February 17th, 2004

Shaoran Action

I Hate Pushups!

Among other things, they never get easier! I managed to do 20 rather lame pushups this morning, mostly by virtue of doing them 2 or 3 at a time. Like the jogging, pushups are something that my body does only grudgingly, improves at only if I do them on a daily or almost-daily basis, and if I stop for more than a few days it immediately drops back down as if I'd never done them at all.

There are two key weak spots in my pushups: the first is my erector spinae, those long muscles surrounding the lower part of the spine. They've never been in very good shape, and after my injury in 2002, they're little more than shreddings any more. However, they are key muscles in keeping your body straight during pushups.

The second, is my triceps, the long muscles on the back of the upper arm. For all their size, they are not muscles that get a lot of use in everyday life, which is one of the reasons a weightlifter's bulgy arms look so distinctive. This morning, however, I was acutely aware of my triceps ... and of how inadequate they are to the task of hoisting all ~270 lbs of me into the air by themselves.

But, that's the point of training, isn't it? To get them to improve. All I need to do is stay the course.

-The Gneech
  • Current Music
    A-Ha -- "Take On Me"
Drezzer cool

Some Art Stuff!

First off, torakiyoshi has organized a Suburban Jungle Fifth Anniversary Art Challenge, and so far only has one entry. So any and all interested parties, get sketching! Currently, the prize is a $5 Starbucks gift certificate (which I find very amusing) ... I think to sweeten the pot, I'll offer a commission to the winner, as well.

Also, I am trying to come up with ideas for the AnthroCon 2004 conbook. This year's theme is "Summer Games" and, since Uncle Kage is something of a Drezzer Wolf fan, I'd like to do at least one pic with him in it. So if anybody has suggestions, I'd love to hear 'em! Just ... y'know ... keep 'em clean. ;)

-The Gneech
  • Current Music
    "Weird Al" Yankovic -- "My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder"