Day 70 of 84
Metabolic Surge: Round 2, Phase 3, Day 2
I had a long day again today. I woke up in the morning, ate breakfast, then rushed off to the eastern suburbs of Brisbane to catch my (elder) brother and his teammates at the judo tournament. They are a team of five (two males and three females) who were representing the Philippines in the Queensland Judo Open. My brother was quite new to competing in judo, but the rest of his teammates had lots of experience. The girls (who yesterday were all a little over their target weight, but got under when they weighed in again in the morning) ended up winning three golds, a silver, and a bronze, which was a great showing for them. We were all so happy! Though my brother didn’t win anything, he did give his best and I’m proud of him for going against very good opponents.
It was actually my first time to watch a judo tournament, and I was in awe of the skill and determination on display on the mat. I appreciated the beauty of the sport, and also noticed that a lot of the competitors were fit and strong, due to the discipline and hard work instilled in them by their chosen sport. Perhaps it might be something for me to consider as a way of keeping active sometime in the future.
After the tournament, we proceeded to a barbecue hosted by my uncle’s buddies. While the food was being prepared, I took the opportunity to bring my brother and the girls for a drive to the city. Both their accomodations last night and the tournament were in the eastern suburbs, so they had not seen Brisbane itself. Then back to the barbecue for dinner, and then after that, I took them to the airport to catch their flight back to Sydney. It was a really good experience for me to actually play host for friends visiting from home! From now until I go back in early December, I’ll be living alone again.
Once I got back to my apartment, I changed and went straight for my planned HIIT run. Like before, I aimed for a little over the 15 minutes (total 18 minutes) of intervals using near-maximal (20s run, 5s walk) protocol. I really had to do it even if I was a bit tired already since I had some dessert at the barbecue and I really wanted to burn it off!
Aside for the barbecue, I had kept to my low-fat meal plan for all the other meals by bringing my lunchboxes with me to the tournament. I was able to stick with the meal timings just by sneaking out of the tournament hall on my planned mealtimes (unless my brother or one of his teammates was playing).
Hope your weekends were as exciting as mine!