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My twin 101-in-1001 projects (Air Alert 3 and hand walking) have now been running for five weeks and it is time for the fifth report (see report 1, 2, 3, 4). These endeavours are fairly different in that Air Alert 3 is a fully developed training programme, whereas my hand walking is more or less improvised (the goal being to walk 100 metres). Now over some thoughts on the fifth week.

To start with, this report comes a bit early because I have something else for tomorrow, which has got nothing to do with physical activities. Anyway, the week has been fairly good. I managed to finish week 4 of Air Alert without too much pain involved (it was tough, but in a healthy manner). I have not been able to measure a Sargent Jump, so that will have to be postponed to next week. The number of repetitions and sets is steadily increasing and I can feel a difference at least in endurance. However, that is not the goal of the training programme, so we will just have to wait and see how much the actual height is affected.

When it comes to hand walking, I have used a somewhat different strategy compared to earlier weeks, mainly because of practical circumstances. After having realised that walking a hundred metres requires a lot of endurance, I have changed to walking longer distances with less rest. I have also reintroduced static exercises again, mostly because it is convenient and can be done wherever I happen to be. As a result of this, I have only walked 169 metres this week (compared to 666 last week). On the other hand, I was able to walk 62 metres using only three attempts with one minute rest between each, which is much better than 106 metres in 10 attempts. The other 107 metres are made up of two more attemts at walking 50 metres in as few attempts as possible (52 and 55 metres, both in 3 attempts with 1 minute rest between attempts).

I will be away from home next week, and even if I intend to continue with Air Alert, I presume that I will not be as ambitious as usual with the hand walking. Anyway, here is a summary of the fifth week:

Accomplished Air Alert 3, week 4
Sargent Jump: Not available
Walked 169 metres (27 max) on my hands
Walked 62 metres in 3 attempts with 1 minute rest
Stood 3 times 2 minutes on my hands with plenty of rest

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My twin 101-in-1001 projects (Air Alert 3 and hand walking) have now been running for four weeks and it is time for the fourth report (see report 1, 2, 3). These endeavours are fairly different in that Air Alert 3 is a fully developed training programme, whereas my hand walking is more or less improvised (the goal being to walk 100 metres). Now over some thoughts on the fourth week.

Recognising that strength is the main obstacle on the way towards walking a hundred meters on my hands, I have tried to cover as great a distance as possible and arrived at 666 metres (yes, really) in all. This should be compared with last week’s 200 metres and 400 metres the week before that. I rounded of with an attempt at walking 100 metres in as few attempts as possible, with one minute rest in between each stretch. I have now an inkling of what walking a hundred metres is about, and it is not easy, let me tell you. Anyway, I managed in 10 tries with 6 metres extra on the final stretch.

I have now completed Air Alert week 3, which means that I am one week behind schedule. I have previously mentioned that my right calf hurt, but I am happy to tell you that the pain has subsided and is now almost gone. There is yet no Sargent Jump for this week, but I will update this post tomorrow when I have one (it does not feel very important at this stage, to be honest).

Accomplished Air Alert 3, week 3
Sargent Jump: 49 centimetres
Walked 666 metres (27 max) on my hands
Walked 106 metres in 10 attempts with 1 minute rest

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My twin 101-in-1001 projects (Air Alert 3 and hand walking) have now been running for three weeks and it is time for the third report (see report 1, 2). These endeavours are fairly different in that Air Alert 3 is a fully developed training programme, whereas my hand walking is more or less improvised (the goal being to walk 100 metres). Now over some thoughts on the third week.

As foretold last week, I do not have very much to say about the third week. I spent most of the time at Arvikafestivalen (in Swedish), which meant that I did no serious practicing whatsoever. I did one Air Alert and walked 200 metres, but that about sums it up. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity of being more ambitious next week. Stay tuned.

Accomplished one third of Air Alert 3, week 3
Sargent Jump: Not available
Walked 200 metres (20 max) on my hands

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My twin 101-in-1001 projects (Air Alert 3 and hand walking) have now been running for two weeks and it is time for the second report (see report 1). These endeavours are fairly different in that Air Alert 3 is a fully developed training programme, whereas my hand walking is fairly improvised (the goal being to walk 100 metres). Now some thoughts on the second week.

