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Sam Ashen Wandering Aimlessly

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Hello everybody and welcome!  The next six weeks kind of look like a break in the action.  Here they are:

 

W0 - Week ending June 11 - Last week of BEBOP.  (Broki's Evil Bulgarian Olympic Program)

W1 - Week ending June 18 - Olympic Meet.

W2 - Week ending June 25 - An entire week off!

W3 - Week ending July 2 - New Program starts!

W4 - Week ending July 9 - New Program.....

W0 - Week ending July 16 - VACATION!

 

Most likely the new program will be a Hybrid Weightlifting / Powerlifting program, unless Miss Broki Trollsforeva somehow manages to talk me into skipping the CNF PL Competition.

 

I do not know the details of this program, but any guesses what nationality inspires this programming?  Needless to say, the XCOMmies did not die in the last Challenge Cycle.  They just got caught up in some time warp, typically caused by some massive explosion.  They will see action again one day.

 

Before we know it, we will be back to the grind!  Meanwhile in the gaming world, so many of today's games are do the quest, then go up a level.  Then do the next quest and go up another level.  In a lot of old-school games you had to grind your way to the next level.  Find enemies you can defeat.  Kill them.  Go up a level.  When they are too easy, you find tougher enemies you can defeat.  Kill them too.  Go up another level.

 

Eventually discover clues to lead you where you are supposed to go next.  These were the days before the Internet.  No place to go for a walkthrough.  Figure everything out on your own.  The game manual was actually worth reading.  After several months or so, a clue book would come out and that would pretty much tell you how to solve everything.

 

Now of course, we have the Internet and can look up walkthroughs for these old games and read up on the best strategies to break the game.  So that is what we will try to do.

 

Who ever imagined the grind would be a break in the routine?

 

This cycle, I chose an obscure title perhaps nobody has ever heard of.  (I never heard of it until I saw it on GoG and decided it sounds fun and will give it a try.)

 

EDIT:  It looks like I have to get my own darned picture. :lol:

AgIM5r.png

 

You start with a party of six and you wander around aimlessly in a mostly abandoned castle.  It is old-school dungeoning.  There is no mapping function.  You have to draw the map on graph paper.  You wander around aimlessly until you get a random encounter.  Then you beat up the beasties and move on to the next one.

 

Of course, I will name these toons after XCOMmies!  (caught in that time warp?)

 

So how does this game work?  Hmm.  Let's see how I can recycle the goals from the last Challenge and make them look like new goals......

 

A. Wander around aimlessly until a clear direction appears.  A good map always helps.

 

Goal 1: Follow the final week of BEBOP, then Competition Week, then Rest Week, then obtain a New Program.

 

It sure sounds like wandering around aimlessly until a clear direction appears, doesn't?

 

B.  I did say you have to draw a map.  There are key spots you have to return to on a regular basis.  Eventually it become familiar and you know it like the back of your hand.  Yup.  You guessed it!

 

Goal 2: Keep Tracking Macros and Weight

 

We have about five months worth of data.  Still wandering around aimlessly. :lol:  No weight goal.  Pretty much maintenance.  Calorie goal.  Hmm.  We can make this a little more interesting, since this is easy enough.  So we will add a couple of things:

a. Give the Weekly Range along with the weekly average.  Say Average week.  3400 Calories.  2500 to 4000.  The goal is to decide on what is reasonable.

b. Veggies!  Find ways to include more of them!  Fresh or relatively fresh is ideal, but difficult to execute at the moment.  Most likely starting with canned.  Add to report.

 

C. I also said monsters and bad guys appear at random and you have to fight them.  So.....

 

Goal 3:  Fight!

 

The next big battle is on June 18.  This time I think I am shooting for:

Snatch 60 / 65 / 70 kg (PB on video is just over 65 kg.)

Clean and Jerk 85 / 90 / 95 kg (PB on video is about 92 kg.)

 

The openers are subject to discussion.  The final number is YOLO.  One important thing to note is the units are kilograms and I can ask for any integer number.

 

D.  Don't get killed!  Of course!  Goes without saying!

 

Goal 4:  Stay Healthy!

