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Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: August 20, 2008, 08:27:43 PM »
I did something...
I can't remember  :-\


First time down to Denver Parkour Academy!
I was a really good time!

I felt crummy and tired after work and almost went home, but turned around and went to class instead.

The classes in Denver are fantastic! Gym Riki and the surrounding area is another great Denver hotspot!!!

Warmed up with the beginner class and then switched to the intermediate.
Highlights of the night:
getting a wall run
challenges outside
Travis' "bad foot" takeoff training
Training during the week  :D

Training Journals / Re: Muse_of_Fire's Training Log
« on: August 18, 2008, 09:18:01 PM »
Congrats on your own room!!

You've got to think of some funny way to incorporate the urinal into your class... (dunce seat perhaps? suggestion box?)

Our kids come on Wednesday!!! GAHHH!  :o

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: August 18, 2008, 09:15:57 PM »

Basic exercises:
50 situps
20 (4x5) pullups (think I gotta grease these to get back to my PB!)
20 pushups
minor parallette work

Want to be mostly fresh for class tomorrow!

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: August 18, 2008, 07:42:30 PM »


Pushups were pretty weak at class on Saturday, so decided to try and grease the groove a bit...did 10 pushups every 1/2 hour from 11:30AM to 5:30 PM.
Total: 120 pushups

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: August 17, 2008, 08:30:26 AM »
Friday ended up being a wash as well...back to school stinks!!
We did get out to see Dark Knight finally....that movie is AWESOME!!!!

COPK class at Boulder...
This was the week I felt like I really came back....class a few weeks ago was rough with the altitude change and this week I was all amped up from the National jam! Plus, Carolynn is back from S. America so it really felt like old times!!

Also worked out a schedule where I can stay for both classes/jam which is really great!

Beginner class was basics...long warmup and conditioning to start followed by basic gymnastics and some courses. We finished off with some blind training which was different and fun.
Intermediate class began with 10 second drills which I hadn't done before. We then spent the rest of the time jamming around town which is always good fun! We also discovered a new spot downtown and spent a lot of time working some bouldering-ish problems on the state building.

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: August 14, 2008, 06:57:36 PM »
Ha ha..indeed Chris...I train so hard i go...

Wait for it....

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

PS: Glad I could give you a giggle Muse  :)


Rest day, was in meetings and school functions 'till 8PM

Training Journals / Re: Muse_of_Fire's Training Log
« on: August 13, 2008, 09:31:32 PM »
Hi Alissa!

We missed you too! Next year you will have to come and stay at casa de Parker!

I feel your pain with injuries and stress and life messing with your joy.  :-\

I'm sending you some of my positive vibes (now that I seem to have found them again)

And summer is over..UGH! It's like I'm being punished having to go back to work!

I've been expanding my summer reading list and found a great book called "The Omnivore's Dliemma" my Michael Pollan.
It really helped me come to peace with how I feel about food, the way I eat it, and where it comes from! (Warning, you may have the urge to quit your job and become a farmer after!!) You might like it :)

So, you have to tell me all about "Girls Inc." it sounds great! Parkour at my school is not happening this year due to lack of insurance  :'(
Going to have to find another loophole to exploit I guess.

Take care of yourself and always be looking for the joy!!  :)

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: August 13, 2008, 09:18:19 PM »
Thanks Muse!! It feels good to be back  :)


Warmup: Slow jog, 10 skullcrushers, 10 pushups, stretching

Rounds for time 15:00
100 m sprint
15 bench dips (only supposed to do 10, whoops!)
15 squats

I got 8 rounds

I almost puked

I feel good now

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: August 12, 2008, 06:24:40 PM »
It would be great to meet you Steve! Definitely come!!!

Had to bail out early on the Jam on Sunday to lesson plan the staff retreat for my school  >:(
Spent Monday and Tuesday up on Dillon Reservoir getting teachers psyched for a new school year and paddling on the reservoir.


0.5 mile jog/sprint
20 pullups (5 kipping, 15 sub-bodyweight)
many squats (50-100)
My goal was to do air squats while waiting for Brenda to catch up  ;)
20 pushups
0.1 mi sprint home
core/ab work while watching olympics

There is some really awesome Cat Fountain (Skyline Park) footage from last year's Jam and I'm sure there's more being cut now from this year!!

Starts around 1:45

Older footage, cat fountain shots in the beginning

Probably could hit up Ryan for the raw footage??

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: August 09, 2008, 11:55:39 PM »
What a weekend!!!!
Man, nothing like the BEST JAM EVER!!! to end your hiatus and get back into the swing of things!!!
Warmup at Boulder with 60+ people
Remembering old, stale jokes that never, ever get old
Walking into Cat fountain with somewhere around 100 peeps in on and around!
Playing with boffer swords in cat fountain
Seeing Cat fountain all fixed up and clean..NEW GRATES!!!
Getting fixed
Mark busting the watermelon off the roof!
Being back amongst awesome friends..both new and glad to see those faces we only see once a year!!

What a great weekend to reconnect, remotivate, put injuries and sickness behind and get psyched for a new year of training!
Thank you all

peas  ;)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: PK tag
« on: August 09, 2008, 09:06:45 PM »
We sometimes warm up with some rounds of Don't touch the ground tag first. (If you touch the ground, you become it)

Than play regular tag

Done  ;D

Can't wait to see you out on Mount Midoriyama!

Colorado / Re: Emergency...need shoes by next week.
« on: August 05, 2008, 10:59:44 PM »
Oh, sorry...meant on  :)

Colorado / Re: Emergency...need shoes by next week.
« on: August 05, 2008, 11:25:54 AM »
Ariakes going for $40 now  :o

Limited sizes though

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: July 30, 2008, 09:27:43 PM »

6 mile hike in the Indian Peaks today to get the creakies out of my legs...great to get back out in the high mountain air...12,000 ft feels really cool after being at sea level for so long!!! =)

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: July 29, 2008, 12:46:54 AM »

Still VERY sore
Meant to go try our Boulder Crossfit today but my arms, legs and abs are still so sore I can barely walk.  ::)

Moved (read: hobbled) around as much as possible, drank h2o, stretched, etc...perhaps tomorrow...

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Stop the Bullshit campaign - Real Names
« on: July 29, 2008, 12:41:47 AM »
Done  :)

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: July 27, 2008, 09:00:17 PM »

"Rest Day"
VERY sore....forgot what this feels like (he he)
Went tubing with friends...soaked and stretched

Training Journals / Re: Monkey-CO's Log
« on: July 27, 2008, 09:02:07 AM »

3 months since last update.... After a nasty cold this winter that led to an inflammation of my pericardium I stopped training altogether. Every time I tried to get back into it I would have crushing pain in my chest! Talk about negative reinforcement!!! I've gained weight and feel like I've lost a lot of strength in the past seven months..but am now preparing to start training again  :D

This summer has also seen a return to rock climbing (my first love) and I am pushing my mental limits on the rock walls. Back to leading 5.9 trad and 5.10a/b sport..looking forward to finding a balance between parkour and rock climbing.

Went back to classes yesterday and participated in the Beginners Class. I am a sore little Monkey today! Worked on underbars and on not falling on my face as my body quickly became exhausted!!

Variations on basic exercises:
"Skullcrusher pushups", ab rows, hanging pullups, plyo pushups, plyo stands, etc.
Also got a preview of some of the "Yamakasi Specials" Ryan and Matt brought back from France

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