In-Depth Post #6: On Our Way

Good day.

Wow, spring break has passed so quickly. I thought two weeks would have lasted longer but it seemed to pass within a blink of an eye. Which kinda upsets me. I wish I took more time to relax with the time I had before the crazy months of April-May-June start. One week has passed already, but I swear it felt like a month. My final months of TALONS are coming, and all I can do now is push through everything and hope for the best. And hopefully survive.

Anyways, my In-Depth is really coming along! After spring break, I thought it would be a good idea to rest for a few days and skip Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday after going through such vigorous training for cadets. But on Thursday, I went back after a week and felt better than I ever did! I felt stronger, well rested, and ready to take on new challenges. I have started to gather some ideas for my In-Depth night learning centre as the date comes closer and closer. My best idea so far includes creating my own personal “circuit” for CrossFit that people can easily tryout and have a feel about what CrossFit really is. Of course it won’t be nearly as intense as a real CrossFit workout would be, but just a glimpse of what to expect. I feel really strong behind my idea and am excited to see how it turns out!

Referring to DeBono, CrossFit’s my concept is fitness. CrossFit’s main goal is to create ultimate athletes and the practical idea for fitness is a variety of workouts. Through these workouts, you are creating a fitter, stronger, and healthier person both physically and mentally; however, there are more specific concepts that will help you focus on more specific practical ideas. For example, if the concept was strength, your practical ideas would focus more on strength such as olympic weight lifting. If your concept was cardio, you would work on interval training to get a higher cardio rate. My mentor and I had a conversation, and he said, “today we will be doing a lot of sprints and running. Not a lot of upper body will be done.” Reading Mulder’s post earlier, I asked, “Is the concept for today’s workout higher endurance?” And he responded with a yes, and that was our goal for that day’s workout.

As for alternatives, CrossFit is all about alternatives. When you are not able to do a certain workout or the maximum weight of another, you adjust so it fits for you. For example, if you are suppose to do 30 squats, but you hurt your back earlier in the week, you would do a different workout that would try to focus on the muscles that you would work while doing squats but in a way that wouldn’t be hurtful to your back. My mentor and more experienced CrossFitters have all offered me alternatives. One time when we were suppose to do pull-ups, I couldn’t do all of them because my body wasn’t strong enough for it. So I used a band, (a rubberband but larger) to put on my knees and help me bring myself up when doing pull-ups. Alternatives like these help me reach my main goal of becoming fitter, but in a way that is more suitable for my level of fitness. As DeBono states, “The main point is that having a way of doing something does not mean it is the best way of doing it” (p. 125). And that is especially true with CrossFit as so many people are different and unique.

These next months are going to be stressful. I need to balance my life of school, CrossFit, rugby, cadets, paratrooper training, and the adventure trip. It will be hard, and I’ll probably cry once or twice, but I’m pretty excited to see what I can do. Thank you again for reading and until next time!

-Azaly Addam

1840: The Struggle of a Native King

My words will be short, as war does not allow people to share stories. This has been going for too long. Too much blood has been shed, many great men, gone. The sight of war is not pretty. I am furious what the Americans have caused the great people of the land. Americans have caused our once great land to fall to ashes. We were once strong, free, and an independent land of colonies, but now we face danger, fear, and death.

I have joined forces with the British to take down the army that has caused so much pain to my people. The British has promised us unity, peace, and harmony. I never take full trust into people, but the British is the only way we can win this war. I am putting all my faith into them. They are the only empire that I trust at the moment, and with all the things they are going to fix after, I see no harm in joining forces.

I want to vanquish the people of the South! People of the north and native colonies have joined together to become one, and take on the armies coming from the America. We have attacked many American posts and areas and we have been winning the war. The most successful capture was the capture of fort Detroit. It seems that we are winning this war. There has been times where the british and my colonies have retreated, but we will stand strong. We will become one. We will win this war!


In-Depth Post #5: I’m Not Cocky, I swear!

Good evening.

FINALLY IT’S SPRING BREAK! After many weeks of intense work and busy schedules, I am excited to finally rest for a couple of weeks before the hectic April-May-June months come. However, I feel that my spring break might not be a break but more of a preparation for the second week of Spring Break. On March 14th, I am leaving for Vernon for one week to do by pre-parachuting course and see if I can make it and get my basic parachuting wings! I have about a week left before the intense course happens, so the first week of the break will mostly consists of preparing myself physically and mentally. I’m excited for sure, but definitely more nervous and anxious than I was a month ago. The intensity level is high, and I am competing with 15 other cadets to make it to the top 5. Hopefully I do really well on the course.

Now onto In-Depth. About a month of In-depth has passed already, and In-Depth night is coming soon. I still have no idea what I want to do for the night yet since the possibilities are endless. My first idea is that I could make a presentation about CrossFit workouts and how I have improved over the months. Another idea I have is to create a miniature obstacle course for parents or teenagers that are coming so I can show what to expect when doing CrossFit. The possibilities are endless, and I am excited to see what I will come up with.

CrossFit continues to go smoothly for me. I am managing to balance my busy life with school and cadets, and I see myself improving every time I do a workout. My chin-ups count has almost doubled since I have started CrossFit! I use to do 8, but now I can easily accomplish 12 or 13! The workouts are still hard to do, but I see myself pushing myself to limits I haven’t seen before. I am constantly outside my comfort zone which is excellent since life isn’t all about being safe and comfortable. During CrossFit, I see myself wearing a variety of hats often. I don’t stick with one side, as I feel that you are not gaining prospective by using one “hat”. In the conversation with my mentor, I saw myself wearing mostly the white and black hat.

My conversation with my mentor:

Me: What is the ideal amount of push-ups I should be doing for my age?

Mentor: Well someone with your body and size should easily be doing 20-25 proper formed push-ups.

Me: Is there a certain type of push-up I should be focusing on?

Mentor: Different types of push-ups work on different types of muscles. It all depends on what you are trying to improve. Tricep push-ups are really good for your arms, while wider push-ups focuses on pectorals and shoulders.

Me: Since I can easily preform 30 tricep push-ups, would it be safe for me to preform hand-stand push-ups since you have seen my abilities?

Mentor: If we work on your form and take it slowly, I can see you doing hand-stand push-ups in no time.

Me: Will this help me prepare myself for my parachuting course?

Mentor: It will help you with your balance and your core.

As you can see in my conversation, I used my white hat often to ask for solid information about push-ups in the beginning and for hard facts about what I should do. Later on, I used my black hat and to think critically, by asking if I have the ability to do a certain type of workout, and how this will help me.

I hope all goes well these next two weeks, and I am excited to share how everything goes!


A Good Source

There are a lot of resources to choose from when gathering information about Canada forming into a nation, but I got my information from a source called Canada Geographic.

Quoted from the text:

“In the 1860s, colonists in British North America became concerned that the United States would try to fulfill their philosophy of manifest destiny by taking over all of North America. The fears were worsened when, during the American Civil War, Britain supported the Southern Confederate Army. When the Northern Yankees won the war, fears the Northern army might continue to fight by invading British territory grew.”

I chose this website because I thought it summarized the history of Canada very nicely while having a visual map showing the different colonizations in Canada at the time. The website seemed very professional and informative. It answers my question about what colonies were in Canada at the time and how they changed over the years. It also relates to my earlier blog post about prospective, as it talks about how party members came together to fix a problem after years of differences.

This source relates to a few PLO’s in section B and C as it analyses the factors that led to the Confederation and development of Canada. Also, it evaluates the impact of interactions between a variety of colonies.