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Urgan Has the Real Folk Blues

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It's the Godwin's Law of Anime...at some point, somebody's gotta break out this reference. Three, two, one--LET'S JAM!

 

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Now with NO food-related quests and NO measurement tracking requirements throughout the challenge. How will we cope?!?!

 

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Spike (STR+3)

Let's keep this short and sweet, shall we? Spike takes many jobs as a bounty hunter throughout the story, but his one drive is chasing after Julia and Vicious. He has great perception and fighting chops to help him get the job done. My one job is to help my 3RM chase after my 1RM lifts while I work on building up my squats and figure out what's going on with my deadlifts. I'm probably very close to being forced onto Texas Method on yet another lift, we shall see! My lifts look like the below, the number on the left is my current 3RM for the respective lift while the number on the right is my 1RM. I'm only going to aim for closing the gap by 15lbs, pretty sure I can do that and then some:

 

Squat: 157.5 > 169.5

BP:      81 > 85

OHP:   60.5 > 65

DL:      205 > 207.5

 

The plan:

3RM Gains: 0/15
 

The grading:

11-15+lbs = A, 8-10lbs = B, 5-7lbs = C, else F
 

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Faye (DEX+4)

Talk about someone who takes setbacks and hard knocks, Faye is an amnesiac in space. That is the worst place to be with no real memory, methinks. She had to take care of herself while on the run before growing attached to the crew of the Bebop and eventually confronting her past. Not to quote a Chumbawamba song, but this quest is all about getting knocked down and getting up again. Put it another way: Every Day Is Ukemi Day. That's right, I'm falling down (reeeeeally gently) every day that isn't an already scheduled day at the dojo, where presumably I'll be doing a bit of that there, too. Hence the quest title. Also, to compliment the falling down, there's that nagging need for full body mobility sessions. That time is now. I'm breaking this daunting task in half--on lifting days, I roll my hips to ankles. On non-lifting days, it's all about hips to scalp. Simple as that.

 

The plan:

Every Day is Ukemi Day - 0/20

Full Body Mobility: Upper - 0/16, Lower - 0/12

 

The grading:

Every Day is Ukemi Day - 18-20 days = A, 15-17 days = B, 12-14 = C, else F

Full Body Mobility: Upper - 14-16 = A, 11-13 = B, else F, Lower - 10 - 12 = A, 7 - 9 = B, else F

 

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Jet (WIS+1, CON+1, CHA+1)

 

Ah, the responsible one. He cooks, he minds the money, he adopts a child and dog. Pity about the fridge... Ah well, I won't be making that mistake. Because I'm going to Clean Something around the house five days a week. Dish-washing and laundry don't count, because I already do these things and they're basically mandatory. Anything that adds up to >10 minutes counts. The curfews make a return as well, because #recycling. I'm tweaking the drink curfew to be defaulted to 8:30 OR two hours' space between my last drink and lights-out. 

 

The plan:

Clean Something - 0/20

Drink Curfew - 0/20

Anti-Curfew - 0/24

 

The grading:

Clean Something - 18 - 20 = A, 15 - 17 = B, else F

Drink Curfew - 18 - 20 = A, 15 - 17 = B, else F

Anti-Curfew - 21 - 24 = A, 18 - 20 = B, else F

 

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WEEK 1 DEBRIEF!

Spike

3RM Gains: 13.5/15 - 90%

Way, waaaaaaay ahead of the curve here, yeah? Here's where I stand on bringing 3RM up to 1RM territory:

Squat: 162.5 > 169.5

BP:      85 > 85

OHP:   65 > 65.5

DL:      205 > 207.5

All told, I have a total of 10lbs' difference between the two. 

 

Faye

Every Day is Ukemi Day - 5/20 - 25%

Upper Mobility - 3/16 - 19%

Lower Mobility - 4/12 - 30%

Missing upper mobility on Sunday cost me, otherwise I am on track~

 

Jet

Clean - 6/20 - 30%

Curfew - 6/20 - 30%

Anti-Curfew - 6/24 - 25%

Cleanin' up this quest...harr...

