Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby Mista » Wed Sep 01, 2021 9:02 pm

My weight loss project is going slowly but well - I have lost 8 kilos so far this year.

In June, as the gyms started opening up again, I finally managed to buy some weightlifting equipment. I don't do the heavy liftling it seems everyone here is doing, I prefer less weight and more repetitions, but having some weight is a lot better than none, even if my main goal is mobility rather than strength. When it comes to weightlifting, I appreciate the effect a lot more than the actual activity, so I started out with a small program of 4 different exercises, all with ten reps and three rounds, which I do once a week after running a coopertest. I'm currently working with 14 kg. Later in the summer, I added another small program, focusing on core muscles, which I do on another weekday.

I've also revived some of my goals from last year. Sports arrangements are now allowed (with restrictions) here in Norway, which means that I'll be running a 5 km race this weekend. My goal is to finish below 30 minutes, or at least below 31.08, which is my current personal record. I ran 2.12 km in 12 minutes a week ago, so I think it's within reach. On a good day, at least.

Two weeks later, I'll be running my first 10 km race. When I was looking at this earlier this year, I discovered that Oslo Marathon were arranging "virtual editions" of their races during the pandemic, so I have participated in a couple of those. A virtual race does involve actual running, but you have to do it on your own or with your friends or family, register the time and distance on your sports watch or through their app, and then send in the results. So I did this and ran a 10 km race on my own at Easter and again in May, which means that I have a sort of personal record: 1h13. My goal this time will be 1h10. I had to report my expected (realistic) completion time to them, because we will be divided into covid-restriction cohorts based on it, and I chose the option 1h10-1h00, so it will be a little embarrassing if I can't make it.

One thing I discovered when running those virtual races, was that I couldn't run continuously for much more than 1 km. The main reason for that was that I had a tendency to run too fast, and that's something I have been working on this summer. And that's where languages come in, because audiobooks are great to have when you need to force yourself to run as slowly as possible. It's also how I got into the habit of running cooper tests weekly, because I wanted to experiment with how fast I could run and still keep going for 12 minutes without taking walking breaks. My running routine this summer, then, has been one cooper test a week and one slow and continuous jog with audiobook. I have increased gradually the distance of that jogging session, and lately I have been doing 6.7 km. I haven't actually run as far as 10 km since that virual race in May, so for the upcoming race, I guess I will have to depend on my newly improved ability to evaluate and adjust my speed.
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby IronMike » Thu Sep 02, 2021 1:15 pm

Mista wrote:One thing I discovered when running those virtual races, was that I couldn't run continuously for much more than 1 km. The main reason for that was that I had a tendency to run too fast

Pacing is so important! I definitely know where you're coming from. My first 10K was way back in 1983? 1984? I had no idea how to train for it. I just did a mile run every night for a few months prior. (Seriously) Day of the race, I lined up near the front. My dad was at the side and asked me if that was smart, maybe should I line up at the back? "Whatever, boomer, I know what I'm doing."

Gun goes off, and so do I. I lead the pack through the first mile. Did it a bit over 5:00. Second mile? 11+ minutes. Entire 10K took me over an hour. Learned a huge lesson on pacing. And after that, my dad bought me a book on how to train for running. ;)

Here in my middle ages, I've learned another lesson on pacing. Four years ago I attempted 20 Bridges, which is a swim around Manhattan. I knew I could do the time (9-12 hours). Just needed to keep swimming. Upon starting at the southern tip of Manhattan I put my head down and got into my 'forever' pace. Two hours into it I started to worry as I saw a jetski volunteer come up and talk to my kayaker twice. Uh-oh. What's going on.

Turns out I had only swum 5 city blocks in 50-something minutes. The East River's current had gone slack then turned. Unsure if early or as expected, but for all intents and purposes I had been swimming in place for almost an hour. I wasn't going to make it to the Harlem River. The race director gave me two choices: quit, or be moved up river to the Harlem and continue, but get a DNF (did not finish). I chose the latter. (I had flown 5000 miles from Moscow to swim. Wasn't going to quit 2+ hours and only 7 miles into a 28.5 mile race.) I finished. Swam about 27 miles in total. 9 1/2 hours total, not counting the 15-20 min waiting in the boat for my kayaker to catch up. Still a DNF. :(

Bottom line: My forever pace was way too slow! Completely the opposite problem I had way back when in that first 10k run. Thus my comment: Pacing is so important!

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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby Mista » Sun Sep 05, 2021 1:35 pm

Finished the 5k in less than 30 minutes, so that's the first goal achieved! :D :D :D I held a very steady pace of just below 6 minutes per km throughout the race. I don't think I can do that for 10 km, but fortunately, I don't need to, 7 minutes per minutes is enough to reach my goal. I found it very motivating this time to see that I was on track to reach my goal, so I'm going to keep that number in mind for the next one as a guideline (that I shouldn't stray too far from in either direction).
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby IronMike » Sun Sep 05, 2021 11:04 pm

Mista wrote:Finished the 5k in less than 30 minutes, so that's the first goal achieved!

Congrats! That's awesome.
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby Blue Saka » Wed Sep 08, 2021 4:06 am

I like this.


I'm naturally an active person, but I am always looking to improve, so I'll join the challenge (... if you'll allow me in...). More than one source of accountability is good.

