Epic Quest of Awesome

It’s Day 5 now since I started questing at Nerd Fitness Academy, and I have to say, the experience has been very fun so far. As I battle Bosses and Gain XP I am working each day to try to implement Steve Kamb’s Level Up Your Life ideals into my own.

This of course, means making my own Epic Quest of Awesome(Which, in short is a gamified bucket list). I have overlooked my Impossible List carefully and followed suit to separated each item into it’s own Quest Category.

Each Quest is worth 20 XP. After every 100XP is hit(or 5 Quests total) I gain a level. In addition to regular quests there are also Master Quests, extremely difficult quests that automatically level you up once you hit them.

The one tweak I’m making to my EQA draws from my Runescape-playing days, and color code the quests. Each Quests will be colored as such:

  • Quest Completed
  • Quest Started
  • Quest Not Started

Russ’ Epic Quest of Awesome

Below you will find a list of what I want to accomplish over the years. My Epic Quest is a progress and is subjected to change over time.

Completed Quests

Level 2

Level 1

North America Quests

  • Rock Climb Devil’s Tower
  • 50 points in 50 States(2/50)
  • Snow Board in Jasper, Canada
  • See an Aurora Borealis
  • Hike the Ice Age Trail(More Info.)
  • Strawberry Hill(More Info.)
  • Corn Palace(Morn Info.)
  • Travel to Canada

Central/South America Quests

  • Backflip on top of Macchu Picchu

Europe Quests

  • Paraglide in Chamonix Europe
  • Step foot in Sweden
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride in Sweden
  • Marcle Aches Cave(More Info.)

Africa Quests

  • Surf in Killer Point Mocorro

Far East Quests

  • Go to a Japaense Hot Spring
  • Bunny Island, Japan
  • Fuji Mountain Race(More Info.)

South Pacific Quests

  • A Simple Walk Into Mordor(More Info.)
  • Scuba Dive Australia’s Coral Reef
  • Bungee Jump off Victoria Fall Ridge

Ninja/Strength Quests

  • 10 Years Martial Arts(1/10)
  • 10 Years Weaponry(0/10)
  • Complete All Fitocracy Quests(More Info.)
  • Run Alpha Warrior(Texas & California)(More Info.)
  • 5 No-Kip Muscle Ups
  • 15 Second Human Flag
  • Sign White Block at Fight or Flight Academy
  • Post a 5-Minute Parkour Montage
  • Pick a Master lock

Flips & Twists Quests

  • Front Flip
  • Back Flip
  • Aerial
  • Side Flip
  • Corkscrew
  • 540 Kick

Personal Level-Up Quests

  • Skinny Dipping
  • Cliff Swinging
  • Make Food(Cheese, Wine, Yogurt)
  • Visit A Sunken Ship
  • Take A Sniper’s Course
  • Get a Wax
  • 1,000 Photo Challenge[Progress]
  • 1,000 Geocaches
  • Spontaneous Vacation

Rock Star Quests

  • [PIANO] Piano Man By Billy Joel
  • [PIANO] Roses and Butterflies By Making April
  • [PIANO]  Guitar vs Piano By Goukisan
  • [GUITAR] Guitar vs Piano By Goukisan
  • [HARMONICA] The Times They Are Changing by Bob Dylan
  • [HARMONICA] Piano Man By Billy Joel

Education Quests

  • Get a Helicopter Pilot License
  • Become SCUBA Certified
  • Learn to Sail A Boat
  • Get a Motorcycle  License
  • Publish a Mobile App
  • Write a Novel
  • Obtain a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Obtain a Master’s Degree

Les Stroud/Survivalist Quests

  • Score 300 With Recurve Bow[More Info.]
  • Make Deer Jerky
  • Finish a Survival Adventure Race[More Info.]
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • Waterfront Lifeguard Certification
  • Build and Shoot Arrows from Scratch
  • Take a NOLS semester Course[More Info.]
  • 7-Day Survival with BOB
  • 21-Day Survival, only Knife

Running & Races Quests

  • First Marathon
  • Barefoot Marathon
  • Minneapolis Ground Rounds(51 Miles)(More Info.)
  • 50-Ultra Marathon
  • 100-Ultra Marathon
  • Spartan Sprint
  • Spartan Super
  • Spartan Beast
  • Spartan Trifecta(Sprint + Super + Beast In 1 Year)
  • Triathlon Sprint(750m S/20K B/ 5K R)
  • Triathlon Olympic (1500m S/40K B/ 10K R)
  • Triathlon Half-Iron(1.2 mi S/90K B/21K  R)
  • Triathlon Iron(2.4 mi S/180K B/42K R)

Events/Conferences Quests

  • Eeyore’s Birthday
  • Room 13 San Antonia[More Info.]
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Cirque De Loteil
  • Google Local Guides Summit
  • Red Bull Art of Motion

Financial Quests

  • Have $10,000+ in Saving before 2019
  • Adopt a Minnesota Highway
  • Earn 1,000 Subscribers on Challenge List

Master Quests

  • Get A Career Allowing Me to Live Anywhere
  • Completed a Barkley Marathon[More Info]
  • Obtain a PhD

Challenge List Mini-Quests

 

 

 

 

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Buff Buddes Weeks 3 & 4: Achieving Goals

So Week 3 definitely was a little bump in the road for me. I did manage to limit myself during the Thanksgiving festivities, but at the same time, I also did pretty bad maintaining my 10 hour a week goals. I ended up fatiguing my arm during Krav Maga during week 2 and that translated to a lot of workout limitations.

