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Reward yourself

There’s not a whole lot I learnt from watching Twin Peaks, apart from this: every day you should give yourself a small present. Granted, this was concerning a free cuppa Joe, but it still applies. Which is why I give myself a tiny gift every day. It may be an extra cuppa, postponing my run for an interesting tv show, or watching too much Dr Who, but I do. And today I’ll do it again: I have a hip flask of a nice and too expensive whiskey (for a student, which is just about any whiskey apart from JD). But that’s not my little gift to myself; that is sharing it with some old friends I haven’t seen for a long time. For what is a dram if not made for sharing, eh?

 

Happy New Year, people!

 

Oh, and my New Years Resolutions? Simple. Be more of the man I want to be. Which means getting into the medic battalion. 6 months to go, and I’m already nervous as hell.

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This is why I wear wool

I’m going to totally and utterly fail my goal concerning weight, push-ups, sit-ups, hang-ups and anything else “-ups” for New Year’s. It’s called Christmas, or The Fattening as Norwegians think of it if food is anything to go by. I believe my base sustenance since the 23rd has been mainly fats, of one kind or another. Side of pork with fat on, side of lamb with fat on, bread dipped in said fat, the runnings used in the sauces, not to mention the huge amounts of this fat I’ve eaten! My father is far to good a cook.

I have been active, not too worry. Long hikes in the cold weather. Last time I got lost (yes, honest to God lost. Not just I didn’t know where I was for a moment, but walked in a circle for thirty minutes. Well done me), and spent an hour or so being soaked from the waist down as I went through the ice covering a bog. Not a huge problem, even with the cold weather, as I always wear wool closes to my body. Keeps you warm even if this happens 😀 After that the hike did go easier. Once you’re wet you stop caring about getting even wetter. Provided all precautions are taken, rivers and streams make excellent roads in the woods.

Another hike

Just a short one today, got cut short by the sun setting early. As in 1500 early. Which is insane. I got back in just after, and it for dark within the hour, so I’m glad I didn’t take the route I was intending to. Instead I got lost in the middle of nowhere, and ended up getting my boot soaked in mud after going through the ice, watched a few birds have a bath, and drank my tea while a woodpecker looked for food nearby. Also discovered tea is really not a hike-beverage. You need hot blackcurrant juice. And some good chocolate. Kvikk Lunsj, actually. Or Fruktnøtt. Anything else just doesn’t cut it. Meant I had a wee shopping spree in the local shop to get restocked on essentials (as well as cookies).

On a separate note I hate gyms. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

First hike in 3 years

My very first, proper out-and-about hike in the woods this afternoon. Spent three hours walking, and my legs feel it. As my father, a former officer who came up through the ranks, pointed out to me: getting in is easy enough. Lasting the entire Selection is hard.

My stamina is well enough, on short distances. But for the military I will need to build up my staying power. Be able to last for hours with a heavy pack. I was tired after today, and I couldn’t have walked more than 15km. By this summer I will be able to do 40 in a day with a heavy pack. And that will make me feel as tired as this.

Here and Now

Three years ago I was amazingly well trained. A life of martial arts rarely does this to you, but I’d been competing in kickboxing. I was good at it, and I was good at it because I trained a lot. Then I went to university. With no local clubs competing and few at my levels my martial arts started crumpling and my level of fitness dropped. I went running only in an ad-hoc basis and trips to the gym ended up being few and far between.

And now I need to pick up the slack of the last three years. For after finishing my Master’s degree I’m applying for the Norwegian NCO training (hærens befalskole) to become a medic and a sergeant. Their fitness requirement isn’t that high. But I’m just not that fit anymore.

To motivate myself, and track my progress, I’ve started this blog. Every time I train I will post. And I will aim to post three times a week. This isn’t just work-outs or runs, but also other activities: walking, hiking, swimming, and so on.

Three years ago my level of fitness were this:
Push-ups, 2 mins: 70
Sit-ups, 2 mins: 120
Pull-ups: 10
3000m: 12mins 30s

Height: 5′ 9.5″
Weight: 140lbs

As of two weeks ago this is my level of fitness and goal:
Push-ups, 2 mins: 30 out of 45
Sit-ups, 2 mins: 30 out of 70
Hang-ups: 2 out of 11
3000m: 12mins

Finish a 40km hike with 20kg backpack.

Height: 5′ 10″ (grown half-an-inch!)
Weight: 150lbs (need to move the flab up to my chest, tho)

You’ll notice that there’s a marked difference in my level of expectation compared to the previous level of fitness I showed. Two reasons for that: the military have a harder technique than my coach, and I only have half a year to prep, not four.

Wish me luck. I’ll need it.

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