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Darren Irvine
Math, computers, science, construction.
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There's a kind of Zamboni machine inside me. As in, the combined activity of osteoclasts (in-feed) and osteoblasts (out-feed). They're working on the 4th metacarpal of my right hand. Just closing off the 3rd week since the fracture (softball, fly ball, bad but successful catch, 'nough said).
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good post from Kirk Durstson
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Well, turned out I was able to make it the gym the past couple of days, but decided I should make good on a beginning of something good. Conditioning day went free-style again today! This time an AMRAP (as many reps as possible).

AMRAP (12min):

10 burpees
10 air squats
10 sit ups
10 single-under skips

I did 5 rounds + 20 reps for 220 total reps before the 12 minute time limit. (The air squats rolled in thick and fast in the last few seconds.)

If you need more of a challenge, up the ante to double-unders and/or up the reps on either or both of air squats or skips. (That, and you can always go faster...) These two exercises have a high (potential) turn-over rate and will ramp up the intensity level. BUT, never underestimate a burpee!

Try to find yourself lots of space for the single-unders so you can skip freely.

Now...all you need is a rope and a bit of space to throw down!
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I won't be able to get to my regular gym for about a week, but it's about time for an active rest week anyway! How active? (or how restful?) Well, today I have my own WOD (inspired by a workout we call "Deck of Death").

For time:

10, 9, 8,..., 1 burpees
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 strict chin ups
10, 9, 8,..., 1 push ups
10, 10,...., 10 air squats (must break parallel)
(1,..., 1 stack the bowls*--to count my rounds)

(For the uninitiated, the above is sequenced like: 10 burpees, 5 strict chin ups, 10 push ups, 10 air squats, 1 stack the bowl (end of round 1), 9 burpees, 4 strict chin ups, 9 push ups,..., and so on.)

* Moving one bowl from the start stack to the finish stack is one rep. Automatic 30 second penalty for skipping the bowl stacking (ha!).

That's 10 rounds altogether for totals of:

55 burpees
20 strict chin ups
55 push ups
100 air squats

My time was 19:24 and since the white board isn't nearby to write it down, I'll just post it to the world instead!
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Interesting. Go, F#!

I've enjoyed my experiences with it, though never used in it production programming.
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On two occasions I have been asked, "Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?" ... I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.

— Charles Babbage, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher[2]
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Discovered some sweet trails, complete with map last weekend. Trailforks website and corresponding smartphone app gives you the lowdown on maintained trails in your area. (

Brandon Hills has some great trails for cycling and cross-country skiing. Maintained by the local cross-country ski club.
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