However, after taking some time to recover I was able to dominate week 4. The academy I go to for Parkour was closed for the holiday so I ended up going rock climbing and swimming instead. I ended up reaching my swimming goal and am now going to be focusing on increasing my distance instead of speed. After I build up to doing 1650m freestyle with no rest I will be working my way to get below a 10:00 speed.

I also realize that while I am getting stronger there still some fat I can cut back on. I will be now dropping some of the more fatty foods(lbreads, pastas, and dairy) to try and achieve a 7% fat. Regretfully, I did end up gaining 1% of my body fat back. I also decided to include more jogging to help reduce the fat and to build up to that 5 minute mile.

Workout

Week 3
Friday-Tricking: 540 Kicks(1 Hour), Jogging: 5.5 miles(.75)
Saturday-Front and vault flips(1hour)
Sunday-2 mile jog(.25 hours) Yoga(.75 hours)
Monday-Knife Fight Practice(.5 hour)
Tuesday-Jogging(.5 hours), 540 kicks(1 hour)
Wednesday- Knee Drops and Penny Swings(1 hour)
Thursday-Jogging(.5 hours), Yoga(.5 hours)

Total: 7.75 hours

Week 4
Friday – Rock Climbing(1.5 hours)
Saturday – Swimming (1 hour)
Sunday – Yoga (1 hour), 5 mile jog (.75 miles)
Tuesday – 4 mile Jogging(.5 hours), Pull Ups(.5 hours) 540 Kicks(1 hour)
Wednesday-4.5 mile Jog(.5 hours), Yoga(.5 hours), Kip Up Training(1 Hours)
Thursday- Front Handspring(1 hour), 2 mile jog(.25 hours), Pull Ups(.5 Hours)

Total:: 10 hours

Result: I felt like I could’ve put a bit more into it, I hope with classes now finishing up for the semester I can focus more on working out

Stats
Weight: 152(+2 Since Last Week)
Body Fat %: 9%(+1% since last week)

Body Photo

Result: A hiccup in my diet a bit, I’m hoping to continue the road to a 7% body fat.

Goal Records
Pulls ups(Goal: 20 Most Done 2 weeks ago: 13, Most done this week: 15)
Rocking Climbing(Goal: Climb a V4, Highest climbed before week 0: V2, Highest this week: V3)
1 mile run(Goal: 5:00, Fastest 2 Weeks ago: 6:06, Fastest This Week: 6:08
500m swim(Goal: 11:00, Fastest before week 0: 15:10, Fastest this week: 10:26) – Swim goal accomplished!

Result: Getting close to a lot of my goals. I feel confident I will be hitting a lot of them before the end of week 16.

Overall Conclusion:
I am definitely getting there with some of my goals but I feel like I still need to push myself a bit to achieve them. I am also starting to focus on some strength base goals as well like handstand push ups and one hand pull ups. If I do see progress in these two exercises I may be adding it to the list of goals.

Week 0: The FitBuddies Challenge

On November 6th, the internet film company known as Roosterteeth posted a video about 3 of their employees who aim to work out and lose weight. They call themselves “Buff Buddies” and encouraged others who want to join them to post weekly journals documenting their experiences.  I decided to take up the challenge to join them on their 16-week quest to be stronger.

I am not really new to Physical fitness. I am very avid in both Parkour and Running for the past couple of years. It was actually earlier in June this year I’ve completed my first Marathon after 18-weeks of intensive training. However, after I finished my marathon I started to slack in my physical fitness regime.

I use to be the kind of guy who worked out 2 hours a day and eat salads like it was the only thing I knew how to eat. Nowadays, I slipped into the bad habit of sitting on my butt and eating junk food. I feel like if myself from a year ago and me today got into a fitness competition I’ll get my ass kicked. I don’t like that, so I am now making the pledge to become stronger every single day.

Goals:

Short-Term(16-Weeks)
Rock climb a V4 Route (Current Best: V2)
5:00 Minute mile (Current Best: 6:25)
20 consecutive pull Ups (Current Best: 16)
Swim 500m in 11:00 minutes (Current Best 15:10)

Long-Term(1 year)

Spartan 5k (Under 50:00)
Swim 1600m/1 mile consecutively
Front Flip
Back Flip
Side Flip

Stats

Current
Age:           21
Height:    5′ 11
Weight: 151 lbs
Body Fat: 9%
 
2.6.2014
Age: 20
Height: 5’11
Weight: 135 lbs
Body Fat: 6%
 
Body Photo

Workout
I do not have a gym membership and the only work out equipment I have is at the Parkour academy I go to. Most of my exercises will consist of Martial Arts, Rock Climbing, Running, Swimming, and Gymnastics. I will be logging my exercises at the end of each week.

Good luck to my fellow Buff Buddies, I wish you the best in your workouts!