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I’M GOING TO GO KILL SOME HOOKERS.
this blog is old.
I’M GOING TO GO KILL SOME HOOKERS.
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Hmmm, um well, I was bored so I decided to update this place.
Wednesday went training with Conan, we started off just doing some easy stuff, warm up and what have you, I was getting my concrete rolls perfect every time, no pain, but I was only doing them on one side. More work needs to be done. But my rolls are very different to how they are normally taught, But none the less they are painless so that is the way I will do them.
We did some tree work, was fun. I tried to do more dynamic training, linking movements, keeping on running and what have you. It’s a much better, funner way to train in my opinion.
We went up to the library and did some parkour sprints from the globe, then chose a path over the bridge, down the other side to the pedestrian crossing, then back again. This was VERY tiring, and we were both stuffed afterwards, both felt sick, and both dehydrated! So we called it quits for the day after that.
Even though we only trained for about an hour, I’m very happy with the progress I made, and I feel nice and confident with the way I can move and with the speed I am getting. But never enough! I crave more.
After we were really tired, I slowly drilled linking a catpass onto a ledge into an arm jump onto a hand rail/wall. On one, my foot slipped and I bashed my leg into the rail, it swelled up niceley, and has been very tight since. I’ve had trouble walking on it (which is annoying because I’ve had to work last night and tonight! On my feet the whole time of course!) and I can’t really bend it or it cramps severely. Once the swelling goes down I should have a nice bruise but it should be ok. It just means I can’t really train like normal at the moment 😦 I might do some upperbody benchwork tomorrow though and practice my handstands if that doesn’t hurt it too much. There’s always something I can train!
Got my Weight vest on Wednesday, IT. IS. AWESOME.
Wore it to school today, took it off for most of school, but then went training afterwards, did a little with it on. But I really wanted to get my roundoff-backs down, which I did! They’re getting wayyyy better, I’m smashing them most times. But they get you so tired! So anyway, I walked around a bit with connor (who I was training with also) and wore it while walking, man it’s awesome to be able to condition while walking.
So anyway, finished up, went to work. Got home and did some light conditioning with it on:
4 sets of 20 squats
1 set of 20 Lunges (10 each leg) then 2 sets of 40 lunges (20 each leg)
100 calf raises
I also did little bounce/hop type things, just bouncing on my toes up and down.
Did 100 both feet, then 5 sets of 20 hopping.
This worked awesomly, it was basically just simulating 200 tiny landings and really worked by shins, arches, and knees (I could feel it working the small stabiliser muscles around the knee, especially the hopping ones).
So yeah, the weight vest is awesome, and a good investment. I can’t wait to do more training with it on the weekend. I might walk out to hall with it on (about 7kms) I would like to run there, but I don’t think I should be running with it on quite yet. I might give it a go and do some interval training, say, run 100 meters, walk 200 or so. I just want to build up to using the weight vest slowly and sensibly.
Well lots has happened in recent times, the biggest of course being the National Gathering.
I wont ramble on for long about it. But pretty much what was meant to be a weekend of training turned into a whole week starting Sunday 28th to Sunday the 5th. It was well good and had a huge turn out, around 100 I’d say.
Learnt a lot, had a lot of good conversations, got a lot of good training in, got my goals a bit clearer and I learnt to understand my training a lot better.
But by far the best thing was just meeting up and seeing other people, Jake especially. Here’s a guy I’ve talked to for ages on MSN, a guy that’s taught me so much and acted as a mentor type figure over the net, and finally I got to meet him. I’d love to spend more time with him where we have opportunities to sit down and talk. The few times that we did were good and constructive.
Also got to have good long chats with Sam from Melbourne about the APA, Parkour, the negativity, loads of different stuff, he arrived on the first Sunday so we spent a fair bit of time together talking.
Got to catch up and meet so many others as well, Kyle, JJ (from NZ), Chippa, Harley, Wizey, Nipon, BoD, Sammy, Antek, Rhys, Sino, and so many others, it was good to see all those guys again.
Nipon is awesome, so powerful, so strong, so fit, he just moves really well, it’s quite inspiring, he also helped me out in setting some new goals (although I don’t think he knows it!). He moves a lot like Wiseno actually.
Anyway, first scheduled thing was the Instructor day, Harley and ChipChop ran most of it, very interesting day, we had a lot of good talks about why we train Parkour and why we want to teach. It made me realise that I really don’t like teaching that much and don’t really agree with it, this is what I thought originally when the APA started up, but despite that this goes beyond what any single person likes or dislikes, and I’m honoured to be apart of it and to spread the correct and safe teaching of Parkour. I wouldn’t give up teaching just because I dislike it, it’s beyond me, way beyond me.
