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I haven't really sorted out in my head how this challenge is going to work. For a start, my next race is in 3 days time, before the challenge starts, so I am just trying to keep calm and crosstrain between now and then, and for the next 5 weeks, I guess I'll just do whatever the husband is doing in this book I'm reading.

 

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How come Steve never tells us about this good stuff? Probably subscriber-only content I suppose.

 

No wait, there has to be a better plan than that. Um... 

 

So between now and Saturday, rest legs, do arm and core related exercise instead (I've been doing this the last few days since I got back from my epic bike ride anyway). To include at least one river row, because the weather is right for it, read Gaelic children's books, generally tie up loose ends of Gaelic learning. 

 

Saturday: Kew Gardens 10k run. Beat one hour or die trying (I am actually feeling pretty good about my chances of at least one of these outcomes) 

Sunday: rest, weigh myself, drink beer in the allotment, fall asleep in the greenhouse, wake up lightly grilled. 

 

Monday onwards, challenge proper: 

6 days moving per week to include one long run, two short 

Dont eat like a dickhead

Revamp my morning routine and start building a daily Portuguese session (I've planned this out separately here so I won't go into detail but it'll be quite time consuming so will crowd out a lot of other things from previous challenges like Gaelic, meditation, dancing etc. I still have some poetry though because learning Portuguese poetry is part of the plan. I was so surprised at how well my memory coped with learning that way that it seemed like something I should incorporate into my study. 

 

OK, mark it on my map and let's do this 

 

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6 hours ago, 18ck said:

No wait, there has to be a better plan than that.

But is there?  Dogg Crapp Training does sound like a pretty solid plan 

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On 9/8/2021 at 9:08 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Tudo bem?

 

Following along to...check's initial post again...watch you play with Dogg Crapp?

 

Anyway, following, albeit with some hand sanitizer.

Wise choice sir, wise choice. 

On 9/9/2021 at 1:40 AM, WhiteGhost said:

But is there?  Dogg Crapp Training does sound like a pretty solid plan 

Depends how fresh it is. It can be a bit soft and sticky at first. 

On 9/9/2021 at 6:42 PM, sarakingdom said:

When are you moving to Portugal?

Oh, years ago in my mind. 

 

Hello BTW. Long time no write. Probably because I was a bit lazy last time and didn't really visit anyone else's patch. I hope you're doing OK. 

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24 minutes ago, 18ck said:

Hello BTW. Long time no write. Probably because I was a bit lazy last time and didn't really visit anyone else's patch. I hope you're doing OK. 

 

Same. I was struggling with life, and stayed home, metaphorically.

 

I don't really want to move to Portugal per se, but a nice scrubby Mediterranean garden and orchard would be ideal. I don't even really need a house, I just need somewhere to put plants and visit them.

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*yaawwwn*

Ugh, I'm knackered. Anyway, let's have a little stock-take here because I didn't do a round-up on either of my last two challenges.

Did all the Gaelic and have been winding it down, mentally preparing myself to switch back I to portuguese mode full time. That's going well.

Learned lots of poems. I can still say them to myself from memory although I do occasionally struggle a bit for the odd missing word. They are part of my mental furniture now. 

I was going to do Grey's Elegy as my last one but two things happen: firstly I caught and also didn't catch a bad and also not bad case of schrodinger's covid. And secondly I read it again and decided it was boring. Surprisingly boring. It was a real let-down because I remember being quite moved by it once, but the more I read it the more it seemed like a tedious, lifeless chore. So... I didn't. I was really impressed with my ability to absorb poems though and I decided to make learning poems part of my Portuguese deathmarch starting on Monday. It was a really, really great challenge goal despite the weird anticlimax. I'm really glad I did it and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a non-fitness goal. 

Learned to do the piu-piu dance badly - I promised a video of this and never delivered so here it is. God, it looks even worse from the outside than it feels from the inside. Wait, what? I can't upload video here? 

*smashes everything*

Right

*goes and makes vimeo account*

OK job done 

 

As you can see, one of the problems of learning a dance from a video is that you follow the video and end up learning a mirror image of the dance so I am going left when they go right but that's pretty far from being the worst aspect of this. 

 

Cycled to Cambridge at the start of challenge one and Brighton at the end of challenge two. Cambridge was wonderful, Brighton was meh. Or rather the journeys were. I like both actual towns equally. 

 

Did two runs in the first challenge, and spent the second challenge preparing for another run which I'll be telling you about straight after this. 

 

Lost 6lb in the second challenge, now at 13:12 which is what? 194lb? OK, keep doing more of that. 

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On 9/8/2021 at 7:12 PM, 18ck said:

Kew Gardens 10k run. Beat one hour or die trying (I am actually feeling pretty good about my chances of at least one of these outcomes) 

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*sigh*

It's annoying. If I have a bad race, I find out I was just over an hour, I have a good race (like today), and streak ahead, I find I was still just over an hour. No matter how well I do or how much I improve, my time doesn't go down. Maybe I'm like a photon. No matter what clever tricks you think of about how you can get me to go faster the law of relativity kicks in and that upper limit on my velocity kicks in. Sadly a bit slower than 3x10^8 ms^-1 though. 

