day 662 – third dan status

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it was a uber long test, but i made it. from the moment the test began to the end of the test, i don’t believe i had a chance to sit down. i was up testing and doing my stuff from the very start while the grandmaster and many of the instructors and students watched. taking all components of the test in one go is a massive undertaking, but i knew that i wouldn’t have done it any other way. there were things that i should have and could have done better; but i can live my performance given the preparation time i had prior to this test and being fully exhausted with the amount of things i performed while having little rest throughout. i was beyond drained and overworked when the promotion test was all wrapped up. i am truly grateful to all those instructors who got me to where i am and made it all possible. could never have imagined how far i would go when i first started this journey. i am officially a third dan blackbelt!!

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day 558 – whistler we go

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my first time hitting the slopes this season came very late but i wasn’t about to let a winter season go by without having skied. spending family day up on the mountain and the whistler conditions provided nothing short of excitement. found the blue runs of blackcomb most enjoyable, snow falling at the the top with fresh powder made it best. lots of skiing done and tons of fun to be had, my legs were dead tired by the end. i am still recovering from a cold and bad cough but glad i didn’t have to change my plans and call it off. sometimes i forget how much i enjoy the thrills of carving through the snow, it gives me the sense tranquility and i find myself in calmness yet mixed with rushing adrenaline

day 240 – early morning

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need some time to adjust and get my body clock working properly since i haven’t had such an early morning in very long time. thank goodness for the invention of caffeine solves many problems. having some much needed caffeine and coffee art to go along with it to start off my day and keep me awake throughout a super long day. i already can’t wait until i can go home and rest

day 215 – cypress we go

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skiing season came late this year but better late than never. first time going up this year with some crazy friends who speeds down black runs and jumps at will. finally enough volume and fresh powder, but too much on some runs caused a few of us to wipe up hard and way too foggy the visibility was less than 15 feet. very happy that my ankle recovery is coming along nicely but also helped that the ski boot doesn’t allow for any extra movements

day 151 – cypress open to close

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beauty overlooking cypress bowl from above in the night time. stayed up on the mountain from open to 7:30pm and skied on all the runs with a mixture of both beginners and super advanced totalling at least 25 runs. slope conditions were bad in morning but improved when it started snowing after noon. today must be a good day for skiing, bumped into so many different groups of people. wonder if i will still be able to move and do exercise tomorrow