42 Days until Japan...
I love making count down calendars. Normally I use them for the athletic things I do. I start them sixty to ninety days out from when I’m going to do my event. Then I tape them to the wall in front of my desk. This way everyday I have to stare at it.
I know that I could do all of this on a device, and that there are a million apps that can help too. For me there is something special about printing it out on paper. Making hand written notes, and using markers to highlight important stuff. Everyday I either put an X,R, or F in the day. X indicates that all workouts were accomplished. R is rest, and F is for fail. Fail means I didn’t complete my task even though I could have.
This method has worked pretty good for me. I’ve used it for about two years. I think the trick for me is the everyday physical contact with the calendar. Placement is key too. Everyday I have to look up from the desk, and see it. The goal is to fill it with mostly X’s, and the appropriate amount of R’s.
This calendar is a count down to when I leave to go back to Japan. Since I don’t have anymore races to train for this year I thought it would be fun to treat this trip as some form of reason to train. Last time I went I sort of had to because we climbed Mt. Fuji.
This time my focus for this calendar isn’t so much based on endurance training, but an increase in overall physical power. The program includes a lot of strength training, sprint training, martial arts, and explosive body weight movements. Everyday is a different mix of these ideas used to balance it all out.
If you look to the right in the top picture there is a secondary list next to the calendar with “Everyday” written at the top. This is one of my everyday list. Things that I have to do everyday. I have a lot of different types of these list. Probably too many, but we won’t get into that now.
As of this blog post I am now half way through this training calendar. From here on out not only am I doing my workouts, but also tacking on a list of things that need to be done everyday on top of that.
Everyday is one of the my favorite words in Japanese. I think about it all the time. Saying it all the time in my head keeps me focused on goals. Everyday you have to put in time to get good at something, to learn something, or to finish something. Mai-nichi.
In the middle of making this post I also made some lunch. I just went shopping, and picked up some fresh salmon, and a pack a smoked salmon. Just an FYI I promise in the future post I will be using something other salmon. Salmon just happens to be the fish I’ve had the most lately.
The first roll I made is what I’m calling a Lemon Salmon Shrimp Tempura Roll. The name pretty much explains itself, but I go into a little more detail.
As usual I made my rice and prepped my veggies. Then I stuck some shrimp onto a couple skewers, and dipped them into a basic tempura batter. After that I placed them into the fryer for a couple minutes.
I put my rice on the nori, flipped it over, and then filled it with cucumber, avocado, and the tempura shrimp. For a little extra flavor I squeezed some lemon juice onto the shrimp before I rolled it.
For toppers I alternated raw salmon sashimi, and avocado slices. For a decoration, and a small amount of flavor I used thin slices of lemon, and some chives.
The other roll I did was a slightly Spicy Smoked Salmon Roll. I filled it with the rest of the tempura shrimp, cucumber, and a little sriracha mayo. Once I rolled it I topped it with the smoked salmon, tuxedo sesame seeds, and some wasabi furikake. Before I place the pieces on the tray I drizzled a little straight sriracha on the tray. This would give it a little extra kick at the end.
The end results of both of these rolls was fantastic. Especially the Lemon Salmon Tempura Shrimp Roll. I could eat that everyday. (Ah see. Bet you thought I couldn’t squeeze one in here 🙂 )
Before I go I want to share with you a little something I use for motivation. My basement/office/gym is littered with Pop Culture and Comic Book stuff. This picture above is actually a poster that hangs in the center of my gym. This is the one thing I stare at everyday. I do it when collecting my thoughts, and when getting ready crush a hard days works.
If you are a nerd like me you know that this is a painting of two iconic characters from the cartoon Dragonball Z. If you are not a nerd I will give you the short, short version of what is going on here. The guy in the foreground is Goku. He is the hero of show. He battles his enemies using martial arts, and the ability to control his own will power in the form of energy blasts. In the background is one of his greatest enemies Frieza. This painting is from a classic battle they had long ago. Frieza at the time was a new and very power enemey for Goku. Frieza has the abiltiy to summon enough power to destroy whole planets. The first time they fought it took every once of Goku’s being to defeat him. In order to do that he needed to summon the courage, strength, and will power to push him back and win.
This poster to me is a reflection of life. We are Goku, and Frieza is the world. Everyday we have to face the world. In order to do that everyday we have to train, learn, and work towards our successes. The trick is finding the things in your own life that help you get there. Me, I like calendars, and posters. What works for you?
Ok I think that’s enough rambling for today. Hope it all made sense. Till next time!