Slice of Life #2 – The Pull Up

One of my fitness goals has been to be able to do one pull up. One. Single. Pull up. It has eluded me for some time, but for the last month I have been working on the Armstrong Pull-up program and hoping to be able to complete that one. Last Friday I made my first attempt, and thought it would make a good slice of life.

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Today’s the day, I tell myself. I killed it yesterday using the bands and I feel that it should be achievable.

I warm up a bit and then look up at the bar, it suddenly seems a lot more daunting than I thought.

I grab on to the bar and now I am just hanging there, afraid to make the attempt. After a few seconds I begin to feel like an idiot just hanging there I make my first attempt. Half way. Darn!

Ok maybe I can’t do this.

Not one to give up I change my grip and try a chin-up. Here we go! I have to kick my feet a little bit to help me up, but I do it! One chin up!

I complete 5 sets of 1 chin-up as per the program and feel satisfied that I have done something I haven’t done before.

But then there is that thought in the back of my mind, I want to be able to do a pull up. A chin up isn’t satisfactory!

“Monday,” I say to myself. Monday I will do a pull up.

So, of course, Monday I am back at it. I am ready this time. No more jitters, no more fear, just determination.

One, two, three, four, five. 5 sets of 1 pull up done! Success!

And I even managed to stop kicking like a fish on my way up.


Slice of life #1 – A Good Clean

I decided to start participating in the Slice of Life challenge every Tuesday. So here is my first entry.

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I gather all the pieces and lay the out on the towel. I have been meaning to do this for a while but kept putting it off. Now seems as good a time as ever.

I grab my screwdriver, cursing that I wasn’t able to find my bearing tool. Slowly I work through each wheel pulling out the bearings. The first one is tricky and I curse more that I lost my tool, but each subsequent wheel is easier.

A few minutes later all the bearings are free of the wheels.

Slowly and methodically, I remove the rubber casing from each bearing. This whole process is actually rather cathartic.

The bearings are ready for cleaning. Each one is attached to the cleaning device and submerged in the solution. A few good shakes and the bearings are clean.

Removed from the solution and patted dry, all that remains is to add a few drops of speed oil to the bearings and to wipe the wheel to free them of any dust. The process of putting everything back together begins.

Piece by piece everything snaps into place and the wheels are ready to hit the floor.