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Progress Journals & Experimental Routines / Re: Age vs Vertical
« on: September 20, 2019, 10:52:17 am »
19 September 2019

Bodyweight@session : ???
Soreness : legs still sore, also abs and lower back, new DOMS biceps and traps
Injuries/aches : none

1½ hours full court basketball.
Back at the hardwood , last time was late November 2018, early December i had the spine injury.
Got destroyed, stamina-wise, forgot how demanding basketball is. I thought i was at a good fitness condition but im not even close. Couldn't even move afterwards and im a next day lol.
On the bright side, this is a cardiovascular training that i could never replicate while running, so 1 week day of that should help the 5K training too.
Back/spine was fine, although i think that subconsciously i was holding back the jumps and back-powered-block outs, not a lot, like buffered at 90%. At some point i realized it ( it became conscious ) but thought it was wise so kept it. No rush.
Finally, damnnnn, i love playing ball so much, grateful i can still do it.

Progress Journals & Experimental Routines / Re: Age vs Vertical
« on: September 19, 2019, 05:31:46 am »
18 September 2019

Bodyweight@session : ~84kg
Soreness : still legs lats chest abs and lower back but all diminishing
Injuries/aches : none

10@10kg each hand
10@12,5kg each hand
10@15kg each hand
10@15kg each hand

12 each hand @ 12,5kg
12 each hand @ 12,5kg
12 each hand @ 12,5kg



7km @ 15 minutes

Progress Journals & Experimental Routines / Re: Age vs Vertical
« on: September 18, 2019, 08:57:24 am »
17 September  2019

Bodyweight@session : ???
Soreness : quads, glutes, abductors, chest, lats, abs, lower back. FML!
Injuries/aches : left trap @ 95% or so
Dew point : 16'C (26'C / 55%RH )

-RUN 5km @ 32'29''
-Jog/walk 1km @ 8'13''

TOTAL : 6km @ 40'42''

Nice, 'comfortable' pace now dropped to 6'30''. Lungs were up for faster but legs were sore so kept it easy. Dew point was bad again too.

Progress Journals & Experimental Routines / Re: Age vs Vertical
« on: September 17, 2019, 04:06:31 am »
^^^ Yes they do. Race is in 1 month, gotta up the intensity, tempos and fartleks + slow long runs for recovery FTW.

Oh and some weights!  ;D

16 September 2019

Bodyweight@session : 84kg
Soreness : none
Injuries/aches : none

10@10kg ( -30 kg )
10@20kg ( -20 kg )
10@30kg ( -10 kg )

10@40kg ( -10 kg )
10@45kg ( -5 kg )
10@55kg ( +5 kg )

10@41kg ( -12 kg )
10@47kg  ( -6 kg )

3x15 @ BW

3x15 @ BW

Started easy. Not at all in the mood for pain-at-every-contraction DOMS.

Progress Journals & Experimental Routines / Re: Age vs Vertical
« on: September 16, 2019, 11:51:26 am »
13 September  2019

Bodyweight@session : ???
Soreness : none
Injuries/aches : left trap @ 95% or so
Dew point : 8'C (27'C / 30%RH )

-RUN 3km @ 6'52'' average km pace
Walk ~200m
C1a: 200m hill sprint @ 90%
C1b: walk back 200m
-C1 info : 3 rounds
-Slow jog the remaining ~200m to round it up to 4,5km

TOTAL : 4.5km @ 33'08''

Huge improvement. Went 'comfortable' at the run which landed a little below 7'/km. Felt easier than what 7'30'' felt two days ago. HIIT was nice too.
Dew point was insanely better though so maybe that is what matters most...

Basketball / Re: 2019 Basketball World Cup
« on: September 16, 2019, 11:36:01 am »
^^^Not really. I think that is is not a coincidence that neither France or Serbia reached the final.
It is as simple as that, this USA was a mediocre and unbalanced team, big pity for Popovic, he deserved a real 1st class team USA roster.

