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Got up too late to go swimming this morning, so will have to do it tomorrow to pass this week. I want those new goggles dammit!

 

Also a bit behind on my Duolingo (as I suspected I might be) so going to need to get some extra in this end of the week.

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Swimming done this morning (got up late so it was really short, but at least I went). Swimming challenge completed for the week.

 

Also back on track with Duolingo now.

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I picked up Duolingo again and am working on Spanish since we'd LIKE to offer our online classes to Spanish speakers.  Man ... being able to write at that level is a long way off ....

 

I know what you mean, but getting there's half the fun!

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So weekend round up. Of my productivity list I got his far:

 

  • Make omelette muffins for the week's breakfasts  û
  • Buy trouser for hiking  ü
  • Clean bathroom  û
  • Clean and polish hiking boots  ü
  • Clean kitchen  û
  • Hoover  û
  • Sort out new tenancy agreement  û
  • Wash gym and swim stuff  û
  • Grocery shopping  ü
  • Put batteries in the clocks  ü
  • Mow the lawn  û
  • Clean out my car  û
  • Take car to car wash  û
  • Play Diablo III only after completing at least 2 of the above  û

 

Missed my hike Saturday because (a) I wanted to get other stuff done and it would have taken the whole day, (b) my legs hurt from Friday's squats and (c) after the last hike my legs were still struggling a week later and I don't want that on the hiking weekend next weekend. So I've failed on that goal for the challenge, and I'm still debating whether it was the right thing to do or whether I'm just making excuses.

 

Did walk into town (about 20 mins each way) to buy my hiking trousers, so I now have those, and clean, shiny boots with new laces.

 

Today was a bit of a write off. Somewhere between last night's many beers and going to bed at 4am I overslept quite a bit. And then the train times to go out to play snooker were stupid so I had no time at all, so no gym today. It does mean I get to go tomorrow instead though so no real loss there/I'm not too worried/not counting it as a compromise.

 

Did get my Duolingo done today. I was well behind so had to commit to doing little bits throughout the day to squeeze it in.

 

Omelette muffins were not made. Debating whether I should make them now (it's midnight) or just leave and go to bed.

 

 

Challenge goals so far:

Swim: 3/3 for week 3 - 3 weeks complete

Hiking: 1/2 for month - failed

French: 369/350 XP for week 3 - 3 weeks complete

Teeth: 6/7 for week 3 (and assuming I brush them tonight, 3 weeks complete)

Keep track: I'm here!

No compromises: All good for week 3 - 2/3 weeks ok

 

Rough plan for week 4:

  • Monday swim, work, gym
  • Tuesday swim, work, badminton, yoga with Mrs
  • Wednesday swim, work, snooker
  • Thursday swim, work, badminton, yoga with Mrs
  • Friday pack and buy hiking food, possibly gym?, drive to Dartmoor
  • Saturday & Sunday hike across Dartmoor
  • All week keep tooth brushing.
  • Duolingo aim for 70XP each day, as I really need to complete the challenge by Friday so I don't have to worry about it around hiking

 

I'm doing the yoga for the Ranger mini. Can anyone recommend any good Youtube (or similar) videos of introductory level yoga?

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New mini goal for the next three days: Get Some Sleep

 

I've been getting less than 6 hours sleep a night recently (sometimes less than 5), which can't be good for my fitness or my mind, so I'm going to trial the plan I was thinking of running in the next 4WC. Every night in bed by 11pm or within one hour of getting home (whichever later). For this week Tonight and Thursday will be bed by 11pm, tomorrow will be within an hour of getting home from snooker.

 

Aside from low sleep all's well. Omelette muffins were made last night (finally!), done two swims so far, duolingo is on track. Gym last night was horribly horribly busy (I really shouldn't have missed going on Sunday), but I did get in a reasonable workout. Nearly hit my goal for the Darebee PvP too!

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Almost forgot; at swimming today I decided to do a 400m freestyle race, to see if I could edge my time under 8mins. Absolutely smashed that with 07:37! Felt awful for the rest of the swim, but was well worth it when I looked up my time and saw that!

