Sunday, 25 August 2013

My chess is off track, so, I'm gonna wear nothing but shorts in -10°C weather (for 10 hours).

Due to my travels, for the past two weeks I have been completely off track with my chess studies. This makes me kind of unhappy, but I like travelling so I'm not fully unhappy!

A huge plus from this past journey, is that I had the incredible chance to meet a person I hold in extremely high regard, Wim Hof, The Iceman. He has challenged me to ascend a 6,400m mountain in nothing but shorts. Of course, I accepted.

Wim, my brother and I in the outskirts of Amsterdam.

Wim is an incredible person. As soon as we arrived we could feel a powerful aura of peace, time slowed down. I got the kind of feeling that reminds you that nothing is impossible, that feeling that makes you feel invincible. This man is an absolute living legend. He has impacted science in ways that will be talked about for the next decade, with the most recent results of scientific studies soon to be released, so look out for them! 

Having done some successful cold training myself in the recent past, I just couldn't refuse Wim's challenge. While mountaineering in shorts or attempts at world records do not interest me, the training to get to the summit in shorts will bring immense health benefits, and my goal is to attain them. I also believe 100% that these health benefits will positively impact my chess playing, so it should be a win win in all fronts.

My cold training efforts in the year 2012, unfortunately I stopped, now I have to start from scratch. That lake is at 4,000 m.a.s.l., brr!

Lastly, back to the chess playing/training, I've decided to make a weekly schedule of exactly what I am going to study and when. I am hoping that this is going to help me be more dedicated and achieve faster results. It sounds a bit boring to be following a set schedule, but by limiting my playing and increasing my study hours, I am sure to make great gains! Before this, I've been a bit all over the place, doing tactics one minute, playing a game the other. Doing German on Memrise the very next moment, it was chaos. Order should bring results. Watch this space.

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