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Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: August 08, 2006, 09:35:40 AM »
Last night:

Did a little of the APK warmup:
  • 15-15-15 body squats
  • 12-12-12 pushups
  • Samson stretch felt a bit queer in my knee, so I stopped after 5 of them.

Flexibility:
  • 4.5 minute front-bend (sitting)
  • 1.5 minute cobra
  • achilles: 3 minute each side

abs: 2 minute curl-up

This morning:
Nothing! Boo! I've got to manage my sleep better.

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Arizona / Re: First post
« on: August 07, 2006, 08:38:27 AM »
Hey Bronco-

I'm moving up to N. Phoenix in a few weeks (near 101 & 17). I'll try to get in touch when I get there.

I don't have hops, but I do have hope.

Do you have folks you train with there?

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: a traceur in need...
« on: August 06, 2006, 10:48:11 AM »
well i heard that there were a lot of so called traceurs of the primate family down there. ;)
I've heard that those particular traceurs are bad company, prone to stealing your snacks and throwing poo.

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Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: August 06, 2006, 10:45:22 AM »
Last night:

Flexibility:
    * 30 "Tai Chi Twists"
    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 4.5 minutes of split (standing)
    * 3 minute achilles stretch each leg
    * 1.5 minute "cobra"

Strength:
    * 15 "cross-crunch" each side
    * 15 push-ups

This morning:

Flexibility:
    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 4.5 minutes of split (standing)
    * 3 minute achilles stretch each leg
    * 1.5 minute "cobra"

Strength:
    * 12-12-16 push-ups

Drilled rolls on grass, with mixed results. Better on my left shoulder than my right, I think because fear was hindering me on the right. This morning was much better about rolling from left shoulder to right hip. However, I'm pounding my shoulder a lot more than I think I should. Progress in any case.


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Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: August 05, 2006, 10:45:17 AM »
Thanks, Cyanide! Encouragement is great. Plus it reinforces my reason for posting this journal... if I think someone might be looking, then shame will help keep me from slacking.

Last night:

Flexibility:
    * 30 "Tai Chi Twists"
    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 3.5 minutes of split (standing)
    * 3.5 minute achilles stretch each leg

Strength:
    * 15 "body squats"

This morning:

Flexibility:
    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 3 minutes of split (standing)
    * 2 minute achilles stretch each leg

Biked ~10 miles, then got flat, so walked the last mile home in stocking feet.

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Diet / Re: Best Cheap Foods
« on: August 04, 2006, 08:14:52 PM »
Depending on your immediate budget (rather than ongoing budget), I'd recommend a rice cooker as an appliance. Great for cooking (brown) rice (cheap!), because it's nearly impossible to screw up, even if you forget that you're cooking because you have your nose in a book. Plus, you can use it to steam veggies.

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Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: August 04, 2006, 03:37:38 PM »
Last night:

Flexibility:
    * 30 "Tai Chi Twists"
    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 4.5 minutes of split (standing)
    * 2.5 minute achilles stretch each leg

Strength:
    * 15 "cross-crunches" each side
    * 15 "body squats"

Today:
    * 30 "Tai Chi Twists"
    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 4.5 minutes of split (standing)

Bike's inflated, going to try it tomorrow. Shoulder still out-of-whack, but still feels like just muscle soreness. Shin splints maybe getting worse, even though I'm resting them. Hmm.


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Movement / Re: The Basic Landing
« on: August 02, 2006, 10:38:13 AM »
This is likely foolish, but I'd like a clarification before I hurt myself (more). By not going past 90 degrees, does that mean 90 degrees between the thigh and calf of each leg? Or does it mean 90 degrees between the two legs at the waist? I'm assuming the latter.

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Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: August 02, 2006, 08:20:25 AM »
Last night:

    * nothing

It seems that with the hanging, pull-ups, and rolling yesterday something messed up my right shoulder. Dang! More things I need to rest, so fewer things I can do. Hmmm.

Anyway, that ice pack I bought for my shin splints spent a lot of time on my shoulder last night instead. It definitely feels better this morning, but I'm going to let it rest more.

So, not much this morning:

Flexibility:

    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 4 minutes of split (standing)
    * 3 minute achilles stretch each leg

Goals for today: Get road bike road-ready, get to sleep by 10pm.

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Arizona / Re: Moving to Phoenix
« on: August 01, 2006, 03:01:37 PM »
I don't think I'll be making it to Winslow any time soon :(. But hi! in any case. It's a good start to get an intro, and if I do come that way, or you this way, maybe you can show me how to do a roll without feeling like an idjit.

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Arizona / Moving to Phoenix
« on: August 01, 2006, 10:02:12 AM »
Howdy

I'm in Tucson now, moving to Phoenix in a few weeks. I'd love to meet folks. For a while, I won't be able to keep up with you (take a look at  my training journal if you want to see how pitiful I am). But hopefully I can learn something from you, and gradually catch up.