Progress Journals & Experimental Routines / Re: Age vs Vertical
« on: September 12, 2019, 12:03:56 pm »
A left trapezoid pull-strain , a 3-days-gastrenteritis with a trap re-injury and a weekend away later ( aka 2 weeks forced derail ):

11 September  2019

Bodyweight@session : ???
Soreness : none
Injuries/aches : left trap @ 95% or so
Dew point : 17'C (25'C / 60%RH )

SLOW RUN 5KM @ 37'29''

Went out to do a slow run and check A) if my ( feeling healed ) trap can handle it B) at what state my lungs and legs are detrained

The good news : trap didnt bug at all, i can run at will. And that wasn't granted at all, the first week i felt pain when walking and breathing, as if the back of the ribs were broken.
The bad news : this very slow 7'30''/km pace felt really challenging and difficult. Dew point was bad ok, but it should be easier. Maybe just a bad day, we'll see next time.

Only 40 days left till the race, gotta step my game up.

Progress Journals & Experimental Routines / Re: a fast and explosive donkey!
« on: September 12, 2019, 11:45:09 am »
I might be in for the Marathon too, date is pretty suitable, i was ( faintly ) planning a London visit somewhere around then ( was thinking 1-2 months later but close ).
Just saying  8)

Progress Journals & Experimental Routines / Re: Age vs Vertical
« on: August 29, 2019, 05:45:56 am »
28 August 2019

Bodyweight@session : ???
Soreness : legs destroyed. mostly VMOs and glutes ( 4.5/5). Chest and lats very sore too.
Injuries/aches : none
Dew point : 13'C (30'C / 36%RH )

SLOW RUN 6KM @ 44'57''

Pumping up the volume at the 2nd workout of the season annihilated my legs. The usual stuff, pain at every muscle contraction, a little limping etc. Chest and lats destroyed too, chest hurting even while running, just from the strides vibration.
Had no other option than a slow recovery run. Pity coz the dew point was good today. Oh well, no rush.

Yes, that pepper is fugly ( or uniquely gorgeus, depends on the perspective )! I resemble it withvenomous snakes/insects etc, it visually yells 'DON'T EAT ME!". Besides the extreme hotness, it is damn tasty too. Fruity and intense, full bodied taste. We like to eat them raw, with a little olive oil and vinegar. We chop it in very thin slices and then chop each (circular) slice to 4 , that's about the right quantity someone (experienced in hot stuff ) can handle.

The insects i am referring to are aphids :
Those tiny little bastards create 'colonies at the back of big leafs, but they are too small to chew them, they climb up to the tender new small ones and eat those. Which causes the plant to stop growing and eventually die. But they are somewhat easy to deal with, i don't even use commercial medicine. The most common thing to do is mix 1 lt of water and one tablespoon of soap and alcohol, then spray the leaves with that. Pretty efficient, kills them instantly. Problem is those bastards hide/live in the moist soil, so eventually they come back. They are very hard to spot, so when you realize they are back you re-spray and re-kill them, but it is often too late, they have eaten the tender new stuff. If the plant is strong, it spurts new branches at other spots which eventually become trunk(s), but each one of those iterations throws you more or less 2-3 weeks behind ( in terms of plant development ).

Progress Journals & Experimental Routines / Re: Age vs Vertical
« on: August 28, 2019, 05:57:06 am »
27 August 2019

Bodyweight@session : 84,5kg
Soreness : legs sore all over
Injuries/aches : none

10@40kg ( +30 kg )
10@40kg ( +20 kg )
10@40kg ( +10 kg )

10@50kg ( +15 kg )
10@50kg ( +10 kg )
10@50kg ( +5 kg )

10@53kg ( +12 kg )
10@53kg ( +6kg )

Last week's ramp-up top set = this week's working load for all sets. Niiiiceeeee.

