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  • TopNotch
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    Day 847

    Better Arms Day 11
    Splits app. Day 11 Intermediate.

    Tried to do some geocaching with the Lad today but though we seemed to be in the right spot, we couldn't find anything so that was a bit of a bust. Perhaps the area was a bit overgrown at this time of year. Pleasant enough walk, though.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 846

    Better Arms Day 10
    Splits app. Day 10 Intermediate.

    Taekwondo general training. Guess what our warm-up started with tonight? If you guessed "running", gosh, you're right! After five or so laps, we did a running pyramid, with laps starting at 1, going up to 4 and then back down. As the habit seems to be, then came the 30-seconds-on-30-seconds-off lark, with pre-squats, push-ups, flutter kicks, push-outs, those spiderman-type things that have now been called "spider-pigs" (please don't ask why!), the same thing but with opposite feet, jumping jacks, switches, diver squats, and, as a finisher, hollow hold. Then did the kicking again - 30 seconds, 20 seconds, 10 seconds - with instep kick. Grabbed a partner and did 10 turning kicks to paddles, each leg, then held for partner. My partner kept lowering the paddle and straightening her arm. This brought the paddle closer to me so when I kicked, I ended up striking nearer the hard ridge of the paddle than the soft part. I still have a bruise on my foot from last week (different holder, though)! Holding is as much a skill as hitting the pad. I'm not a great holder myself, but I'm not bad and I'm getting better. It takes practice and everyone you hold for has different distance control, height, power, speed, etc. Then we did cut kick to the paddle, driving through, ready to kick with the other leg. The holder had to move too, to maintain proper distance. To end the class, we did another kempo self defence, which took me and my partner a bit to get but we got there in the end. Whether I'll remember it still tomorrow is, however, debatable!

    Unfortunately, the poomsae coach is still off sick, and his second called in today with covid, so no poomsae for me this week. Ah, a nice restful week instead.

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  • PetiteSheWolf
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    Originally posted by Manuela View Post
    I usually assume that if I found them, they are poisonous for sure.
    Reminds me of my studies... In French pharmacy school, one of the semesters has a compulsory mycology class, whatever your orientation (retail, industry, research, hospital...) may be. Problem is, it is not necessarily done with fresh mushrooms, so you find yourself working on preserved samples, wax reproductions, pictures, photographies, which all come with their unreliability.

    Anyhow, here comes the examination ; knowing that if you have an error on a poisonous mushroom, you flunk, no discussion. I find myself with a wax reproduction of something that is most definitly in the amanite family. The coloration strongly suggests it is the /only/ (or one of the very, very, very few) comestible amanite, amanita caesarea https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_caesarea.

    But with the wax, I could not trust the color, and as I did not want to risk flunking, well... I put it was an amanita, poisonous, and left it at that

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  • Manuela
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    Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
    Thanks, everyone. They were really cool mushies. Sometimes I wish I were one of those people who can look at a mushroom and say, with truth and confidence, that it was good to eat, but there is so much in this world to learn that I simply don't have time to do it all, so I'll get my mushies from the shop.
    I usually assume that if I found them, they are poisonous for sure.

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  • DorothyMH
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    I hate that sort of mess up.. But, you got your run in anyway, good for you!

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  • TopNotch
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    Thanks, everyone. They were really cool mushies. Sometimes I wish I were one of those people who can look at a mushroom and say, with truth and confidence, that it was good to eat, but there is so much in this world to learn that I simply don't have time to do it all, so I'll get my mushies from the shop.

    Day 845

    Better Arms Day 9
    Splits app. Day 9 Intermediate.
    ZR 5k training. Wk3, workout 2. I had to walk some of the first 8-minute run because the HR went too high for my mental comfort, but everything was fine for the second lot. Odd.

    Today was one of those days that started off okay then became less than optimal so required a great deal of effort to do anything. I'd booked my car in for a servicelast week, was told to drop it off by 10am Monday, but when I got to the repair place, they said they had no record of the booking and they weren't an official repairer of that make anymore anyway. Grrr.... So when I got home again (and I had only arranged, in my mind, that I would do my ZR training when coming back from the repairer. It would have taken me longer to get back than the running training would have taken, but I would just do the rest as a nice walk, so that was all screwed up now), I got on the phone and booked repair with someone else, for next Monday. But now I was so lacking in motivation that it took me almost to midday to get myself together to run, but at least I did it. The whole day has felt flat, though.

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  • Lady Celerity
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    Great 'shroom photos! What a fun outing.

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  • NancyTree
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    Nice mushrooms!

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  • Anek
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    Cool mushrooms!

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  • DorothyMH
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    Those mushrooms look like something out of a fairy tale!

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  • CaptainCanuck
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    Very nice

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  • Montserrat
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    Wonderful!

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 844

    Better Arms Day 8
    Splits app. Day 8 Intermediate.

    A splendid autumn day. Took the children to the arboretum again, this time along the Himalayan Cedar trail. We took a bit of a wrong path so walked a little further than my promised "only about two kilometres". Still, it was a beautiful day, very pleasant for walking.

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    Look how still that water is!
    And loads of mushrooms!
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    Definitely the place to go if you want to catch those frolicsome fairies (or want to poison someone...)!
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  • TopNotch
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    Day 843

    Better Arms Day 7
    Splits app. Day 7 Intermediate. Really enjoyed this today. Last night's exercises really had my side glutes working and they quite appreciated the stretching today.
    ZR5k training. Wk3, workout 1. Started with a 5-min walk, then a 5-min free-form run before the drills. These drills were 1-min run, 1-min walk and 10 knee lifts, x 5. Finished with 8-min free-form run, 2-min stretching (which, as I was on the treadmill, I did just as a walk) and another 8-min free-form run. I was glad that I managed to do all the runs as runs - slow, of course, but still running. I read today that each run step requires 200 muscles to fire up. I didn't know I even had that many!

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  • NancyTree
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    Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
    ZR5k training. Funny thing happened today. Funny, that is, in retrospect, but at the time it was a little alarming. I was running along, doing the final 10-minute free-form run, when I checked my FitBit to see what my heart rate was. Imagine my surprise when I saw 171!! And it kept going up!!! I thought, goodness me, and slowed to a walk. But the numbers kept getting higher. How could this be?! I was quite alarmed when I saw 179 when I was just walking. Then I realised that I was looking at the distance (which was why the numbers kept increasing as I kept walking!), not the HR! My HR was actually 112 at that time so I ran for the final 5 or so minutes.



    would've been interesting if it was going down

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