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Busy week/NCO Application

My plan for this blog was to post something after every single time I went outside or did something that got me closer to passing Selection. I’m afraid to say I have utterly failed at that. In my defence it is because I’ve been real busy this week with MMA and cardio. Two hours of Muay Thai, four of BJJ, no clue how much time I’ve spent running and shite. Gonna test my 3k run and physical tomorrow, so look forward to that if you’re a regular. First time I’ll let you know my exact stats 😛

I’ve also gotten a good-to-go on the rough draft of my research proposal, which means if I’m structured, ordered and disciplined (I’m just about 1 out of those 3… >.<) I’ll be able to finish off my dissertation before Selection. Yeah, finishing an MSc three months early. No pressure or anything.

Last night was the first time the link on the military’s website to the application was active, so I went in to apply straight away. However, two things happened preventing me from finishing it:

1. They want translations of any non-Norwegian documents attached. I have no idea if that applies to English as well… But I’ve e-mailed both the Norwegian Embassy and FOS (the Application and Selection part of the military in Norway), so hopefully I’ll know that by Monday.

2. I couldn’t actually fit in my degree in the little box they gave me… Granted, my degree title is ridiculously long, but it still made me feel slightly confident I’ll at least get through Application 😀

Slightly more personal-stuff-y: I dropped something 110 quid on MMA stuff yesterday (club kit, hoodie, pull-up bar). I need it to compete (ARRGH! More money spent), but I’m also supposed to get my driver’s license -.- Damnit.

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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