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Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: June 14, 2007, 10:10:29 AM »
Thanks for the link, Jiminy.

Of to a bad restart. O well, posting the log is supposed to motivate me.

Anyway, yesterday max pushups: 25, max pullups: 2.

Today: party 16 hours straight.

Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: June 12, 2007, 07:57:03 AM »
Holy crap, has it really been 6 months?

Anyway, over that 6 months I've been getting into progressively worse shape. For a good while there, exercise had slowed down, but diet stayed good, then diet went to hell also. As I've generally noticed about myself--diet pretty much takes care of itself if I'm getting adequate exercise. Some negatives are obvious: less strength & flexibility; I rarely test my endurance, but that's almost certainly deteriorated as well. The other big negative which has really started to hit me in the last month is lousy energy in the day, and trouble sleeping at night.

The positive is that he nagging body problems I had developed have stopped nagging. No signs in a while of wrist or shin trouble. Shoulder was still nagging until more recently, but less all the time.

So, I'm going to start getting back into things. The main challenge for me is to balance re-entry. I can't afford to injure myself by overdoing it again. On the other hand, I need to get into it enough that it's a significant good habit.

This week I expect to be preoccupied and/or hung-over a lot (friend getting married). To whatever extent I can this week, and following next week, my goal is evaluation of my current abilities so I can plan.

Training Journals / Re: Jumpin Jiminy's Jamin Journal
« on: June 12, 2007, 07:45:39 AM »
Jiminy, your dedication is inspiring (or intimidating, depending on my mood)

Diet / Re: Help with eating problem?
« on: January 03, 2007, 11:56:54 PM »
Go for what's easy and simple for you. If your diet is bad now, don't try to make it perfect in a week, because that will be bewildering. Besides all the stuff you'll have to learn, people argue about some of it, and you'll have to learn how to make it work for you in practice even once you've learned the theory.

Make sure you've got easy decent food around--pack something like apples, nuts, peanut butter sandwich, jerky, yogurt, whatever. Keep it lazy so it's not a lot of work at lunchtime or when you're running out the door to work. Bring enough good stuff that you pretty much fill up on that and don't crave as much crap.

As a start of eating well, just about everybody knows basic stuff: Don't stuff your face with french fries all the time. Soda is bad, water is good. Whole grains better than more refined stuff. Eat an apple instead of ice cream. etc.

Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: December 15, 2006, 12:00:23 PM »
non-systematic exercise most of this week.

Last night: front beds & groin stretching

Today: Sun salutations for warmup, modified WOD:
1 or 2 L-pullups, 5 divebomber pushups, 8 jump squats.
5 rounds in a little under 20 minutes

Training Journals / Re: Jumpin Jiminy's Jamin Journal
« on: December 13, 2006, 01:01:18 PM »
That's the most sets of 6 pullups to date, getting easier.
Nice job, man! Your diligence is paying off! I'm still at a consistent 3 for a set, with occasional 4 or 5.

Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: December 12, 2006, 01:29:10 PM »
Not much for a couple days.

I think I've figured out my wall-topping problem. I need to experiment some more, but at the playground on Sunday I was able to get up to *bars* without trouble. Walls still suck. So I'm thinking it might be my grip rather than leg or arm trouble--need to work on grip starting now (Yeah, that's arm, too). I'll try to work out some goals and good exercises.

Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: December 09, 2006, 01:18:26 PM »
Two nights ago, stretching:
- 3 minutes achilles each leg.
- 3 minutes groin
- 5 minutes forward bend

Yesterday: Very little

Today: shin & calf raises (balance on calf raises improved today), 6-10 sun salutations, some sets of squats, some pullups.

Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: December 07, 2006, 12:40:33 PM »
Last night, stretching.
- 3 minutes achilles each leg.
- 3 minutes groin
- 5 minutes forward bend

Yesterday took a break from pullups. Back to them today. Continuing bouts of 20 pushups also.

This morning, 25 cross-crunches each side.

Doing one-leg shin raises, can manage 30 each leg. My balance on calf raises has deteriorated.

Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: December 06, 2006, 07:10:40 PM »
Slackiness is hard to break.

Got a pullup bar at home finally on Saturday. Been doing random bouts of 3 pullups (palms towards, palms away, or one of each, all about equally hard right now), and 20 pushups.

Restarted calf-raises, shin-raises. Pretty soon I'll switch to one-legged shin-raises, since I'd guess that 30 reps of that is better than 60 of two-legged. I'd love to do one-legged calf-raises also, but that will require improved balance.

Last night, stretching.
- 3 minutes achilles each leg.
- 3 minutes groin
- 5 minutes forward bend

This morning-6 modified sun salutations.

Walked son to school and came back via the canal.

Did some rolls on grass & concrete. Very poor.

Back to goals soon.

Arizona / Re: Pheonix/Tempe area
« on: December 05, 2006, 03:09:42 PM »
This is getting social, Jiminy, but we can chat genetic algorithms sometime when the physical stuff wears us out. I'm working on Economics, but I've been a programmer and poked at genetic algorithms for some problems--really limited success.

I've been slacking a bunch, which is why I haven't been posting. Really just starting working out again today. I finally figured out a spot in my house that will support a pullup bar!

