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The Joy of Motorcycle Riding

The Joy of Motorcycle RidingOne of the greatest joys of motorcycle riding should be immediately apparent to anyone who has been stuck in traffic in their bigger, bulkier cars, trucks or vans; motorcycles are just so amazingly mobile. They can squeeze into, through and out of spaces which those larger vehicles could never hope to pass. They represent the perfect ride for people who want to go fast, and that’s why I recently bought myself a new bike. Again, since my last new bike didn’t really last as long as I’d hoped it would. No, I didn’t get into any nasty accident or anything, but I fear I pushed it too hard.

This time, I’ll be sure to treat my ride a bit more respectfully. I’ll be sure to keep up fluids and ride the thing safely, wearing my newly acquired Fox Racing Boots when I do. I don’t know about you, but I think at least some motorcycle accidents could be prevented by wearing boots with a proper amount of traction. It’s a lot easier to stay upright and on your bike if your feet aren’t slipping off the pedals, right? It’s not that I wasn’t wearing protective gear before, but I think I could have been better equipped than I was when I trashed my last new bike.

I love going fast. I know that’s not for everyone, and I know it can be pretty dangerous to move quickly, especially when riding a motorcycle and being surrounded by much bigger vehicles in traffic. If you’re a kind of speed freak like me, then I can’t recommend enough some proper protective gear, like boots. More information regarding good protective gear can be found right here. I’m certainly no expert on the stuff, so I recommend you take a look at that link if you’re looking to steel yourself against potential accidents, road rash or much worse.

I’ve been through a couple little accidents myself. I only call them little though, because I was never seriously injured. My rides, I’m afraid, were not as lucky as I. One time I had to fall onto a side and start sliding, so I wouldn’t ram into this massive truck that stopped all of a sudden up in front of me. My bike got out of my hands and kept flying, but I ended up stopping, so I avoided the worst of the accident. My bike though, it ended up bent in half on itself, like it was just some toy a little kid might break while they were playing with.

Living through something like that would make most people rethink their stance on motorcycles, I know. But I just love going so fast! While you’re out riding your own motorcycle, I recommend that you observe all the normal safety rules you’d follow while driving in a car. That will help you to avoid accidents, like I have. Always leave enough room between yourself and the vehicle in front of you so you can stop in time to avoid a collision, even if they go jamming on the brakes like that trucker did to me.

Art of Bow Hunting

Art of Bow HuntingHunting isn’t my favorite thing to do, but it is an activity I like to partake. Since the beginning, man had to learn how to protect and provide for their families. The hunter would find his target and get himself ready to aim and capture his prey. The same thing follows today. The art of bow hunting has a long, thorough history that many aren’t aware of. The difference is that these bows and arrows have improved through the miracles of 21st century technology.

I went on a hunting trip with a friend and his uncle last fall. It had been a while since I’ve been in the deep woods, looking for some deer or rabbit, and preparing myself to hit my target. When I went with my friend, his uncle gave us some advice about choosing the right tools to use.  Additionally, there is so much strategy involved. Before going out and buying an arsenal, it is important to learn modern bow hunting and the importance of a good quality bow.

Luckily, the bows and arrows used today shoot further and deeper than the ones hand-crafted by the hunters thousands of years ago. These bows are not only harder to break, but they are pretty light weight. Carrying the bow isn’t a hassle when it comes to its weight. Knowledge and shooting dexterity is important if you want to get the perfect, precise hit.

Types of bows are the traditional longbow, recurve bow, and compound bow. The traditional bow is the most basic and it is straight until it is strung. Afterwards, it does curve. The recurve bow has more muscle to it; devices are generally not used with this bow. The compound bow has a lot of cables and pulleys and is the most commonly used bow these days. The wide variety of bows allows the hunter to figure out which one works for him.

The shafts of the arrow can be made from a myriad of materials. Traditional wood is still used to make these shafts. Other materials used are: fiberglass, carbon, aluminum, and an amalgamation of aluminum and carbon. The arrow heads, also called “points,” come in an array of colors, materials, shapes, and sizes. The hunter has to decide which material to use based on the situation. Broad heads are used to hunt large game, as well as smaller animals. There are varied blades used such as removable, fixed, and expandable.

I’ve applied many strategies to my hunting each time I would go. As a beginner, you have to start off in baby steps.  Learn how to position the arrow (nocking), pull the arrow in the right spot (drawing), steady the body properly, and release the arrow. After learning these steps, judging distance should be understood through practice and sight skills. Understanding the land, learning the signs placed in areas, and knowing the kill is best.

Methods such as still, stalking, and glass are helpful to understand. Still is simply standing still or moving around after periods of time until you find the game. Glass is using a scope or binoculars before stalking the target. Stalking method, which is the one I usually use, is simply locating the game and positioning myself for that sweet shot.  It doesn’t matter which one you use, be sure it makes you the most comfortable.