It's been more than a year that I haven't managed to run 10k in under an hour. In fact, I did that exact same race last year and although I was over an hour, I was ten seconds faster than this at 1:00:12. Gah! Frustrating! I have been muttering under my breath about people who start walking after 500m and go two abreast on a path between two banks of rhododendron bushes so nobody can pass. But in fairness I've nobody to blame but myself. More training, less slackness. 

I woke up early for the race and found flyer was already up. She has a cold so she couldn't sleep. I usually like to have a bit of quiet time before a race but plans change, so we agreed that we'd read together (quiet) and then watch a episode of Glee together (her current obsession) and then I'd go and leave hwrto work through the tissues and coffee. She's starting to enjoy philosophy a bit more these days. She licked Loki. I mean she liked Locke. 

I've been keeping up with my regular exercise (arms and core yesterday, hip stretches the day before that). Yeah, it's going OK. 

 

Signing up for another 10k

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Mrs 18ck is learning Italian now. I don't know why. She can just speak Portuguese and do this a lot, surely? 

🤌

 

Hot though 

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BTW, one of the Gaelic activities I have to finish this weekend is reading "An T-Eilean Dubh" which is a Tintin book, and some jurisdiction in Canada has just censored (and apparently actually *burned*) a load of Tintin and Astérix books because it's 2021 and everyone's lost their minds, so now I feel like I'm a dissident reading samizdat in some dark room, waiting for the footsteps outside and the police knocking at the door to reprimand me for my non-crime hate incident, stereotyping Scots and gorillas. 

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43 minutes ago, 18ck said:

Signing up for another 10k

Got one. Last day of this challenge. OK, something to shoot for. 

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Additional notes 

(1) come on tennis girl

(2) ow, my legs 

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6 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

Same. I was struggling with life, and stayed home, metaphorically.

Yep. Can't let the Internet - even this site - derail you from real world stuff. 

6 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

I don't really want to move to Portugal per se, but a nice scrubby Mediterranean garden and orchard would be ideal. I don't even really need a house, I just need somewhere to put plants and visit them

Sounds good to me. But I'm about ready to.move just for the weather at this point tbh. 

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5 hours ago, 18ck said:

episode of Glee

6 in the end. I'm starting to like it as much as she does. 

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4 hours ago, Salinger said:

Hey!! Good to see you :) how’s your Saturday? 
 

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What apart from the crushing disappointment of missing my goal by 22 seconds? Well, I've been watching glee with a teenager. It's been excellent. 

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Score chart shamelessly stolen from other nerds 

 

Exercise goals (6/7)  🌚🌚🌚🌚🌚🌚🌚

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Purged my morning to-do list and added in new goals matching my Portuguese marathon. One of my goals is to be on twitter using a Portuguese account and try to "pass" and I've set that up and followed a few people getting all my ducks in a row. 

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Wow, well I must say I thought I'd have more people taking the piss about the video but maybe you're all numbed by so many terrible Internet videos over the years that I'm just not able to compete. 

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16 hours ago, 18ck said:

Learned lots of poems. I can still say them to myself from memory

 

10 hours ago, 18ck said:

come on tennis girl

 

Might as well bring these two things together.... 

 

Love-thirty, love-forty, oh! weakness of joy

The speed of a swallow, the grace of a boy*

With carefullest carelessness gaily you won 

I am weak from your loveliness** Emma Raducanu

 

*=Meh, i don't see any of the boys winning though fam

**=goodattennisnness really, but don't blame me, I didn't write the thing. 

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13 hours ago, Salinger said:

She was amazing 

Yep, football may not have come home but tennis will do. 

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I bloody love a bit of Tintin, me. 

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18 hours ago, 18ck said:

Wow, well I must say I thought I'd have more people taking the piss about the video but maybe you're all numbed by so many terrible Internet videos over the years that I'm just not able to compete. 

I was planning to but it was not nearly as terrible as you had been letting on.  I feel cheated :P 

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5 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

I was planning to but it was not nearly as terrible as you had been letting on.  I feel cheated :P 

I'll try and faceplant next time 😔

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Doing OK today. 

 

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Exercise was a shit ton of press-ups. I'm going to do a short fast run tomorrow. 

I came out of the gate strong in my new Portuguese goal. Did one exercise from the test lol, write a short text, tweeted a few extremely vanilla things, read a chapter of a book. PT twitter is all abuzz with goss about the new series of Big Brother but I'm not committed enough to join in on that. I think I'm going to spend some time trying to find out more about the political parties and try and say something reasonably intelligent by the end of the week. I mean not genius level. Something like "I blame the government". That tends to fit most scenarios I find. 

succeeded in the stated goal of not eating like a dick but I've been logging my food (also in Portuguese!) and although it was paleo it was over my recommended calories so I'm going to try and rein myself in on high fat snacks (nuts, mostly) and poodings (Coyo with fruit). That should get me back to normal I think. 

 

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