day 1770 – bootcamp


the office bootcamp is underway and the first session the pace was too slow. i guess the trainer wanted to see where the general fitness was at since we have quite a mixed bag. everything was pretty standard body weight exercise; too much jumping jacks for one day. although it was slow, i did break a sweat simply because it was quite warm being under the sun. i wanted to go to gym afterwards but thought about it twice since i had penta in the evening. i hope the pace and intensity of these bootcamp picks up in the next eleven weeks. hopefully this kickstarts and stabilizes my own fitness routine again

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solo series [day ten]

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since weather forecast said both osaka and kyoto are affected by rain, we decided it’s not worth the trip out to kyoto and will postpone it for next day. that was my que to sleep in and make up for the lack of sleep. we spent our morning in shinsaibashi, a 600 metre covered street mall, and shopped until lunch time. we were fortunate it didn’t start raining until 5pm and that’s when we made our way back to b&b

for the second straight day, i elected to not go out for dinner. this gives me some personal time and a chance to do a circuit. that’s no replacement for gym sessions, but i will have to make do with it until i get back. all that pigging out and no training is not boding well. i’m worried the time away from gym has set me back many steps

i clearly didn’t learn enough from watching anime. menus with only japanese characters are pretty meaningless to me which makes ordering impossible. the only way for me to remember the names is to translate them into chinese; they all sound so absurd i end up making fun of them

i have yet to have a video chat with mo while i am in japan; it’s very difficult based on time difference. we still exchange messages very frequently. i know that he’s taken this time to reconnect with his close friends

solo series [day nine]

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i had a full seven hours of undisrupted sleep which is by far the best night of sleep since i left vancouver. i like the b&b i am staying at; it’s a well equipped space with clean shower, butt washing heated toilet seats, big bed and a simple kitchen

after we figured out how to take the train, my parents and i were out and about in osaka. we started off at namba shopping streets where we bought a bunch of goods. i had my chance to try the famous japanese takoyaki, which i thought was okay. after lunch, we went straight for downtown area, umeda, to hit some sightseeing points which included malls and department stores

after all the steps taken throughout the day, i couldn’t walk anymore so i opted to stay back while my parents went out for dinner. i need to stay off my feet if i want to have a chance to walk and sightsee tomorrow. instead of going out for dinner, i was able to fit in a mini circuit which made me feel better

three more full days in japan before i head home. i know i should focus on japan first and worry about other things later but that doesn’t stop me from thinking of all the plans i have waiting for me once i get back

day 840 – finish my set

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lights are out at the gym and i am the last one in there still trying to finish my set before the door closes. i struggled through every rep of every set, but i completed it all and made it count. the increased set and intensified circuit got me real good but i deserved it and didn’t dare think twice about complaining or skipping out reps. i know i am going to be sore tomorrow and i also have more training tomorrow, but i will take it like a champ. it’s a good kind of sore knowing i did the right thing

day 834 – i like climbing

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wandering around false creek on this off day doing what i like to do, climbing things and breaking rules. yes, there’s a sign that says please do not climb, but sometimes it’s worth pushing boundaries. spending remembrance day going about some adventures, then also being proactive and completing a circuit before the day’s end. everything i accomplished felt like a very fulfilling day to me and i really do wish i could have more days where i feel this way

day 763 – getting sweaty

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despite bouts of headaches and some sort of unknown illness, i was determined to start september on the right foot; the first of september means first of september. august had its ups and downs, but many things are about to change and things are really going to take off in september, i won’t let it slip away without getting what i want. in the meantime, keep grinding even when times are tough

day 669 – circuit

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haven’t been to gym for a while because i needed a recovery week and break after having completed my promotion test. no break between training for competition and blackbelt test so got permission for a well deserved time off. went through an exhausting circuit this afternoon and thoroughly tired. jumping back straight into a crazy workout usually gets me pretty sore next day. it is a good way to close off a successful month but the training commences again and nothing gets easier from here on