 

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WEEK 2 DEBRIEF!

 

Spike

3RM Gains: 13.5/15 - 90%

10lbs to go, same as last week due to Week 2 being designated as Shark Week.

 

Faye

Every Day is Ukemi Day - 10/20 - 50%

Upper Mobility - 8/16 - 50%

Lower Mobility - 7/12 - 58%

BACK ON TRACK, BABY. All the mobility ever.

I'm throwing the asterisks back into the count for the purposes of going forward, just FYI.

 

Jet

Clean - 11/20 - 55%

Curfew - 10/20 - 50%

Anti-Curfew - 10/24 – 42%

A mixed bag full of fail to get out of bed on time. I can still make up some of the difference, but it will require spotless performance from here out. Otherwise, not bad

 

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WEEK 3 DEBRIEF!

 

Spike

3RM Gains: 16/15 - 106%

YASS. Goal met and 7.5lbs of daylight between 3RM and 1RM lifts. Soon I will be in a position to press on~

 

Faye

Every Day is Ukemi Day - 15/20 - 75%

Upper Mobility - 13/16 - 81%

Lower Mobility - 12/12 - 100%

Talk about pulling bacon out of the fire, this quest. On track and working out ankle and posterior chain issues. 

 

Jet

Clean - 18/20 - 90%

Curfew - 15/20 - 75%

Anti-Curfew - 17/24 – 71%

W00t, I may still be a bit behind on this quest, but dayumn if it isn't a major improvement over where it was last week. All the cleaning, curfew is right on track, and anti-curfew is catching up. 

 

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1 minute ago, Urgan said:

Now with NO food-related quests and NO measurement tracking requirements throughout the challenge. How will we cope?!?!

 

#ifitfitsyourmouth :lol:

 

Checking in.  Trying my best to stay on top of everything!

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1 minute ago, Sam Ashen said:

 

#ifitfitsyourmouth :lol:

 

Checking in.  Trying my best to stay on top of everything!

 

Words to live by, no lie. 

 

HAI. We will stagger into this new challenge with the benefit of Zero week to faff around taking our challenges on a test run...or not. 

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11 hours ago, Kishi said:

Ah ah ah. No. It's not complete without...

 

 

There. Now you can get started. :)

 

1 hour ago, shaarawy said:

YESSSSSSS

 

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Ah this anime.  Memories~

 

1 hour ago, raptron said:

ONE I ACTUALLY KNOW. WOWWW.

 

Good stuff here, Urgan~!

 

42 minutes ago, elvenengineer said:

HI! I found you! Nice goals :)

 

39 minutes ago, ixaera said:

Here for dis!

 

My friends~ Hobbling around trying to still be responsible this Zero Week. So far...debatable. 

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1 minute ago, Urgan said:

 

 

 

 

 

My friends~ Hobbling around trying to still be responsible this Zero Week. So far...debatable. 

 

I missed Zero Week.  I am so glad it is back.

 

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Great fun, right Boo?

 

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41 minutes ago, Mistr said:

Following. I like your ukemi goal. Rolling around is a good way to stretch out your back and shoulders if you do it right.

 

I'mma give this one a serious attempt. Very, very gently. 

 

8 minutes ago, miss_marissa said:

I'm here as long as you still post awesome recipes.

 

I'll do my best to please~

 

4 minutes ago, blkhole24601 said:

Oh, Cowboy Bebop. The one anime I swear everyone in the world has seen except for me. :lol:

 

Here for this, as usual~

 

Ah well, I feel like a loser for having managed to miss Trigun in spite of how many times Adult Swim aired it, we all have our flaws, lol. This challenge won't know what hit it!

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Just now, lucky fire dragon said:

Awesome goals!