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Welcome! / Re: Welcome Thread - New Members please announce here!
« on: August 01, 2006, 09:27:12 AM »
Oops, I introduced myself in my training journal instead of here. Duh!

I'm 36 and in lousy shape. I found out about parkour a few weeks ago, and fell in love immediately. It's like how every kid approaches movement until we embarass them out of it. I started practicing too fast, on my own, and gave myself shin splints.  :P. So I'm now giving the running and jumping a break while working on other conditioning and trying to practice no-impact moves.

I'm in Tucson, AZ, soon moving to Phoenix. Moving to a trailer park, so I'm curious as to what PK opportunities will be there. Likely not much which doesn't involve climbing on the neighbor's homes, hmm.

In a random note, my new squishy PK shoes feel hilarious. I wear flip-slops, or other flat sandals about 320 days of the year (or go barefoot when I can), and Chucks the other days, because Chucks are too much shoe for my comfort. Putting on snug, arch-supporting, cushioned sneakers is very weird. But I'd like to keep the use of my knees, so I think it's worth it.

Hi all!

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Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: August 01, 2006, 06:52:51 AM »
Last night:

  • 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
  • 4 minutes of split (standing)
  • 1.5 minute of "cobra" pose
  • 2.5 minute achilles stretch each leg
Bought convenient ice pack for legs

This morning:

Flexibility:
  • 30 "Tai Chi Twists"
  • 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
  • 3 minutes of split (standing)
  • 1.5 minute of "cobra" pose
  • 2.5 minute achilles stretch each leg
Strength:
  • 2 / 2* /2* pullups
  • Couldn't do a one-armed hang to save my life
* cheated by giving myself a little boost with toes

Practiced rolls on grass, woodchips, and squishy playground rubber: ?/25/9/0  (tried/recognizable/halfway decent/good)

It seems I've got two big problems, both likely fear issues: (1) I often don't have enough forward momentum--it's hard to convince myself to lunge at the ground to start the roll. (2) I often wind up rolling from shoulder to the same-side hip.
On the other hand, I was pleased to find that I can do at least as well rolling off my left shoudler as my right.

Did some climbing / squirming / balancing at the playground, so long as it didn't require jumping or landing

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Training Journals / Re: Rickety's journal
« on: July 31, 2006, 06:33:25 PM »
Right, so some goals:

* Be able to touch my toes without *any* pain.
* 5 pullups (currently 2)
* 1 minute 1 arm hang for each arm (currently ~20 sec)
* Fix up shin splints
* Keep developing training plan

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Training Journals / Rickety's journal
« on: July 31, 2006, 03:49:39 PM »
For lack of a better spot, I'll introduce myself here as well as start my log. I read about parkour in a movie review for District B13, searched for it online, and was immediately smitten. I gave it a couple days to stew before deciding that it was something I wanted to do rather than just something to enjoy others doing. I started messing around...

...and while I had some fun, I quickly bumped into a disadvantage of being an out-of-shape 36 year old in an activity practiced mostly by fitness freaks around age 20. So, now I've got shin splints and I gather that means no running or jumping for a couple weeks at least. I'm laid up really before I've started.

Any advice on dealing with shin splints would be appreciated. Meanwhile I've purchased some extremely squishy shoes (Absorb), and put even squishier insoles (PolySorb) in them, in the hopes of saving my shins / ankles / knees / back. (They feel bizarre to me, since I feel that less is more as far as shoes go, and so the most shoe I've worn in 20 years have been Chuck Taylors.)

I spent a little while with a friend who's experienced in teaching various exercises (yoga, pilates, some other stuff), and studying to be a personal trainer. She did a sort of evaluation, so now I have a feeling for what I short work on. As of now:
* Balance: Good
* Upper body: OK (This was based on pushups. Pullups are still hell for me.)
* Abs: OK--mixed bag, depending on which abs we're talking about
* Legs(thighs): not good--I've had a lot of strength there before from biking, so I'm sure I can get that back.
* Flexibility: I'm rigid like an old man.

So, stretching's certainly a primary goal. And I guess for the next few weeks I'll need to find some other workout than running or jumping, and see how my shin splints get. Working on the abs which are weak (upper and oblique)

Any suggestions on what I can practice? I think rolls are probably safe.

So, current status:
- I'm in terrible shape
- I can't run or jump for a while.

My current stretching routine, twice a day:
-4 minutes of forward bends (sitting)
-3 minutes of split (standing)
-1 minute of "cobra" pose
-2 minutes of achilles stretch per leg

I've thrown some ab stuff in there as well, and my achilles stretches and splits give me some leg workout.

Not much of a regimen is it? Alright, this is all new to me. While I've been athletic before, I've never had "trained" as such, I just swam or biked a lot and so got in shape. This is much more a whole-body thing, and (for me at leat) will be much more about technique. And I'm much more likely to hurt myself. So I'll figure this out as I go.

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