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Gareth's Weekend 40k Hand +Fitness Challenge - Wed Sep 04, 2013, 09:29 PM
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Hey all

Starting tomorrow morning I am having a little mini-challenge for myself. From Thursday to Sunday (96 hours).

Goals:

1) Play 40k hands of Zoom six-max. Anywhere from 25nl-100nl.
2) Run 40km total
3) 400 push-ups

Alright, sounds easy eh?

I think the running is going to be the hardest part. I am going to have to do this early in the morning and late at night here, since its hot and humid.

Mini-goal: 5k hands of the 40k have to be 100nl.

So this is obviously a volume challenge, but coming out ahead in the profit department is important too.

I'll be updating this thread with hands I boom, results, and maybe even a tour of my apartment! Will post results after every 10k hands.

I'm playing tournaments on Sunday and doing the Saturday Game on Saturday, so I am hoping to get out ahead of things. Hopefully will be able to hit the 22k hand mark by end of Friday.

Other than that I just got to sleep well, take naps, eat well, and stay hydrated.

Going to start with a midnight run tonight . Challenge starts at 0100 EST since I'm 1 hour back of EST at the moment.

Wish me good luck, bad luck, whatever. This is going to be a fun thread
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2013, 09:52 PM
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WOW!! You have a treat planned for yourself for completing the challenge?


Think for most of us, just doing a smidge of what's on that list would have us patting ourselves on the back and cracking open the cerveza
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2013, 10:03 PM
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Just a day off planned afterwards Sam . Getting it all done with be reward enough
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2013, 10:20 PM
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Sick you are playing my whole month volume in 4 days. Ill be following, Good luck!
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2013, 10:22 PM
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Actually, now that I think about it, there's probably a couple of people who would start the routine with the beer, and go from there lol. But I guess if this is supposed to be a fitness challenge, then a beer at any point would be a no-no


Wow, you're going to be so fit!

And having a day off in Mexico is a pretty cool reward


GL Gareth
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2013, 10:25 PM
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Sick you are playing my whole month volume in 4 days. Ill be following, Good luck!

Ya ... haha!! He's playing my whole month's volume in *a day*!!

I do my best
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2013, 12:37 AM
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wow!!! Good Luck......and I will be watching your C-Betting very closely ....

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Thu Sep 05, 2013, 12:37 AM
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gl with the challenge G!

a video blog would be nice.


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Thu Sep 05, 2013, 01:57 AM
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Playing 10,000 hands per day and running 10,000 metres per day?

Will you be running with your mobile app playing ZOOM at the same time????

Good luck and enjoy your day off.



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Thu Sep 05, 2013, 02:15 AM
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GL Gareth!

Sounds like fun! Are you intending to run more than 4 Zoom tables?

Also, are you breaking the run up? For example a half an hour, 5K in the morning to wake up. Then another 5k in the evening to wind down?

gogogo!

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Thu Sep 05, 2013, 05:43 AM
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Thanks all!

Video blog is definitely doable. Will not be playing on PokerStars Mobile App. That would be pretty funny. Playing on a treadmill would be pretty funny too, but I'll be running outside.

Planning on typically 5 tabling Zoom. Sometimes more sometimes less.

And its 4:40am here and I'm going for my first run. I will post a link afterwards on an app that has a map, its 5.7km the route, so I'll have to do that route exactly 7 times over the 4 days. Hopefully will get 2 laps in today .

Hopefully this works. First run in the books: http://t.co/4gtl81p4WC or http://runkeeper.com/user/GarethWMC/...l=web.activity

40 pushups down, 360 to go

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Thu Sep 05, 2013, 06:53 AM
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Wow, anybody else still in their jammies half asleep? lol

Is it a lot tougher jogging when it's humid, or in high altitudes?
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2013, 08:07 AM
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... Playing on a treadmill would be pretty funny too, but I'll be running outside.
I recommend reading Neal Stephenson's Reamde. Playing games while working out on the treadmill is pretty funny in that book!

gogogo

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Thu Sep 05, 2013, 08:32 AM
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This challenge sounds pretty fun. I tried a bit of a fitness challenge myself a while back and still try to run about a mile or so before I get on with my poker grind most days. Unfortunately the poker side of things didn't go so great for me lol. I'm sure yours will go much better though. Good luck



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Thu Sep 05, 2013, 10:53 AM
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Great idea for a challenge.

10km per day could take a while. Pro tip: Don't run it twice.

Good luck!


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Thu Sep 05, 2013, 04:01 PM
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pretty much the worst start I could imagine. Done the run and pushups for the day but I am down a lot of money in 5k hands. Just took a break, 2 hours off, will probably take the rest of the day off. If I take the rest of the day off its going to be nearly impossible to finish the hands, but I went double my usual stop loss today and didn't feel like my play improved.

Obviously running poorly but my play was also poor. I was rushing decisions and playing C game.

We'll see.
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2013, 05:16 PM
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Hey


Your experience sounds so similar to the one I had last week with my volume goal. Everything was okay at first ... until I started ignoring the signs of fatigue I usually rely on to tell me that I'm no longer playing my A game.

It's kind of awkward, because the whole point of setting a volume goal was to stretch limits. Looking back on the experience though, it kind of seemed like for me the volume goal wound up taking priority over decent play? And like yeah, I let the quality of play slide pretty far down the scale.

And then doing that gave me bigger tilt problems than usual - like I had to crack open the Jared Tendler materials, the whole bit


Anybody else have any similar/different experiences with trying to set volume goals? Any stuff you've found that worked better/worse for you?


EDIT: Oh, well there's a happy ending to the story too ... my volume has improved, but I guess for me, playing well needs to be my top priority no matter what because my A-game's not so hot to begin with? It's going okay now ...

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Thu Sep 05, 2013, 10:39 PM
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yeah just going to call it and take the day off tomorrow. put up a big red number today. disappointed but doesnt make sense to keep pushing. Usually I am fine to play huge volume, just one of those days . I'll do the fitness portion of the challenge the rest of the weekend and then play fresh sunday. sorry all thanks for the support
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2013, 11:01 PM
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Playing on a treadmill would be pretty funny too
Not impossible.. I've actually done it before

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Thu Sep 05, 2013, 11:06 PM
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Ya ... haha!! He's playing my whole month's volume in *a day*!!

I do my best
He's breaking my lifetime career hands.

Good Luck @Coach Gareth

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