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Spring is Finally Here!

One of the surest signs that Spring is finally here: Hack Man Blooms on Speakers Circle!

Also since the last blog post:

…and, after just a couple more sessions in the Homie Hole, a great First Saturday of Spring Break Session:

I’m calling this my “apparent recovery” – from what, I’m not exactly sure. But for the last 3 years now, I’ve been going through one or another musculoskeletal problems. My knees. My shoulder. One broken ankle. The other just going wonky, finally getting twisted. My whole left side feeling like I’ve got some kind neuropathic degeneration.

But check this, I’M FIGHTING BACK.

Since last post, I’ve blown past the range of what I thought was a plateau. It seems impossible I could keep up the rate of change I’ve accomplished so far, I’ve got to level out somewhere.

But for now, the apparent recovery continues. My left ankle still hurts, still has problems, but the whole left side of my body seems almost back to normal. Joints on that side don’t constantly pop anymore, only a little bit more than the other side, sometimes.

A while back when I first started the Homie Hole series, I said I felt like my proprioception had mostly been destroyed, and I felt like I was having to re-learn freestyle moves all over again. That appears to be exactly what’s happening. Recovery and Regrowth.

I stopped seeing the doctors. I stopped going to the chiropractor. I gave up on the medical industrial complex. I decided to try what has always been my personal medicine. I’ve made one change: Started playing more footbag, way more times a week, for usually shorter amounts of time. Here’s where I’m at:

  • 34 hours for 2015 so far, nearly 150 annual pace
  • 46/47 on 20×2 every session
  • 46/47 on 15×3 every session
  • 31/40 1,000 first rally attempts
  • 24/40 100+ alternating toe rallies

I’m pleased with the results so far.

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Keeping the Heat On in Winter

One look at the Homie Hole scoreboard, tells you I have been. Total 28 sessions, four of them lucky enough to be outdoors on Speakers Circle. I’ve kicked 18 hours so far, exactly twice my “goal” pace. I’ve hit my 20-15 goal all but one session so far. I’ve been getting 100+ toes most sessions lately. I’ve had some recent trouble with my 1,000 kick 1st rally attempts, but bagged the last two, still kicking 18 out of 24 for the year on that.

I’ve been keeping meticulous track of my best 2-add and 3-add rallies since I started kicking in my basement, aka the Homie Hole. I’ve now got 53 sessions logged over the last 3 months. Since I usually kick 5 times a week, the 10-period moving average in the graph below represents about a 2-week moving average.

Homie Hole Series Graph

After a steady climb as I got used to things and started regaining my footbag composure, and my ankle has been getting better, it looks like I’ve leveled out over the last couple of weeks. I feel that way too, at least until I can get more outdoor time and work on more variety.

Also up until a couple weeks ago, there was little correlation between 2-add and 3-add the up-vs-down from session to session. I would have expected them to move together often, figuring I’d do better or worse on both metrics if I was kicking better or worse during a session. But, I was batting about 50%, a game of chance, until about the 1st of February. Since then, 8 in a row have moved in tandem, skewing the ratio closer to 2:3, about what I would have expected.

One final word about my ankle, it does seem to be getting better. Very little pain at all, even just walking, the last 4-5 days now. It feels the best it’s felt since early last summer I think. This is the most excruciatingly slow recovery I’ve ever been through. But, for the first time in months, I feel some hope it might really get better and stay better for a while.

OK back to shivering for now, it’s cold and snowing tonight!

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Year End Review: Achievements and Goals

I turned my bicycle ODO past 5,555.5 Km on Sunday. I even haz da pictures!

