Monday, May 4, 2009

Week 12 - 100in1001

Well this week was the big move back home to KY. I'll be going back to the Triangle to teach at Duke in June and July, but I needed to get all my stuff out of the apartment so here I am. Spent most of the week disc golfing and packing things so not a whole lot of progress really.

My main concern at this point is some of the items have become outdated or unreasonable or some other excuse. I may continue graduate school (immediately or in the future), but until that time some of the list items just don't make sense. There is also so much reading that it is probably insurmountable in the time frame. I think I will go through the list soon and pare down some items. I'm still not up to an actual 100 things so I'm going to have to think hard about some things to add! One thing I'm putting on now is being able to jump rope for ten minutes straight. I remember my Uncle Mike telling me about how he took on this challenge when he was younger due to some fitness expert saying it's a measure of being in really good shape. Mike said it definitely is hard and it took him some time to build up. I figure this is a great addition to my pilates and 100 push-ups so up it goes!

1 comment:

  1. Well, this is your Uncle Mike here, moved to testify about this rope jumping challenge. Yes, the statistic was 10 minutes with a weighted jump rope. This means the kind that has inch-long plastic sleeves enveloping the rope. Inertia makes it feel heavier as you jump. Anyway, yes, I scoffed at this challenge, initially, thinking it would be a snap to do. I wasn't super fit at the time, but I also wasn't eating a lot of sugary donuts either (like the tie in?). So when I couldn't get past the 4 minute mark my first time out, I realized this was true. I started listening to music while jumping, using Rush's "La Villa Strangiato" as my soundtrack. Not only was it good up-tempo music to motivate me, but that one song was something like 7 minutes and 35 seconds in duration. It helped me get to the 7 minute mark. Oh, and 35 seconds, too. Eventually I did get to 10 minutes, but it was challenging for me. Maybe not someone like Alex who's considerably leaner and meaner than I ever was, but it's something to try that's more interesting than trying to drink a gallon of milk in one hour.