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Train Hard - Stay Humble

July 3

Thursday. Gym day. Thor's day.


HA, this was one of the best gyms ever. I arrived a bit late around 10, and it was Brian, Cliff, Andrew and I. It started slow, but when I went to do kong to cats Cliff took me away and instead helped with a bunch of different conditioning exercises for my jump. After all, Parkour is about training movement itself, not moves. As he explained, the strengthening of the basic abilities of jump, climb, run, etc would naturally improve vaults, grabs, precisions, etc. Training the core elements of what moves are made of is more important than the move itself.. because this allows creativity and inventiveness to remain an active part of parkour.

Brian joined in the conditioning (Andrew was tricking), and it was better than Tuesday. I may have felt it more because we used a lot more cardio, but the sets Cliff gave us were more relentless than King and Taylor's. It's great. I know I'm waaaaay stronger than I've ever been in my life, and I want to keep going. I've still loads to do.... don't think I ever want a six-pack though :P I'd like my core to be powerful, but still squishy on top :D

Oh man, also, Cliff and Brian gave me a great round of fetch. Well it was more Cliff than Brian, Brian I was playing volleyball with, but still, there was this rubber ball in the gym and Cliff would chuck it to some corner of the gym and I'd bound over mats and blocks and around rails to chase it and scoop it up (hopefully before it stopped). I LOVE a good chase, probably my biggest motivator of all to move. Even when I didn't exercise I'd still go after birds and rabbits and stuff. In fact I remember the first time Chris and I did a real run at GWHS, I was having a blast because to me it was all trying to catch him (alas he had way too much stamina :P Still awesome). Man I bet Greg would be up for something like that this weekend, hell yes. Ah I ran till I was dead, and still wanted to go some more...

We headed out to Canter's 'round 12:30 for milkshakes and food, and stayed in their parking lot until ten to four. We were mostly out so late cause Andrew was telling some crazy long non-sequitur stories (well they kinda had some overall connection, but mostly he just gripped you with the enthusiasm of each sentence. Konrad, you've got yourself a challenger, or an insane partner). Man, good session.

Oh yeah, happy fourth :)

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Comment by SafeNSure on July 7, 2008 at 6:45am
...I'd used a tongue-sticking-out smiley for a reason.
Comment by orem on July 7, 2008 at 4:41am
dude i just got the Frigg pun... that was sneakier than the others. i love your puns xD
Comment by orem on July 6, 2008 at 3:59am
ohhhhhh. Now I get it :P

and nah man I have so far to go. But I know I'm improving and that keeps me grinning
Comment by SafeNSure on July 4, 2008 at 11:32pm
The "treasure" is you new parkour-power, lol!
I'm positive you are friggin' good by now...
Comment by orem on July 4, 2008 at 10:48pm
Nibelungensaga? Isn't that the story with a bunch of deceit and mixed up marriages in order to gain possession of some treasure? But if you wanna call my summer training a saga, that's cool :D

And yeah, Thor's wife was Sif :] I don't wanna be a giantess thank you... If anything, Frigg would be cool.
Comment by SafeNSure on July 4, 2008 at 9:51pm
By Odin! What a story!!!
This LA vacation sounds more and more like a Nibelungensaga...
Are you sure you are not living a midnight summer dream?
By the way, what was Thor wife's name again? Sif?...
Maybe it's time to change your screenname....

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