GORUCK Training…132 Days to Go

To get ready for the GORUCK Heavy in May, I need to start acclimating to long stretches with a weighted pack on my back. The 24 hour plus race requires you to wear 35lbs of weight plus food and water on your back the whole time while doing a variety of physical challenges, including running. I want to make sure that on race day I am as comfortable as possible moving with a lot of weight on my back.

This afternoon, I filled my travel backpack with an assortment of dense, heavy items add weight (bags of rice and flour, cans of beans and tuna). The bag probably weighed 40-50 lbs. Read more of this post


My First Steps Towards GORUCK

To prepare for the GORUCK Heavy in May, I recently completed the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) to get a baseline of my current fitness level. I welcomed 2015 by doing this test at a local high school track in Seattle, alongside Jie’s brother Lex.

The APFT consists of: 1) as many pushups as you can do in 2 minutes 2) as many situps as you can in 2 minutes and 3) a timed 2 mile run. Between each event there is a 2 minute rest.

I must confess that when I first saw this, I thought to myself, this can’t be too hard. Sure that’s a long time to be doing pushups and situps but I frequently run much longer than 2 miles. At most, this would take less than 25 minutes and be a good warmup.

Boy, was I wrong! Read more of this post

GORUCK in May – I Hope I Make It

I know that it has been a few months since my last post. But I hope that a new fitness challenge will get me back to regular updates.

This week, my brother Dan and I signed up for the GORUCK Heavy, a 24 hour, 40+ mile team adventure race that is several notches above the Tough Mudder intensity.

As if the time and distance weren’t difficult enough, you need to carry a 35lb rucksack for the entire race, not too mention enough food, water and extra sets of dry clothing to keep you going. Check out the recommended packing list. Read more of this post

Tough Mudder: NorCal

Jie and I just completed our first Tough Mudder in Diablo Grande, about 90 minutes east of where we live. This completed one of my six goals from this blog's re-launch back in November. So, to commemorate our achievement, I want to give a blow-by-blow on the event, good and bad. Unfortunately, we did not bring a camera and haven't been able to track down pictures that Tough Mudder took.

Tough Mudder is a company that hosts 10-12 mile adventure course events in the US, Europe and Australia/New Zealand. The company bills its events as hard core endurance challenges with innovative obstacles designed by British Special Forces. They are also known for being a marketing powerhouse, intent on bringing these type of adventure races to a broad audience base, who find them more appealing than other endurance events like marathons.

Their events are also promoted as an exercise in teamwork and camaraderie. They are not races because nobody wins and your time isn't tracked. They encourage you to form groups to participate with. In that vein, Jie and I did Tough Mudder with my colleague, Laura, who jumped at the chance to join our Turtle Power team (slow and steady wins the race). On race day, most people were in teams and solo participants were easily able to join up with teams at every obstacle.

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A Pre-Dawn Jog Through Downtown Phoenix

Last week, a short business trip took me to Phoenix. My hotel was located downtown, an area of the city I had never visited before.

With limited free time, I was determined to see downtown through an early morning run. What better way to both see a city and get some exercise?

Despite being the 6th most populous city in the US, Phoenix’s downtown is surprisingly small. I was able to cover its entire perimeter in about 20 minutes. At night, the city impresses with lots of purple and neon colors.

Orpheum Theater Phoenix

Orpheum Theater


Majerle's Sports Grill downtown Phoenix

Sports restaurant and bar named after former Suns great “Thunder” Dan Majerle

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Running the Xi’An City Wall

After visiting the city wall that encircles the old town of Xi’An back in April, I resolved to run it the next time I visited. Last week I finally got the chance.

The city’s first wall was constructed in the 2nd Century BC and the current version has been standing since the 14th Century. At 13.7km (about 8.5 miles), the wall is enormous and is a major city landmark along with its 98 ramparts.

After Jie and I biked the wall one night (on a tandem bike no less), I was ready to attack the wall on foot.

Given Xi’An’s sweltering heat, I opted to start the run as early as possible, which was close to the wall’s 8am opening time. Luckily, I ran it on a cloudy day with the temperatures in the mid 70s so, if anything, I found it to be an optimal climate.

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Fashion Trends in Chinese Gyms

Yesterday, at the gym, I couldn’t help notice the outfits that some of my fellow gym goers were wearing. So I thought I would snap a few discreet photos and share them. While the resolution on my iPhone camera isn’t great, I still think you can get the idea.

don’t you live the color combo – and his headphones are actually pink

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Week 22 Workouts

Saturday, December 8, 2012

  1. 500 Hindu squats
  2. 300 crunches

Sunday, December 9, 2012

  1. 50 handstand push-ups
  2. Four sets: 50 dips against table
  3. 150 push-ups, 50 Hindu push-ups
  4. Two sets: 20 side plank raises (each side), 20 side crunches (each side), 50 V-ups, 50 crunches, 150 seconds plank holds
  5. 150 push-ups Read more of this post

Week 21 Workouts

Saturday, December 1, 2012

  1. Three sets: 30 curls (each arm), 30 hammer curls (each arm), 80 seconds two arm curls
  2. 250 two arm curls
  3. 250 dips against table
  4. Two sets: 120 seconds plank holds, 50 push-ups

Sunday, December 2, 2012

  1. 200 crunches
  2. 45 minute jog Read more of this post

Week 20 Workouts

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Day off

Sunday, November 25, 2012


  1. 400 push-ups
  2. Four sets: 25 push-ups, 75 crunches


  1. 150 push-ups
  2. Two sets: 25 side plank raises, 25 side crunches (each side)
  3. 200 crunches
  4. 100 jumping squats
  5. 100 close knee squats
  6. 100 squats
  7. 200 lunges
  8. 500 Hindu squats Read more of this post
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