day 2188 – snatch fail

my muscle snatches was in great form from the start of the workout. this is a good sign when the plan was to test for my current max. i made it all the way to two kilograms shy of my personal best before failing two in a row. i put everything into the final snatch and finally redeemed myself. it was then time to test max paused front squat. i easily hit one plate which was surprised me, but stopped at that because of time and volume constraints. i’m still happy walking away today with both the forty kilo snatch and one plate paused front squat

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day 2115 – housewarmers

a house warmer that started off normal with takeout chinese food for dinner, usual cup games, and board games; my team lost in flip cup but we were undefeated champs in beer pong. as everyone started getting tipsy, the party shifted to pullup challenges and arm wrestling matches. i’m surprised i faired well taking some by surprise and putting up a fight for ones i didn’t think i’d stand a chance. i can be confident in my right, but the same cannot be said for my left arm because of what my thumb had to go through

day 2105 – one rep max

for the past several weeks, my workouts at apex have been strategically programmed to make strength gains. i’m excited that it is finally time to test out my one rep max. my snatches felt strong leading up the heaviest i’ve ever lifted over my head. though i had a rocky bottom catching position, i managed to save it and hit a pr in both snatches and front squats. it took more than one attempt, but i walked away with a forty two kilo snatch and one hundred and fifty pound front squat. i’m extremely happy with the results as that’s a five kilo increase in my snatch. coach told me the yellow plates are within reach, something i’ve always thought i’d never be able to attain

day 2060 – floor tucks

i’m beyond stoked that i just landed my first ever back tuck on unsprung floor. with the successful reps i had this week, i was encouraged to try it on taekwondo mats. i stretched and warmed up on four separate occasions but stopped short and almost wanted to back out because i felt pressured when there were too many students and parents around. i waited until the last hour of teaching before i decided it’s now or never. i committed to the tuck with everything i got, and to my amazement, i landed on my feet. i did it a second time because i couldn’t believe it. every part of me was shaking well after, but all i felt was the craziness of succeeding on something i’ve been longing for

day 1291 – official rings

being slotted to judge the official blackbelt poomsae ring is what i wanted, but i wasn’t prepared to officiate the blackbelt sparring ring. needing to rotate as centre referee and corner judges in that ring is very nerve wrecking. judging and scoring for hours makes my eyes very tired and shoulders very stiff. it’s a surprise when the president of taekwondo bc came over to chat with me, knows me by my name and said he’s happy to field any questions i may have

day 871 – lift a little

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soreness amassed from this week’s training and physio exercises shouldn’t stop me from my scheduled workout. i went to the gym as planned and was prepared to struggle mighty hard. as i had the weight on my back, i thought the bar felt extra heavy today. it was difficult, but somehow forced myself to finish it and walked off still intact. i was randomly thinking back on my squats this evening, and suddenly realized the weight i had mounted on my bar exceeded what i thought i had. i felt dumbfounded i hadn’t realized it at that time, but pleased that i had done it anyway. it goes to show that the mind likes to play number games and sometimes ignorance is a good test for the body

day 143 – belt is revived

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my belt at its worst condition where a line of thread completely ripped off and there’s a huge gap causing fillings to be exposed and at one point decided its life was at its end. thanks to my moms superior sewing skills, she revived my belt and it’s now better than the original condition. will continue to use this belt for the now and i am so ready for more training!!