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Two more goals in 2014

2014-01-03 18:32:48 by Nijsse

With 10 weeks left this year, I would like to achieve two more goals. For some reason, posting about goals here seems to help. The first one is a speedrun challenge of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Speedrunning is a lot of fun, even though I don't have much time to do it. The category I'm running is 'No major glitches', by far the most popular category. My second goal is a weight thing. I lost a bunch of weight this year, but I'm going to try to push it a little further.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Right now, my personal best is 1:41:09. My goal for the first half of 2014 was < 1:45, but I've improved a bit since. My goal is to get a < 1:35 before the end of the year. This should be doable, as I'm still wasting a ton of time using safety strats. My Light World is pretty decent, my Dark World sucks after Blind. If I'm able to complete this challenge, I would be top 50 on ZeldaSpeedRuns. If I'm good enough to be in the top 25, I will stream runs and will compete in weekly races on Speedrunslive, so I can actually submit a run. We'll see what happens.

I'm playing on an emulator so that gives me a few disadvantages. Speedrunning is so much fun that I don't care too much about the fact that I will never compete amongst the best. Getting a sub 1:35 run will be difficult enough as it is.


Weight challenge

At the beginning of this year I was 213 pounds. Before my trip to New York it was 187 pounds, and right now I weigh roughly 184 pounds. Before the end of the year, I would like it to be sub 176 pounds (<80 kg). That would be decent for my height (close to 6 feet). This means I have to lose another 8 pounds. It should be doable, but I'm starting to have last-years destructive lifestyle again. Hopefully posting about it here will help me a bit.

I'll post updates about both goals on a weekly basis!

54 Days left: Yay, new PB in ALttP: 1.38.34. I'm pretty happy with this run. My Light World was pretty decent as always. My Dark World was okay, but my execution could be a lot better. Also, I'm going to drop my fairy safety strat. This kind of sucks since I don't have much time for runs, but I shouldn't need it if I play okay. It saves around a minute, which is the important part. Damn this game is fun to speedrun, even though I'm not very good at it.

As for the weight challenge, I didn't really make any progress. It's still somewhere between 182.5 and 185 pounds. With my current lifestyle I don't think I'll become much lighter, so I should working on it a bit more.

52 Days left: Lost 2 runs today to Trinexx, the boss of Turtle Rock. I was ahead ~1 minute both times. This kind of sucks as it's the last real obstacle before Ganon, but I should just practise a bit more, instead of just doing runs.

39 Days left: Not much happened since my last update. Had a few decent runs but I chocked again during the final part of the run. I now know < 1:35 is definitely possible, it just requires some more time to actually play the game.

The weight thing is going badly. During the last 2 weeks some irl stuff went wrong, and apparently that's what triggers my bad eating habbit. Hopefully I can turn that around as well.

37 Days left: New PB: 1:36:52! The Dark World went pretty decent, but there's still lots of room for improvement. Getting closer to my 2014 goal, I just need to improve time by another 2 minutes.

32 Days left: 1:35:41! Just 41 seconds left to reach my goal. This should be doable with my current strats. I'm happy with this run, especially the way the Dark World went.

26 Days left: Finished a run today: 1:35:59. I'm pretty confident I'll reach my goal this weekend. As for my weight challenge, I'm 182 pounds at the moment. Since this is the month of eating way too much food, I doubt I'll be <176 pounds at 31-12. I've lost over 30 pounds this year, so I should just take my time with it.

23 Days left: Didn't have much time this weekend, but I did have a good run tonight. I really thought I had it (played with my splits hidden), but it was 1:35:47. Ugh. =(

9 Days left: Ugh, no time for runs atm. Tomorrow is my last day at work for this year, so I really hope I can actually put some time into reaching my goal. No idea if it's going to happen though, my PB is pretty solid for my current skill level. Also, I really want to move on to a new game.

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