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    No finish line

    “There is no finish line” (Joe Rogan)

    Hello everyone
    the help pages on Darebee say that some kind of introduction would be nice when one decides to join… - fair enough, here it is.

    I have drifted to Darebee occasionally for quite a while now, bought some of the books (I love books), printed out some of the programs and the effect was, in the words of Umberto Eco: sometimes something does not get done BECAUSE you have Xerox-copied it.

    But the lockdown-period was the chance to think about myself in a relaxed manner. I had always thought I might rank among the most healthy people on planet earth (and the Baroque part of myself still thinks that .-)) but my doctor recently told me after a health check (I am looking at the age 50 from the wrong side): yessss, everything is fine, but… And then it seemed she would never end talking. All of a sudden I thought I might be standing on the brink of the grave very soon. It’s not that I had a kind of Saulus/Paulus revelation but I thought that it might be time for a wee bit of re-adjusting. When I read some of the posts here and get to know some of the struggles people have to deal with I cannot but feel very humbled, feeling an awful lot of respect and admiration for their every day bravery. Compared to that it would be ridiculous if I complained. For me the issues of sports and fitness have always been kind of a on-off-relationship. Being a kind of diesel-type I can perfectly keep up a certain fitness routine. But once this is interrupted I am perfectly happy being very lazy as well. Another reason why there is actually no alternative to getting more active is that I am living in an area that has a cuisine that might rank among the most unhealthy in the whole wide world and I am loving it. I also fully agree with the saying that beer is the proof that God loves mankind. As you might guess by now: I have a weight issue. Or I am simply not tall enough (183cm) for my weight (120kg). We have a nice euphemism in German describing people like me: “he is a little bit stronger.” No no, that is not strength my mirror is telling me, boy you are fat, plain and simple. Having practiced Shotokan karate since 1993 (on-off as well) I thought looking at myself: man, you are a shame for the Karate world, no one would expect a karateka look like this.

    So, after having steered the good old vessel to the state where I am now I have decided that it might be time to change direction – but in a very wide semicircle. Partido a partido as Diego Simeone of Atlético Madrid keeps saying.

    One of the benefits of age is that one gets to know what works for oneself and what does not – I would never like to trade that wisdom for youth. For me that means that I have to tackle one thing at a time. There are the BHAGs (big hairy audacious goals as Jim Collins has written): eventually a black belt, eventually qualify for a membership in one of the 100-half-marathons club (so far I have only 6 to show), and eventually having collected a lot of badges at Darebee. I have given myself ample time for that. This year however I want to end up with 250+ days of training, be it as micro a training a day as it is conceivable. But a training nevertheless. That’s the goal. I will start small with a beginners’ program. I guess that is the way to get into a habit that works for me.

    That has become quite a text – I apologize and I promise I will not write as nearly as much again. I do not intend to log too much or to write every day but I’d like to commit myself a bit, hold myself accountable more and to be of help with my experience and with the things I know (I know a lot about how NOT to do things :-)) if I can. Therefore people might want to know a least something about the person who writes here.

    Last but not least: I like the Darebee spirit a lot. When the internet came up I was almost euphoric because I thought that the net might be THE chance where, because of its anonymity, the text would become the main thing. One could not throw in one’s social status or reputation or anything else, one had to convince with the depth of ones thoughts and with the quality of the writing. We all know that these high hopes had turned out to be naïve somehow. But when I stumbled over Darebee I discovered again a spot where it seems to be true that the net is what we make of it. So when I saw the emergency fund blinking I thought it might be time to get a wee bit more into this, to commit and to finally show up. Well, here I am.

    Started with the Vitality program, level 1. I intend to alternate the program with Karate training so it might take me quite a while to complete it.

    #2
    Welcome

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      #3
      Welcome to the Hive Botenlauben!

      Love what you wrote about Darebee being the leveling zone for building a community the way the internet was intended for. I never thought about it this way before, but I couldn't agree more, and helps explain why the Hive feels like such a special place.

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        #4
        Hello and welcome!

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          #5
          Many thanks to Fremen, Tensden, Anek
          for the warm welcome - it means a lot to me. In Karate there is the term Sensei meaning "The one that has gone the way before". I am very happy that I can follow people like you!