Saturday, I achieved 75 hrs total for the year with a footbag session in the Homie Hole. Here’s how the scoreboard looked after that:

..Plus 30 more minutes Sunday 12/28: 24×2, 23×3, 77 toes, 345 1st rally. Sitting at 75.5 hours Footbag for the year. I had to fight for this one but I got it! Here’s the 2x & 3x graph so far:

So, how DID I do on my goals for 2014? Here’s the tally: 

  1. 75 Hours FootbagI did it! Just barely, had to put in some serious time in the Homie Hole to do it, but… I did it.
  2. 4,200 Km on the bikeBoy did I blow through that! I’ll end the year with 5,600+ Km, more than 25% more than my goal. A new bike and a desire to ride have done wonders for my cycling. I also wanted to do a century ride tho, and failed that. I twisted my ankle, couldn’t really train, and only got a metric century.
  3. Try to bring Reflectingyou.com onlineFAIL AGAIN. I’m working on it, but not very hard. I feel like I’m scared shitless that it might actually take off (and consume all my time), or just fail, and consume some of my money.
  4. Get a new jobI did that, but… I remain very frustrated with a number of issues where I work. So, while I technically filled this objective, the result has left me very unfulfilled.

Now, for my 2015 goals. Same old, same old… 

  1. Be nicer, kinder, and more engaging with black people.After Ferguson, Kaijeme Powell, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, etc., I can’t look away anymore. And, I’m just as guilty as anyone seeing blacks as… less. Less human, less deserving of a smile and a hello. It doesn’t seem like much, but I’ve gotta start somewhere, and I’m going to try to be kinder to black people.
  2. 72 hours footbag. I’d think I’m crazy to set this goal with as many problems as I’ve had with my ankles, knees, back, etc. But, I’ve got the Homie Hole and the ability to put in 2 hours a week for the first couple months of the year. That will be a better start than I’ve had in several years.
  3. 5,000 Km on the bike. Yeah I’m bumping this one WAY up. I did great this year, and want to ride as much or more next year. Planning another century, or metric century if I can’t do the real 100 miles, again for 2015.
  4. Bring Reflectingyou.com online. No further comments here at this time. Wish me luck.
  5. Get another new job, this time a completely new job, not just the same pig with some lipstick smeared on it.  It gets harder every year. Age discrimination is already steering me towards Wal-Mart Greeter land. I swear I’ve poured as much of my time and energy into my job and career, as I have footbag or bicycling. But while I’ve succeeded more than I ever could have imagined with footbag and bicycling, my career has always been a miserable POS failure.
  6. Complete my blog analysis project. Scoring all my videos is slow and demeaning; watching and detailing, down to every contact, just exactly how shitty and limited my footbag game really is. I keep not doing the scoring. Gotta get it done tho. Despite the fact that I already know exactly where all the project data is going, I’m hoping some good might come of it. Maybe the data will prove to healthcare providers (who don’t believe me when I tell them I’m in pain and can’t perform) that there is indeed a loss of performance.

That’s it. 2014 is done, 2015 is just around the corner. Best wishes everyone, I hope 2015 is a prosperous year for us all.

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The Sunday Before Finals Week

Warm day on the Weekend? Hack Man on Speakers Circle!

I got to use my new MIZ and ZOU black & gold Abshire footbags.ZOU got best 3+ string with 17, but Threepeat, my red/blue bag, stole the show with the nearly 2-minute rally above. I kicked for a total of 1:45, and felt good at the end.

Catching up on the Scoreboard:

  •    9th – 30 min – (no vid) – 16×2, 16×3, 75 toes
  • 10th – 30 min – (no vid) – 23×2, 17×3, 113 toes
  • 11th – 30 min – (no vid) – 17×2, 13×3, 181 toes
  • 12th – 30 min – (no vid) – 15×2, 14×3, 91 toes, 352 1st rally
  • 14th – 1:45 – Preparing for Finals (above)

That’s 3:45 added to the previous 68:15, and…

I ONLY HAVE 3 MORE HOURS TO GO!

I can tell the near-nightly 30 minute sessions have boosted my strength a bit. I can feel it riding my bike. I felt it kicking on Speakers Circle. My ankle continues to improve; sometimes it and my foot feel almost downright normal. My back still feels a bit tweaky but no slippage or major pain during the latest session on the circle. But now, of course, my other ankle seems to have start hurting a bit.

I’m how many years old again? Between biking, hiking, and footbag, I’ve put well over 100 Million duty cycles on each hip, knee, ankle, and foot. That’s a lot. Sometimes I feel like I’m just wearing out. Wish I could just install new parts.

Not sure when I’ll get outdoors again.  But, I’m already looking forward to the day the Hack Man can make his Springtime Bloom on Speakers Circle again!

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