 

Overhead Press pounds x (0.96 + 0.03 x Reps + 0.01 x Sets) expressed as a percentage of 150 pounds = Shoulder Condition.

Push Press pounds x (0.96 + 0.03 x Reps + 0.01 x Sets) expressed as a percentage of 200 pounds = Shoulder Condition.

 

These numbers have been getting better!  After the PL meet on April 23, any pressing motion was a hard pass and Dumbbell Push Press started with the Hot Pink Dumbbells.  Mobility has also been improving.

 

E.  Granted, I have trouble actually playing through these games.  I suppose I have more fun just playing around with them than actually finishing.  Still, it is fun to play along.

 

Goal 5:  Adopt a Toon!

 

True to XCOMmie tradition, there is no choice. :P

 

At least this time, we can be Equal Opportunity.  However most likely I am shamelessly playing favorites. :P

 

It is probably going to take me the entire week just to roll these toons.  (Shamelessly high stats.)

 

They are still getting XCOMmie names.  (...except they are subject to 8 character length or so because.... old school)

 

It looks like the last time I dabbled in this game, I played:

Males: Dwarf, Hobbit, Dog-like (Dog-like is most likely spoken for but subject to change.)

Females: Human, Elf, Cat-like (Elf is pretty much spoken for because I owe somebody a favor.)

 

I might play first come, first serve, otherwise. :D  Or shamelessly play favorites.

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TLDR: As for the Challenge - not much new here:

Follow the program as it comes in.

Track minimum and maximum macros for each week.

Track vegetables and find ways to add them.

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EDIT: Changed Title to "Wandering Aimlessly." 6/7/16

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Meanwhile, BEBOP continues......

 

Muscle Snatch Triples at 64, 74, 84 pounds

Power Snatch Triples at 94, 104, 114, 124 pounds - The first two of the last set felt questionable

 

Power Clean, 3x134, 3x154, 3x174, 3x3x184 pounds - The second set is recorded.

 

Squats, 5x184, 5x224, 3x5x264 pounds - Here is the second set:

 

Poverty Push Press, 5x44, 5x94, 5x134, 5x154, 5x164 pounds - Shoulder Condition 92%

 

Bent-Over Rows, 3x5x164 pounds

 

Score for Today:

3109 Calories

344 Carbs

124 Fat

174 Protein

 

+1.1 Overall

No extra veggies to report.

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16 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Found you! Do I get any favorite points for being the first to comment on your thread?

 

You sure do!

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My goal I think is to just track everyone down who is competing or even doing Olympic lifting. Keen to follow along :)

 

Don't forget about them hips in that power clean ;)

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1 hour ago, BarbarianBassBro said:

Following for new programms :)

 

I was thinking about changing the title of this thread to "Sam Ashen Aimlessly Wandering Around" and then read this.

 

Oh well - This was one of those cycles where I was better off typing everything up and then coming up with a title.

 

6 hours ago, TaylorFit said:

My goal I think is to just track everyone down who is competing or even doing Olympic lifting. Keen to follow along :)

 

I should have tagged my thread.  Sorry about that.

 

Competing?  Just started.  So Beginner levels.

 

6 hours ago, TaylorFit said:

Don't forget about them hips in that power clean ;)

 

I probably do the same thing to a lesser extent in a regular clean.  It's tricky!  Also there is no in-between position.  Either I am catching the weight nearly fully standing or dropping down into a full squat even when the video shows very obviously the weight was caught high.

 

Broki will have some things to say, I am sure.

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8 hours ago, TaylorFit said:

My goal I think is to just track everyone down who is competing or even doing Olympic lifting. Keen to follow along :)

 

Don't forget about them hips in that power clean ;)

You know about @jdanger and @heather_d?

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12 hours ago, Sam Ashen said:

Goal 2: Keep Tracking Macros and Weight

 

We have about five months worth of data.  Still wandering around aimlessly. :lol:  No weight goal.  Pretty much maintenance.  Calorie goal.  Hmm.  We can make this a little more interesting, since this is easy enough.  So we will add a couple of things:

Found this in the new diet e-book I got.

consistency-priority.png

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1 hour ago, miss_marissa said:

Found this in the new diet e-book I got.

