day 2145 – department change

going to work on monday morning with mixed emotions because the switch in position and department is considered a promotion. the fact i’m removed from the department i’ve grown with leaves a sour feeling. also having work with someone i need time and space from is rather uncomfortable. still, work must go on and i’ll be professional and keep the interaction at a business level. i find the soreness isn’t leaving me at all, making it difficult to move around

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day 2084 – green plate snatch

one of my initial goal when i first started lifting at apex was to fix my snatch, and to eventually snatch the green plates. i’m so happy to have finally achieved that goal today. each time i’m at apex, i’ve been making progress and breaking my personal record from the previous session. even i cannot believe i’ve worked my way up to a one hundred and forty front squat. i’m sure as long as i keep working hard and tightening my techniques, i’ll shatter more personal records one after another. now i’m beginning to wonder if snatching the yellows is an achievable goal

day 2077 – loaded front squats

each tuesday at the apex gym, i’ve pushed a heavier weight than the preceding, setting a personal best every single week since i started training here. prior to being on this program, i’ve been stuck within the one hundred mark. i’m really pleased i just hit the one plate mark for front squats. my snatches also felt pretty good and upped my weight to sixty nine. though it’s not the max snatch, they’re done with better technique and increased consistency. let’s keep setting personal best for all my lifts including front squat, back squats, snatches and cleans

day 2035 – coaching duties

i went to flipping after work because i have nothing better to do before poomsae training. coaching was a must even on a bad ankle when i could barely walk when untaped. no question i work tirelessly for my students and just want them to improve and be all that they can. though i enjoy teaching and helping the students, these long days are very taxing both physically and mentally. i basically worked seventy thirty to nine with a two hour break. i ended up eating dinner at almost 10pm and was beyond starvation at that point

day 1984 – snatch desires

i finally did something that has been on my list for the longest time – get serious with olympic lifting. i acquired the skill three years ago, but slowly drifted away because time was a big restraining factor. i would still do cleans here and there, but never touching snatches since the drop. it only further dampened my hopes of returning to olympic lifting when my shoulder fell apart six months ago. i knew i had to do something if i truly wanted it back. the first step to getting serious was to reach out to a coach who would correct and refine my techniques. today’s first session was very good on working through regaining the fundamentals and correcting any bad habits

day 1851 – itshoni

an afternoon of taekwondo as usually, followed by a dinner with parents; this time dinner is on me. i held back on the news about my remuneration until today simply because i wanted to save it until i had a chance to take them out. they were surprised and very stoked when i finally let the cat out of the bag. we went to a restaurant called sushi itstoni, but didn’t actually serve any sushi. the food we ordered were delicious, especially the beef ribs, bibimbap, and not to overlook the typical korean appetizers. we left the restaurant with our stomachs full, but more importantly, i knew they were proud of me. seeing their proud smiles is worth it even though they didn’t know how much grief i went through to get this deserving raise

day 1827 – quick reminder

thank you for dropping this quote off on my desk because it saved me from going down a rabbit hole. i have always been a firm believer that discipline is what got me farther than i would have imagined and this time is no different. coincidentally it’s the turn of a calendar month which is the perfect time to pick myself up and try to turn things around. i’m set on making august a good month and get back to where i need to be – my top form