I’ve been wanting to get into a weekly review routine that’s actually weekly, so here’s /review and the first accompanying post.
This will not be beeminder by beeminder, but about the areas in my life.
This has been a phenomenal week. I somehow lucked into finally having a GTD system, in Things 3, and it’s fucking great. Outsourcing a lot of background cognition, and actually getting a lot done.
I also created a system for managing money that’s pretty satisfying, but already derailed from the principles that I set out to follow two weeks ago. Will review eom if this needs a beeminder.
I’m also back home right now after some weeks of travel, and just being back in an environment where I have space for my rituals and a desk to sit down and work without distractions is good for my productivity and soul.
Also, I’ve started listening to David Goggins Can’t Hurt Me, and it’s inspiring as fuck.
I also managed to have an honest, straightforward, existential conversation with my dad this week. It feels like I’m now finally able to consciously work through our relationship and face the demons that await.
Connected with some recent professional developments and breakthroughs I feel like I’m finally more of the person I’ve been wanting to be for a really long time. I’m much more centered and find an increasingly deep understanding of myself. I’m also owning my own standards much more than I did before.
On August 1st it kind of struck me that a half Ironman actually doesn’t sound that hard. And the more I started thinking about it, the more motivation I found. A day later I went for a run, just to check out my condition, and ran 16km mostly uphill feeling pretty good. Went for a swim, and when continuing afterward my knee hurt, which happened before after longer runs. If it wasn’t for that, I feel like I could’ve done another 10-15km condition-wise. Which surprised me because this was the first run in the year. Working on my running technique to take the pressure off the joints, and take supplements to support them.
The major project, however, is /swim. I’m close to not being able to swim. A 70.3 includes about 2km of swimming in open water, and right now I’m able to swim about 100m before I need to hold onto something. This is a question of technique (basically non-existent, can’t crawl), practice and water confidence (I’m lowkey afraid to drown). Once I’m back in Berlin I’m hoping to get swim lessons from a friend and sign up to real training. For now (being on the countryside) I’ll make sure I get into the water at least 2x a week, watch crawling tutorials, practice, and work on my water confidence. (Listening to Goggins and his seals experiences is good fuel for that).
The closest swimming hall is about 15 km away, and I plan on biking both ways for the first time next week. I’ll report how that goes.
I started playing around with shortcuts as a means of making my rituals and tracking easier. Still work in progress, but it’s already really helpful. Will make a post on that this coming week.
Continues to be at the core of my Good Morning™. It wakes me up and makes me feel lighter.
Workouts /legs /pushups /situps
I’ve been recovering from a cold, and now really happy to be back to my morning workouts. Made a really good shortcut for this that plays Smells Like Teen Spirit and more epic workout music, and opens a Things task with my workout routine and a link to a shortcut that logs data to Beeminder and Apple Health once I’m done. Check it out.
I’ll remove this beeminder. I feel like there’s a qualitative difference between challenging stuff like workouts and more soft / intrinsic / sacred stuff like meditation. I feel great logging a workout, weird logging meditation. Curious if this changes my routine. Will adapt as we go along.
That’s it for this week. Does anyone read these journals anyways? By the way I only told very few people about the Ironman 70.3 project. I guess I’m comfortable doing it here because I assume everyone here’s all for challenging your limitations, seeking discomfort and raising one’s standards. Keep doing that.