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April 28th, 2004 by

swam 750 yards (30 laps) this morning. ariele (one of the people i TA with) came with, although she left early because she was ill. she seems psyched to swim though, and we are going to go again friday morning (we both TA too early tomorrow morning) and this is probably a good thing. i miss swimming with jenny (and occasionally amittai) but having people around who have a stake in you going, at least to some marginal extent, is *huge* impetus for me to actually keep up with things. and i really like swimming, and i’m even willing to bet that it is pretty good for me.

it is just impressive that i can go to the pool at 7.30 am, swim for a while, then go home and still not be motivated to get up and go anywhere. bah. anyway. ta!

feeling embarassingly like a loser. ah well.

April 25th, 2004 by

swam yesterday, cause i finally got my swedish goggles from jenny.
only 350 yards, but a decent start. the pool here is outside. and there
is also a spa/hot tub thing as well, which is nice…

tried to go hiking today. totally died , maybe a mile in. bah. came down, got taken home. (for what it’s worth, it was a 12-14 mile hike, with 3600′ of elevation gain – was physically fine, but couldn’t breathe to save my life. and it was only going to get steeper….) meh. i feel like a giant loser, but hey, at least i now have a goal to work towards. um, this was the lower winter creek trail, up to mt wilson. very pretty. nice time of year for it, except, it was actually fairly hot. expected temperature at the summit was supposed ot be 84 degrees. damn. maybe i’m glad. except for the part where the 2-2.5 miles i actually went totally zonked me. ah well. i should try to swim again today, i suppose.


June 11th, 2003 by

this is easier if i do it daily. ah well.

swam on monday, 1000 yards. i only really do crawl and breaststroke, interspersed with using the kickboard and leg floaty thing (ie, restricting your use to your legs and your arms, respectively). i actually feel like i might be improving my strokes a little, which is good. no swimming this week though, cause the pool is closed. 😛

karate yesterday. more of the same. my kata is progressing reasonably. matt gave me some more good comments which i hope to be able to incorporate today. one of the things i want to work on the most is to just pick a speed to perform the kata it, and stick to it. i rush when i’m performing for judges, and then go too slow when i’m just doing it for commentary. and i need to work a couple of my stances more. but it seems to be progressing.

i wonder if wren-sensei and heath-sensei in berkeley will have anything to say about it. especially wren-sensei. she is amazing!


May 24th, 2003 by

i continue to be stupid lame.
i think too many social events and nasty weather are conspiring against me.

wednesday i did karate. and thursday i swam, which was a lot of fun, because it devolved into jenny hu and i acting like 7 year olds, and squirting each other with water and all sorts of fun. she also showed me how to do flipturns again, which was cool. i would guess i swam ~1000 yards. i know it was at least 800, and then i swam a bunch more but wasn’t keeping track.

a moment

May 9th, 2003 by

may 8th:1200 m swim

today: replaced punctured tire on bike (tire died on ride home from dangerhaus last night). patched punctured tire to create spare. cleaned and lubed bike a bit. funfun. hooray for tire levers!


May 6th, 2003 by

swam today, but only 900 meters, as i started to get a fairly bad stitch in my side. i keep staring at bananas in la verde’s on swimming days, and then not getting them. eit. must increase potassium intake!!

also finally went to aikido again. a bit sad that i haven’t been able to go in more than a week, but that’s life i guess. it was a smaller class today, the first time i have been to one this small, and that was kind of cool in it’s own way. i should also be able to go tomorrow, but then monday they are having a belt test, and i can’t go this friday or next wednesday, so tuesday next week will be the only learning day next week. ah well. seeing the testing should be a lot of fun and a cool experience in itself, as i have never seen an aikido test before.


May 5th, 2003 by

on sunday, i swam 1400 meters. it is cool that on the weekends they actually open up the lanes the long way. it is much harder to have only half the breaks. but probably good for me. i had one of those “euphoria” moments at about 1100 meters, the kind you get when/after running, when the endorphins kick in. it only lasted a little while, but it was cool nonetheless.


May 2nd, 2003 by

swam 1300 meters (or maybe yards. i can’t make anything tell me how long the short lengths are in the big z center pool). stan showed up for his swim at some point too.

walked from davis to harvard.


April 30th, 2003 by

today was swimming. swim time was cut short due to getting back late
from ice cream, and having to meet with laura after, but i went with
jenny and had time for 650 meters. i played with the kickboards and
the leg immobilizer thing today. when i use the leg widget (such that
i can only use my arms) i go a lot faster. weird. using the shallow
pool is always a bit odd, somehow i never feel like i have to do as
much work to keep “on top” of the pool. also, i was entertained as i
left the pool thinking “damn, i didn’t have time to do anything” that
it was 26 lengths of the pool, and that was about where i topped out
in utter tiredness when i was swimming last summer. cool.