 

Will try my best to follow again ;)

Seems like a hardcore workout plan but I know you will rock this and it'll be exciting to watch :)

 

Hardcore like pole? I'm flattered. Yeah, it'll be tough, but I'll rise to the occasion...or, you know, fall to it.

 

 

 

Ukemi jokes are the best, guys. I just can't stop. 

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You are one strong tank machine and you'd be surprised how much you would rock a pole. Maybe you should give it a try ;) you know all the shiny things etc...

 

Currently I am trying not to fall though and am rather working on the getting up with you :D

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5 hours ago, lucky fire dragon said:

You are one strong tank machine and you'd be surprised how much you would rock a pole. Maybe you should give it a try ;) you know all the shiny things etc...

 

Currently I am trying not to fall though and am rather working on the getting up with you :D

 I will say this, pole and barbells were two things I'd never thought I'd consider seriously, much less do. I have gained immense respect for pole from watching you, and have casually researched places nearby (there are a few, I think?) in the local area. If only I had more hours in the day or days in the week. We're both working hard and gonna rock our challenges. Do my eyes mistake me or have you not yet posted yours yet??

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WEEK 0 DAY -6!

Spike

3RM Gains: 0/15

Squat - 45 1x5

           70 1x3

           95 1x2

           120 1x1

           142 6x3 - belted

BP -   45 1x5

         60 1x3

         70 1x1

         80 3x3 - belted

         83 1x1 - belted

OHP -  NA

DL -    NA

PC -   50 3x5

No gains to be had this day, however I did manage to drag my carcass to the gym, so that, ladies and gents, was a major victory right there. When I woke up, I was mega-headache-y, which isn’t an auspicious way to start the day (the headache was carried all the way over from the previous night, yay). However, it seems as of writing this that the pain level has gone down over the course of the day.

 

The way Zero week is going to work is any gains made during Zero week counts toward my goal~ All carrot, no stick for this week.

 

Faye

Every Day is Ukemi Day

Upper Mobility

Lower Mobility

These don’t count toward my total, however I did manage Ukemi Day work and the lower mobility in conjunction with my lifting. Ukemi practice featured side falls (both sides), back falls, and a smidge of front falls. I think back falls need the most work of the three, so that’s what I’ll be focusing on, but not to the exclusion of the others, of course. Scored a cool little bruise below my right knee, so that means I’m doing it long enough, lol. Moar rolling of the knees to address knee knots.

 

Jet

Clean

Curfew

Anti-Curfew

Nothing special on the cleaning front, kept the dishes going and that’s it. I slept in an hour because #headachehangover. In other news, I was in rare eating-like-an-asshole form today. I bribed myself into the gym with a blueberry muffin the size of my palm--that plus some BCAAs I finally cowgirl’d up and bought was my post-workout recovery. LOL. Then for dinner, I discovered this amazing thing while sitting in the car waiting for Aikido the other day: Loaded Mac & Cheese. A-may-zing, as befits molten cheese. I had pepper jack cheese on hand, and it served admirably in this monstrosity. I plan on making the two hours' clearance for a successful curfew adherence.

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DAT MAC AND CHEESE, DOE.

 

And here I thought I'd did something great mixing beef with it.

 

Gotta step my game up.

 

Also, 0-week is probably a good time for all carrot, no stick. Especially if it's going to be treated as a bonus and not lead to a slump in Week 4.

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4 minutes ago, Kishi said:

DAT MAC AND CHEESE, DOE.

 

And here I thought I'd did something great mixing beef with it.

 

Gotta step my game up.

 

It is precisely as good as you imagine it to be, perhaps more. I was, for some reason, vaguely skeptical.

 

4 minutes ago, Kishi said:

Also, 0-week is probably a good time for all carrot, no stick. Especially if it's going to be treated as a bonus and not lead to a slump in Week 4.

 

All of the carrot, because my right knee feels like it caught the stick. 

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