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October 25, 2013 posted by

Umm, I Think I’m Gettin’ Sandbagged!

Umm, I Think I’m Gettin’ Sandbagged!

One of my challenge weekends was to try and do whatever Josh Fairchilds decided to do for his challenge. I knew this had the potential to be hard, since Josh does hard birthday challenges, but I was expecting it to be over a weekend because that was the original plan.

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So what does Josh do? He comes up with a four-day challenge that begins while I’m sitting in meetings in LA. It also features two things that hammer areas I’ve specifically left out of my challenge because I’m trying to rehab old injuries properly, which seems like it might have been tactical in order to make my challenge as difficult as possible. Sandbagged!

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classic shots from josh’s challenges, getting sandbagged (see note below) by first a stream and then a rock. all part of nature’s plan to keep him on his game, obviously.

Josh’s Challenge

4 Consecutive Days of:

10 miles of running

30 miles of cycling

40 minutes of jump roping (holy f@^k! -ed)

400 squats

400 abs/truck moves

400 push-up/pull-ups/dips

400 jumping jack (cause, ya know, there’s not enough jumping already -ed)

4 minute plank

4 breath hold sessions
day 1 – 80 seconds
day 2 – 90  seconds
day 3 110 seconds
day 4 120 seconds

40 minutes of yoga

Since I have my own things to do this daily list is longer. I’m also amending my challenge rules to add the stats from the first to days to my challenge. Then I’m throwing in–and why not?:

400 miles of traveling  times 4

Doing all of these activities in 4 different states: California, Utah, Idaho, Montana

It might also contain 40 hours of work but I sure as frick hope not. Day 1 didn’t go well as I ran out of time (clock hit midnight) trying to finish all my work. Today’s work load is pretty heavy. Josh’s total time yesterday for the exercise was 8 hours, and I have a 7 hour drive on the agenda, too. It’s not birthday pretty hard.

PS – the term sandbag, which historically means fudging on your ability in order to gain an advantage over an unwitting opponent–a pool shark is sandbagging when he throws shots in order to get someone to take a bet against him being the classic example–has been greatly expanded to cover situations that are not intensional. Josh is sandbagging me, whether he meant to or not, because his challenge is particularly challenging for my personal situation. Because, in my world, everything is personal. I’ve been sandbagged by inanimate objects (often rock climbs), weather, the media and, in fact, I’ve even sandbagged myself, which I do pretty much every time I concoct another birthday challenge. 

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Beachbody Workout of the Day

10 Minute Trainer Yoga Flex  – Was just a matter of time before I began calling these in.

Synopsis – Rough day. Feet hurt from running on pavement and jump roping. Really worried about this segment of the challenge. Going to get worse before it gets better.

 Reading & questions answered: /2809 (53/day) –   15 & 167 (238 questions and 1,099 pages), Flights are good for reading.

Nutrition:
Servings of Shakeology: /53 – 1(25) – w/ water
Days of Ultimate Reset: /5.3 0(0)
Days taking supplements: /53 – 1(24)
Days of no alcohol: /53 – 1(22)**
Days of no meat: /53 – 1(24)
Coffee Cycles (more on this later): /5.3 – round 3.
King Pin fritters: /5 0(0)

Exercise:
Beachbody workouts: /53 – 1(24)
Push-ups: /5300 – 400(2,320)
Jumping jacks: /5300 – 400(2,400)
Leg lifts: /5300 – 100(2370)
Crunches: /5300 – 200(2490)
Ab Ripper X Moves: /5300 – 100(2750)
Beast back day: /53,000 lbs. 0(54,000) 
Beast chest day: /53,000 lbs. 0(53,000)
Beast shoulder day: /53,000 lbs. 0(53,000)
Beast leg day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast arm day: /53,000 lbs. 0(53,000) 
P90X2 functional warm-up: /53 – 1(23)
Running drills: /53 – 2(23)

Neuro-integrating stretching: /53 – 1(23)
Iron Mind gripper and extensor band reps: /10600 100(5000)
Breath hold sessions: /53 – 2(24)
Stabilizer sessions: /53 – 1(24)
Internal Organ Training: /53 –  1(24)

5.11 Climbs: /5 0(4)
5.12 Climbs: /3 0(1)
5.11 Boulder transverses: /5 – 0(5)
5.12 Boulder transverses: /3 – 0(2)
Campus board movements: /530 – 0(371)
Climb-specific pull-ups: /530 – 0(175)
Cycling on road bike: /53 miles 30(30)
Cycling on mountain bike: /53 miles 0(20)
Cycling on cyclocross bike: /53 miles 0(26)
Cycling on time trial bike: /53 miles 0(0)
Cycling on fixed gear bike: /53 miles 0(0)
Cycling on single speed bike: /53 miles 0(51)
Cycling on tandem bike: /53 miles 0(0)
Hiking: /53 miles –0(32)
Running: /53 miles 10(26)
30 minutes of rowing: /5 times 1(3)
30 minutes of elliptical: /5 times 1(2)
30 minutes of swimming: /5 times 0(0)
Hours of travel 3.5(32)

Family:
Tasks for his wife: /53 – 2(24)
Chores around the house: /53 – 1(26)
Tasks for his dogs: /53 – dogs are basically sidekicks so this one’s a freebie

Other:
Blog posts: /53 – 1 (25)
Team Beachbody Instructional Videos: /5 0(0)
Team Beachbody Video Chat /5 2(4)
Days keeping these stats: /53 – 1(24)

A Few Challenges of Yore

2000 – 40 Days of Hell
2003 – Get Back To Reality
2006 – This is Gonna Hurt
2007 – My Blood Must Be Fully Replaced Each Year
2010 – Birthday Tribute from 67 friends
2012 – Making Lemonade

 

1 Comment

  • You crack me up. Your challenges would kill me. #sandbaggedstat

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