Tough Mudder Training Blog: Day 05

Posted on Saturday, July 13th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

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Several days ago, I went to an MMA training session at a UFC Gym, detoxified at a Spa Castle with 6 different saunas and multiple pools containing dozens of water jets placed and positioned in every angle to target every spot one's body could ask for.

The soreness from the UFC Gym elevated for about 3 days until all the aches started to fall back. That weekend, I went out to the countryside for a few days in which I engaged in various activities including swimming, badminton, archery, and little bit of hiking.

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Tough Mudder Training Blog: Day 04

Posted on Saturday, July 6th, 2013 at 2:21 am

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Over the past week, my workouts have consisted of plenty of cardio, swimming, and arm wrestling. Yea, that last one may seems a little weird, but arm wrestling is one heck of an upper body workout – if you know what you're doing.

I had the honor of arm wrestling Joyce Boone (one of the best female pullers in NY), as well a couple of pros at the training session, which was no different than versing a wall. I take arm wrestling pretty seriously, so hopefully I too can become that proverbial wall.

Swimming is always a fantastic workout. It made me realize that even though I can run a few miles, doing a few laps in the pool had me completely drained with my heart pounding a million beats a second. With that said, I need to figure out how I can start swimming more...

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Tough Mudder Training Blog: Day 03

Posted on Friday, June 28th, 2013 at 12:30 am

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Today's workout consisted of light upper body weight lifting, and some major cardio work. Due to my work schedule, these workouts occur separately throughout the day. Kettle bell at work, cardio in the evening, pull-ups to finish it all off.

Using a 20 pound kettle bell, I worked on biceps, triceps, lower back, lats, traps, and shoulders. I did 1 to 2 sets of each of these workouts just to kick things in for what's to come. Later in the day...

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Tough Mudder Training Blog: Day 02

Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

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That treacherous Arctic Enema. Nothing else scares the crap out of me more than the Arctic Enema. There's something about being engulfed freezing ice cold water that absolutely terrifies me. The shock, the sting, the burning sensation from the heatless* water taking your form! I'm gonna start taking cold showers, and maybe even work my way up to ice-filled baths! Yes. No limits.

I need to start obstacle training... Cardio alone just ain't gonna cut it for too much longer. As a results, I need another pair of shoes – this time for trail running. I've got a long road ahead of me with not too much time to go. October 13, 2013 is creepin' up real good! My activity overview after the jump...

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Tough Mudder Training Blog: Day 01

Posted on Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

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A couple of days ago I registered to participate in the October 2013 Tough Mudder event in New Jersey. I am super excited! I have never done anything like this, but always wanted to. I love physical challenge, especially when it forces me off my behind and makes me crave energy, adrenaline, and performance!

I considered today to be day 01 of my training. Starting out light. Pushing my cardio by running up many flights of stairs, pushups and pull-ups, leg raises on the Iron Gym, and some good 'ol stretching. The new Adidas Marathon shoes will start serving me well when I get back into running and sprinting – possibly starting tomorrow.

Also considering joining a free-reign gym, one where people go for Parkour, Gymnastics, Capoeira, and more. Improving natural strength that benefits you when traversing harsh terrain is more important than lifting heavy weights and drinking protein shakes. I'm after lean muscle development, toning, and losing approximately 15 to 20 lbs. of excess body fat. The stronger I get, and the more weight I shed, my power-to-weight strength ratio will jump even higher. More after the jump...

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Looking back at 2012, reflections

Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

At the beginning of 2012, I blogged about my goals and aspirations, both personal and professional. My very last point was to "be perceptive of great opportunities," and that, I feel, sums up the reason why 2012 went the way it did...

First and foremost, in March, I accepted a position as a Developer at a digital agency in NYC. A great opportunity presented itself, and I decided to act on it after discussions with friends and family. I knew that accepting this position would mean bad news for a bunch of other things I had planned, like branding and developing my company, writing more and redesigning this blog, and launching 2 or more personal projects.

Accepting this role has improved my skills very fast, which is something I felt I needed to do. Responsive Web Design, complex JavaScript interactivity, and working on large/enterprise-level projects are now well up my alley. More thoughts and reflections after the jump...

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jQuery/HTML Tip: Focus cursor inside “contenteditable” element after click

Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 3:20 am

Chrome 21 (and below) has some strange behavior towards elements with the “contenteditable” attribute, if you dynamically clear its text/content on click using $('.className').text("") or $('.className').html(""). After one click, the text/content clears, but there’s no cursor. If you click again, then the cursor appears.

Note 1: Clicking an empty area of the "contenteditable" element makes the cursor appear. Clicking the text itself, however, makes you click a 2nd time to show the cursor.
Note 2: Tabbing/focusing into the element DOES NOT have the same problem.

This is very annoying, and surprising that only Chrome behaves this way. Basically, when you're hooking onto the "focus" event to clear your element's content, clicking the text of the element doesn't trigger the "focus" event you need. That's why the second click is required – to trigger the actual focus event. And again, clicking into your element's empty area fires off the focus event with one click.

Code example after the jump...

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jQuery Tutorial: Select elements with the same index, across multiple containers

Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 2:37 am

A few days ago I was working on a project where I needed to set the "active" state of <li> elements across multiple containers. These containers were divided into separate tabs, so one could be viewed at a time, but when one container updated, all the others needed to be updated as well.

Check out the instructions and code after the jump!

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Gift of the Year: 18th.me – become the Mona Lisa with a real painting!

Posted on Saturday, February 4th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Painting comparison of original and custom Mona LisaIt's been a long time since I've come across an idea as unique as this one. 18th.me is, to put it simply, a custom painting service. Select a painting out of the "collection," send in a photo, and receive a hand-painted picture with your face instead of... Napoleon Bonapart's.

No more searching for original ideas for gifts – this is pretty much it. As the 18th.me website states, whether you're looking for a conversation piece or a house warming gift, a custom painting of 'Mona Lisa' or 'American Gothic' with your buddies' faces will certainly surprise.

More recently, an option to buy prints instead of an oil painting was introduced for an even more affordable price tag. Of course, they're not as impressive as an actual painting, but definitely a solid alternative.

So, head over to http://18th.me/, check out the collection, and start planning birthday presents!

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Links for week of 1/15/12 – Productivity!

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 4:16 am

This past week I've gathered some links to useful tools. If you use Photoshop regularly, browse coding docs, use forms, and/or manage projects, the following will make your life easier and improve productivity:

Dochub.io - Quick language documentation browser for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, DOM, jQuery, PHP.

GuideGuide - Photoshop plugin that allows you to quickly generates accurate grids for your designs/projects.

Inquire.ly - Collects data from your website's forms, with easy management and notifications. Will also be available as WordPress and ExpressionEngine plugins.

Asana and Do - Both Asana and Do are highly robust task and project management tools with great interfaces, multiplatform synching, team communication, and more. Hard choice, this one is.

Bonus link after the jump!

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