day 2022 – vertical jump

breaking in my nike romaleos during a snatch session. today’s snatches didn’t feel very good partially affected by the healing blisters. i didn’t snatch heavier than last week but i went through some high pull drills. in addition to my normal program, i also did a vertical jump test at the beginning which brought back some interesting data. though i have a twenty one inch vertical which is classified as very good, i actually want twenty four plus so i can be in the excellent range

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day 2015 – romaleos

feeling so excited that my neon nike romaleos 3 was delivered to my doorstep. i’ve never olympic lifted with olympic lifting specific shoes, but i’ve only heard good things about how well it allows you to get under the bar. i notice it’s difficult for me to pull the bar over me which is why i don’t punch the bar aggressively. this should put me into a better position when catching the snatch at the bottom. i can’t wait to try them on the platform and lift bigger weights over my head

day 1185 – woodburn night

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another early morning to check into the convention centre by 7am. both poomsae and sparring divisions had some high calibre athletes. after a full morning being at the competition, we went for an early italian dinner before hitting up woodburn. it was time to relax and do some shopping at the outlet, but the many sales made me quite anxious. there’s so much i want to buy, but i managed not to splurge on all my wants

solo series [day seven]

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i spoke too soon. another sub par sleeping night due to irritating mosquito bites. but that’s totally fine because mo was at the gym chatting with me between his sets. day seven without the gym and i’m feeling slightly depressed, i know it will only get worse in the upcoming days.

my grandma was very excited to have lunch with my parents and i; she seemed especially energetic today. she knows that this will be the last meal together until the next time we visit. it wasn’t a fancy meal, but it was an important one

seeing si hing again, this time we covered the causeway bay and tsim sha tsui territory. we walked through almost every adidas and nike store in the area, talking about shoes. he needed food before his shift, so we sat down discussing taekwondo as he ate. time went by so fast and i didn’t want to part, but we must say goodbye for now until we meet again. i refuse to say farewell

my last dinner in hong kong was no doubt spent at home with my other grandma. i consider this one of the best meal on this trip so far. it’s a plain homecooked meal with no fancy dishes; simply because i missed eating tofu and veggies

the number of mosquito keeps piling on – the count is at eleven. not only is it growing in number, it’s also growing in size and irritation. at last i couldn’t stand if anymore and went out to get some ointment. i hope this works wonders and gets me out of the itching misery

day 596 – more socks

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i have been on the longest search to find the perfect socks to replace the ones i loved so much. my socks should have retired long ago but the constant struggles to find the perfect ones took eons. after years of searching and countless trial and error, i think i have finally found something just right. have always been loyal to adidas especially for socks so i was hesitant to try something else but these new nike socks really fit well. i think i am going to like it

day 266 – training gloves

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waited so long for sportchek to restock these gloves and they are finally within my grasp. they feel a bit more snug than i’d like but i’ll break them in. if the style that i was eyeing was not sold out, i should have gotten gloves a while back to lessen my worries of calluses. i guess now there’s no reason or excuse to slack off with the lifting

day 250 – flyknit

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behold the new addition to my shoe collection, nike free 5.0 flyknit. super cool kicks that looks and feels like a sock which is contoured to my feet, super light weight, flexible, and sick looking. after all these years of loving adidas, i am beginning to be more accepting to adding nike to my growing collection because these frees are simply irresistibly cool