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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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