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Journey of 1k steps Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-29-2008 11:36 AM
Diane Stevenson
Just a returning student determined to stay in it for the long-haul, insha'allah. A blog to stay focused, stay motivated and gain insight.
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Status: Public
Entries: 21
Comments: 8
Views: 53,260

Entries for the Month of October 2008

In Training Training snapshot: day 4 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #16 New 10-24-2008 04:11 PM
So, today started out as walk the dog, but it was so nice out and I really did feel like stretching my legs a bit. The dog walk turned into my workout.

1 mi "interval" training: mostly walk, some: jog, high step, run.
2 sets sit-ups: 15 crunch, 15 left, 15 right, 15 reverse
2 sets 15 45-degree-angle push ups
a bit of tsai subaki and hapkunundo
1 mi walk/jog

Class last night was good. Looks like we have a new student. Practicing yoga yesterday reminded me to be patient with myself, and as I was driving to the dojo, I started thinking and praying about that old catichism question: what is the chief end of man? response: to know God and enjoy Him forever.

Reminded me that the "chief" end of Aikido (for me anyway) is not about rank or even achieving mastery. After all, there's no guarentee that I'll ever "get anywhere" - the old, "you could get hit by a bus tomorrow" thing. The chief end for me is to enjoy the integration of mind and body.

OK, that sounds really aikikai. No offense, Aikikai is an honerable style, but it's not mine. I am studying a "harder" form, and I love the physicality of it; the martial effectiveness brings it on like a force of nature.
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In Training Training snapshot: day 3 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #15 New 10-23-2008 03:43 PM
Ok, well it looks like day 3 is a "down" day. Between working hard with Erica Tesday and being "demo" uke that night in class, I am still sore.

Training today consists of about 45 min midday stretching and trying some yoga: Sun salute, gate, boat, bharadvaja's pose 1, locust, camel, plow.

Class tonight, too.

I suppose I shouldn't be too dissappointed, after all I'm doing ALOT more than I was this time last year. At 45, I'm just not going to change my body as quickly as I could at 25.
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In Training Training snapshot: day 2 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #14 New 10-22-2008 01:01 PM
today is cardio:

swimming: 1K total, in sets of 100 m, free style, cruise

my cruise now is about 3min, so that's about 35 min worth of swimming.

So last night I was senior student, and "demo uke". The swimming has given me enough conditioning to end the class without becoming a mouth-breather. At sea-level. Denver is going to require a bit more, I suspect.
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In Training Training snapshot: day 1 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #13 New 10-21-2008 10:30 AM
ok, back to the origional purpose of this blog; to keep focused. I promised myself I would post a week of workouts, just to have a benchmark. But I asked myself, can I stay honest and actually DO what I posted. So, I'll post 6 consecutive days, starting with today and use that as a snapshot for my workout records.

So today:
am -- strength training with Erica:
free leg press: (45 lbs, 15 reps) x 3
1 leg stand up: (12 each leg) x 2
Nitro incline press: (20 lbs, 12 reps) x3
push ups (knees): 10, pos., 5 negatives
nitro shoulder press: (20 lbs, 12 reps) x3
knee raises: 12 x3
back extension: 15 x2
reverse crunch: 12 x 2

pm: Aikido class
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