Right. For the rest of this year, and going well into the next, I plan to have learned at least 400 Iron Ossetic words. On top of that, I plan to watch every movie, newscast, and whatever other media source I can find in the language. Hopefully, I'll have mined most of them for what they're worth.

As for fitness, I registered for military service a while back, so they gave me some standards to meet by my next assessment... which is coming soon. A variety of cardiovascular and "strongman"-like exercises. The Basic Military Qualification course isn't until next Spring or Summer. Hopefully, they'll still want me by then. Besides that, I have to get used to the food the CAF serves. It's a bit different than the traditional (though healthy) food I'm used to. I am not, however, under the illusion that I am a perfect, Adonis-like figure ready for anything.



I guess I already have a framework that works within the guidelines set here.
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby Caromarlyse » Wed Sep 08, 2021 9:54 am

Can I join late too? I've just signed up for a sports competition, which is happening next month. I won't go into details for privacy reasons, but I'm quite nervous about it. I know already I won't rank highly (I have a rough idea of what points score I'm likely to get, and even if things go well and I reach it, I'll be well down the leaderboard), but I am doing it as a challenge and experience. I also really need to work on my Russian pronunciation, after various issues that again I won't go into. I have a really good course with lots of audio drills to follow, and I reckon a formal challenge might be good to keep me going through it, as it can be painful - both because I feel I should have learnt all this already, and because it requires my brain to work a lot, which it doesn't like!

In terms of practicalities, I have three training sessions a week set up that I can just go to and do without thinking too much about them. But I really, really, really need to do mobility work each day - both to fix a stubborn shoulder and to try to counter age and lifestyle. I am terrible at doing this consistently.

For the language stuff, I just need to keep going through the course and practising the drills. It's not the kind of stuff you can cram, so little and often will be the name of the game here. I've been pretty good so far at working on this, but I am fighting lots of negative thoughts, which it would be good to stop!

Edited to add: so my goals are:
(A) (main goal) successfully complete sports competition
(sub-goals) (1) train three times a week till then (2) mobility every day till then
(B) (main goal) complete Russian pronunciation course (fully, to the extent I feel I've internalised the rules*)
(sub-goal) do some pronunciation practice from course each day until goal is complete

* This is a bit fuzzy but I just mean I won't tick off the goal as complete just by virtue of having gone through everything once; I need to go through again and again until it feels like second nature.
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby IronMike » Wed Sep 08, 2021 4:23 pm

The Polyglot Fitness Challenge is always open. Join anytime!

But remember you need to declare your Language and Fitness goals for the year.
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby Blue Saka » Wed Sep 08, 2021 8:39 pm

IronMike wrote:The Polyglot Fitness Challenge is always open. Join anytime!

But remember you need to declare your Language and Fitness goals for the year.

Thank you.
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby IronMike » Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:26 pm

Change to my Polyglot Fitness Challenge for 2021, as I've had to withdraw from my marathon swim this year.

Here's what I posted earlier:

Fitness goal:
F1) 1RM deadlift of 325lbs
F2) 1RM strict military press of 125lbs
F3) Open water marathon swim (10k or more) even if I have to arrange it myself

Language goal:
L1) 2/2 DLPT and 1+ OPI in German
L2) 1/1/1 in BCS


With the move from Boston to DC this year, and restricted time limits in lap lanes through the year, I just didn't have the fitness to be successful in this year's Swim the Suck. Stupid to fly down there, rent an AirBnB, and all that entails, to not finish.

Additionally, not doing BCS anymore. Studied it for a blink, but not going to test in it. Therefore a change. But I'm done with goal L1, although it was a fail. (2/1+ on German DLPT, and I didn't take the OPI.)

So here are my updated goals:

Fitness goals:
F1) 1RM deadlift of 325lbs (no change)
F2) 1RM strict military press of 125lbs (no change)
F3) Log 300 miles of swimming in 2021. (I'm at only 133.8 miles so far...gotta pick it up.)

Language goals:
L1) 1/1 on Swahili DLPT
L2) Finish all lessons in Complete Old English
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby humerusthings » Fri Sep 17, 2021 11:30 am

This thread is really so inspiring :):)
i really liked the post where someone posted links of youtube fitness exercises in german/ french haha

small update on my polygot fitness challenge:

My initial aims:
Goals for 2021!
French:
1. Reach Assimil Lesson 80!
2. Start on all those French books I bought on Audible haha

Fitness
1. Aim to do crossfit workouts at least 8-10 times per month
2. Power clean 40kg


In terms of french i'm at Assimil Lesson 88 so i'm halfway there!
Crossfit workouts... well I made it back to the gym for abt 3 classes then the numbers started creeping up again in my country. And work got really busy so after work I had no energy to do anything but lie supine. So my strength kind of declined and I'm doing workouts with cleans 25kg instead of 30kg which I was doing previously. I mean i CAN do 30kg, but it's quite high-rep and I workout so infrequently that I don't want to injure myself, so i consciously scale it down.

But I'm doing crossfit about 3-4/month - a combination of home workouts and gym workouts, and a sprinkling of ballet workouts (youtube and also online classes), varying based on the month, abt 1-3 workouts per month. A lot of ballet terms are in french too! So that's nice :)
So yep, next aim is to increase the number of crossfit workouts per month to abt 5-6!

Crossfit open 2022 is in feb i think. Hope I can do a pullup and toes to bar by then!!
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