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Still riding the pine pony

Well my name is still on the list what list the IR list, and I am not too happy about this time is ticking away and I am on the side lines. PT has been going well and I am learning that I need to do a ton of muscle development. I will find out if I can run again on July 11th which I feel is a like time away. In the mean time I have continued to bike and swim. The last for days have been full of back to backs. Thursday and Friday I swam 1000m and Saturday and Sunday I rode almost 20 miles each day.

 The break down

 Thursday’s swim was good for the first time I linked 20 laps together and finished the 1000 in 25:25 which is right in the time window I have been in. I have also been trying to work on my form a little bit to become more efficient which will lead to faster times and longer distances my goal is to be able to swim 1 mile= 64 lap.

 Friday’s swim now this one was much harder this is the first time I have swam back to back in a long time if ever. I could really feel the fatigue in my arms. This was a very self fulfilling swim for many reasons. 1) I swam 12 laps in a row freestyle. 2) I met a fellow swimmer and a he paid me several  complements. 3) It was a back to back swim I was tired and I got through it and it felt good. 4) I finished in 25:16 faster  than the day before.

 Saturday’s bike ride, I set my alarm for 6 am and when it went off I decided that there was no way I was getting up. So I woke around 8 and was on the road by 8:30. I had some excite meant and defeat in the first 2 miles. I was cruise along I turn off my street on to lake shore and I could see 2 roadie on the street behind me. About a half a mile later they passed me so I step on the gas figuring I would hook up with them and let them pull me.  Well they were going faster than I though  and I went from 17mph to 23mph and could not get them. The rest of the ride was good. After 14 miles I met up with John who was running 9 miles for his weekend long run. Once I found him I stayed with him for the rest of my ride and his run 5 miles.

 Sunday’s ride was later in the day I think I went out around 7pm it was hotter than I thought and the humidity was nasty I felt like I was chewing on the air. My intentions were to 20 or more miles. I got 10 miles through my ride and was feeling sick I really thought I was going to lose my cookies  but I held it together by slowing down and getting in to a breathing pattern. By time I got home I was feeling better.

 Sunday I also tried yoga for the first time. Wow that shit hard I only made to through 10 mins of a 20 min video. This is something I am going to try to keep doing. Yoga interest me now more than ever just because the things they were doing right now my body does not do and the lady on the video made it look so easy. As I progress in this I will try to explain if I am noticing a change.

 This week is forecasted to be a hot one with temps in the mid 90, and the 4th of July is Wednesday.  So I am not real sure what my work out schedule will look like. But I do have to say there is a level of relief and ease that I am not on a actual training plan. Every time I got out to ride my bike or swim I am doing it cause I want to not cause I have to which makes it that much more enjoyable.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Biking, Life, Running, Swimming

 

Modern Arnis

So for the last 4 months I have been training in a form of martial arts called Modern Arnis. I go once a week ( I would go everyday if I could) and I’m intrigued more and more every class. I have also attended 2 seminars and 1 camp. The basis of this is stick fighting and have a counter move for every move your opponent  makes. My instructor is Master Chuck Gauss He is one of 7 masters of Tapi Tapi in the world. His accomplishment of mastering the art aside he is a incredible teacher he has a way of making things easy. On June 23 I went to 1 day of a 4 day camp do to work I was not able to attend all 4 days. At this camp 3 of the 7 Master we there.  I learn a incredible amount of information I am currently trying to retain as much as possible. 2 of the high lights of this 13 hour day were the knife fighting and the flashlight defense. The knife fighting section was taught by Master Ken Smith from Illinois.  Prior to this I had no idea about knife defense techniques I was in shock of how fun this was to practice and I plan to continue to search for more info and more training.

 

The flashlight defense was taught by Master Gauss and this was my favorite part of the day. Master Gauss show us techniques to use the light to get our opponents in arm bars, how to use the light in a center lock, and how to use a tactical light as a weapon. Tactical meaning it has a serrated top and bottom see picture.

 

 

I linked the wiki page below check it out. Also check out the YouTube channel that is linked.

Modern Arnis Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_Arnis

Modern Arnis YouTube videos http://www.youtube.com/user/MasterChuckGauss

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Life