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Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags on May 3, 2013 by ctkwingchun

Car in the shop.  Oil and tires.  Order a new wheel bearing.

Two-hour lunch gap.

Running home ≠ inconvenience.

Work clothes ≠ inconvenience.

I.  Am.  Opportunistic.


Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , on November 25, 2012 by ctkwingchun

What’s the point of running a trail race if the organizers don’t know the course, aren’t at their post, and send me and two other guys in the wrong direction?

I feel strangely upset about it and am having a hard time letting it go.

So I send it out into the ether in hopes that I will be able to come to terms with it all.

I can tell the story, b*tch out the organizers – but it just doesn’t matter.  Because I’m a loser.  Because of somebody else.

And that hurts.


Talk Test

Posted in Health and Wellness with tags , , , , , , , on September 4, 2012 by ctkwingchun

It is a common response, in the fitness industry, when asked, “How hard should I be going at it?” to be, “Make sure you can still talk.  If you can’t talk, you’re going too hard.”


If you can still talk, breathe, feel your legs underneath you and still have the ability to comprehend my instructions (which is why I might be yelling at you) – you ain’t working hard enough.

’nuff said.


Haven’t Trained Much…

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , on May 29, 2012 by ctkwingchun

It’s been a few weeks – maybe a month.

Haven’t ran through the forms, played the dummy or hit the heavy bag.  No sparring.

Still doing the 100 burpees for 100 days challenge.  Almost half-way through.  Chi Sau every 1-2 weeks.  Sprints here and there.  7.5km trail run – fourth one done in preparation for the race this Saturday.

Work has been busy, which is good.  Late nights.  Tired.

Take me somewhere nice.

What My Toilet Brain Thinks When Trail Running

Posted in Health and Wellness with tags on May 8, 2012 by ctkwingchun
  • My knee hurts.
  • When will my back loosen up?
  • Amy told my wife to tell me not to sprain my ankle.
  • It’s slippery today.
  • I think my Under Armour is chaffing my nipples.
  • Head up, keep the feet moving and follow the yellow markers.
  • If in doubt as to where the trail is going, go up.
  • All this fancy footwork will improve my kung-fu (and then I slipped).
  • My shirt is definitely chaffing my nipples. Hope they don’t bleed.


While You Were Sleeping Part Two

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , on May 1, 2012 by ctkwingchun

While you were sleeping, I awoke with my dog and drove to the trail.  2km jog in, 5.5km hike around the loop and 2km jog out on the old Blueberry Express railway that was used to bring mining and milling materials to the Shore from the Valley.  Hike portion is rated 5/5.  Time was 1hr18min.  I still have four weeks until race day and need to shave off 15 minutes.

Post-run, I performed Day 19 of the 100 Burpees for 100 days challenge.

While you were sleeping.


Rain; Did You Do Your Best Today?

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , , on April 27, 2012 by ctkwingchun

The rain fell hard this morning.  In fact, I don’t think it really fell with all that wind – instead it pummeled.  Horizontally.

Looking out past the porch at the back door moments before I would go downstairs to hit the heavy bag, I thought, ‘I’m not going out in that.’

One hour later, post forms and heavy bag, I finished off my burpees outside on the porch.

Sweating, I thought, ‘I’m already wet with sweat.  What’s the difference?’  And with that, I laced up my Pegasus.


The Little Things

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training with tags , on February 22, 2012 by ctkwingchun

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.
Paul Dudley White (1886 – 1973) – an American physician and cardiologist

Perhaps three weeks it’s been since I’ve been able to run.  Three weeks seemed like an eternity.  At first I couldn’t even dance in front of my heavy bag, but that returned quickly.  A bummed knee wouldn’t stop me from working out in some fashion, but there’s something ethereal about sprints.  They hurt.  They push me to my limit.  And I love the feeling.

So here I am, three-or-so weeks later, sprinting up a storm – and I won’t slack even for a second because I am reminded that in an instant it could all disappear.  It’s those little things…


Barefoot Ted / Running and Fighting On Your Toes

Posted in Health and Wellness with tags , , , on December 6, 2011 by ctkwingchun
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