After the hunting trip with my friend and his uncle, I was able to kill two deer and later, took home some meat.If you are looking to improve your skills, practice these methods and see what works for you. It took me a long time to figure out what I felt suited me.

The Philosophy of Golf

The Philosophy of GolfSome people like basketball; others like baseball. Personally, I like golf. It’s a great chance to be outdoors, spend time with friends, and I get to use a putter. Instead of mini-golf, I decided to go to a real golf course and spend time with a couple of guy friends. My intentions of going to this golf course were to practice my swing and work my personal best. I was a tad rusty since the last time I actually went. It was five years ago with some family members of mine. After some poor performance issues, I decided to get back into it full swing (pun intended).

For several weeks, I’ve been practicing and going to a laid-back golf instructor for some lessons. I have never taken real lessons before, and at first I was hesitant because none of my friends or family have gone to a professional for help. They had learned from their friends who played in high school and college. The instructor, who I will call “Matt,” taught me a few tips to work on my swing and strengthen my focus. Lord knows my focus has been pretty nonexistent with work and everything else. I figured golf would be a good release for me.

I wanted the perfect golf swing. I’ve heard of this universal perfection of the golf swing, but I just want to be able to follow the rules of golf while swinging the ball as far as I can without having to conform. Still, I thought going to a golf instructor would be a nice idea to get pointers. Because of Matt’s laid-back attitude and open-mindedness, I was able to learn that the best way to get that swing is through visualization. Visualization is picturing yourself doing something and doing that act successfully in your mind. Matt said that is what I had to do. So, every day, I’d picture myself making that hole in one. I pictured myself keeping my composure and making that ball go in the hole with minimal swings. I simply want to perform well.

Another tip Matt gave me was in order to produce desired results, I should get a distance measurement device. The device was a lifesaver. GPS, smartphone, and watch distance measurement devices are pretty helpful to work on the swing since it gauges measurements and conditions. These handheld devices definitely bettered my performance more than I expected.

Not too long ago, I went to the green with my friends to show how much I had improved. I left behind the doubt and negativity, and used my visualization techniques and practice to show off what I could do. They were amazed of how much I had improved since they last watched me. Before, I was pretty rusty, but now that I learned what I could accomplish, that rustiness disappeared! I urge those beginners who want to take up golf as well as golf enthusiasts to take the time to do what I have done to improve my swing.

Introduction to Longboarding

Introduction to LongboardingHey guys, it’s Morgan, better known as KnitWit to some of you. In case you didn’t know, I love hobbies. I like doing yo-yo tricks to impress neighborhood kids and their parents. I also enjoy folding sheets of paper to make a bird or a miniature kite. Aside from yo-yos and origami, what I really like to do is longboarding. What is longboarding you might ask? Longboarding is riding a longboard, which is similar to its skateboard counterpart. Compared to the skateboard, the longboard is more stable, has more traction, and more sturdy.  I’ve seen a lot of these longboard users at the local park and liked seeing the twists and turns performed. I wondered if I could do that since I was once someone who was into roller blading and skateboarding. Plus, it is another hobby I could put on my bucket list. I was ready to roll (Okay—bad pun)!

I visited a website dedicated to teaching beginners about how to buy a longboard kit and how to ride one. I knew it was a good place to start researching about longboards.  I wanted to get a longboard that I could use on the street, so I looked into the kinds that were used for that type of environment. I looked into wheels, bearings, and trucks to make sure I can get the sturdiness that I needed. Smaller wheels are better to speed on, but bigger wheels makes going over pebbles easier.

Introduction to Longboarding

Bones and Sector 9 are reputable brands for bearings and seem to have positive reviews. If I want the wheels to move swiftly, then I need to buy them ASAP. The T-shaped connectors between the wheels and board are the trucks, so I wanted to make sure they were the right ones for my board. There are lots of longboard brands such as Arbor, Globe, and Madrid. Punked Decks looked like a suitable brand, so I purchased one of their 30” board kits.

I tested the board after it was put together. Braking, carving (snake-like curving while learning left and right), and pumping are some techniques beginners should learn before trying out any tricks. After practicing for a bit, I started to get a hang of the longboard. I was ready to try out a trick or two.

The first trick I learned with my new longboard is slaloming. Slaloming is weaving in and out of obstacles with a set of cones or on sidewalks. You can build a lot of momentum without needing to use your foot. After watching a couple of videos, I finally got it down. Before doing this trick, a beginner should work on their pumping (keeping speed without needing to keep pushing with a foot). Other tricks include kick flipping and the Ollie. It took about a week or two to really get it down, but after learning from the other longboarders and watching them closely, I was able to do a kick flip. Success is mine!

