Life, the Martial Challenges, and Everything.

Month: October, 2013

Hard Facts

I recently picked up a Polar Heart-rate monitor, for the express purpose of measuring my heart-rate during activities and rest.  I haven’t used it too much yet, but I have some good plans for it, some of them courtesy of my girl.

Let’s review what I have:
-Resting heart-rate: 52-58 bpm.
-Average work heart-rate: 75 bpm.
-Average stationary heart-rate: 62 bpm.
-Highest work heart-rate: 123 bpm.

It’s a bit difficult to measure my heart-rate during Jiu-Jitsu since the monitor straps to my chest and transmits to a watch.  Both would be difficult to wear while rolling.  Fortunately I have other activities I can wear it for.

An idea brought to my attention was pre- and post-match monitoring at a tournament.  It should help me fine-tune my breathing techniques.  Stemming from that, I had planned to wear it into a mid-term test, but completely forgot.  From what I could tell, my heart-rate didn’t increase massively, just a handful of beats.

More on this as it develops!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?

A New Challenge

This seems rather early to think about, being as Halloween hasn’t even happened yet.
But, I like to try and finish it as early as possible, and I’ve been very hit-and-miss over the years.  Plus, there’s a new variable in the equation that I get to play around with.


All of my shopping in the years previous has been for family that live in another time zone, so storing their gifts – wrapped or unwrapped – has never presented a challenge.  But now with a girlfriend in the same time zone, things will get a bit more challenging.
The shopping will be fairly easy, no additional challenge there.  We really only manage to see each other on the weekends, and the free time I have between classes at college afford me a lot of time to get it done.  Even the wrapping won’t be difficult as it can be done between school and Jiu-Jitsu.

But the storing of the gifts … well, I don’t have a lot of nooks and crannies to utilize on the weekends she stays over at my place.  I have a decent amount of space occupied by half a dozen boxes full of kitchen stuff, and another half a dozen of junk that desperately needs sorting.  (On that note, I also have quite a lot of clothes that I should go through and donate)

I also have to come up with gift ideas for my brother and his family.  He and my sister-in-law, I might just return to my old stand-by, but my brother is always a gamble in my mind.  My nephew will be simple: books.
I’ll also need to check the ideas my mom sent me and see if they were for both her and my dad, or just one of them.

Ah, first-world problems eh?

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?

Out with the old

I’m 29 years old, but really I should be saying “29 years of age” since I’m not actually old.  Sure, I feel old some days, in body and in mind, but more often than not I know I’m young.

What usually makes me feel “old” are things I take for granted: the mail, a cheque, the last time I watched a TV show as it was being aired …

Let’s start with TV: I grew up with bunny-ear antenna for our TV, and five channels, one of them being the french versions of CBC.  Later on we would gain a sixth channel, and it was a big deal.  Hell, when ITV changed to Global Television, it was big news.  Now with cable available pretty much everywhere, and DVR/PVR boxes, few people sit down to watch a show on time – unless it’s a big show and they don’t want to risk spoilers (Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, etc.).  I don’t remember the last show I sat down to watch on time, week after week.  It was probably Buffy, Star Trek, or Stargate.
Now there’s Netflix, which just adds to the “I watch when I want to” category.  I’m all for that, but I find myself unwilling to invest in a show in case it doesn’t live up to my standards.  I use peer reviews a lot, which is why I’ve watched all of Scrubs and five seasons of Community with my girl.

The mail.  Sending and receiving.  I’ve had to educate one of my coworkers on Canada Post’s address formatting.  He’s only six or seven years younger than me, but it made all the difference.  He had never used Canada Post to send a letter, and probably hadn’t received anything but bills.  When I was a child, I used to write to Santa, and patiently wait for a reply in the mail.  While I don’t write to Santa anymore, I look forward to getting the mail from the mailbox.  I like getting things in the mail, like letters, cards, packages, etc.  Most of my bills are sent to me online, so I don’t even get many of those in the mail.  Maybe I’ll start a pen-pal thing just to ensure I get some mail …

Which brings me to the last thing: cheques.  I recently received my government rebate cheque in the mail and cashed it at the bank.  The teller asked me if I wanted to set up direct deposit, and I politely declined, stating that I like the act of cashing the cheque, as well as receiving it in the mail.  She made me aware that the Government is phasing the cheques out and moving to direct deposit only.  It makes sense, but it makes me sad.

I am young, but some of my standards are old-fashioned and on their way out.  I get a bit curmudgeonly when it comes to some of the new stuff, and I’ve already used the phrase “back in my day” with some people.

Time to bring in the new with a bit more acceptance.

Maybe that’s another reason why I’m in school now.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?