The Training Journal of thekennection

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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 4:14 am  |  No Comments »

 

Took A Risk, Injured Wrist

This isn’t good. I injured my right wrist while snowboarding last night, and it’s slightly swollen, kinda sore, and inconsistently “clicky”… Meaning when I rotate my wrist in different random directions, it makes a faint clicking sound that can be felt more than it can be heard. I’ve got lacerations on the wrist bone, too; I’m guessing that’s either from sharp flakes of ice grinding up on my skin during the crash, or they came from my wrist bending at an angle it wasn’t supposed to.

The accident itself played out like one of the crash scenes from the recently wrapped 2010 Winter Olympic ski events. I took the ramp hard & fast—faster than I’ve ever taken a jump before; a careless mistake on my part—tucked in for some clean air, and stomped the landing. But that’s where things started to take a turn for the worse. I don’t know if it was a newly uncovered ice patch (since I had taken this same exact jump with no problem several continuous laps prior) or just my uncontrolled speed that sent me fishtailing, but fishtail I DID.

I tried to recover, but soon I found myself facing up the mountain toward the ramp I just cleared, my back to the resort below. Now I consider myself to be a fairly experienced snowboarder, but I just haven’t gotten around yet to learning how to board BACKWARDS. In a split second, my heel edge caught clumped snow and sent me flying backwards through the air. I immediately began to tumble violently down the slope, my arms flailing and my beanie & goggles launching into the sky. It felt as if I was doing backflips on the snow, not unlike the moment when the nose of your surfboard dips beneath the water and sends your body crashing & wheeling under the rolling force of the wave above and behind you.

And then my head punched the ground. The back of my head, to be precise. Somewhere between all the tumbling and my momentum-less body resting at a stop next to a slide box, the back of my head cracked into the icy terrain upon which Mt. High was built. The impact resonated throughout my body, tingling every bone that touched another. I don’t know which to be worried more about: my potentially sprained or fractured wrist or the bump on my head that could be a sign of abnormal intracranial pressure/concussion.

As much as my wrist is swollen, I can’t stop thinking about the possibility of my brain swelling even more inside my skull. Never again will I attempt jumps or jibs without strapping on a helmet; consider this lesson LEARNED. The only question left to beg is this: how do I know when it’s time to go into the doctor’s and get my head checked?

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Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 11:00 pm  |  No Comments »

 

Shoulder & Chest Strength Training - 0.8 hours - March 1, 2010

Military Press: 65 lbs. x15; 85 lbs. x8

Lateral Raises: 50 lbs. x15; 70 lbs. x10

Benchpress: 95 lbs. x15; 115 lbs. x10

Workout:

  • Type: Strength Training
  • Date: 03/01/2010
  • Time: 23:00:00
  • Total Time: 00:45:00.00
  • Calories: 333

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Sunday, February 28th, 2010 at 2:24 am  |  No Comments »

 

End of the Week PUSH - 0.8 hours - February 26, 2010

This past week was an unprecedented 7-day exercise marathon for me. I went the entire week doing some kind of strenuous physical activity or workout of some kind, without skipping a single day. Even though I’ve never really done that before (not counting recess every day in elementary school), I felt pretty comfortable pushing my body to that limit; a year’s worth of MMA made sure I could withstand that kind of punishment. Honestly, it’s much more of a mental game than a physical one after day 4.

In any case, I’m proud of myself and what I accomplished fitness-wise last week. I’m totally game for another week-long consecutive exercise marathon! Anybody care to join me? >:D Here’s the breakdown: 4-mile run on Saturday, 2 back-to-back league basketball games on Sunday, weight lifting on Monday, night snowboarding on Tuesday, more weight lifting on Wednesday, neverending 24 Hour Fitness basketball on Thursday, and yet another weight lifting sesh on Friday. Needed to take a rest day the following Saturday before starting it all over again on Sunday with our next game of league basketball.



[Friday's Workout]

Free Motion Calf Extensions: 60 lbs. x20; 80 lbs. x20

Lat Pulldown: 80 lbs. x15; 100 lbs. x10

Ab Crunch: 90 lbs. x25; 95 lbs. x20

Chest Cable Pulls: 45 lbs. x20; 60 lbs. x20

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 10:30 pm  |  No Comments »

 

Post-SOREboarding Workout - 0.5 hours - February 24, 2010

Still sore from snowboarding last night, even after 2 impromptu naps during the day… I’m pretty sure most of the soreness is actually leftover from Saturday’s 4-mile run, Sundays back-to-back basketball league games, and Monday’s regular workout routine all compacted with Tuesday evening’s slope sesh.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m in dire need of a back massage.