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On 4/26/2016 at 7:21 AM, Jarric said:

Almost forgot; at swimming today I decided to do a 400m freestyle race, to see if I could edge my time under 8mins. Absolutely smashed that with 07:37! Felt awful for the rest of the swim, but was well worth it when I looked up my time and saw that!

 

Congrats!!!

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On April 26, 2016 at 6:21 AM, Jarric said:

Almost forgot; at swimming today I decided to do a 400m freestyle race, to see if I could edge my time under 8mins. Absolutely smashed that with 07:37! Felt awful for the rest of the swim, but was well worth it when I looked up my time and saw that!

Pushing through boundaries.  Way to go on that swim!

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9 hours ago, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

 

Congrats!!!

 

7 hours ago, Hilary_W said:

Pushing through boundaries.  Way to go on that swim!

 

Thank you guys!

 

Sleep so far: Tuesday in bed at 11:20, so 20 minutes late, Wednesday home at 00:57, in bed at 01:57, so spot on on time at a push.

 

Haven't managed to get up the last two mornings though. I'm going to try and get up and swim tomorrow to complete this challenge, but given that I'm not working and I have to drive to Devon on Friday I'm not sure I want to be getting up early. I don't know what's best to do really.

 

Other than that teeth on track, Duolingo on track. Won't make the gym tomorrow as I'm going to play snooker with my mate before going to Devon with him (to be honest I'm glad he made the decision for me, I'm not sure squats are the best thing to do before a 2 day hike!). Despite forum dodgyness I also kept track by e-mailing myself a battle log post yesterday and putting it up today.

 

Side note; it's bloody snowing here!. Who the hell ordered snow in the last week of April? It better not do that at the weekend!

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First day of hiking done. Actually had beautiful weather for it. Best part of 20 miles (according to Fitbit) and took just under 8 hours.

 

Will try and check in again tomorrow, phone signal permitting.

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Good luck on that hike!  Sounds brutal.  Glad to hear you skipped out on the leg day right before your hike.  My mountain runs always feel sluggish if I workout legs a day or two before.

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Back at work after the hiking weekend. Will run it down as best I can here:

 

Day 1

We drove to Okehampton to start our hike (after the essential pre-walk fry-up). Unfortunately we didn't plan the bit before the start of the hike, so we actually spent the first half hour of our day hiking around the town looking for the start of our route!

 

When we got to the start the weather was beautiful, so much so I could walk in a t-shirt. Went through a lovely bit of woodland leaving town before we got out onto the moor.

 

Once we were on the moor the wind got up; it's always windy there I think because it's so barren. Still we made good progress for a big part of the day. Navigation was easy too, even though there's often very little in the way of landmarks, because we essentially just had to head due south until we reached our overnight stay in Princetown.

 

Things got bad mid-afternoon however. We hit marshland, which we hadn't picked up on when planning the route. To start with we thought it was just the one short hill, at the top of the hill we found a memorial stone. The memorial was to a gentleman that built the "peat pass" up the hill, so that the peat workers could climb the hill without walking through the marshy ground. Again, we found this memorial stone at the top of the hill, having already climbed up.

 

The marsh didn't stop there though, it went on for hours and hours. Our pace slowed to a crawl, no to mention time spent detouring to find places to jump streams that ran throughout the area. By the time we got past that I had damp feet, all our joints were jarred from dropping in surprise soft bits of ground, and I'd had just about enough for one day.

 

Back on the path we got back up to speed, and we could see Princetown appear in the distance from a few miles off. Another wrong turn took us an extra ~1.5mi our of our way along roads before we finally got into town. A quick break and a banana was needed to get our spirits up enough to push through the final half mile.

 

Felt so good to reach the end of day one, and much food (which I ate much too fast) and a few beers were had before calling it a night.

 

In total day 1 took us 7:45 to walk 19.26 miles (according to Fitbit).

