Posts Tagged exercise

#2: Workout Ethic

I went in super early (well, I guess not super early – only 6am or so) and did an aerobic/treadmill workout at the gym at work.  Man, it was tough – taking time off from exercising is just terrible for my ability to get back into the swing of things, both psychologically and physically.  Still, I completed my run and felt pretty good about it.  I am unhappy with my current weight, or I guess more accurately the distribution of weight – I’ve got too much flab on my chin and chest, and I think I’d feel a huge amount better about myself if I toned that down a little.

So, how to form an exercise plan that works for me?  The way I got it to work at Caltech was to wake up early (because Robin and Fred pounded on my door).  The way I got it to work in Los Angeles when I was working at Pretty Good Games (in Manhattan Beach, about an hour away from home if I didn’t hit traffic) was to wake up early and drive to a gym near work.  And the way I generally find it working here in Seattle is to… wake up early to get to the gym at work.  Waking up early, because I have more “free energy” in the mornings (I think that makes me a morning person!) seems to be a good plan.  And making it fairly regular would also help.

#2. I resolve to get to work early enough (pre-7am) on two days a week for a full month so that I can get a short workout in before I start my workday.

That should still give me enough time to work on various things before I get distracted by folk in the Pit / meetings / playtests, and it won’t be ridiculous on either my body endurance or my sleep cycles to do this twice a week.

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Ryan Dhuse

Although Lee and I started around the same time, I think Ryan was one of my first actual friends at Wizards that I didn’t work closely with. Ryan’s got a very similar temperament to me, and a very similar sense of humor, which means hanging out with him is great. Not only that, but he’s a good influence on me: not only did he get me into Wallyball, which is an excellent way to exercise and hang out with friends (which I have been missing recently due to trips and general fatigue), but he convinced me to go out for a beach volleyball tournament with him, to go to a singles comedy club night (where we met awesome new friends!), to enjoy the hilarious and interesting microtalks of Ignite Seattle, and just generally to go out and have a great time with friends, but you know, out!

Ryan and I have also commiserated quite a bit over love life – he’s much better at it than I am, because he doesn’t get all bogged down in overanalysis/regret like I do! – which has provided very entertaining and also character-building conversations over the course of the last few years. Ryan’s a great guy, and I feel like I learned a lot by example from him in terms of how to be more open/honest/friendly with women up front, and how to just get out and not worry too much about what other people think when you are socializing. Ryan’s also one of my go-to friends when I want to watch a movie in the theater, because he had an awesome childhood of “family owned the local movie theater.”

To sum up, Ryan’s totally sweet, and I’m very glad I have him to talk to when I am having personal quandaries and to join for adventurous outings here in Seattle.

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Running Focus

When I run, for exercise, I find myself needing to put my mind into focus on something *other* than the running itself.  I don’t know if this is common among people – I’m sure some people can just let their minds wander and not really focus on anything, and others can focus specifically on the running (like monitoring themselves for performance and stamina).

Over the years, I have received some advice on what to think about while running.  One of my coaches bombarded me with math (I think it was first-year calculus) while we ran on the beach training for cross-country, another told me to focus on imagining that I am holding a potato chip in each hand (making a game of it).  I also blast music at full volume when I have my iPod on a run – when there’s a song to sing along to, I have about a 50/50 chance to focus on that rather than get worked up about the workout.

But recently, I have found that considering game design problems is a great way to make the time in the workout fly by.  This is probably my obsessive nerdy brain at work, spending all of its attention on the cerebral problems of games (e.g. like staying up all night playing Starcraft) and ignoring physical concerns (e.g. like staying up all night).

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