On the Friday we trained around Civic, it was pretty cool because we started out training at toast, about 15 – 20 of us, people started to rock up and just found there way to toast and by about 5 o’clock there were about 100 people there! I’d never seen toast so packed! It was an awesome thing to see. Anyway we had the AGM that night, that was interesting, it was funny listening to Jerds trying to justify his actions and collaborations with EZ, it really re-enforced the kind of person he is, and it highlighted the things that I’d heard about him. I had to turn away because I couldn’t stop smirking and quietly laughing to myself…Whoops!
Anyway, I have a few other things I’d like to say about that, but it probably isn’t for the public domain.
Saturday came around, it was good! It felt amazing to stand up in front of all my fellow traceurs and organise them, it was really intimidating and daunting (which was unexpected) and I sounded like a twat, but it was a great experience and opportunity. We trained at all the different spots, it was good to see people seeing things that I haven’t seen before. Family court is by far the most popular area, even more than Toast, and I never really fully appreciated it’s potential until this weekend.
Well we all met up and had lunch then headed off to train at our different locations, I took a group to Woden. That. Was. Epic.
Such good training there! Not very consistent, in fact not much at all (by this point a previous injury had inflamed and it hurt to do anything, sprained or pulled abdomen, you realise how much your abs work when you can’t use them). Me and Wizey pumped each other up to do the big silver statue arm jump, it’s so darn huge, and high up. A big mental breakthrough for both of us. 11.5 feet in distance it is, the biggest thing I’ve done so far. It felt amazing. And it was cool that two guys that had never met before prior to the weekend, could work together and trust each other so much to make this pact to get the arm jump together, I made a good friend for sure. Anyway after I did that I slowed right down so that I didn’t damage myself any further.
We had night training at CIT and castle that night, that was fun. It pissed down and we played in the rain as the Sydney guys ran off. Pussys. ;P
I felt bad though because I couldn’t train much at CIT, and I didn’t want it to seem like I was just being lazy. But I did what I could without hurting my ab and mainly worked on my landings, and helped out Jake and a couple of others with their landings. Mine are really terrible, I must work on them.
Sunday came around, again didn’t do much so that I wouldn’t injure my ab more. Did a fair bit of filming though, again felt lazy. I felt bad in front of Rhys at the time because he came down and stayed with me Saturday night, and it must have looked like I hardly trained to him! But in the end I shouldn’t give a shit what he thinks and he probably didn’t take notice! People (myself included) just look up to him because of his level of skill and knowledge I suppose. But it’s OK, because that night he mentioned something to me and Chris which backed up that he thought well of us, it shouldn’t have affected me as much as it did, but props from him really means a lot. Man I shouldn’t care what others think regardless of their skill level, it’s so irrelevant to my training. Anyway, it’s an area to improve I suppose.
Anyway, that night a Me, Wizey, Rhys, BoD, Antek and Robbie all went back with Chris to his place to have a bit of an after party. Me and Wizey got well parched, same with BoD. Wizey worse than all of us though 😛 It was fun though, and Wizey was hilarious, and thank god this time it happened at the END of the training, unlike the last two gatherings.
Well, in the morning we said our goodbyes, agreed to meet up again before I leave for over seas, and that was that. Me and BoD headed back home. He left that night around 6ish, we just bummed around my place before hand as I felt like shit so didn’t want/couldn’t go training.
That was NatSoc!!!!
Pretty quickly into NatSoc I decided that after it all I would dial down my size training (as in, I’d stop just trying to get bigger and better things) and really concentrate on minor, basic technique and strength/conditioning. I need to get my landings better, my rolls need a lot of work, as do my turn vaults. I must train my muscle ups more, I’m too weak at the moment. Must train more. I plan on getting a weight vest to train with over seas. When I am over seas I want to condition for most of the year and come back strong.
Anyway NatSoc aside, yesterday me, Robin and Daniel decided to go camping at the Cotter, me and Robin rode our bikes, and I carried my pack with clothes, tent, everything I needed pretty much. It added about 13kg’s to my weight. So we set off, took us about an hour to ride the 26 or so kilometers, very hilly, majority down hill on the way there. It was good fun. So we met Daniel there (Who brought the food and Robins stuff in his car) and we set up camp. We set off into the bush were we bush-bashed for a while, exploring and such, then we went swimming among the rapids, that was fun. We headed back, had a protein-hearty dinner of Beef sausages, Bacon and eggs. That made me feel like shit but oh well.
