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  • CrazyViking
    Thursday, July 06, 2017
    Daily Dare:
    80 Hooks w/ EC (in one go)
    Pretty easy compared to some of the dares.

    Biked to and from summer school. To school takes five minutes because it is downhill, and from school takes ten because there are a few very steep hills. I am proud to say that I did not walk on any of them.

    4-mile run: 9:55 pace
    We had to do this one hill dubbed "Death and Despair", and let me tell you, it is death and despair all right. I made it though!
    We also did this interesting thing where you stride (fast run, not complete sprint) for two lamposts (we were running on a street), and then jog slowly for one lampost. Good for building speed.

    Core Workout:
    30 pushups, 25ish situps, 10 pushups, 20 situps, 1 minute Bridge, 30 second Squat hold, 30 second Bridge, 10 Squats, 1 minute Plank, 30 second Side plank, 30 second other way side plank, 30 second plank, for kicks we tried doing a reverse plank (stomach pointed towards sky) for 15 seconds, 20ish lunge walks.

    Flexibility Day 6:
    Bowman Workout
    I can't believe there is only one more day left!

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  • CrazyViking
    Wednesday, July 5, 2017
    Daily Dare:
    30 Infinity Circles w/ EC (in one go).
    I've started doing these first thing in the morning (like literally right after I make my bed) and it seriously wakes me up and makes me feel refreshed. No more moping about in the morning. Funny how getting the blood pumping just a tiny bit can help things.

    Speaking of making your bed, "Make Your Bed" by Admiral William H. McRaven is a great book on life advice from the perspective of a Navy SEAL.

    4.5 mile run - about a 10 min/mi pace. What, there was a lot of hills.
    Core workout with my buds - includes push-ups, crunches, squats, planks, and bridges.

    Flexibility Day 5:
    Far Point Workout. Great long stretch.

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  • Nebulus
    CrazyViking Welcome to the hive! Enjoy your stay here. I hope it helps to better your medical condition.

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  • twinkletoes
    A late welcome to the Hive, CrazyViking!
    Good luck and have fun on your journey to being healthier. I really hope your new training regimen will help with your medical condition.

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  • CrazyViking
    Tuesday, July 4, 2017
    Daily Dare:
    Cross Tricep Extensions: I got to ten, but that was with a very long break between each rep. I honestly did not know that such a painful type of push up can exist.

    1.5 mile warm-up run: 8:40 min/mi pace. Finally was able to keep up with the varsity runners!
    4th of July 5k Race: 8:27 min/mi pace. 26:16 total time -- a new record for me!!!!
    1 mile cool-down run: 9:55 min/mi pace. Had a nice chat with a friend!

    Body Surf/Swim:
    body surfed for half-an-hour or so, but the waves were extremely crummy. Swam mostly out to a buoy, but my dad was worried about his hip getting tired while 200m out from shore so we had to turn back about 75m from our goal (Dang it, Dad!). He needs to get a hip replacement soon, so I have to give him some slack.

    Flexibility Day 4:
    Tug of War Workout w/ EC (30 seconds rest)

    Also did Sore Neck workout/stretch because I practiced piano for two hours (1 hr on one 4 line section of one piece - that's a three-part melody Bach piece for you) and had a horrible crick in my neck afterward.
    Random factoid: Apparently you burn 300 calories by doing two hours of practice. Just imagine the professionals that practice for 8 hrs a day.

    Thanks to twinkletoes and Nebulus for responding! Just the thing to pick up my day.

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  • CrazyViking
    Monday, July 3, 2017
    Daily Dare:
    40 Crunch Kicks w/ EC (in one go)
    Daily Workout:
    Square One Level III w/ EC (1-minute rest between sets)
    Flexibility Week Day 2:
    Anchor'd Workout
    3 mile run + short beach swim (so refreshing!).

    I was going to go surfing today, but the forecast had 0-1 ft waves so it wasn't even worth it. When I jumped in the water after my swim, there was legit zero actual waves.

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  • CrazyViking
    started a topic Fitness with Cystic Fibrosis

    Fitness with Cystic Fibrosis

    My family never gave me the option of giving up. My lung function went too low, it simply meant more treatments and exercise. My parents have shoveled thousands of dollars into making sure that I can do things other people can, and in some cases, even better.

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that affects the lungs and pancreas. I happen to have a very severe form of it. This is good because it meant that the doctors caught on to what my condition was immediately after birth and gave the necessary surgeries and prescriptions. This is bad because is means that it is a constant, losing struggle. I take an average of 40 pills a day, including enzymes, probiotics, vitamins, and other specialized medications. I have two 30 minute sessions of inhalation medication (nebulizers) in tandem with a machine that compresses my chest and vibrates to loosen up the extremely thick, goopy mucus the forms due to my condition.

    The doctors always stressed how important exercise was. Saltwater, namely the ocean, happens to have extra benefits, so from the time I was eight I was surfing during the summers. Studies showed that running was also extremely beneficial.

    When I got into high school, I immediately got onto the surf team. The problem was that it only meets once every other week, other than competitions that I rarely was able to participate in simply because of my lack of ability (seriously, I've been surfing for more than 5 years, and I can hardly angle). Another problem arose when my counselor put me in for the wrong PE period, so I couldn't join Cross-Country or Track without not being able to take the courses that I wanted to. So, my fitness was seriously lacking, and my lung function suffered.

    Which is why this summer, I joined the summer cross-country training and am making an effort to get as healthy and in shape as possible.

    Sunday, July 2, 2017
    Daily Dare:
    40 Single Leg Bridges. Got to 35 before Mom interrupted me and I had to finish off later (Darn!)
    5 mile run:
    The first 2.5 miles were good with a steady pace of 9:00 min/mi. My shins acted up after that (I've been having a problem with mild shin splints lately), so I finished off with an average 10:40 min/mi for the entire run.
    Flexibilty Week Day 2:
    Stronghold workout. A good stretch after my run!
    I also used a foam roller to roll out my shins and calves. It's supposed to help relieve the stress on them.