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Explaining the 101 list, 6: Physical activities

This is the sixth of the posts in which I explain and motivate the items on my 101-in-1001 list. The list itself can be viewed here, where you can also find a list of all posts related to the list. If you want to follow my progress in more detail, you should check my profile page at the Day Zero Project.

Note: I’m skipping many goals here, because they have already been explained in detail. Look at this post for more details. Thus, I will only mention the goals not discussed in the previous article.

Be able to perform 15 dives with a degree of difficulty over 2.0

This goal needs some explaining because the number 2.0 is probably meaningless to most of you. Here are a few dives I can do that have difficulty 2.0 or above:

1. 1m, inward one-and-a-half somersault, tuck
2. 1m, forward two-and-a-half somersault, tuck
3. 3m, forward two-and-a-half somersault, tuck
4. 1m, back double somersault somersault, tuck
5. 3m, inward two-and-a-half somersault, tuck

There are also a couple of dives I have done, but that I don’t consider myself to be able to perform now:

1. 1m, forward double somersault
2. 10m, handstand forward one somersault
3. 3m, forward one-and-a-half somersault with one twist

This means that I have a couple of old dives to pick up, but also need to learn a few more. Learning to do a number of the above-mentioned dives in a piked position will give a few and adding twisting would also increase the number. I would say that this goal isn’t very hard, but it will take diligent practising over the next year or so.

Perceived difficulty: 4/10
Estimated time needed: ? hours
Progress so far: 35%

Walk 100 metres on my hands

This is an old goal and it’s really here mostly because I don’t want to give up. I managed somewhat more than 70 metres juts before I moved to Taiwan, but then I decided to put the project on ice for a while since the climate wasn’t very kind to physical performance. I now have no good excuse not to learn this. Sure, the goal is rather silly, but handstand endurance is quite good to have both in diving and gymnastics.

This task has been misunderstood by quite a lot of people. The problem is not balance. If never tired, I could probably walk for an hour without falling. Alas, strength is the big problem. Advancing up to 50 metres was okay, but after that it became really, really hard. Perhaps I’ll try a different method this time, but more importantly, I won’t give up.

Perceived difficulty: 8/10
Estimated time needed: ? hours
Progress so far: 35%

Be able to reach full front split and side split

Almost everything I do for fun (except perhaps studying Chinese) requires flexibility. In many cases, being flexible not only increases performance, but it also makes it more fun and decreases the risk of injury. I don’t mean to say that I’m extremely inflexible, but increasing flexibility has been a goal for some time and front split and side split seem like good goals. This is more a test of discipline than anything else.

Perceived difficulty: 7/10
Estimated time needed: ? hours
Progress so far: 0%

Sargent’s jump 80 cm

A Sargent’s jump is simply a rather crude method to measure vertical jumping height. Measure how far you can reach up a wall with one hand standing still, then jump and make a mark at the top of the trajectory. Measure the difference between these two points, this is your vertical. I currently have a vertical of 58 cm, which is without any dedicated training whatsoever. I don’t know how difficult it will be to reach 80, but it will either be hard or very hard.

Perceived difficulty: 7/10
Estimated time needed: ? hours
Progress so far: 0%

Study an anatomy handbook and learn at least 200 anatomical words

Some auxiliary knowledge about sports is always good to have. For instance, studying anatomy makes it easier to talk about training and to analyse what’s going on in a specific exercise. Studying one handbook won’t turn me into an expert, but it will probably help me understand the other tasks in this section of the list!

Perceived difficulty: 3/10
Estimated time needed: 20 hours
Progress so far: 0%

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