day 2479 – squamish drive

i was pretty bummed out the weather cancelled my tennis plans. instead of sitting around wasting my saturday, my friend and i decided to take a road trip up to squamish to pick up the plates another friend offered to lend me. it was a long drizzly drive, but it was nice to take shadow out for what might possibly be my last road trip with him. we got home and couldn’t wait to put the weights to good use – a one rep max kind of session. from the get go, i said i would be satisfied being able to deadlift one hundred and eighty five but i went on to attempt a twenty hundred and five which was a no go

day 2361 – board games night

took what was basically a road trip out to get to an hd board games afternoon. it was a forty five minutes drive out to white rock from my house. we played many games of telestration before switching onto sushi go party. i wasn’t expecting to play past 8pm so i had to skip my originally planned open gym. i was okay with it because time flew by as we were having too much fun

day 1490 – many miles 

one thousand two hundred odd kilometres later, i have made another loop around portland. road trips are meant to be fun but don’t realize how tiring it can be until i get home. intake was upped significantly during the vacation days, i must once again put on eating restraints; maybe i don’t mind having eating disorder again. it’s good to be back home sleeping on my own bed even if it feels like a sauna

day 1487 – mcmenamins 

doing the six hour drive down to portland, not for competition, is a first. it seems like forever since i last had two consecutive days off, as i try to leave work behind for the next four days. a four day vacation begins with a stop at pike place market before hitting up the hipster city of portland. of all the times i made the journey south, i’ve never heard or visited the many mcmenamins that are situated all around oregon

day 1313 – border crossing 

it’s been a good but tiring oregon trip with long drives to and from portland. on my way home after many hours spent in the car, long day of competition and irregular and malnutritioned meals. i’m content with the results and my personal performance and hope that this will get myself back on track. this might be what i needed to reinstate my mind and body to get the grind going again. now that the competition is behind me, i must gear down and focus because march will be a crazy month

day 1183 – lucky money

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got my good luck red pocket money, one from my parents and one from the grandmaster. i’m all packed up for a good weekend in oregon. i’ll be there to scout and chill with my teammates for first two days, then my competition begins on saturday. i’ll also take this time off as a break from everything, relax and enjoy the moment. it was difficult trying to fit all my stuff into one duffel and backpack. now time for a red-eye drive down to portland

day 646 – checking in with the team

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we successfully made it to portland double tree after a full morning and afternoon of driving and a lot of waiting. as i was driving southbound on i5, we saw a car going northbound that was covered in flames. my back is all tired out and stiff from the driving and sitting, but no time to lie down cause we still have to carry out our coaching duties until the end of the competition. tonight is all about getting ready and psyched for the big day tomorrow that starts first thing in the morning

day 449 – skytrain ad

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taking transit for the first time in a long time and i don’t miss it one bit. i don’t miss squishing into a crowded bus during peak hours, or a soggy people when mother nature can’t stop crying. that skytrain platform advertisement is right, states shopping is just two hours away, i was there last weekend. unfortunately we were pressed for time on our way home and didn’t get enough time to shop for all that i wanted

day 446 – heading home

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wrapping up my washington roadtrip with overall team success. can’t get home without paying the peace arch a little visit and of course getting through the long border wait. look forward heading farther down for the next one plus the rest on the list we are eyeing and it may be sooner than i know it. a lot of work and practice to be done if we are aiming for those bigger opens, don’t let it stop

day 445 – after party seattle fun

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partying hard last night after a successful competition, a little drinking never hurts as long as it doesn’t get to the wasted pointed. late start to the day after a wild night, and we are heading back home on a good weekend well spent but in exhaustion. but a good weekend is not before spending some time in eating and shopping at seattle pike place market and premium outlet