Some tips you should follow? Use a board that works for you, not just because someone recommended the type. Don’t be afraid to ask longboard experts questions if you have any. Think about the environment—are you riding in the city streets or on hills? Last, but not least, see if any of your friends are interested in riding. I started making new friends ever since I began, and now I practice tricks with them. If you are as interested in longboarding as I am, be sure to have fun!

What I Learned from a Martial Art Class

Martial Art ClassYou know how you just tend to put on a few pounds during the colder months? Well, it’s definitely warmer outside now, but I was still having a hard time shedding that winter fat until just recently. Even my girlfriend was starting to comment about it and bug me to do something, so I went looking for a quick way to get rid of those extra pounds. I got a lot more than I bargained for in the process.

I had taken some self-defense classes in the past, but that really was in the past – many years ago, when I was still just a little guy. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program I enrolled in turned out to be more than just a self-defense class though. The experience was a highly positive one and that’s why I feel the need to share it with you here. Not only did I get rid of that extra weight, but I got into better shape than I’ve been in for years thanks to Jiu Jitsu.

I’m breathing easier, I have more energy and my girlfriend and I both notice that I’m generally in a better mood since I started my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program. I’ve read up on the positive effects of exercise on the body and mind, and it seems like I’m just enjoying the benefits which come naturally with getting up and getting active. At this point, I couldn’t really imagine going back to a lifestyle that didn’t involve some kind of physical fitness regimen.

As for the class itself, I’ve learned a lot already. It started off somewhat slow, but it’s not like you can just jump into some new fighting style and immediately be proficient at it, right? I went down several times in my first couple weeks, but I’m definitely better now than I was then. I’ve learned how to read people in a sense, looking at their body language to tell which way they’re going to move, or which arm or leg they’re going to swing or kick with, and then react accordingly.

I’ve got to admit, it does feel kind of nice having this knowledge about ways to hurt people who might attack me. There’s a certain peace of mind that accompanies being able to handle yourself in a fight. It’s a good feeling, and if that was all I got from my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, I would still be happy with the experience.

The world is a dangerous place, you know? You never know what somebody’s going to say or do and it’s best to be prepared for a fight or flight situation so you don’t end up being just another victim. Thankfully, I haven’t had to use anything I’ve learned outside of class, but again, it’s better to be prepared rather than defenseless in the off chance that something bad does happen. I know, I probably sound like a Boy Scout right here, but they do teach a few solid lessons.

My Girlfriend Is Into Crossfit But Not Me

My Girlfriend Is Into Crossfit But Not MeThe other day I had a conversation with my girlfriend and although she thinks I look great for the most part, she feels that I should join her in Crossfit as a way of staying healthy and as a way for us to bond over a neat activity.

I disagree with her because I don’t think I need a Crossfit coach to get physically fit and I believe that this program is a rip-off because it charges you for doing exercises and adhering to a diet that can easily be done on your own time and at your house.

I’ m also not a big fan of going to gyms anyway but my girlfriend has made some friends while going to Crossfit classes. Before my girlfriend started Crossfit, she wasn’t as hyper-cautious about what she ate and how many calories she burned. Now she is getting a little nutty with this program in my opinion although I applaud her efforts.

What Is Crossfit Training

Crossfit is a fitness program where the coach teaches a variety of classes that emphasize strength training, weight loss, muscle toning and maintaining a healthy diet through low carb dieting. You would sign up for classes and you’ll attend a class each week in order to meet your goal. Some of the main exercises done in Crossfit include squats, bench presses, rope climbing, and push ups.

My Girlfriend Still Attempts To Convince Me

Today I picked my girlfriend up from her Crossfit training and she told me that her coach is starting a “mens only” CrossFit training class next week and that I should check it out at least once. I didn’t budge on my belief that Crossfit is not necessary for me and that the men in those training classes are probably somewhat arrogant regarding their looks. However, my girlfriend still thinks that I should join Crossfit because it will add some excitement to my life, and she said that she has lost weight due to it.

A Compromise?

After going back and forth with my girlfriend concerning Crossfit, I came to a quasi compromise. If I will attend some of the training sessions with her, she would learn more about my technological expertise and even get into some of it if she thinks certain gadgets would benefit her. I told her that there fitness apps that help her with Crossfit and she was sold on the idea.

Conclusion

I attended two to three training sessions of Crossfit and even though I’ll never join it permanently, I think compromise is a good thing if I want to make my sweetheart happy. My girlfriend is still excited as ever about Crossfit and I told her she should advertise for the company. Our closet is stuffed with CrossFit gear and other fitness equipment. Needless to say that quite pisses me off. I have been eating a paleo diet with her and I must say that I’m not as sluggish as when I would eat plenty of carbs and high fat foods.

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