day 2502 – surrendered

after a night of ankle disappointment, i still persisted to do the normal morning lift. it wasn’t the normal workload, but it was all that i could muster; did lighter deadlifts and changed up the squats for some overhead presses. it’s also the first time i took a step back and surrendered tricking class even though i wasn’t busy. it didn’t feel right missing my tricking routine, but it also felt right because my body needed to rest and reset. i thought it made more sense to sacrifice today’s class for a chance to have a stronger week

day 2489 – muscle stim machine

increasing the online shopping recently placing orders left, right and centre. recent purchases include reebok, ebay, sportchek, fitbit, amazon and more amazon. my muscle stimulator arrived much earlier than anticipated. i wasted no time to test it out on my aching body. there’s no way i’ll quit my active lifestyle, but i got to take care of my body and find every possible way to make better and quicker recovery based on the amount of training and workouts i do nowadays. hopefully it can help with my knees, hip, shoulder and most importantly my forever troublesome ankle

day 2453 – griffins grass

we’ve been running on griffins grass for three weeks strong, but it may be the last time we’ll be on this field. vancouver school board has closed off all grass fields across the city in order to protect the condition. we’ll have to find a public park as a replacement to continue our running routine. running here has given me some sentimental values because it gives me a reason to be back on home soil

day 2444 – diy squat rack

staying off olympic lifting to give my shin and shoulders a break doesn’t mean i will stop completely. i had to think outside the box to create my own squat rack so i could back squat. kept the workout short and sweet and did a quick five by five squat session. i put on all the weights i borrowed; it wasn’t heavy, but it was a decent amount where i could get a workout out of it as part of some maintenance work. the recycle bin lid had a dent, but it’s worth it

day 2441 – patio lounging

finished the cardio training early so i could have the rest of the day. i had to sacrifice the sprint for a ten lap jog because my shin was bothering me. the run was followed by a hundred wall kicks and some bonus pushups. it was such a nice day out so i ate my lunch out on the patio lounge chair. it was the perfect excuse to lounge around, soak in some vitamin d and sun tan while watching my latest drama episode

day 2439 – driveway jumps

a morning-heavy day with my olympic lift tech session before doing sprints and kicks with the squad. moving my boxes out to the driveway so i can stack it up to thirty inches and not hit my head on the ceiling. the rest of my lifts were done inside the garage. i always dread the runs, but the ten sprints wasn’t nearly as hard as the eight that i started with. it’s rewarding to see cardio improvements with each training. i did all that on half a piece of plain toast and only got home for lunch at 1:45pm

day 2383 – orthopedic clinic

for the first time in my life, and of my fifteen years of physio life, i’m seeking assistance from a different clinic. the physio i’ve grown up with doesn’t seem to have a solution or rehab program for my ankle. i left the first consultation with mixed feelings. it didn’t sound promising when the physio first read through my report. he said it was very rare that someone could rupture the most important stabilizing ligament like this. after seeing me go through a series of exercises, he said i look very much functional; so there’s hope i’d return to good capacity to pursue my competition dreams. i’ll trust what he has in store for me when get me back in the game

day 2292 – gutsy testing

img_20200124_1549582392730685212064989.jpghonest to god i was super scared when i made the call to test my stupid foot, but also super excited to be on the platform. my workout got amended to only what my body can manage now. the first part was mainly accessory exercise for back and traps. i did get to work on some light snatch variations later on. i wouldn’t say it didn’t hurt because it did a bit. it’s humbling that after two weeks of bed rest and inactivity, i’ve lost a lot of strength. i’m hoping the muscle memory is there and will come back to me quick. either way, i’m just happy to be back doing some form of olympic lifting

day 2275 – blackout matcha

can’t say i didn’t see the office power outage coming after having the many wind warnings. sure enough the power went out in the afternoon and the big boss sent everyone out early. since flightclub also experienced the blackout, i had a different kind of friday; i hungout at richmond centre, had matcha at tsujiri, hit up the gym for some spontaneous snatches and then went for a dumpling dinner. the long matcha craving was finally met

day 2072 – skinny

img_20200124_1337537582007002541905786.jpga look back to when i was at my leanest and also have two happy ankles. at that point, i was eating well and exercising optimally while on properly working ankles. i liked it back then when i was at my lowest body fat percentage with a four pack, while being able to do eleven consecutive pullups. i’m not liking where i am at now; i’m sure the stresses at work and injury troubles plays a big factor. let the cutting phase begin to get back to the best shape i’ve ever been. the time is now to stay focused on my goals and disciplined on how i’m going to get there