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Injuries - Discussion / Slight knee pain
« on: October 20, 2008, 02:52:05 AM »
I developed a slight ache in my knee in the middle of doing precision jumps during conditioning today.  My range of motion is fine, and the knee seems to be fine while I'm walking, but when doing jumps or squats, my knee starts to ache a little bit after a few repetitions.  It's not a sharp pain or anything, but it's definitely something, so I stopped training for the day and decided to rest the knee until further notice.  I know any kind of knee pain is serious business, but given the mildness of the pain involved, should I be too concerned or will I be fully functional again after a few days?

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Socialize / My friend is a bastard...lol
« on: October 13, 2008, 07:19:53 PM »
Oh, f#ck me, 2-hour training session and I am sore and muddy.  It's awesome...lol.  Just thought I'd post something from a post-training convo before I go and clean off my shoes.

One of my friends asked me why my nickname is "Falcon", and the truth is, it was just something I picked up over a decade ago.  We had to do these animal collages for a bio. class in high school and I had to do mine on falcons, so I ended up getting obsessed with them.  My classmates started calling me "Falcon" because my actual middle name is Franklin and I have a large nose(similar to a beak)...lol.  But I also took into account that falcons are noble, intelligent, and the fastest animals on the planet.

So he asked what made me choose it as my traceur name, and I said, "Well, I like being airborne"...cause who doesn't, amirite? lol.  Plus, I just love the image of a falcon soaring through the sky, with absolutely nothing to hold it down.  So then he made a crack that with my size, maybe I should change my nickname to "Bumblebee".  I asked why, and he said that physicists have proven that the bumblebee is too large for its wingspan and technically shouldn't be able to fly, but it does anyway...lol.

All in all, there's no shame in being a bumblebee, but I still consider him a bastard because he knew me back when I was skinny, and makes cracks like that about my weight whenever he can.  I let the bumblebee comment slide, but I did end up smacking him when he apologized and said he was just "falcon around"...:P.  I will not tolerate that level of corniness in my presence! lol

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Parkour And Freerunning / Matters of Motivation
« on: October 12, 2008, 06:03:45 AM »
I hit my first real stumbling block the other day, and found myself a little disheartened about my training.  Ironically, I started losing heart during my training sessions because I wanted to do more training...lol.

The problem started with olympic lifts, squats, cleans, and various other lifting exercises involving the bar.  Seems like everywhere I go for information, all I keep reading is that plyometric exercises and anything involving trying to increase leg strength via bodyweight alone isn't going to get me very far without a fair amount of work with the bar beforehand. 

This sent me into this annoying thought spiral where I kinda started wondering if all the leg training I'd been doing up to this point has been all for naught.  I'm having trouble locating a gym on Guam that has a nice solid weight rack, and doesn't mind people using it.  (I've actually found a gym that has a weight rack and explicitly asks patrons not to use it, weird as that sounds.)  So this led to more thoughts, and I started getting into this neurotic, "So what's the point, Tom?" conversation with myself.  It hasn't stopped me yet, but it's definitely thrown a mindf#ck of a monkey wrench into my daily routine, and I'm starting to find myself giving up earlier on my attempts to scale this wall I've been trying to get for the past week, because I think I'm subconsciously convinced I can't get myself to jump any higher.

Does anyone else have weird moments like that where they just start doubting themselves, and let their training lapse because of it?  I'd really love to know what you guys do to keep yourselves motivated, especially in situations like this.  Thanks.

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Guam / The Introduction Thread: Buenas Yan Hafa Adai, Mofos!
« on: October 09, 2008, 10:02:09 AM »
For any non-Guamanians, that's "Hi and hello....mofos"...lol.

Just getting a feel for the new Guam board, and decided to create an introduction post for all the local traceurs out there.  First name, age, and village should be a good start.

Guess I'll start: I'm Tom, I'm 28, and I'm from Dededo(Liguan Terrace).

NEXT! lol

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Socialize / Homeless Guam Forum Trolls!!!! lol
« on: October 08, 2008, 08:15:11 PM »
I posted this on the suggestions forum, but after seeing it was in the retired section, I wasn't entirely sure I was supposed to post anything there, so I'm posting it here as well...please forgive my wandering...lol

To M2, any and all other Powers That Be, and anybody else who might be interested:

There's probably only a handful of Guam residents on the forum atm, but I've been trying to recruit several friends into the discipline, and have redirected them to the site. 

There's a common misconception on the Interwebs that Guam is another country, and not part of the U.S. even though we have U.S. ZIP and area codes.  The main reason for this is that shipping companies, not being required to acknowledge Guam as part of the United States, classify us as another country for the sake of charging us international shipping costs, etc.  But, yes, we are part of the U.S.  Which leads me into my main point...

As a U.S. territory, and not a state, I'm not sure if it's within my rights to ask for this...but is it at all possible for Guam to have its own child board on the Local Discussion forum?Pretty please? lol

Thanks for takin' the time to read this.  :)

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I'm a little embarrassed to propose this, but here goes.

To M2, and any and all other Powers That Be...lol

There's probably only a handful of Guam residents on the forum atm, but I've been trying to recruit several friends into the discipline, and have redirected them to the site. 

There's a common misconception on the Interwebs that Guam is another country, and not part of the U.S. even though we have US ZIP and area codes.  The reason for this, mainly, is that shipping companies, not being required to acknowledge Guam as part of the United States, classify us as another country for the sake of charging us international shipping costs, etc.  But, yes, we are part of the U.S.  Which leads me into my main point...

As a U.S. territory, and not a state, I'm not sure if it's within my rights to ask for this...but is it at all possible for Guam to have its own child board on the Local Discussion forum?  Pretty please? lol

Thanks for takin' the time to read this.  :)

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