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.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
I'm just overjoyed that this week has come to a close. It's been rather stressful but I've been keeping on schedule for the most part. I really did poorly on two of my midterms and it was a bummer, but I kind of realized that it was like the one time I had to skip a day of exercise cause of some knee pain. It's in the past, I can't do anything to change it, so I have to move on. What I've noticed about this stage in my 20 time project is that it's about learning more about myself and less about actually sailing. I really have pushed my self this past month in a half and I'm glad I did. I'll always wish I did better on my midterms, they're important, but there's nothing I can do now so I'll see where it takes me. I really do need to shape up on a couple of thing though, and I guess I'll just have to figure out a way to do it. Hopefully by the end of the year my grades will be awesome and will balance out the bad ones a little bit. It is cool that our project will be recognized by this TED organization. I'm still not exactly sure what it is but it's exciting. I'm still not sure if I would want to speak at the TED thing or. Of though. I know it's really not my decision, but it might be something that I'd enjoy. I really don't know. I guess I'll see what happens as the year goes on. I'll see just how far this project takes me.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
So I've started my second month on this crazy workout, and it's a pain, literally. Instead of being from 30-35 minutes long, these new workouts go for 45-60 minutes. Not only are they longer, but they're much more intense. Compared to these the first month was nothing. A problem that I have been consistantly running into has been my knees. I'm not exactly sure if I'm not doing the form correctly, if I'm landing too hard, or something completely different. I've recently started using knee braces or whatever you call them, and they do help a decent bit. They're still something I can't do because I know I'll screw my knees up doing them. I actually had to skip one day because of stomach pains from eating a meal really high in sodium. I guess you could say I was pretty salty...get it? I know these workouts are hard, but they're good for me and will help me out a ton once the actually sailing begins. I can't wait to see my results at the end of the month
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Well the last two weeks of my first month and my recovery week are finished. It's been about the same as before, and it's been getting a little bit easier as I've been going on. My knee pain went away for a little bit, and it's still better, but it's still there. Hopefully once the second month starts it won't be too bad, but I'm thinking that it'll be pretty rough for the first two weeks of the second month or so. But in the recovery week the end of the exercise burns...and you do arm circles. It seems quite easy, but after a while it starts to burn, but I THINK I'm seeing results. Not quite sure though. I'm hoping to really see results after the first two weeks of the second month but that waits to be seen. I'm just excited for when the actual sailing begins, but I have to wait for all this snow and ice to melt. The snow days were awesome though. Well I can see all the homework we're going to get overloaded with in these next couple of days so I'll be focusing on that in the next couple of days.