The night wasn’t that fun, I slept on the ground in the tent with my sleeping bag and make shift pillow out of my clothes. It was fucking cold. No insulation between you and the ground means you freeze your arse off. I shivered all night, had a headache from Robin snoring all night, and I’m pretty sure I was suffering from light Hypothermia. So I waited out the night awake for most of it until first light where I jumped up and had a 20 minute hot shower (which is annoying because the showers there only last 3.5 minutes, then you have to wait another 2 minutes before you can start them again). So that was a good lesson learnt, I’m glad with it looking back on it. So I’ve felt like shit all day because of it, and of course me and robin had to ride back, that was really tough, especially in my physical and mental state at the time. It’s mostly uphill on the way back, and the ride starts with a continuous 10km’s of uphill, it really made me push myself and tested my limits. It was hot, my neck hurt from my pillow, I felt like shit from dehydration, I had no sleep, my back hurt from my pack, but I pushed on anyway, and I’m proud of that. I only stopped twice before we got back to Robins place. I was slow, and Robin stopped a few times to let me catch up, but I didn’t stop with him, I just rode past and kept going. There were a few moments I thought I’d throw up, but as long as I kept pushing, and not giving in, it stayed down.
All in all, I’m proud of what I did, kept pushing in bad circumstances, couldn’t think straight, my quads felt like exploding. But got there in the end. I pretty much walked from Robins to my house, walked all the up hills anyway, They were just finished.
As I said to mike today;
I’m strong, I’m fast, I’m fit, but I’m not strong ENOUGH, not fast ENOUGH and not fit ENOUGH.
I must keep pushing. My body is still too weak
Ok so Sammy and Antek stayed at my place this weekend, we got some great training done.
Picked them up at around 8pm from the Bus station, Had dinner around 8.30, then we went training 😀 Trainined at my local spot, I finally got the cat to precision that I’d been looking at for months! I only got it one foot though, but still a good progression for me! We trained until around 11pm until security came around and we left. Then did some relaxed training for handstands until about midnight, they are much better at them than I, so they did some tucked planches and actual handstands, I worked on the strength for them by doing some ‘cheat’ tuck plances, working up to holding it for 60 secs. Anyway all in all it was a good nights worth of training.
Next morning got up around half eight. Mum and Dad had cooked us some epic breakfast of local bacon and home-laid, fresh eggs with some fresh Italian bread. It was awesome. Caught the bus into woden which for Antek, was horrible, as he gets bus sick! Should had thought about that before hand…Trained pretty well, a lot of it was watching the guys though 😛 They’ve just got such a great level of technical application. It’s inspiring. But yes, I finally got woden library wall run, I was the only one to get it which made me feel good in one way, but it would have been better if everyone had got it! Also got the Sdc->Sdb at the library, I was very happy with getting that. 😀
Trained there until about 1.30, grabbed some lunch then heded into belconnen around 2.30 to train at John Knight Park. My friends (who were having a birthday party there) kept bugging me to come so we all went. Got some good stuff done there, lots of rock precisions and other rock stuff. I hyperextended my ankle in a precision (landed too far on my toes, thus bending my ankle to far, I believe this is hyperextension, may be hyperflexsion though…). I had to take it a little slower, but it wasn’t too bad. Well we trained until I can’t remember, just before it got dark, grabbed some food, headed home then watched fight club…Awesome movie…
I slept like a baby that night.
We all woke up at like 9.50, which was partially bad considering we were meeting in civic at 10…Anyway we got up, Dad had squeezed some fresh orange juice so we had that and a bowel of cereal. Got into civic some time around 11ish, we were all pretty tired and exhausted, I did a few little things and trained consistently for a small while, but at a slow pace and doing slower things. Then stopped for a while and wactched the boys tackle a large arm jump.
I had to go to a Fathers Day BBQ at 1pm, so I said my goodbyes until next time, and headed off.
Got home tonight, stretched for about 1.5 hours, it was good, then worked on my handstand strength a bit more, I hit 60 seconds in the cheat tucked planche! I’m going to keep doing them until I can hold 60 seconds easy, then move onto real tucked planches. I was so stoked that I got it on my second night of trying, I guess it means some of the base strength is already established.
Well I learnt a fair bit over the weekend, saw some new stuff that I hadn’t seen done, it was reallly good to train with guys with a far greater skill level than myself, it really helps. But it wont hold me back not having them here all the time. I’ve gained quite a few goals from them being here and have progressed quite a bit.
Really happy with it all, can’t wait to go back up to Sydney.
Had a little bit of spare time in civic today so I had a short training session.
It was fairly consistent.
– Bigger take offs into vaults (off varying heights and distances over the hexagon bars, mainly a mental exercise)
– Standing catpasses to precisions.
– Running precisions
– Standing precisions.
That is all.