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Thursday Tracking... been busy, and alternately trying to go hard AND somehow take it easy so I don't wreck myself before Saturday. 

 

Challenge #1 - Rotten To The Core

 

Did my workouts at MMA, but kinda 'forgot' on Tuesday.  Things always come up at home, and it's really hard to break out of the schedule/rut we've fallen into.  In the morning I'm too tired and sore to really workout, and the evenings is just a non-stop slog of driving, cooking and cleaning, and afterwards I usually hang out in bed and watch X-Files or something with Throkky just to have SOME actual socializing time with her. And... that's the entire day gone. I should do situps in bed.

 

Challenge #2 - Push, Pull, Drag

 

Upped my weight and reps on Monday, but on Wednesday I took it easy for the aforementioned reasons (and because despite it being a fairly sparse day at the gym, that one corner was REALLY full, alternating with the Vicious Gang Of Old Ladies and the University Girls Who Don't Know How Weight Machines Work). Even so, crazy arm workouts at MMA both nights.

 

Challenge #3 - You Can’t, You Won’t, and You Don’t Stop

 

Good sprinting on Monday at the gym, and 25 minutes hard (at higher resistance!) on the good elliptical on Wednesday.  Tabata drills at MMA both days as well, with the slacking on Tuesday because, pleh, I was just tired.  Same with Thursdays.  These are terrible days for me to get anything accomplished. Again, need to incorporate workouts into my weeknights.

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Have you considered the idea of an emergency workout? Something quick that you can bang out in ten minutes no matter where you are? It may not look like much, but something that causes you to touch base every day will give you more benefit over time than you might think.

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It's hard to find somewhere to do that where I DON'T look like a moron, but I am planning to incorporate road running at lunch at work starting next week (which three of the other engineers do... although they have about 3% body fat between them, so I figure I'll just be running by myself, occasionally saying hi when they lap me).

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O.O

 

 

Do you.... go to an all ladies gym?

 

 

 

 

BWAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAA.

 

 

Bummer about the wifey being away. You have the kids by yourself, then?

 

CRAZYTOWN!

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Hello!

 

... ok, so I haven't updated here.  It's been pretty hectic around here, and between last week's recoveries and fresh injuries, there hasn't been much to update.  I'm starting to think the six week challenges are becoming a little counterproductive for me.  I am starting to think that maybe some more long-term goals are important, since my current goal now extends to March 2016, and the Tiger Balm Internationals. The only problem with that, from a NF point of view, is the only real socialization is in the 6 Week Challenge boards. Most of the rest of the board is either super-clogged and antisocial like the Daily Battle Logs, or sparse and echo-chambery like... everywhere else (except the Pub). 

 

So my posting has been slowed here, BUT I am still doing stuff in real life.  Just trying to think of a good way to make it interesting for y'all.  If I can.

 

I dunno.  I'm sleepy.

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I know how you feel. I love the social interaction of this place. It's why I don't do much with my Battle Log - I already have a tracking system in place, and there's nothing happening there to bring people by to hang and talk.

 

So... honestly? I use these Challenges as my Battle Log. I show up, I talk about how things went... and that just seems to be enough.

 

Like, me, I set out with these epic Year goals. The Six Week thing just serves as a way to make things interesting and break it up into tiny, manageable little pieces, along with a bunch of other people who are trying to do the same thing.

 

So, you know. Get your sleep and take your time. You still got a place here if you want.

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I should make an OVERARCHING thread somewhere, and just link back to it every 6WC and find some aspect of it to focus on for those periods.  Hrrrmmm. I don't have any real-life friends, so I really do want to do SOMETHING here to keep me going. 

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Starting putting together a plan with my coach and the rest of the fight camp.  Right now all seven of them are in five-week high-gear go-nuts mode for two events next month, INCLUDING A TITLE FIGHT FOR THE ASSISTANT COACH which is going to be SWEET, and bringing that particular belt to Prince George for the first time ever. 

