Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My fav creature

Tardigrades, or fondly called 'water bear' can survive any and all of the following: extreme pressure, radiation, the vacuum of space, boiling, freezing (close to absolute zero) and dehydration. 

They can go without water for 10 years (and probably a lot longer), entering cryptobiosis (extreme hibernation) and reducing their metabolism to less than 0.01% of normal.

And they only take a short while to return to normal with the reintroduction of water.

In order to survive during cryptobiosis, the tardigrade enters a state called a ‘tun’. This happens very quickly and makes them practically indestructible. 

All of these and they make you go ‘awww’, no?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


So what is this blog going to be about?

Hmm... This seems to be the hardest to pen, so do allow some time for the author's thoughts to blossom into a proper post-worthy page.

But I figured I should start with my bucketlists.

*Adventure bucketlist*
Shark-cage diving (South Africa!)
Adventure caving (Cango Cave, Outsdhoorn)
Bungy jump (Bloukrans Bridge)
Skydiving (Cape Town!)
Abseiling off a mountain (Table Mountain)
The States and Canada national parksssssss
Everest Base Camp Trek (from Lukla)
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Patagonia, Argentina
Salar Uyuni and the Death Road, Bolivia
Petra, Jordan (from Dana Reserve)
Motorcycle expedition (off-road and tour)
Glacier hiking
Ice climbing

*Fitness bucketlist*
do five full pull-ups
lead climb (and beat my heights phobia)
hold a headstand
hold a handstand (banana -> straight/hollow)
hold a split (front -> side/straddle)

*Race events bucketlist*
run a half marathon (Barcelona, Bristol, Bath, Texas...)
do an obstacle Trail Run (Tough Mudder, Spartan Race)
do a Climbathon (Mt Kinabalu)
do a Triathlon (sprint category)
run a Full Marathon

3RM personal record

Deadlift 75kg
Backsquat 55kg
Frontsquat 45kg
Clean & Jerk 30kg
Strict Press 25kg
Push Press
Bench 30kg
CFT 155kg 342lbs

    Everything you want is on the other side of fear.