Sunday, August 17, 2008

Olympic Inspiration?

I've been taking kung fu at Golden Harmony since March now (I think), and it is a truly amazing place, not only because Sifu Harvey is an incredible person with a ridiculous amount of knowledge to pass on, but also because of the people and the atmosphere.

I've been feeling for the last few weeks like I'm getting back, at least physically, to the place I was last year before I hurt my foot. In fact, I think, because of the change of diet and lifestyle, even more so. My endurance has definetly improved, and mentally, I feel much more focused. I do find myself out of breathe occassionally when we do more aerobic activity, but I imagine that goes hand in hand with smoking weed. Which, I am trying to minimize these days so that I don't find myself out of breathe.

But this brings me to the Olympics. Because of work, it's hard sometimes to make it to 3-4 kung fu classes a week. I'm trying to keep it at 3 classes minimum, but it's hard. I know I need to branch out into other activities, because nothing helps to get you into better shape than cross training. Your body won't grow stagnant performing the same routine day in and day out. Body confusion all the way. I started swimming again last year, but the pool down the street is a yard pool, and, call me a swimming snob, but I find it hard to swim in a yard pool and take training seriously. It almost seems like cheating. Plus, I got sick of having people getting pissed off at me because I wouldn't be floating back and forth for 30 minutes but instead making waves and constantly swimming around them.

I've been looking at Masters Swimming, but between everything else in life, I'm not sure if I can commit to that. I need to find a pool, 25 metres long, sort of close to me, that isn't filled with old people and casual swimmers. Maybe I got spoiled by the indoor pool in Georgetown. Going to Adult Swim there was always filled with a few lanes of people that were actually there to train. What to do? I can run, but, nothing makes me happier than either swimming or kung fu. Running just don't cut it.

On a side note, Michael Phelps website is pretty funny. I never realized he made so many wonderful films!

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