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Subject:personal limitations
Time:11:30 am
Current Mood:exhaustedexhausted
I wonder if I'm cut out for hard physical labor. I'm just not used to it. I know I'll get used to it. I'm just not sure I can get over that "hump" to be able to get used to it.

Wow, it was tough. I mean, when those 2 ladies got in my cab last night (and they weren't anywhere near overweight; they were both very nicely-figured) and I tried to pedal away, it was like I couldn't move. It took me a few seconds to get going. I was propelling almost 600 pounds with my legs alone. I got going, and it's much easier once you have some momentum, but it's not easy. Today, I'm sore as hell.

As I've said before, I'm predominantly a brain, just housed in a body. I've increased my physical fitness an incredible amount in the past few months by bicycling, stretching, and performing bits of Chi Kung. I'm trying to become more attuned to my body, something I've neglected in the past. But I'm much better at jobs where I think, write, type - this is the first "physical" job I've ever had. And pedicabbing is overwhelming in its sheer magnitude.

I guess I'm wondering if I bit off more than I can chew.
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amp23
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Time:2003-10-30 11:41 am (UTC)
did you start out in 1st? that bike is sometimes hard enough to get going with just one person on it, especially if it's above 12th gear.

couple weeks of pulling folks should get your body to compensate and strengthen as long as your dietary needs are taken care of.

you might also try renting the pedicab on days you're not working if possible, and load it down with weight for training.
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openmynd
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Time:2003-10-30 11:46 am (UTC)
I was in the next-to-lowest gear on the bike. I had some problems shifting, too, so I need to mess with the rear derailleur, and maybe put a new chain on the bike.

Man, I'm not sure I can do this for a couple of weeks. Damn, it's tough.

Last night was "training", being that I only hauled those two ladies, and that was 3 hours after starting. I'm so damn sore and exhausted today, it's not funny.
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amp23
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Time:2003-10-30 11:53 am (UTC)
i hear ya on the toughness. when i first started capoeira it fuckin killed me with each workout i went to. i would be sweating by the time we finished our warmups, and exhausted 10 minutes later. even got tot he point of regularly taking ibuprofen to get through the week.

in times like that when i'm questioning why i'm doing something and doubting my ability to get there, i remember hagakure: it's a matter of being determined, and having the will to break through to the other side.

or another favorite quote: happiness is the feeling that strength increases as resistance is overcome.

the body is amazing in its capacity to adapt, even when it is doing everything in its power to convince you you've hit the ceiling of ability.

good luck on breakin through
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a2utodidact
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Time:2004-03-11 01:29 pm (UTC)
"As I've said before, I'm predominantly a brain, just housed in a body."

I have often said this. I'm adding you. :)
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