The increase of repetitions and sets for Air Alert was, as I guessed beforehand, not very significant. However, the schedule alternates the days on which Air Alert ought to be done, Monday-Wednesday-Friday for odd weeks and Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday for even weeks. This proved more significant. The first and second sessions were fairly okay and not much to fuss about, but the third was much more demanding, warranting the four-day rest until next session, which is tomorrow. Still, the second week was less demanding in general and I am amazed at how fast my muscles adapt to the exercises.

As for the hand walking, I seem to have underestimated the selfsame muscle adaption. The first week, my shoulders and arms hurt pretty badly from the workout, but not so this week. Taking into account that I covered a greater distance (400 metres this week, compared to 250 metres last week), I am still in a much better condition than after last week. I do believe that strength is my only obstacle to walk 100 metres in one go, since I have next to a flawless record of walking 20-metre stretches.

Next week, I will spend most of the time in Arvika at a music festival, which means than both projects will have to rest for a while. My plan is to practice as usual before I leave (completeting two out of three Air Alerts) and then redo that week (week three) when I return home. I am looking forward to writing to you on this topic again in a week, take care until then.

Accomplished Air Alert 3, week 2
Sargent Jump: 49 centimetres
Walked 400 (25 max) metres on my hands

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My twin 101-in-1001 projects (Air Alert 3 and hand walking) have now been running for a week and it is time for the first report. These endeavours are fairly different in that Air Alert 3 is a fully developed training programme, whereas my hand walking is more or less improvised. Now over to some thoughts on the first week.

Air Alert proscribes exercising three times each week, although the specific days vary from week to week. The first week is fairly easy compared to the subsequent, or so I thought. After the first session I was pretty exhausted, as was the case after the second. After the third, however, I did not feel as tired. It is possible that the first week is the hardest one, with a possible exception of the last week. At the moment, my calves are hurting pretty badly, but otherwise I am fine. My best out of five Sargen Jumps today measured 49 centimetres, which is exactly the same height as last week. I thought it should have been worse because of tired muscles, but obviously I was wrong.

Changing subject to hand walking, I will have to restructure my aforementioned schedule somewhat, removing everything but two things: static endurance training and hand walking. Neither the warm-up exercise nor the other ones turned out satisfactory. The roll-downs seem a bit pointless and the attempts at standing still are terribly hard to measure. I have managed to walk a total of 250 metres though, and that distance will have to be increased drastically later on since it was much easier than I thought. However, I will keep 250 metres as a goal for next week, just to allow my body to adjust itself to the situation.

I do not really think that next week will be vastly different from this one, since there is only a slight increase in the Air Alert and no increase for the hand walking. This week, Air Alert was done Monday-Wednesday-Friday, and next week it will be Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, but since there is no great increase in the number of sets or repetitions, I think I will be alright.

Summary first week:

Accomplished Air Alert 3, week 1
Sargent Jump: 49 centimetres
Walked 250 (20 max) metres on my hands
Stood 3x3x1 minutes on my hands, one minute pause

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As mentioned briefly in my post about Air Alert 3 (now translated into English), I have another goal I want to achieve, not necessarily during the summer, but I will at least make a serious attempt. “Walk 100 metres on my hands” is item 51 on my 101 in 1001 list and intend to start practising seriously as of yesterday. I have not been able to find a comprehensive guide or manual (to be honest, I have not tried very hard), so I am doing this somewhat tentatively. Here is what I intend to do three times a week:

x 20 arm stands with roll-down as warm-up, 10 on each shoulder
x 5 attempts at remaining standing as long as possible
x 3 static repetitions of increasing length with one minute pause

This will probably prove too easy after a while, but I have to start somewhere. In addition to this, I will keep track of cumulative metres walked during a week. I can stand approximately 15 seconds without support and I stood one minute for the static repetitions, since I was exhausted from the other exercises. In addition to this, I will keep track of how many metres I cover during a week. Initially, I aim for 250 metres, divided into five-metre intervals. Again, this will of course have to change as I go along, but this seems reasonable.

I am fairly certain that strength is what I lack. I have been able to walk 27 metres in one go, which turned me into a heap of pure exhaustion for about five minutes. If I want to accomplish 100 metres, I will have to spend a lot of time just building muscles and honing my technique so I can use what muscles I do have more effectively. I have no conception of where this will lead, whether it is realistic or not to expect result towards the end of the summer, but as time tells, I will tell you.

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