Dual Axis Row: 60 lbs. x10; 75 lbs. x10

Downward Cable Pulls [Pectoral Fly]: 45 lbs. x15; 60 lbs. x15

Dip Machine: 120 lbs. x20; 150 lbs. x20

Workout:

  • Type: Strength Training
  • Date: 02/24/2010
  • Time: 22:30:00
  • Total Time: 00:30:00.00
  • Calories: 222

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Monday, February 22nd, 2010 at 11:00 pm  |  No Comments »

 

The Monday Grind - 0.8 hours - February 22, 2010

I’m still surprised at how many people are sticking to their New Year’s fitness resolutions. Mondays are as packed as ever at the gym, and the ratio seems to be quite even at 50/50 women to men. Granted all the girls are on machines that have either buttons or pedals, but at least they’re proving that my ‘most people who make fitness-related resolutions fall off the grid by February’ theory might have been a bit under-investigated.

Hmmm…



Chest Press: 90 lbs. x20; 110 lbs. x15; 130 lbs. x12; 150 lbs. x10

Barbell Bicep Curls: 40 lbs. x20; 45 lbs. x15

Tricep Extensions: 50 lbs. x20; 60 lbs. x20

Workout:

  • Type: Strength Training
  • Date: 02/22/2010
  • Time: 23:00:00
  • Total Time: 00:45:00.00
  • Calories: 333

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Saturday, February 20th, 2010 at 6:00 pm  |  No Comments »

 

Running Through MY Village - 0.8 hours - February 20, 2010

Bird's-eye view of the Kenneth Village Run.

Bird's-eye view of the Kenneth Village Run.

http://www.mapmyrun.com/view_workout?w=377126672070010191


It’s been awhile since I’ve logged any workouts/runs* in here. I definitely wanna start this up again for 2010, so logging this regular-paced run I completed with my brother Roland this past weekend (who needs to train for the upcoming L.A. Marathon) is the perfect way to get the ball rolling. The area we ran through was named ‘Kenneth Village,’ too. What a perfect way to kick things off. :D

[*There's gonna be a lot of back-logging happening in the days to come as I go back in time and input every missing workout & run that I never had the chance to keep record of in this training journal, all the way to last summer's 2009 Europe trip. The one I most look forward to logging? Last year's O.C. Half Marathon. That should give my total mileage count a good boost!]

Workout:

  • Type: Run
  • Date: 02/20/2010
  • Time: 18:00:00
  • Total Time: 00:50:00.00
  • Calories: 415
  • Distance: 3.8 miles
  • Average Pace: 13:09.47/mile

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  No Comments »

 

Double Eight Run - 0.3 hours - July 21, 2009

8-ball around the neighborhood blocks.

8-ball around the neighborhood blocks.

http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/us/ca/los%20angeles/931124828564272680

Workout:

  • Type: Run
  • Date: 07/21/2009
  • Time: 09:00:00
  • Total Time: 00:15:00.00
  • Calories: 118
  • Distance: 0.88 miles
  • Average Pace: 17:02.73/mile

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at 12:00 am  |  No Comments »

 

All-around Strength Training - 0.5 hours - June 24, 2009

Bicep dumbbell curls: 20 lbs. - 20 reps - 1 set per arm

Bicep dumbbell curls: 30 lbs. - 10 reps - 1 set per arm

Bicep barbell curls: 55 lbs. - 10 reps - 1 set

Iso-Lateral Wide Chest forward press [pecs & tris]: 90 lbs. - 20 reps - 2 sets

Free motion calf exercises: 120 lbs. - 40 reps - 1 set

Seated leg press [quads, gluts, hams]: 155 lbs. - 20 reps - 1 set

Seated leg press [quads, gluts, hams]: 175 lbs. - 20 reps - 1 set

Ab crunches: 100 lbs. - 25 reps - 1 set

Workout:

  • Type: Strength Training
  • Date: 06/24/2009
  • Time: 00:00:00
  • Total Time: 00:30:00.00
  • Calories: 222

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 at 8:40 am  |  No Comments »

 

Eagle Vista Lite - 0.3 hours - June 23, 2009

First time I’ve worked out since getting the dreaded flu on Thursday of last week. Decided to get back into it lightly for fear of getting sick again… That said, I feel great and I’m confident I’ll be fully recovered very soon. =]

A light morning run...

A light morning run...

http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/us/ca/los%20angeles/529124583228194574

Basketball warm up

Run: 1 park lap

Forward rolls x12

Pushups x20

Russian twists x20

Jack knives x20

Crunches x40

Workout:

  • Type: General Cardio
  • Date: 06/23/2009
  • Time: 08:40:00
  • Total Time: 00:15:00.00
  • Calories: 137

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 7:30 am  |  No Comments »

 

Eagle Vista Route - 0.3 hours - June 17, 2009

After a basketball warm up, this is the park route I ran the morning before I got sick with the flu for the remainder of the week(end).

Full park run!

Full park run!

http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/us/california/los+angeles/665124583401334102

Workout:

  • Type: Run
  • Date: 06/17/2009
  • Time: 07:30:00
  • Total Time: 00:15:00.00
  • Calories: 118
  • Distance: 0.88 miles
  • Average Pace: 17:02.73/mile

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