#) for 6 reps then 72.5kg (~160#) x 8, 65kg (~143#) x 10 and 57.5kg (~127#) x 12. My hip felt really tight after that so I did some stretching. We also had 100ft (~30m) yoke carries, which I kept relatively light at 125kg (~275#).

 

When I got home I just barely remembered to do my hangboarding, and with WW's encouragement I got it done. Also did some foam rolling at lunchtime as my hip has been killing me all day.

 

Work today has been good, not least because I've discovered that I can watch the snooker whilst working now that I'm working from home :D. Tonight is homemade pizza at Hopalong and MG's house, complete with a fair few beers, which combined with the hip and the ridiculous hot weather should make tomorrow's long run interesting!

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Sorry to hear that you hip is bothering you.  Joint complaints are the worst.  I've basically sworn off of squats because I don't want to piss off my knees.  Of course, saying that makes me want to go home and do some squats, because FU KNEES.

 

But I digress.  Keep up the good work!!

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On 8/7/2020 at 4:37 PM, Cheetah said:

Sorry to hear that you hip is bothering you.  Joint complaints are the worst.  I've basically sworn off of squats because I don't want to piss off my knees.  Of course, saying that makes me want to go home and do some squats, because FU KNEES.

 

But I digress.  Keep up the good work!!

 

Thanks man! I know what you mean, it always more tempting to push through than take it easy, especially fun stuff like squats.

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Week 1 Roundup

Running: 3/4

Hangboarding: 2/2

Splitting: 1/1

Rolling: 3/3

Brushing: 6/7

Drawing: 3/4

 

The next couple of weeks are going to be mental again it appears (a colleague is on holiday, and I'm looking after his stuff for 2 weeks. He's got a very demanding book of clients, so whilst I'm kind of honoured to be asked to look after a lot of big, complex stuff, it's also going to be really full on). Ironically, this is my way of saying that I'll be keeping updates short and sweet!

 

Last week went pretty well all round. I skipped my Sunday run because the temperature where I live at the moment is roughly the same as it is on the surface of the sun, and also because I went bouldering in the morning and ran D&D from 12-3. D&D session was great, the part are going into a massive dungeon and I left them on a cliff hanger having just encountered this thing:

 

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The teeth brushing I missed was on Friday, as I got pretty drunk around Hopalong's house, fell asleep on my living room floor for a while, and then forgot to do it when I went to bed at half 2 in the morning. Still, a seriously fun night, amazing to see people and just socialise all night, and as the old saying does not goes, "6 out of 7 ain't bad".

 

Bit disappointed that I didn't get my 4th drawing session in. I don't want drawing to feel like work, but I want a bit of a push to keep doing it because it does make me feel good when I start.

 

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Crossfit this morning was fun. 8 rounds, every 2 minutes of: 1 squat clean, 1 front squat, 1 push jerk. I started at 45kg (~99#) and worked up to 57.5kg (~123#) over the workout. Then an 8 minute AMRAP: 4 chest to bar, 5 front squats, 6 burpee over bar. I worked at 50kg (~110#) and pretty sure I was 1 rep short of 5 rounds.

 

Also did a tiny bit of drawing at lunch. For one of the D&D games I play in the GM uses character tokens from Order of the Stick (great D&D comic, if you've not seen it), so I want to create my own token that represents my character a bit better but is still in that style.

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Week 2 Day 1 stats

Running: 0/4

Hangboarding: 0/2

Splitting: 1/1

Rolling: 0/3

Brushing: 1/7

Drawing: 1/4

 

Forgot to mention that yesterday morning I skipped hangboarding as one of my fingers were hurting. I did splits practice instead, so still got to check off a goal.

 

Yesterday evening we went to the supermarket, which was actually quite nice because they have air conditioning! When we got back WW cooked a Vietnamese pork thing, and we chilled in front of Critical Role. I also did some more work on drawing Urah, though I'm not counting it twice for one day. Teeth were done before bed.

