Random Geekage

Running on snow is an experience.

The surface moving beneath my feet is an interesting sensation, particularly when climbing or descending hills. Had to take my time, a solid 6 minutes over my regular 5k run.

The trick with running

is to get into a slight zen/dissociative state. Let the subconscious take over the movement of your legs and have your conscious go elsewhere. Whether it be plans for the day, thinking about things that could have been improved or just plain idle thoughts.

New Addition to the Family

20kg of eccentric Get After It. Should play well with the others.

Thought I would spice up

my usual morning run. Stuffed an improvised 9kg(20lb) ruck plate into my bullet ruck and went out on the 5k loop. Started huffing almost instantly and sweat was dripping off 1/3 the way round.

Still got a good time, just under 32 minutes.

When in a (sub)urban environment, early runs are best.

So much quieter at 05:30 than it is at 07:30. Virtually no people to dodge around, no cars to watch out for.

Cordyceps Sinensis

Jocko and Echo both sing the praises of Onnit's Shroom Tech products which claim to help both immune system and physical fitness. Sadly, Onnit products are quite pricy, more than I can justify right now. So I got a generic version.

Been taking these strange brown capsules twice daily for about a week now. This is totally subjective and may be completely placebo but I do feel better and happier. My athletic performance feels stronger and unusually I'm not feeling famished mid-afternoon. No capacity to do a proper double-blind trial but this impromptu experiment does seem to be a success.

If I ever end up sprouting growths from my body (or worse), please incinerate me.

Just done my first ever 10km run.

Sucking wind hard. Got 3/4 of the way round my usual 5km run and decided to go all Forrest Gump.

A Year of Crossfit

Well, year and a few weeks. Been going 2-3 times a week to Claymore Crossfit and I have to say, I have had a blast. Cardio has improved, lifts have gone up, all round fitness has increased. And I have to credit it with some other benefits to my life.

Here's to another year of Crossfit!

Crossfit is one of the quickest ways to put your ego in check.

Look at the WOD, think to yourself "that looks easy, no bother." Halfway through the WOD, you reconsider. Finish up, you are humbled by the weight.

Training

Listen, Genos. You just have to keep doing it. No matter how hard it gets. It took me three years to get this strong.

One hundred push-ups! One hundred sit-ups! One hundred squats! Then a 10km run! Every single day!

And of course, make sure you eat three meals a day. Just a banana in the morning is fine. But the most important thing is to never use the A/C or heat in the summer or winter so that you can strengthen the mind. In the beginning, you'll wish you were dead. You might start thinking what't the harm of taking a day off? But for me, in order to be a strong hero, no matter how tough it was, even if I was spitting blood, I never stopped. I kept doing squats even when my legs were so heavy they refused to move. Even when my arms started making weird clicking noises, I kept doing push-ups.

A year and a half later, I started to notice a difference. I was bald...and I had become stronger!

In other words, you gotta train like hell to the point where your hair falls out. That is the only way to become strong.

--Saitama, One Punch Man episode 3

Not been on the bike for months.

Shocking behaviour, I know. Needs to change. Went up to the co-op for some salad for dinner in an attempt to arrest the dependence on the Land Rover. Legs are burning, throat is raw. Only a 2km trip. Caught a midge in the eye too. Must get better.

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