Feb
09
2013

  High Intensity Exercise

It's time for me to get back to some high-intensity exercises. I thought that I could do a modified tabata set, instead of 40 seconds at a high intensity with a 20 second recovery, I thought I'd do the reverse with 20 seconds of high intensity with 40 seconds of recovery.

I did four reps of fast jump roping like that (finishing 129 jumps since I got tangled in the rope my first set) before I had to quit since I felt like vomiting.

T witnessed this and said I was doing too much too fast, but that is the point of the tabata thing. I said I'd heed his advice and call it a day for exercise after that brutal four minutes, but he encouraged me to do a little more, just less strenuous. So I did another five minutes of tabatas at the 20 sec/40 sec intervals but running instead of jumping. I at least made it through that set although my later sprints were not as quick as the first sets.

I just looked up tabata times online, and see that I misremembered. I thought it was eight sets of 40 seconds intensity and 20 seconds rest, making an eight-minute workout. Not so. It is supposed to be 20 seconds of intensity followed by 10 seconds of rest for eight sets, for a total time of four minutes.

Regardless, I don't think I could hack that AT ALL since I couldn't keep up the 20 seconds with a 40 second recovery, so forget about trying a mere 10 second recovery. But I do feel like I'm in a bit of an exercise rut, and with this weather I don't feel like being outside jogging for an hour, so it's a good time for me to mix things up.

I think I will set my watch timer for an easier interval. I will try 10 seconds of intensity with 50 seconds of recovery and see how many reps I can do like that. Once I can do eight to ten reps like that, I will try to vary the times. Maybe change it two seconds in either direction, so the next level will be 12 seconds/48 seconds and so on until I can accomplish the 20/40 split. From there, I suppose I will keep it at the 20 seconds but slowly try to get my recovery time down to the optimal 10 seconds.

Feel free to encourage me to stick with this. Remind me that it only takes eight minutes so I should be able to fit it in even on days that I am busy. And it's only recommended to do this 2-3 times per week (more than that is actually contra-indicated) so I will aim for that. I will still try to add some jogging or walking on other days, but on cold miserable weeks, at least I'll get something done if I add in the fast jumping.

Feb
07
2013

  As the Crow Flies (Video)

This is the video debut of Liz Fitz Darcy's latest song, As the Crow Flies.

Jan
26
2013

  New Laptop, Take 2

Best Buy is having a sale on laptops, so I went in yesterday to get a new one. My old one's peripherals are almost all dead (the CD drive doesn't work, nor the headphone jack, nor the card reader) so all I can use are the USB ports. The battery hasn't held a charge for nearly a year now, but plugging it in all the time is not that bad. Nevertheless, the CD and card reader and headphone problems are starting to really bug me, so it's time for a new laptop.

What caught my eye was a new one for $299. T looked at the specs and said it looked fine to him, so I got it. But when I got it home, I didn't like the way it's trackpad worked at all. It seemed to skip and jump and lag, and was maddening to use for the few hours I was starting to set up the machine. So I returned it today, and this time T came with me to the store. While I was taking care of the return process, he examined all the laptops they had to find just the right one for me. He narrowed it down to two, so I just had to choose the one I liked best, so I'm going to give an Asus a try (the one I rejected was a Samsung).

Unfortunately, they didn't have any in stock. And no sales guy seemed to have time to help me buy one, so I just went online myself from one of the display models and ordered it to be delivered to my home so I don't have to make another trip out there.

T considered getting me a MacBook, but when he checked prices this morning, even the refurbished ones were wildly expensive, and with a smaller screen than what I'm used to. I told him to just let it go with the Apple products, it's not like I'm sitting I front of my laptop for eight hours a day or having to do any heavy-duty processing when I do use it. I mostly use it for taxes, printing, and organizing and storing photos. Oh, and I sync my fitbit to it.

Actually, I use it for neurofeedback, too, which is why the broken headphone jack is a problem, since I'd like to hook up speakers and have been unable to do so. And I've taken an interest in digitizing my music since I got an mp3 player to use while jogging. Which is the main reason I'm irritated by the broken cd player, since I can't rip my CDs to memory and get new songs.

Hopefully my second attempt to get a new laptop will work out. It should arrive by the end of next week, giving me something to look forward to!

Jan
23
2013

  Going On A Jet Plane (Music Video)

I chose to post this song first since W pretty much stayed on-point. This one is ripe for the picking by the New York City Tourism board. Alicia Keys got nuthin' on Will.


Jan
23
2013

  Will's Lyrics

W is all the time making up songs and singing, but I have had a problem getting any record of them. Until today. He was happy to sing the songs for the camera. So happy indeed, when I would ask him if a song was done he would immediately say, "yes, and I have another". I have over eight minutes of video, which shouldn't be a problem to upload in this century, but it's definitely a problem from my house. It would probably take over a week. Until I get around to splitting up the video into separate songs, I took the time to record the lyrics. Because I might never get around to uploading the video, you know how these things go. Or maybe just one song, we'll see how much patience I have. Anyway, here are Will's songs. Do you think he likes New York much?

"I Have to go to New York City"

I have to go to New York City
I have to go into New York City
Because I have such a lot of of business to do, yeah.
Yeah, I will leave you behind 'cause your five year old
Oh yes, yes, yes, yes, yeah.
yeah, I want to go
I want, I want.

I will have to go to the store and get some food.
Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah yeah ye-ah
Yeah ye-ah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah, I want to go
I want to go, I want to go
I want to go-o.

"I'm Goin' on a Jumbo Jet"

I'm goin' on a jumbo jet,
I have to go to a very important city.
It's called New York, yeah, New York.
Yeah, I want to go to New York City.
I want to go to New York City.
I want to go to New York City.
I want to go to New York City.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah

"I'm Going to New York City to Visit a Stranger"

I've got to work.
I'm going to go to New York for to visit a stranger
...named Ashley.
I'm not, I'm not going to go.
I just have to go.
I know his name, I know his name.
Other people don't know him, they call him a stranger.
Yeah, yeah yeah yeah.
Yeah, yeah yeah yeah.

Yeah, I got to go,
I got to go, yeah.
I got to go, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

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