Monday, April 7, 2014
As soon as Friday might be my actual first day of sailing. I still need to get my gear, and it's rather expensive. Thankfully it's a one time only cost. Today practice was a little different and we watched videos of sailing and tactics for team racing. It was nice to have a break from the gym but I think we'll be back there on Wednesday. I'm also really excited to get the stuff I ordered like the sweatshirt and hat that have south sailing on them. Things are progressing very smoothly and I'll be sailing in the very near future. One thing I'd like to happen is for me to sail in a regatta. To get a varsity letter for the team you need to sail in at least one so I think if I dedicate myself to getting better I'll be able to get one. If I can't accomplish this goal it won't be the end of the world, but it will be disappointing. Even if I don't sail in one being on the team has been a blast so far. I'm really glad I decided to do this for my 20 time project. I'm still finalizing what I want to say for my talk. I'm not sure if I want to do the theme of perseverance, but I'll decide soon. I'll probably have a quick chat with my teacher about it when I get my thoughts together a little more.
Monday, March 24, 2014
I'm really enjoying being on the sailing team so far. We've been in the weight room every other day and there's plans to rig the boats on Friday. I've been getting stronger and more prepared to actually sail. Since there's not much to talk about I'll share some ideas for my speech at the end of the year.
First and foremost I'd really love to give a TED talk. I know I've mentioned it before but I figured I'd reiterate. These are only a few ideas but I might be able to make a great speech out of them. When I was doing insanity I didn't really notice any outward appearance change with my physique. Now I didn't really care about that, but it still would've felt a little more rewarding had I noticed some more significant change. Only after a couple weeks of lifting weights, I'm already noticing a bigger change than I had throughout the entirety of insanity. I realized that insanity was mainly cardio, so it makes sense that there wouldn't be as drastic a change as I thought. This also got me thinking about the topic of change in general. I feel almost as if I never did insanity then I would've been far worse off when we starting going to the weight room. All those push ups really did help. I feel like if I didn't change how I was on the inside, changing myself on the outside would've been nearly pointless. When you want to make a change for the better, always look within yourself first. Once you are who you want to be, then you can focus more on trivial things like outward appearance.
One little thing I'd also like to touch on is the idea of perseverance. When I was midway through the program, I started to develop pain in my knees. At first I just tried to work through it, but there was a point when I realized I needed to slow down and think. I found a simple solution rather quickly, knee braces, but I realize now that if I had tended to it earlier I wouldn't have had to struggle getting up the stairs at school. That was also something I had to persevere through, but that was as a consequence of my delay. On a slightly separate note, I also felt like insanity helped me out with being on a schedule and committing to something, that way come sailing I've been more prepared to be on a schedule.
Well those are just a couple of ideas, I'm not sure if they're any good but I'll see where they take me
Sunday, March 9, 2014
After attending the general sailing meeting I realize there's a lot in going to have to do to be on the team. I have to go to the school weight room three times a week until the water melts enough for us to actually get out on the water. Once we actually do get out on the water I'll need to get a dry suit, which will keep me from freezing on the boat. I'm guessing that's when I'll be learning some more of the ins and outs of sailing. There's also the possibility of the team traveling all over the place. There are races in Chicago, San Fransico, and Texas. I'm not sure yet if I'll be able to go, but they sound like lots of fun and I'd love to go. My first day is tomorrow, and I'm curious/excited to see what happens. I plan on giving 110%.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
So far my plans to continue exercising have come to a grinding halt. I haven't done anything for like a week and it's slightly frusterating. I know I should be excersing, but I just can't find the motivation. Thankfully with the upcoming general sailing meeting I'll be able to join the team and learn more about how I can train more specifically for sailing. I'm thinking that will help motivate me more so that I'll get more things done. What helps even more is that my mentor sent me a book with even more information on the basics of sailing so that will help immensely as well. Next week I'll be sure to evaluate what the coach(es) tells everyone. On a broader scale I'm really enjoying this 20 time project, even though it hasn't gone anything like I thought it would. It started off as a general idea of, hey it'd be pretty cool to learn how to sail. Then I had the idea to try insanity, which I hadn't even considered when I chose to do this project. Even joining the sailing team was something that, for whatever reason, I didn't think of. There were a bunch of twists and turns along this project and it's funny looking back on it now how many of them I didn't see coming in the slightest. The knee pain was certainly one of the negative ones. It hurt walking up the stairs at school, but I pushed through it anyways. The time in class that we get is really nice though. Although there isn't much I can do in school for my project, it's very nice to have a day to write a part of my blog and it's just relaxing to have the day off from English stuff. The thing I like the most is also the thing I like the least, the TED talks that we have to give at the end of the year. I like it because it's really cool knowing that a huge organization is interested in what the students are doing and that people from around the world are trying to book seats at our event. The thing that I don't like is that speech. Not the speech in general but, at least for me, it's talking in front of your peer or if you get selected to talk at the event, to thousands of people. I would actually love to be selected to talk at the event, but there's always going to be the fear in the back of my mind that my nerves will get the best of me. My nervousness about it is what I really dislike and not the speech in itself. One thing I would probably do differently is I would've picked something that doesn't revolve around the seasons. Since the waters frozen there's no way to sail. That being said I'm still glad I'm doing this and I'm excited for Friday.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I'm finally done with the insanity workout! It's been a long, slightly extended 2 months, but I'm finally done. I'm so glad and I'll keep exercising so I retain my fitness. In terms of actually sailing my plan is just to wait until spring. Problem is, we've had such a crazy winter that the lakes might not thaw until much later. This was brought to my attention by my friend and his dad who are experienced sailors. My mentor said he'd take me out sailing as soon as possible and I'll learn what he has to teach me. Once I join the sailing team I'm sure I'll be at least proficient at it by the end of the season. Plus my friend also informed me of groups that sail in the summer and said I should join. I'm not sure if I will during the summer, but I'm definately thinking about it. In the meantime I'll just keep exercising and read up on some of the things my mentor gave me. I think achieving my goal is very real, but it will take hard work, dedication, and focus. I'll probably need to work on the focus part though
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Well I still have three more days of insanity left even though I was supposed to be done on Sunday. I decided to go up north with my friend Reilly and go snowboarding for the first time and it was really fun. I figured it was sort of a workout and I was pretty tired by the end of it. I'm still going to finish the last couple days of insanity but it'll probably be after this week. There's so much homework I have to do and I can't afford to spend time on it or else I won't be able to get all of it done. Once midwinter break starts then I'll finish the last of the workouts. After that I'll still excercise but not six days a week. I figure maybe two or three days a week would be much more reasonable. I'm just focusing on making it through the week and getting my work done.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
It's crazy to think that I've been doing this crazy workout program for two months. But in all the craziness I decided to take today off. Super Bowl Sunday is always crazy and I figured stacking a workout with it would be too much. But by this time next week I'll be done with insanity and it's really cool to think about. I know all this hard work will pay off in the spring when sailing actually starts. In between that time I'll still have to exercise, as to not completely reverse what I spent over two months on, but it'll definitely be less crazy. The whole schedule they have set up is difficult to keep up with during the school week though. Between homework, extra ciriculars, and school itself it's hard to find a free hour during the day. Thankfully I'll only be on a crazy schedule for one more week, then I can exercise when it's more convinent for me.