I originally started this blog as a way of keeping myself motivated to do heaps of interesting stuff and push myself to new experiences. Funny thing is, as I did all of this I started to do that more than posting about it (which I will argue is a good thing :P).
In the meantime I have started a new blog on how to windsurf and left behind the one on how to improve brain power. I did however notice a very useful thing which I will be sure to implement for my new site. That is that the Facebook page that I created for the howtoimprovebrainpower.com site has not stopped growing despite not touching it at all in more than three months. I haven’t posted anything, I have done no promotion, nothing. It still grows by about 30 new followers each week. It only took an investment of about $50 to build up a certain presence and that’s it. I will definitely incorporate this for my windsurfing blog soon also at some point.
I have been in Australia for nearly 8 months last year working as a naval architect and come back when I realized that it is in fact a little too far away for me to live. All the people that are important to me shouldn’t be more than 5 hours flight, more that 2000€ in flight costs and a couple of days of jet lag away. The time there was pretty epic. I met a lot of great people both in the workplace and in the hostel and got heaps of experience in my field of engineering. On the downside I didn’t really get to see much of Australia since I was mostly working so I still have an interest on going back to go sightseeing.
The latest thing I must update is my new goal for February. I am planning to run a 5km race on the 1st of February and a triathlon on the 28th. All my life I have been a sprinter. I was the fastest in my class at the 100m sprint but once it got to running longer distances I would get winded in no time. When I did kick-boxing and judo I would start of really well but after about 2 minutes into the fight my performance would decline swiftly. So now my objective as the next step in bettering myself is to take part and complete a race which will push my stamina. Once these two challenges are completed, the ultimate goal is to take on a Tough Mudder.
My training started today. My girlfriend and I got up to start our run at 6:30 and do a 30 minute run. I started off well enough. I usually falter after 10 minutes when my breath goes short, my lungs start to burn and I start to get stitches. However, it took 20 mins today before the first uncomfortable stab started to appear in the vicinity of my pancreas. A short while after that my hip would start to feel a little strange but heck, I kept going. The most painful thing was the last stretch. Not just because it was the end of the run but because it is a steep hill leading up to the flat. It felt like I was taking baby steps, hardly advancing. My right side was starting to ache from the stitches and worst of all, the thing that has always limited me the most: the air that was going into my lung felt so cold it caused my brain to feel like it was freezing and my lungs feel like they were burning up.
However, I got there. Winded and exhausted but with a first step made. Wednesday has already been set aside for swimming. Now it is just a matter of maintaining consistency.