 

Is it correct to assume that by "consistency" they mean on a day to day basis.  What does "0" consistency mean?  I eat 100,000 calories in one day and then fast for a month?

 

There is an Alan Thrall video that explains it very well.

 

A whole bunch of thoughts go along with this, but it would take me a long time to put anything together.

 

The last discussion I had with Miss Broki on this subject, she did not seem to think it was a big deal as long as I do not do this every day.  However.  The food pics on my phone still win an eye roll.  Who needs MyFitnessPal when she has my phone?

 

She might be not that concerned about the issue because getting lean is not a priority right now.

 

But.  That is no reason not to start "measuring" consistency with the idea of improving it.

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18 minutes ago, Sam Ashen said:

 

Is it correct to assume that by "consistency" they mean on a day to day basis.  What does "0" consistency mean?  I eat 100,000 calories in one day and then fast for a month?

 

There is an Alan Thrall video that explains it very well.

 

A whole bunch of thoughts go along with this, but it would take me a long time to put anything together.

 

The last discussion I had with Miss Broki on this subject, she did not seem to think it was a big deal as long as I do not do this every day.  However.  The food pics on my phone still win an eye roll.  Who needs MyFitnessPal when she has my phone?

 

She might be not that concerned about the issue because getting lean is not a priority right now.

 

But.  That is no reason not to start "measuring" consistency with the idea of improving it.

They do say that as "dieting for body composition" which is not a goal of yours. But still thought you may benefit from the graphic.

 

You do love Alan Thrall lol

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8 minutes ago, miss_marissa said:

They do say that as "dieting for body composition" which is not a goal of yours. But still thought you may benefit from the graphic.

 

You do love Alan Thrall lol

 

Who doesn't?

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6 minutes ago, Taddea Zhaan said:

 

Who doesn't?

I love his beard!  But I stop every video before he says "train untamed" because it seems weird.  I like most weird, but not that specific thing.

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24 minutes ago, miss_marissa said:

They do say that as "dieting for body composition" which is not a goal of yours.

 

Not at this time.  If I am trying to "measure" "consistency," then the day is coming where it will be a goal.

 

The next big question I have on this subject is how much it matters if I reduce calories on rest days.  If it matters a lot, then I need a more accurate estimate of work day versus rest day requirements.  My guess is it does not matter that much and the difference is made up by carbs, in a manner kind of like how I go shopping once per week and a bill comes once per month and I pay it.  Secondly, we would be going from extreme to less extreme.

 

Next, long term is better than short term.  So I am proposing that 180 days of 250 Calories per day is better than 90 days of 500 Calories per day.

 

All that said, what I would do is set a target range based on my averages.  So 2900 to 3400.  Assuming a random distribution, the average deficit is about 200.  Maintenance would be a range of 3100 to 3600.

 

My measure for consistence would be then:

1. Minimum, Average, Maximum

2. Days over 3600

3. Days under 3100

 

37 minutes ago, miss_marissa said:

You do love Alan Thrall lol

 

He does a very good job at explaining things to professional idiots. :stupid:

 

21 minutes ago, Grymm said:

I love his beard!  But I stop every video before he says "train untamed" because it seems weird.  I like most weird, but not that specific thing.

 

When I introduce people to Alan Thrall videos, I do give advance warning.  It can come across as creepy until you realize he is joking.

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GAH NERDCATION IS SO SOON!

 

Somehow didn't realize you were doing an oly meet so soon! I knew you had been working the lifts but I missed the meet info for some reason.  Exciting stuff!

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10 minutes ago, Raxie said:

GAH NERDCATION IS SO SOON!

 

Somehow didn't realize you were doing an oly meet so soon! I knew you had been working the lifts but I missed the meet info for some reason.  Exciting stuff!

 

I forgot to put that somewhere on the list:  Get in vacation mode.

 

Trip prep things.  Decide on activities.

 

How did I miss your name?

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