Arizona / Re: Pheonix/Tempe area
« on: December 05, 2006, 12:14:54 PM »
There's two old guys here--me & Jumpin Jiminy. I'm more of a wannabe than a traceur. Jiminy's been training hard, though. There's several young folks who post at UFF's Arizona thread. Team MoZ are a few hours away, but came up for a jam a while ago, and seem happy to drive from time to time for jams.

What are you going to Collins College for? Every so often I get so pissed at my Ph.D. struggles that I think about going there to make computer games.

Diet / Re: Too much iron?
« on: November 28, 2006, 06:51:41 AM »
Who is that a quote from? I'm very skeptical. It seems like there are LOTS of reasons young children need to take naps, mental as well as physical.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: NEPK on NPR
« on: November 17, 2006, 05:18:16 PM »
They did replace the picture of the flip with a picture of somebody jumping.

Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: November 17, 2006, 11:36:38 AM »
I see you're doing those king dead lifts now.  I hope you are touching your right hand to the outside of your left foot each time.  If you feel like you have plataued, hold a 5# or 10# dumbell and touch the ground with it outside the oposing foot.  How's your back feeling about it?  It took a while for mine, but these made mine a lot better.
Hmm, no I'm not touching my hand to my foot. I was using This writeup & photos as my guide. I'm going to follow that advice of trying for full range first before adding weights. Hmm, I've just barely started these, and I don't notice any particular back impact. Still feels like good exercise.

Parkour And Freerunning / NEPK on NPR
« on: November 17, 2006, 10:52:44 AM »
I just heard a short radio piece on the NPR show "Here & Now", with NEPK folks Chris & Eric (I think). It was a good piece. Maybe radio is the best medium for introducing parkour, since without images, flips just aren't as impressive.

There's stuff at:

I can't play Real Audio, but that claims to be the radio segment. Hilariously, the picture they chose for the page IS a flip!

Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: November 16, 2006, 07:50:05 PM »
Slackity slack. Some illness, a lot of laziness, distraction and discouragement, and I've been doing very little. Even slacked on ankle/calf raises, though not entirely. I've hit the canal again, and I tried for climb-ups from cat-grabs. I got closer (more leg), but can't get it yet (not enough explosion?). Slept a whole lot and read some stupid books (don't EVER read Black Lotus, you'll regret it if you do).

This evening:

20 squats
6 sun salutations
14 king deadlifts each leg -- This feels like my limit at the moment.
20-15-11 pushups -- I think I can up this, or up the challenge by raising legs?

6 practice rolls on concrete. Some felt a bit better. Doing them from squat so I don't have momentum. Only felt one on my  spine. However, I also felt one on my HEAD. Don't roll on concrete for real until a good tuck is completely automatic.

Injury status:
- Haven't felt any trouble with back in my sedentary week.
- Numb finger problem fading, being more careful about varying keyboarding position. Dang! Spoke too soon, came back during 3rd set of pushups.
- Wrist: back to being a bit troubling
- Shoulder: also a bit troubling

- Vaults and rolls
- Rolls: Need to learn to roll on concrete safely.
  - Try at least 20 practice rolls on soft surface daily
  - Try at least 4 practice rolls on concrete daily
- Get up over a wall from a cat-leap.
- QM soccer field without pausing.
- QM for balance.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: No parkour till your older....
« on: November 15, 2006, 12:13:44 PM »
I jumped into parkour unconditioned and paid for it with shinsplints and some other kinds of injuries, so I can completely appreciate where Steven is coming from.

However, presenting parkour as something you need to take a long time to prepare for before practicing it will just send many people away discouraged. Or, if they're more reckless, they'll just discount the advice as something they don't like and get riskier advicee / inspiration from elsewhere.

So, I think that advice about going slow should strongly emphasize things that *can* be done safely early on, so that parkour is fun right off the bat. IThe fun is what draws most people to PK. If you tell them (or they misread your message as), "work hard to condition now, and you can start having fun in a few years", that will be counter-productive.

Socialize / Competition anecdotes from camp
« on: November 14, 2006, 11:39:43 AM »
So much discussion about competition and whether it's appropriate to parkour brought to mind two things which happened at a camp where I was a counselor.

First, there was a summer of "Waterfront Points". The waterfront was, obviously, the place where all the swimming / canoeing / whatever happened. One summer the counselors started awarding kids with Waterfront Points for doing good things like helping to clean up and the like--generally things the kids should have been doing anyway. Anyway, many kids strived for Waterfront Points, talked with each other about who had more, etc. The counselors on the other hand, didn't keep track at all. There was no record, no prizes, how many points were "awarded" was totally whim--point at a kid and say, "Good job! 3 Waterfront Points for you!"

Then there was a game which was played usually once per session. I wish I could remember the name. It was an implementation of a game from an old Mad magazine, so the rules were completely preposterous. There were three teams and it was vaguely soccer-like. The referees kept the rules in flux, and the game *always* ended in a tie. It was great fun. I still can't decide whether you'd consider it a "competitive" game or not.

Movement / Re: climb-up minus muscle-up
« on: November 09, 2006, 12:07:32 PM »
OK, it seems like I have to be reminded 9 times before it sinks in how to use my legs. I just tried some, still didn't manage to get up, but I think I got a better feel for it. I'll see how it goes in the next week or two.

It also looks like the explosive part of a pullup is something I need to work on more.

Thanks, y'all.

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