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  • Swimming, 1.6 km. (I have been going before work, this time I went after which gave me longer to get more distance in.)
  • Climbing, 2.75 hours. Fun session; I was in good form. I went through a recent phase of not really getting any v4s at this gym; I now get a few and most of the v3s. That said, there is a V2 which requires either being tall or being flexible which I didn't get. (You need to plop your right foot somewhere near your head,…
  • Climb v5 more regularly. I very occasionally find one in exactly my style I can do, but it's a bit of a rare event.
  • Friday Swimming. 750 metres before breakfast. Saturday Climbing. Decent session, I got 3 v4s including a flash. The one I'm happiest with was a V3 overhang which is my anti-style (It was: a jump start to two small jugs with no feet; a campus move to bump up the right hand; a swing with the left leg to a chip way out left;…
  • Wednesday Climbing; 2.45 hours. Good fun, I got some hard routes. The one I'm most proud of is actually quite easy (maybe V3; it was graded V2 to v4). I couldn't work out the last move, so I climbed up to it on easy holds to find a body position that worked. Then I could work out how to move off the penultimate holds. (I…
  • My guess was 133 kgs, as lbs doesn't make a lot of sense.... ,(I think it would be a BMI of 15). I went climbing yesterday. I was strong. I sent a lot of stuff. I went for a swim this morning (1km). I seem to be getting a bit faster.
  • I forgot to mention to mention pull-ups, as they've had a few mentioned in the thread recently. I got quite good at them in lock-down (but not good enough to do a muscle up or a 1-armer.) I could do 2 reps with +25kgs, or 15 reps with body weight total fairly easily. I haven't trained them for a while. So I did a few sets…
  • Wednesday Climbing, 3 hours. Meh session. I tried hard, but wasn't very successful. Friday Swimming. This was before work, so I only had time for 750 metres. Saturday Caving. 4 hour trip. It was just a gentle nimble around Ogof Ffynnon Ddu (OFD) top , as it had been very damp and this bit of cave doesn't flood Sunday…
  • I had borderline diabetes; high cholesterol and borderline high blood pressure. I lost around 45 pounds in 3 months; and all my blood markers became normal with no medication. The wright has stayed off; and my bloodwork has remained good. (The diet started exactly 5 years ago.)
  • I went climbing yesterday. I got a bit carried away in a 3 hour session, going as hard as I am capable of. It actually wasn't a brilliant session, although I got two v3 projects.
  • We need jungle, I'm afraid https://youtu.be/isiVdlz8bDY?si=MhXZWVTxQTeWKvJo
  • Climbing. 2.5 hours. We did a fun drill. You find an intense climb you expect to get. You climb it as many times as possible in 5 minutes, doing press ups between reps. You rest for 5 minutes, and then do the same on another climb. We repeated 6 times, so that it took 60 minutes. With warm up and stretching , it was 150…
  • Blood pressure varies throughout the day. I personally get white coat hypertension; I am scared of doctors. So medical readings can be slightly high for me. So a single systolic reading of 120 doesn't sound alarming. However I am not a medical doctor, I am a random chap on the internet.
  • Climbing, 2 hours. Gravity was back to normal; it was really good fun. It is always a relief to mind that really bad form was just transitory. This gym (Yellow Spider, previously called Craggy Island) is easily the most friendly of the London gyms. Maybe it's because it is more local, so the same people go regularly.
  • Sunday Lifting. Carried on my linear progression from very light weights. (Squat 70 kgs, deadlift 90 kgs, bench 40 kgs, loads of hang boarding). Monday Climbing. I was in terrible form and fell off everything. My attempt at a bay hang was fun, though - I'd never even tried one before. (You hang upside down from your legs…
  • I got my first two scuba dives of the year in. It was just in a quarry, so no yoi exciting. The air temperature was nice (12 centigrade), but the water was a distinctly bracing 5C. Two dives, both shallow (15m max), both around 45 minutes.
  • I lifted last night. It was my first lifting session in a while. I use free weights, which I keep in my shed. I had a bunch of miscellaneous nonsense in my shed recently, whilst my kitchen was being rebuilt. The kitchen is now done, so I can use the shed again. (@mtararoot , I have virtually no experience with machines,…
  • I normally spray my coffee (always for espresso, less reliably for filter). It is known as the Ross Droplet Technique (RDT). It reduces static, so slightly improves consistency. There was a recent academic article on it https://www.cell.com/matter/fulltext/S2590-2385(23)00568-4 Some coffee Youtubers did various summaries,…
  • Climbing, 3 hours. Good fun. I was stronger than normal. I was good at thuggy, strength based climbs; normally I find them hard, but they've been easier the last few sessions.
  • I don't really make traditional cold brew. I have a widget I keep in my freezer I can plop pour over through for very nice ice coffee. (One of these: https://shop.squaremilecoffee.com/products/coldwave) Here is my espresso corner of my dining room: This is mid-shot. (The Decent machine has an Android tablet on top of it,…
  • I get 700g of beans delivered each week (350g espresso; 350g filter). I use Square Mile, a London company, who send a different type each week. My favourite is probably relatively acidic light roasted ones, like Kenyans. I do like a naturally processed one now and again, but I wouldn't want all my coffee natural. (Most is…
  • Friday was climbing. I was not in good form, Ialthough I was OK at slab. (Slab is not real climbing .) Saturday was domestic nonsense, which entailed moving loads of furniture. Sunday was a day off exercise, so I did a 10 mile walk around Frensham Little Pond. It is a bit of Surrey that looks like the Highlands of…
  • Yesterday was a rest day, so 6 miles' walk and 750 metres relatively slow swim.
  • That Smart BMI thing seems to think I should gain a little weight. I think I disagree; I climb worse when I'm bigger. I personally think Roy Taylor's approach is sensible; what is healthy varies a lot by person; hence there is a Personal Fat Threshold one should not exceed. I know a BMI of 27 is unhealthy for me; and 21…
  • @AwesomeSquirrel Where do you climb? I tend to do a lot of indoor bouldering these days, as I live just outside London and there loads of gyms, so it's convenient.
  • I really am pretty poor at logging. Here is some recent stuff: Wednesday Climbing, 3 hours. It was a high gravity days; I was out of form. Friday Climbing, 3.5 hours. Decent, I got a load of v3s and one v4. I also probably did around 12 miles' walking; due to a slight miscalculation about where the gym was. <Non-temporal…
  • I went climbing on Saturday. I didn't really warm up, and by a strange coincidence I was really bad for the first hour or so. I then improved massively, flashed a load of v3s; and got loads of v4s. I cheated on one (you start at a strand angle with your left foot on the same hold as the left hand). I couldn't immediately…
  • Here are a coupe of pictures from the Via Ferrata. The first is the wire bridge, where I went too slowly initially. That caused a lot of wobble; it got a lot better when I speeded up after that. The second is on the rock; that was all very chilled out. All the climbing was easy. There were a couple of ovehangs, but they…
  • I have been active recently, but poor at logging. Here is some recent stuff: 29 December I flew to Barcelona to visit my brother. Yellow Spider, a climbing gym, is sort of en route to Gatwick. So I stopped off for a 2.5 hour climb before the flight. It was good, I was in form 30 December I visited the Sharma climbing gym…
  • I flashed a v4 at climbing recently. It's not much; but it is definitely progress. I had blood work done recently (covering lipids, blood count, liver function and kidney function.) Everything was in the normal range, with some things like LDL cholesterol bring pretty low. This is in contrast to 5.5 years ago, pre-diet,…
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