Intro to GLW

My second project this summer was a bit bigger, and dare I say, it fit all categories on the sheets our supervisors handed out. It increased awareness of my own strengths and areas of growth, I definitely undertook new challenges, I worked collaboratively with others, I showed perseverance and commitment in activities (even when I really didn’t want to), I engaged with issues of global importance, I considered the ethical implications of my actions, and I developed new skills. The only box I couldn’t strike off was the “planned/initiated activities” because they had the days mapped out already.

Allow me to explain. This summer I attended the Girls’ Leadership Worldwide workshop in New York for about nine days. During those nine days I stepped into my “challenge zone” (their words, not mine) and never really left, until I came back home.

Girls’ Leadership Worldwide strives to teach girls how to be leaders in their own communities, as well as building their confidence and honing unique skills, adding a few to each girl’s repertoire. They do this by hosting lectures and meetings with prominent female leaders, as well as taking the girls on several outings in New York City. Founded by Eleanor Roosevelt, they have several activities dedicated to learning about her life and achievements.

I’m going to go over all nine days (woof) so I don’t miss anything, so strap in for the long haul. This post was mostly to get the basic information out and the background of GLW before I go blabbing about it for another nona-post.

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” -Douglas Adams

Until next time!

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A Workout Regimen is Born!

Truthfully, a lot of these first few posts will be created quickly, and with little breathing room between. The time it takes to make a new post will gradually get longer as I catch up with what projects I’ve completed.

My first project was started way back in the middle of June, when my good friend, whom I shall refer to as Gwendolyn117, as she enjoys being called, came to me with the idea. She and I should work out together, it would be so much fun! I am not a mobile person usually, but at the time I thought, “Why not? I could use it for IB, and I need to be more active. Two birds, one stone!”

Now every day I wake up at 6:50 AM, bike a mile or so to her house, then go for a two-mile run (the mileage has been upped since we started in June, so it’s more like four these days). After that we have a hellish cool-down known only as “Tabata” (Do one set of exercises for two minutes, each exercise lasting ten seconds. Repeat with different exercises three more times, and in the end you’ll want to curl up into a fetal position and die, but you could grate cheese on the abs you’ve created!) and I bike back home. Thank the Lord that Tabata is only on Mondays, or I’d have died in the first week.

These days it’s mostly stamina training, like running forty minutes straight or three miles without any breaks.

I’m doing this project for selfish reasons, I won’t lie. While I would rather lose weight by biking, I know that four miles on a bike is the same as one mile running, calorie-wise, so jogging is preferable when burning off fat. I’ll admit, I wanted to be rid of the muffin-top I seem to have acquired over the year, which is mostly gone now. Finally, I just enjoy talking to my friend, and this is an excuse not to just have “text conversations”.

How do I feel after this workout regimen? Well, I don’t think I’ll stop soon, so I can’t say for sure, but right now I feel good. I don’t run out of breath as easily as before, I have a larger appetite, and I’m better at biking, which is awesome! I used to detest P90X and all it stands for, still do, but now that spot is shared by the haunting words “Welcome to Tabata!”

This is actually a pretty long post, so I’ll end it here. Oh, and I think I’ll end each of my posts with a quote. They don’t have to make sense, but since when has that ever stopped anyone?

“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” -Isaac Asimov

Hello world!

I suppose I’ll get right down to business, then, if such an upbeat title starts us off. My name is Labyrinth Biker and I have started this blog to chronicle the various feats I complete for the International Baccalaureate program, which could include, but is by no means limited to food drives, creating a work-out regimen, volunteering at community organizations, or anything reflective in nature. Now I realize I may have started a bit late, but never in my life have I claimed to be a productive person.

If you enjoy listening to sarcastic comments, long-winded sentences, and a lot of comic book/anime references, boy have you found a great site! Go forth and enjoy the many posts I’ve surely completed over the time I’ve spent here on WordPress.