 

 

Day 2

Day 2 relied much more of footpaths and roads, so was a much easier jaunt. The weather got misty and we had a few rain showers, but that all kept us to a cool ideal walking temperature. The major stint was from Princetown to Widdecombe on the Moor, which took us about 5 hours. Lovely range of countryside from fields covered in gorse and dry stone walls, to barren moorland, to a walk along the river through a forest.

 

Stopped in Widdicombe for a sausage and mash pub lunch and a pint, before the final push to Haytor. It's only about an hours walk, which consists of a big hill, followed by a steep down hill, followed by the hill that Haytor is on. As we got to the first hill we had a lovely road sign which just said "20%". That's a 1:5 incline, and it felt all that and more!

 

The final push to Haytor was steep as well, but knowing it was the final hill we soared up it. The weather was really closing in, so the whole hill was covered in clouds, and we were well within the clouds by the time we climbed to the top of the tor. Felt so good to sit up there, looking out at...well, nothing we could see actually.. and knowing that we'd done it.

 

Day 2 was 7 hours (including an hour's lunch break) for 15.53 miles (according to Fitbit).

 

 

Will update how I did on the challenge overall later. Also need to catch up with everyone else's challenges!

 

Side note; I want to put some pictures on this post, but it's saying I can only upload a total of 0.03MB? Any ideas because that's tiny?

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I think you're only allowed so much space to upload things in general, and that must be what you have left? You can toss them on photobucket or another site and just link them here. 

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35 minutes ago, fleaball said:

I think you're only allowed so much space to upload things in general, and that must be what you have left? You can toss them on photobucket or another site and just link them here. 

This. I just drag and drop from instagram.

 

35 miles hiking?!?  That's insane to me.  Well done.

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25 minutes ago, fleaball said:

I think you're only allowed so much space to upload things in general, and that must be what you have left? You can toss them on photobucket or another site and just link them here. 

 

Good shout; here you go:

 

Into the forest on day 1

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First view of the moors

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A barren wasteland

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Finally made it to Princetown

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Beautiful path lined with gorse

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Down by the river

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Atop Sharp Tor

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Yes, that really says 20% incline ahead

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The long climb to Hay Tor, shrouded in clouds

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"View" from Hay Tor

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Side note: I'm the guy in the hat (and the boots at the end).

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3 minutes ago, Broba Fett said:

This. I just drag and drop from instagram.

 

35 miles hiking?!?  That's insane to me.  Well done.

 

What can I say, I like a good walk!

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Challenge Round-Up

 

Swim More, Swim Better (15XP) - Made it spot on through the first 3 weeks, and then only got two swims in on week 4! No excuses though, I had enough days to do it and just didn't get up on time. 3/4 weeks, 11/12 swims. Reward (goggles) not being given. 10XP

 

Get Hiking (10XP) I got only one of my two practice hikes in, so a big failure. The first one was worthwhile for checking my gear worked, but still can't give myself any XP for this one. So ironically I fail my hiking challenge even though I ended the month with a 35 mile hike! 1/2 hikes. 0XP

 

Parle plus en français (15XP) - Perfectly on the money with this one, and definitely will repeat next month. Not going to subscribe to a magazine, although that was supposed to be a reward, as I don't think I'm quite there yet. Will put some online reading in the next challenge though I think. 4/4 weeks. 15XP

 

Take care of your teeth! (10XP) - I'm amazed at how the simple act of posting on here made it so easy for me to brush my teeth every day. Well, I'm actually amazed at the fact I couldn't do this before now was, but still. Will step this one up a notch for the next challenge. 28/28 days. 10XP

 

Keep track (10XP) - Updated my battle log every day during the challenge, except for when I was away hiking due to time, signal and battery issues. Even when I couldn't get to a computer or the forums weren't working I wrote out the log on my phone and uploaded it later. I'd built in an exception for the hiking, so a pass. 4/4 weeks, 26/28days. 10XP

 

No compromises (10XP) - Failed in week one from sheer lack of motivation, but otherwise kept up with my gym and badminton schedule all month. 3/4 weeks. 5XP

 

Have also put this in on my Epic Quest, and I've finally made it to level 2. A big goal for this year was the Dartmoor hike, so I'm actually almost at level 3. Huzzah!

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