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            #6
            Interim Conclusion I

            2nd 30-days-training period is over. The first went very well: I had wanted 20 days of training in 30 days and I managed to do 21. Therefore I decided to skip ahead to the final goal of a sustainable training regime of 24/30 instead of setting up a goal of 21/30 for the second period. I ended up with 19 days of training. Which is not satisfactory.

            On the other hand: I have struggled so often with my goals and always managed to start again, I am rather optimistic and in relaxed mood. Was it Woody Allen who said once: "it is very easy to give up smoking, I have succeeded many times."

            I heard a lot of interesting things concerning training in some podcasts of Firas Zahabi recently who in my eyes is an extraordinary athlete not only being an extremely successful MMA trainer but being able to quote St. Augustine, Sokrates or Islamic philosophy with ease as well (and I believe he has understood what these thinkers were saying). So I intend to follow his advice discussing a book by Steven Covey, prioritize differently and examine my daily routine in the next month thoroughly. Is this is the daily routine of somebody who sincerely wants to become fit?

            Goals for the next 30 days: 24 days of training, finishing my first program Vitality + running 3 times a week + training a little bit of Karate at least once a week.

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              #7
              Interim Conclusion II and random musings

              Hmmm - did I really write finishing Vitality is to be done in this last 30 days period? I guess I should forget about that and be content with my achievements compared to the last interim conclusion.

              Without further ado:
              24 days of training out of 30: achieved - that was the main goal and I am very satisfied because I achieved it after a very slow start into the period.
              Karate - not enough training. I have to work on that.
              Running went more or less as planned. According to the plan I follow on and off (Bingham/Hadfield, Running for Mortals) I had to run 4 times a week and I succeeded, so actually I ran more than I had planned. I am inchworming my distance up and my pace down. Sort of :-) But there won't be any races in the foreseeable future anyway so there is plenty of time to train. What surprises me is that the actual running time is so much less than the time one has to spend: redress, warming up, cooling down, redress...

              I am reading Arnold Schwarzeneggers autobiography at the moment and I am surprised how all these bodybuilders could train 5 hours a day - every day! Without suffering from permanent overtraining or fatigue injuries. (Ok that is not a problem I will have to face soon.)

              Goals for the next 30 days:
              Main Goal: 24 days of training
              Continue the running programme of Bingham/Hadfield
              Regularly reminding myself of Covey and checking if my priorities are still set right. Avoid losing grip on my training (again).
              Getting close to the end of Vitality
              Working out some kind of plan to keep me training karate on a regular basis although the lockdown may persist.



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                #8
                Well done on achieving your 24/30 goal!

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                  #9
                  @ Anek Thank you very much!

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                    #10
                    Struggling a wee bit at the moment. The printed out sheet 30 daily dares that I attach next to my writing desk to cross out the days I have trained (I have the goal of train 24 days out of 30) is more empty then full so far and that worries me a bit because then much too often the sweet voice kicks in and says very temptingly 'this 30 days period is butchered (I hope this word is right - had to look it up - the expression which describes such matters that I learned while studying in Scotland is rated vulgar at the dictionary) anyway, the goal cannot be achieved any more, so let it go and start again in 15 days. However writing that down in the log has already silenced the sweet voice, tomorrow is another day and the right day to get back on track.

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                      #11
                      A question if someone who may read this once bothers to answer: I am not into social media at all except for the Hive if that counts, and therefore I do not know the significance of a "like". Do you like extensively if you find something nice or does a 'like' mean that you fully and strongly agree? I cannot express this as precisely as I would like to, unfortunately; still I hope that I have expressed what I am unsure about.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Botenlauben View Post
                        A question if someone who may read this once bothers to answer: I am not into social media at all except for the Hive if that counts, and therefore I do not know the significance of a "like". Do you like extensively if you find something nice or does a 'like' mean that you fully and strongly agree? I cannot express this as precisely as I would like to, unfortunately; still I hope that I have expressed what I am unsure about.
                        Personally I use the like button as my check-list of which post I already read. That's is only possible in the Hive, cause almost every post is likable here. Lot's of positivity and even if someone had a bad day, I like it, cause it is a good thing to open up about it...

                        In the end it is up to you... how you use the likes...

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                          #13
                          btw:
                          welcome

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                            #14
                            HellYeah Thank you very much for your answer, makes perfect sense to me. I totally agree - in the Hive actually everything is likeable!.

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                              #15
                              I use the like in the Hive as a way to say "well done, keep it up" so that even if I don't always comment in someone's thread, people know that I read it and I am cheering for them

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