 

Consequently, they don't really have time for ME, since they're actually, you know, nationally-ranked fighters preparing for major bouts on the same card on short notice. BUT, there was plenty of talking, and it broke down thusly:

 

1.) The weight needs to come off.  This is the biggie, so to speak... I need to get down to approximately my fight weight so I can TRAIN at my fight weight, and I simply can't train as hard as I am capable of if I am lugging around 40 extra pounds of fat (especially if it's preventing my knees and ankles from making much progress).  I also need to get down to this weight as SOON as possible, but in a sustainable recoil-free manner.  This is going to mean another huge dietary shift... basically January all over again. And January kind of sucked. However, I will have the added bonus of sunshine and outdoor activities, which was a huge help the last time I dropped a bunch of weight. So... July-August, SHED THE FAT.  As much as possible. Slower weight loss September through December, with my hopeful "fight weight" achieved in January to give me eight solid weeks of over-training and two weeks of pre-fight prep.

 

2.) Identify deficiencies in my fitness.  Right now a lot of these are weight-related, but they come down to three specific areas: upper body strength (specifically pull-downs, IE, the "clinching" muscles), core strength (front, sides, and lower back... pretty much all of it), and knee range of motion. I realize that's pretty much my ENTIRE body, but it sort of gives me places to focus on. My endurance is actually pretty good, especially considering my size (I can out-band most of the less-experienced but much fitter people at my gym).

 

3.) Identify deficiencies in my technique.  I am a striker, first and foremost.  I am 6'4" with a big frame, I can throw head kicks at my own height just fine, have tremendous range with my jab, and have great parrying reflexes.  My striking deficiencies are mostly spinning kicks (which are coming along nicely!), checking with sufficient speed (I often just eat kicks because I know I'm not going to make it), and ducking/dodging/head movement.  Again, almost all of those are just due to my size and my knees, both of which will improve when the weight comes off.  My wrestling is pretty good, when I ever use it, but I only know a very small number of techniques and often have problems getting swarmed and properly responding with my arms AND legs.  As for jujitsu, I... suck.  I really do.  This is 99% related to my weight, my lack of core power, and my inexperience that usually ends up with me pretty much handing a joint lock to my opponent.  I always just try to strike and end up twisted and choked out.  SO... in the Fall, I will be coming back to JuJitsu nights at the gym.  *shudder*

 

So! A more detailed design and schedule is going to be created in the coming week, with goals and milestones.  I'm making a schedule, and I'm going to stick to a schedule.  For nine frickin' months.  For (hopefully) three fights in two days.

 

...

 

Thanks for listening.

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And just to start all of this off.... up to the full 60 minutes on the Elliptical.  (Sorry for the blurriness... THE SECOND I stop walking, all the numbers shut off and it says "STEP FASTER", which is... very unhelpful.)

 

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It says 1059 calories and 59:56, for what it's worth.

 

 

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I am very... moist.

 

 

 

 

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Tiger Balms 2016, I am coming to get you.

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Welp. If they're going to go to work, you might as well do the same. The consistency of a schedule is going to help that training hard.

 

Good luck. We got your back.

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Glad to see you back. Great improvement in specificity, and nice picture of you (although a bit... prespired?) I (giant, standing at 5'5") have sparred with someone 6'2" before, and it wasn't fun--although my benefit is that after the first 30 sec, it was clear that the stamina is really important for big guys.

 

So keep up, Thrillo. Once some weight comes off, you'd definitely feel the difference.   

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Sparring endurance has been an advantage of mine, in that I can easily out-gas most of the non-pros at my gym.  I might get tired sprinting, or doing rope drags, or jumping jacks faster than them, but I can control my own pace and to a limited extend I can control my opponent's pace during a fight, so I can give myself the one or two seconds I need to get the blood back in my limbs and go again. When the round ends, more often than not, they sit down and gasp for a minute, while I'm walking in circles or bouncing around to give my knees some time to stretch.

 

But for wrestling or jujitsu, the cardio is different... three full minutes of grappling and I need medical attention. Again, largely weight-related, so that's going to be a big bonus.

 

Thanks, glad people saw my posts! :D

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FWIW, I am still here... but my overarching challenge has been moved to the Daily Blog section.  Please click my sig link to have a look!  I will try to find ways to incorporate future 6WCs into that.

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