 

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Ran to Crossfit this morning. At Crossfit I got 4 muscle ups! So that's a new personal best. Then we did some overhead yoke carry, which I worked up to 80kg (~176#) and some landmine rows.

 

Lunch was leftover pork thing, and I spent some time drawing - this time a Draw a Box exercise. Work is mega busy, but the system's crashed on me so I have time to write this! Think I'm going to walk up the shop just to stretch my legs while I have the chance.

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Sounds like you are doing great and Chicken peperonata sounds yummy.   Take care of that hip!!!  

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1 hour ago, Jarric said:

Ran to Crossfit this morning.

 

That's impressive by itself.

 

1 hour ago, Jarric said:

At Crossfit I got 4 muscle ups! So that's a new personal best.

 

And then this, which is amazing!

 

1 hour ago, Jarric said:

Then we did some overhead yoke carry, which I worked up to 80kg

 

...and it turns out you can carry me over your head now :lol:

 

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22 hours ago, Terra said:

Sounds like you are doing great and Chicken peperonata sounds yummy.   Take care of that hip!!!  

 

It was really good actually, I was quite impressed. I will try, it's being stubborn!

 

22 hours ago, iatetheyeti said:

 

That's impressive by itself.

 

 

And then this, which is amazing!

 

Thank you! 😊

 

22 hours ago, iatetheyeti said:

...and it turns out you can carry me over your head now :lol:

 

Well next time I see you we might have to test that theory :P 

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Week 2 Day 1 stats

Running: 1/4

Hangboarding: 0/2

Splitting: 1/1

Rolling: 0/3

Brushing: 2/7

Drawing: 2/4

 

Firstly I need to say, it's too damned hot at the moment! Getting a bit fed up of it to be honest.

 

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Last night I threw together a pesto pasta for dinner, and then did a bit of stretching quickly before D&D. I possibly should have done foam rolling instead, but that seemed like more effort and as mentioned it is currently hot as balls here.

 

D&D was good fun. A couple of sessions ago two of the characters got forcibly planeshifted to the First World (think the Feywild, the Wildwood, or the place where weird fey shit goes down), so this session we negotiated the release of a satyr, whose major crimes were being a terrible storyteller and refusing to sleep with the king's daughter. The solution was for my character to sleep with the king's daughter instead, which given that he worships a goddess of lust made total sense. Even if the king's daughter is made of poison ivy. And we had to give him a bit of the satyr's soul too, but we got some other bits of souls in return.

 

We also briefly fought a bandersnatch, before we persuaded it's owner to call it off (with the help of a suggestion spell).

 

I think I've found the right number of beers for a D&D night, so that was good, and teeth were done before bed.

 

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I slept poorly last night, almost certainly because of the heat. Despite having all the windows open and the fan on we just couldn't get cool.

 

So I already wasn't particularly up for Crossfit. The WOD was 3 rounds for time - 6 alternating d-ball over shoulder, 9 calorie air bike. I went for a 50kg (~110#) ball, which I found pretty heavy, and after waiting round for my turn went through 6 and a bit minutes of being the slowest person to finish.

 

Almost as soon as I finished I felt like something was stuck in my throat, and spent the next half hour coughing profusely. I don't really have any idea what that was about, but it really sucked, and even now my throat isn't 100% better. I missed the rest of the workout (bench press), and spent too long when I got back trying to google what had happened. 

 

Nothing done at lunch, as I decided to have a nap instead. That made me feel a little better, but I'm still really struggling for energy and focus. Hopefully finishing on time and going to play snooker in a nice air-conditioned snooker room will help a bit.

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sigh.... crossfit

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The heat is killing me as well, collapsed after walking without breakfast and had to recover for hours... 

 

hope the coughing issue is fine now. I have no idea what that could have been.... take good care of yourself! 

 

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20 hours ago, fearless 2.0 said:

sigh.... crossfit

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The heat is killing me as well, collapsed after walking without breakfast and had to recover for hours... 

 

hope the coughing issue is fine now. I have no idea what that could have been.... take good care of yourself! 