Progress Journals & Experimental Routines / Re: Age vs Vertical
« on: August 27, 2019, 06:41:09 am »
26 August 2019

Bodyweight@session : ???
Soreness : legs still sore from weights last Thursday. Abdouctors/adductors, glutes and quads.
Injuries/aches : none
Dew point : 22'C (32'C / 55%RH )

RUN 5KM @ 33'50''
JOG 1KM @ 8'

Went out to do a 5K at 'comfortable' pace to see where i am. Landed at 6'45'' average km pace. Not bad at all considering the weather was awful, i've run in those conditions again but last night it felt worse.

Ok here is a bit of general info about my little farm hahaha. For reference, weather here is something like NYC or DC, probably a bit warmer, but nothing like LA or Miami. Warm summers ( often above 40 celsium ) but also cold winters (not much snow, 5-10 snowing days per year on average, but regular below zero (Celsium) at nights). Warm(ish) weather goes from April till November.

So , i keep about 3-4 pots at home and 3-4 pots at work. My plan each year is to have one 'normal' hot breed ( usually cayenne or sth like that ), one 'weird'/experimental, and all the others i grow the badass beasts , Trinidad scorpion and carolina reaper.
The last ones are way too hot. Scorpion is eatable and eventually you get used to the burn, but carolina reaper is a pure beast, we do eat it but it always burns the same insanely much, we call the taste and feel 'toxic'.
This year my 'normal' breed  failed ( repeated insect attacks that i wasnt able to repel ).
My 'experimental' breed this year is the white fatalii. It was also severely attacked by insects but i saved it, it is now giving peppers.
The carolina reapers and scorpions are going good too.

Generally it was a weird year here , i hear this from other amature farmers. It took too long to get warm , so the beginning was very slow , and then it got too hot too sudden. Plants were like in constant shock. Or it was just a bad year, idk. Things look more balanced now. Days are still long and hot but not to the extreme.

In my experience , the scorpion is the strongest breed of them all. It can stand the heat and the cold much better. It produces lots of peppers and for a very long time. It usually gives pepper till December where eventually freezing nights get it down. It is also a multi-year plant, in December you chop it almost to the ground but then it gives new leaves that evolve to new stem/trunk. I higlhy recommend it as a great overall choice ( very hot , very strong , very productive ).

Thats about all for a quick intro  ;D

Im growing hot peppers at my balcony, many different breeds. This year i added cherry-tomatoes. All in pots, if you learn the basics its super easy.

awesome. how many variations do you have? also how often do they produce peppers?

i'm most interested in peppers, i eat them with every meal hah.

I see yet another adarq-skwad forming. Or should i say farming?  :P


jajaja. i like it. sounds like you should lead this farm squad.. :ninja:

i might get a few things this weekend!

my brother has a plot in a community garden near his place in connecticut. he brought down some of his hot peppers to the beach this week and we've been throwing them in different stuff, for example his gf made mango salsa with jalapeño yesterday that is good as hell.

awesome! that salsa you mentioned is making me hungry af. could crush some blue corn chips in some spicy mango salsa right now.

my boss has done that a few times and i'm always impressed by the quality of the home grown veggies. really makes you want to get into it. his mom once brought down some hot peppers and i crushed a ton of them with crackers and cheese, was so good. i remember it well because they were so good.

reminds me of what you just mentioned.

something my gf and i have been talking about doing in the UK. even if we don't have enough space in our place (likely), we could join a community garden. very good plan.

pretty cool man.

you look around yet? some good ones near by?

ironically, i checked one out today. Boca Raton Community Garden has a decent sized lot, but surprised that there's not more growing there. I think Coral Springs had a smaller lot with much more growing there. Lots of plant hippies in coral springs, it's cool.

i might get some simple stuff this weekend just to get started :ninja: :ninja: :ninja:


Taking this over here from adarq's journal.
We already have a farming thread i see, but that one over there looks much more pro, we should have one for our own small scale stuff.

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