day 2017 – blister pains

if i’m going to enjoy the gains of olympic lifting, i’ll also have to endure the pains of it. olympic lifting is fulfilling and rewarding in many ways, but one of the biggest lifters problem is calluses and blisters. as much as i try to use hook grip, it’s just not a position my once broken thumb can ever go into again let alone handle the load. as i finished my snatching session, my hands are in blistering pain because there’s one on each hand. until it dies down, i’ll bear it with no pain no gain in mind

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day 2001 – blue plates

the last time i walked out, i had set my sight on the blue plates as my next goal. i worked through the technique drills using light weights before we had some fun loading up the bar. the small adjustments helped with my mechanics and overall timing from the start to finish. i made that blue plate today and probably more if my quads weren’t the limiting factor. i found where i struggled was coming out of the block. i’ll need to work harder on my front squats to balance out my pull strength. once i get that down, i’ll have my sight set on the reds

day 1904 – pastimes

one of my long term past time is training for poomsae competitions. though it’s over a year since i stepped on the big stage, i still spend a great deal of time coaching competition. there were times when thought i was done with taekwondo, but every time i try to step away i somehow get pulled back in. the debate is do i still have one last one in me. after my mentor and friends departed, i no longer have as much drive as a competitor to shoulder all the responsibilities

day 1902 – cabinet vision

day one of a three day training on cabinet. vision. the expectation was to have a full day going through dry material while being trapped in a windowless room for eight hours. that wasn’t the case and it turned out way more interesting than expected. i was originally suppose to travel to ontario for this training, but instead, manager and coo was in support and brought in a presenter. company paid training and catered lunch from chopped leaf doesn’t sound too shabby

day 1811 – cora farewell

one of the leads is unfortunately leaving us for another opportunity. the design team went out for a farewell breakfast at cora’s before work. i had so much work to do in order to prepare for my lunch and learn presentation. i hadn’t got a chance to drink, eat, go to the washroom, check emails or talk to anyone. i was nervous leading up the presentation for i was about to stand in front of half the company, some of which are my bosses, to share my team’s knowledge. after a successful presentation, lunch and two more meetings, i finally sat down at my desk to eighteen unread emails. it’s been a whirlwind kind of day, but there’s many good things to take away from it

day 1199 – coaching team

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the two grandmasters and the coaching team at yet another grandmaster yoon sport poomsae seminar. it’s great opportunity to pick his brain from his wealth of knowledge; no wonder he’s one of the best coach in california state. a good poomsae refresher for me but a bad headache kept my home in the evening, probably from dehydration or something. i feel fatigued and much discomfort so all i can do is lie down and roll out on my pvc

day 1180 – snapped

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the day started off well and ended off well but i let my emotions get the best of me in the afternoon. i was stupid, but i’m human too; when bent too far, i too, will snap. i made up for it by having a solid training session led by the grandmaster himself; good thing i didn’t disappoint him. i’m discouraged with the load put upon me and pulling me from all directions, but i’m more discouraged that i didn’t handle myself better. somedays i’ll have feelings, somedays i won’t; but i’ve learned that i will be okay because something better is on its way