 

 

I'm sure you'll get back to it at some point - the race is long :) 

 

Oo, that sounds nasty. I'm not surprised though with the weather we've been having. Hope you're ok now?

 

I still have no idea what caused the coughing, but the throat feels better at least. 

 

20 hours ago, iatetheyeti said:

 

Definitely! I'll be disappointed if it doesn't happen :lol:

 

The trick will be getting you up there! I can carry you over my head, but I probably can't clean and jerk you (yet)!

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Week 2 Day 3 stats

Running: 1/4

Hangboarding: 0/2

Splitting: 1/1

Rolling: 0/3

Brushing: 3/7

Drawing: 2/4

 

Snooker was fun, though I was far to mentally exhausted to play with any degree of proficiency for most of it. The air con was amazing.

 

When I got home WW made cheesy and beans on toast, and we watched Critical Role. Then it was time for bed. Teeth were done.

 

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This morning I decided not to run to Crossfit. Not sure if it was a good call or not, but I'm just tired at the moment from the weather and not sleeping properly. It was a decent Crossfit session, did squats at 82.5kg x 6, 75kg x 8, 67.5kg x 10 and 60kg x 12 (~182#, ~165#, ~149# and ~132# respectively). Then it was 100ft yoke carries - I kept these fairly light as my hip was really tight all session, with 3 working sets at 115kg (~253#).

 

Not running did mean I had a little time to do some foam rolling when I got home, so I did that.

 

Went out to buy beer at lunchtime, which meant no time for drawing or anything else. A walk in the rain was still really nice though, even though it's still bloody hot when it's raining.

 

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Tonight is D&D (hence the beer), where I suspect we will be engaged in some more hardcore research. Just what my bloodrager is good at, looking through books! Last session the GM let me use an acrobatics check to assist the researchers by climbing tall ladders and retrieving things for them, so lets hope something like that works again!

 

Tomorrow morning I think I'll make up my missed run to Crossfit. That probably means no handboarding this week, but my fingers feel a little bruised so I'm ok with that.

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On 8/12/2020 at 8:53 AM, Jarric said:

I will try, it's being stubborn!

Hips are tricky.  I spent the last 5 days trying to make mine really angry, I only got to moderately angry and I made the whole hip angry again.  Not just increasing the pain in the labrum/socket.  Having a couple of pain spots/mechanisims sucks.  I am hopeful that I can get back to some BJJ now that I got the injection of cortisone into the socket.  I think the labrum tear is the pain that is keeping me from jui-jitsu.  And my health coach texted this am asking why I haven't logged into the stretching app this week.  <sigh>. 

 

Good call on the lighter weights today.  And good luck staying cool.  We don't have AC either and these hot spells in the summer really suck!   

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4 hours ago, Jarric said:

The trick will be getting you up there! I can carry you over my head, but I probably can't clean and jerk you (yet)!

 

Heh, now that's something to aim for!

 

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22 hours ago, Terra said:

Hips are tricky.  I spent the last 5 days trying to make mine really angry, I only got to moderately angry and I made the whole hip angry again.  Not just increasing the pain in the labrum/socket.  Having a couple of pain spots/mechanisims sucks.  I am hopeful that I can get back to some BJJ now that I got the injection of cortisone into the socket.  I think the labrum tear is the pain that is keeping me from jui-jitsu.  And my health coach texted this am asking why I haven't logged into the stretching app this week.  <sigh>. 

 

Good call on the lighter weights today.  And good luck staying cool.  We don't have AC either and these hot spells in the summer really suck!   

 

I saw you saying "hips are tricky" on your thread, and I thought then you were absolutely right! I hope you get yours sorted, and can get back to BJJ soon!

 

Thanks! The weather has cooled down a bit now, apparently it's 22°c (~72°F) today which is much better. It's still humid and there's still no breeze, but I can manage that at this temperature. It was 33°C (~91°F) and like that a couple of days ago.

 

18 hours ago, iatetheyeti said:

 

Heh, now that's something to aim for!

