day 2549 – teaching animals

another month of covid classes comes to an end today. really developed a deeper connection with these kids through these smaller classes. part of me hope these kids never grow up and never change. i’ve assigned each kid an animal based on how they act and behave and some of them are really coming out of their shell. my teaching schedule will have to be altered in the month of august to satisfy higher orders of the grandmaster

day 2537 – solo session

my lifting partner cancelled this morning but i was still determined to follow through. it was a solo deadlift session which required more motivation than ever, but i got it done hitting the reps i wanted. i took the time do my warmup sets and for the first time i mustered five reps at twenty hundred and five. back in mid may i couldn’t pull the exact weight off the ground more than an inch. what progress made in the span of eight weeks in midst of two hyperextended knee injuries. i’m slowly inching my way back to the two plate goal. hopefully all my goals will be back in sight soon

day 2536 – pick up

the past forty eight hours has been bad to say the least. the routine doesn’t stop just because i’m having it rough. i still woke up for my morning apex session and i still went to train in the evening. the apex session was good. i surpassed what was asked – an extra set of snatches, upped the weight in the accessory lifts. today also marks the twenty fifth anniversary my family landed in vancouver. we celebrated with a dimsum lunch which helped me take my mind off the bad things

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 2499 – pixel nation

morning lift is how i normally start each day since covid. it’s pixel nation with generations two, three and four lined up in my garage gym. today is considered my push pull day with my two main lifts being bench and row. working on my weakest of the four big lifts, the bench press, and it’s good i have a spotter. i need to learn to keep pushing and not change my form even when the weight feels heavy

day 2498 – open gym flash

still going strong attending classes and hitting up open gyms. i’ve learned that adopting to train everyday, but train at seventy percent may be better than going ham every other day. despite doms hitting hard after a heavy squat day the day before, i had a pretty strong session. i wasn’t expecting to do any power moves, but i was in for a surprised with both my flash kick and x-out. i took the x-out to the floor after two warm ups and it looked better than the ones last summer when i drilled them the entire session. my flash kick is starting to click for some reason; i wish i could take it to floor as well but i know i need to be held back to have a better margin of error before i do so. i have no doubt it will come in time

day 2471 – alley freebie

another week of training done so i’ve made it to my weekly reward day. i hit up downtown alley for my birthday free drink. instead of my top favourite iron goddess, i went for a more exotic drink, the mango coconut lulu, and it didn’t disappoint. the tropical flavour was super refreshing on a hot day especially after a workout.  sometimes i worry i’ve fallen in love with this quarantine routine and pace; i’m not sure if i’m ready to go back to normal when it comes time

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 2451 – skytrain stroll

saturday evening social distancing stroll has become a regular thing when covid is in effect. i’m so glad the weather has been good to us so we could spend time outdoors. i for one would go insane if i was trapped indoors with no activity. we walked one skytrain station and back which turned out to be a lengthy forty five minute walk. we walked at a leisurely pace, but somehow my bad knee was in some discomfort by the end

day 2449 – home brew

woke up craving hong kong style milk tea and my mom came through. i really do miss my routine morning coffee runs or maybe it’s just the starbucks withdrawal starting to hit. my sleeping schedule is pretty messed up nowadays; i don’t wake up early enough to brew any coffee or make breakfast. in the uncertain covid times, no one can predict how long this is going to last. i just don’t know if we’ll slowly settle for this type of lifestyle and make this the new norm