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I awaken face down in dirty straw. The light is dim, and there’s a dank, unpleasant smell. Stone floor. Torchlight. … Iron bars. That’s probably not good.

 

I remember that I didn’t like the way the bartender was looking at me back at that inn. What was in that last drink?

 

Before my head even stops spinning, I reflexively check for my blades and tools -- all missing -- and then massive hands grab me on both sides and haul me efficiently to my feet. I’m dragged from my cell, down a long hallway, and shoved through a gate … into a wide arena with a sandy floor surrounded by a smooth wall too high to scale.

 

I hear the gate slam down behind me, but most of my attention is on the identical gate grinding open on the opposite wall. Something big and quadrupedal is coming out of the shadowed corridor into the arena. And toward me. Do wolves usually have red eyes? And scales?

 

A raucous cheer erupts above me, but I can’t make out faces, just figures gathered all around the top of the top of the wall and crowded in the stands above. As the not-wolf gathers itself to spring, I hear one voice rise above the crowd in a loud rumble:


“There’s only one way out, thief. Fight and survive.”

 

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I thought I’d commemorate starting kickboxing class with a gladiator/arena thing this month. Maybe my captors are after last month’s treasure? Or maybe they're pissed off about it.

 

Fitness

  • Strength 2x/week. Proper warmup and cooldown or it doesn’t count. 

  • Run/cardio 1x/week

  • Kickboxing 1x/week

 

Substitutions permitted for all of the above. I’ll have to miss one kickboxing class due to travel this month.


I’m adjusting my workout schedule to a) accommodate weekly class, which is intense, and b ) give myself a little more time for climbing and other “free play” fitness activities. I’ll see how the adjustment's working and re-adjust if needed.

 

  • Attempt one NFA quest per week

 

I’ve got a short list of stuff I want to try to knock out this challenge. I want to work on the Assassin path stuff in particular, but some others too.

 

Diet

  • Make 2 dishes per week with fresh vegetables

 

Life

  • 2 hrs/week on long-term work projects
  • Meditation daily
  • Write 3 hrs/week

 

Gotta get that momentum going on the book again. Doing well, but it needs a lot of work and I want to finish before the end of the year.

 

Quests and achievements

NFA quests -- some of these I know I can do but just haven't tried, some I keep forgetting to do so I can check them off, and some I want to work on this month. Anyway, I want to keep these on my radar.

  • Level 3 workout boss fight
  • 10-second wall handstand

  • 10 elevated push-ups

  • 25 consecutive squats

  • Full pull-up

  • 10-day meditation - July 14 if I keep my current streak going
  • 30-day meditation - August 4 if ditto

 

Other

  • Jungle gym: build bench for box jumps

  • Jungle gym: build tire heavy bag

  • Hang indoor pull-up bar
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SO EXCITE, FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!

 

I mean, in, like, a loving and non-violent way. you know.

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mermaid ninja assassin. on a motorcycle. with swords. and knitting needles. and kittens.

 

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HI KARINAJEAN WELCOME BACK

 

My first taste of kickboxing is mostly "cardio with punching and kicking," but I'm totally down with that. The place where we're taking it also offers karate, kettlebells, and other stuff.

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2 hours ago, tourennatrix said:

Kickboxing followed by trips to the buddhist temple... *amused*

 

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I think this is the plan for the remainder of week 0:

 

Today I was going to go do a strength routine, but I think instead I'll do a climbing session and a 15-20 minute indoor track run. I brought my running shoes!

 

Tomorrow I leave work early for an appointment, so I'd be done in time to try a kettlebell circuit class at the new gym. I'm intimidated, but since I'm paying a monthly fee that's pushing me to want to try all their classes. Funny how motivating that is! Plus the video for this class on their website shows fat guys and ladies with gray hair doing it, so I can handle that.

 

Friday, something low-key, perhaps another light run, then Saturday is Fight Club! (I should mention that the only things we're actually hitting are punching bags. My favorite is the "ground and pound" bag that you sit on and punch the shit out of.)

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Kickboxing followed by trips to the buddhist temple... *amused*

 

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er hello, I am a fairly-pacifist 4th degree black belt who does martial arts on the regular. MULTITUDES.

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Sent from my iPhone while riding a unicorn through the cosmos.

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You are a badass pacifist and I would not mess with you, ma'am.

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8 minutes ago, RogueLibrarian said:

You are a badass pacifist and I would not mess with you, ma'am.

 

 

no worries, sir, I am on the side of good, and there will be no fighting required.

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4 minutes ago, karinajean said:

no worries, sir, I am on the side of good, and there will be no fighting required.

 

Glad to see you back from your adventures. You're posting a challenge, right?

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1 hour ago, RogueLibrarian said:

 

Glad to see you back from your adventures. You're posting a challenge, right?

 

yes! just got it up. though haven't yet finished posing my feels about last challenge. the thing about time is that there's infinite quantities of it, right?

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23 minutes ago, karinajean said:

 

yes! just got it up. though haven't yet finished posing my feels about last challenge. the thing about time is that there's infinite quantities of it, right?

 

So I'm told, but it's not always allocated evenly. :)

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1 hour ago, Asa Pond said:

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Obviously, I'm here for this.

 

Hell yeah. 

 

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Following along!

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Climbed two routes on the wall and did a fifteen-minute run. I'm chipping away at the Zombies Run 20K mission bit by bit. The step tracking on my phone didn't work well at all last time I tried it, but it worked better holding my phone in my hand instead of wearing it on my hip. It'll do -- I'm trying to improve my endurance and don't care much about my speed, so that's fine. 

 

Knocked out the "full pull-up" quest. I knew I could, I just hadn't tracked it in my Academy quests. It feels amazing to be able to do pull-ups and chin-ups for the first time in my life -- though they're still not easy.

 

If I don't forget to meditate tomorrow I can check off that 10-day Druid meditation quest.

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19 hours ago, Asa Pond said:

 

I wish there were a "love" button for this.

 

Then you're gonna love this guy.

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Frogs in a ... nylon muscle suit.

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10-day meditation - July 14 if I keep my current streak going

 

And... damn, that was worth a chunk of XP.

 

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Tonight -- kettlebell circuit class, which I expect to kill me.

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On 7/13/2016 at 9:53 AM, RogueLibrarian said:

Plus the video for this class on their website shows fat guys and ladies with gray hair doing it,

 

I am a smug asshole.

 

That same lady from the video was taking the class this afternoon and she knew exactly what she was about while I was turning into a sweaty pile of rubber bands.

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