 

 

Definitely! I'll get working on that. Unfortunately I missed snatch practice this morning, more on that shortly...

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Week 2 Day 4 stats

Running: 1/4

Hangboarding: 0/2

Splitting: 1/1

Rolling: 1/3

Brushing: 4/7

Drawing: 2/4

 

WW cooked my favourite for dinner last night, Swedish meatballs from scratch. It was bloody lovely.

 

D&D last night was fun. Details spoilered for size:

Spoiler

 

We were refused entry to the restricted section of the library we needed to get into by the high priestess of Nethys, (the grand library being part of the temple of Netyhs), who is also the governess of the city. We heard that a local noble layabout had a lot of sway with her, so we went to visit them. She took a shine to the two big brutes of the party, my bloodrager Urah and our half-orc barbarian Woody. So we basically agreed that they would keep her entertained for a few days, and she would see what she could do about a library pass.

 

As I'm writing this I realise that a) this is a really bizarre combination of things to put together, and b) that makes two sessions in a row, with totally different characters, that my character has been pimped out for the party's benefit. I honestly don't always build characters around that concept, and I never considered it for Urah (Ravi I fully did make that way). He is big and strong with high charisma though, so I can see how it happened. Also Urah and Woody are the only male characters in the group, which might be all it is.

 

Aaaanyway, in addition to the bruisers getting oiled up for an impromptu bodybuilding show and some arm wrestling, we also found out that this noble was organising a chariot race across the city, so of course we've entered ourselves into that. There appear to be no rules, so lots of magic and trickery will be involved - really looking forward to that.

 

We spent the rest of the session doing library research in the restricted section, where we got drip fed a little more information about the dangerous magical artefact we received. And then we discovered that further information has been transferred to another library that we've never even heard of! That will be the 4th library we've been to solving this problem, and it's starting to feel a bit like our princess is always in another castle. On the other hand it's nice to get the information fairly slowly and not just have a massive lore dump.

 

And after all that research and socialising we levelled up to level 8! I think we did the whole of 7th level without any combat, which is unusual but I'm cool with it.

 

I had a couple of beers whilst playing D&D, then did my teeth and went to bed.

 

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This morning I got up early to make up for my missed run. I got out on time, went running, and about two-thirds of the way to Crossfit I tripped and fell, grazing my hand and knee on a stony path. Not really feeling like walking into the gym dripping blood I walked home instead and got myself cleaned up. Not the best start to the day, but after a short pity party this morning I took a painkiller, got stuck into work, and I'm now very much over it.

 

At lunchtime I did some more work on my cartoon avatar for Urah, and I'm hoping that I'll only need one more draft to be finished now.

 

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Tonight I have no plans, so I'll make sure to do some foam rolling and I might finish Urah off. Tomorrow morning it'll be a long run, and then I want to get some stuff out of my house and to a charity shop before I play D&D in the afternoon (run wonderfully by @jonfirestar). Sunday will be bouldering in the morning, D&D in the afternoon, and I must get my final run done after that.

 

There's also a load of live streams on for Comic Con, and the snooker world championship is on, so I'll have plenty to watch between doing other stuff. On top of my usual watching of Questing Time D&D on Saturday night and High Rollers D&D on Sunday afternoon!

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4 hours ago, Jarric said:

Definitely! I'll get working on that. Unfortunately I missed snatch practice this morning, more on that shortly...

 

Well, realistically I won't be down south until next year so it'll likely be a while before we see each other again (unless you've got plans to come up north!), so that's plenty of time to practice! Maybe just have less falling over, please...? 

 

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On 8/14/2020 at 8:32 PM, iatetheyeti said:

 

Well, realistically I won't be down south until next year so it'll likely be a while before we see each other again (unless you've got plans to come up north!), so that's plenty of time to practice! Maybe just have less falling over, please...? 

 

 

No, I don't think I'm likely to be heading north anytime soon either. A year to practice sounds good though!

 

I'll try! I'm literally about to leave for bouldering, so not falling sounds like good advice!

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