Athletics To do list

  • Well, Vittek checked out a kendo place that we might’ve tried, and didn’t like it, so that looks like it’s out.
  • My badminton rackets are all out of commission (broke the strings on my last two rackets last saturday) and I don’t have time to rework them, so, badminton is temporarily out of the question. I was working this saturday so I haven’t even had the chance to play in about a week due to training at work.
  • Turns out my workplace might have bicycle “lockers” that you dump a whole bike into and just seal in.  If that’s the case, I might not need to get a city bike, and I’ll just be able to use my good one and dump it right in there without being afraid of theft.  But, I’ll have to find out more details. If it costs me something is one consideration.  A city bike would be the good investment in any case because I do need some transportation, and all I have right now is my Trek 8000, while Carlo has my folding Dahon.  But the Dahon isn’t for long or medium range travel, so…
  • In general, I think I’ve lost most of my cardio.  All the effects of training in Korea have worn off.  I think mostly what I’ve retained from it is the mental toughness to engage in training levels of difficulty that I previously though I couldn’t enture, but as far as physical differences go, I’ve reverted to my unstressed “badminton physiology”.
  • I’ve only been doing supersets with pushups and chinups to sorta feel like I’m earning the right to eat food, but that’s not doing much for me and I feel I’m losing my mental edge.
  • I will be trying out a brazilian jiu jitsu and thai boxing place that a badminton friend of mine has been going to for three months.  It’s been something like 5 years or so since I trained MMA, and all the training benefits of SK’s taekwondo regimen have pretty much worn off (thank you cheesecakes) but I’m gonna see if I can get into this and we’ll see how it goes.  First lesson is free in any case!  I’m not expected to go in there with technical skills already under my belt after all (otherwise, why go somewhere to learn something if you already know it all?) just have to be open minded and enthusiastic.  Willpower is in no shortage here!
  • I’ve got the first member for the Metropolitain Challenge bike event that I want to enter in.  He happens to be the guy I’m going to go to the BJJ/kickboxing class with, and is a former member of the MC team that I had when we did it the first time back a couple of years ago (Alfredo).  I’m glad that he’s on board, because though we all knew very little about team cycling back then, Alfredo actually really enjoyed the MC to the point that he is in a school cycling team!  I’ve suggested that since he’s the most practiced, he’d be our trainer once we put together a team and the snow thaws out.  Any of you in Montreal who want to try the biking event, let me know– I don’t want to hear none of this crap about it being ‘too hardcore’ or whatever,  i mean, none of us really knew what we were getting into when we originally did it.  You don’t go in hardcore– you go in green, and you come out a bit tougher.  That’s all there is to it– try it!
    • For those of you who want to know more about the MC experience, you can check the training logs of it at http://www.xanga.com/Jinryu/tags/mc2007/
    • The full writup of the actual event  (which is more interesting to those of you who don’t care about the technical bits of the training process and just want the darama) can be found at http://www.xanga.com/Jinryu/594391339/-metropolitain-challenge-2007—-roadside-logs-/   This is actually a pretty LONG post but it’s one of the more important ones that I’ve ever written on Xanga.
    • ANYONE can join the team!! I don’t care if you’re in shape or not, we all start somewhere.  Girls are welcome!!