Saturday, July 11, 2015
Around lunch time we opted to eat at the con instead of trying to leave and have to wait a few hours like we did yesterday. I left the group several times to roam around the sales floor solo but did end up back with the group when it was time to head out back for the Game of Thrones photos shoot. This is always a huge production as there are a good 60 or so people dressed up. It can take a while to grab shots of the entire group and then they break it down in the houses and smaller groups. Last year I bailed about halfway through the shoot but this year I stayed the entire time. Several of my friends were asked to participate in a 360 shoot so I headed back to the sales floor and roamed.
The one panel I really wanted to do at this con was the WB/DC TV panel that included Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Gotham and Legends of Tomorrow. It was happening in Hall H from 8pm to 11pm. I headed outside the convention center and over to the Hall H line around 5:30pm. My buddy Steve was already in line so I was able to jump in with him (thank you my friend). We were about six or so hundred people back but we were pretty sure we were going to get in. So we waited and waited.. chatted with the folks around us. And then 7:30 came and we waited for the line to move but it didn't. The previous panel was suppose to be done by 7:30 but it ran long and around 7:50 hordes of people started to exit the hall and we could all breath a sigh of relief as the line started to move. Soon we were inside Hall H and grabbed some seats about 2/3's the way back from the main stage but we were close to one of the big screens. I ran out to use the bathroom and grab some pretzels as I was starving and knew I wouldn't be eating for at least three hours.
It started with Steven Amell coming on stage in his new Green Arrow outfit and then it was one surprise after the other. We got some spoilers for each series, they told us about some upcoming characters for each show. Since con was earlier this year most of the shows just went back into production so they didn't really have any new footage to show us but it was still pretty awesome. It's always a blast to see and hear the actors live. You get to see their relationships, who are the loud ones and and the quiet ones.
About 2/3's through the presentation their was a break and these "circus" people preformed. I can't recall the name of the troupe and don't have a clue why they even preformed but it was a nice break to stretch your legs, go to the restroom or grab something to eat. Since I didn't have to do any of those I sat there perplex but still it was entertaining.
The panel got out around 11:45pm and I headed back to the hotel to find my brother just chilling. We were both hungry so we headed down the the restaurant to grab some dinner but found out that they stop serving food at 10pm but the waitress said that we could still order room service. So back up to the room we went and ordered some very expensive but tasty burgers. Finally got to bed around 2am which meant I wasn't going to do a NerdStrong workout tomorrow morning.. again.
You can check out all my 2015 San Diego Comic Con pictures HERE.
Friday, July 10, 2015
So I started by shaving off my beard as Hobbits don't have beards. This being my fifth year of being a Hobbit I'm pretty good at putting on my own ears and had them on within ten minutes. I suited up and dawned on the wig. I had to curl a bit of it but in the end I think it looked pretty good. Now it was time for the feet. I have had cracks and tears in the past but super glue is my friend and for the most part the feet have really stayed together pretty well.. goes to show you the quality of Greg Aronowitz's work. One foot always seems to go on with ease and the other is a struggle and this was no different. But by 10am I was ready to head to con.
We got to the sales floor and walked around a bit, I got stopped here and there for pictures as did my friends who were also cosplaying. Around noon we headed out to lunch and went back to the Syfy Cafe as it was close to the convention center and Chris was cosplaying as Admiral Thrawn and couldn't be in the sun for a long period of time. Usually when we go to the cafe we wait ten, fifteen minutes but we had a very large party so it was going to take a bit longer but the table that could accommodate us was being occupied by another large group who were taking their time and meandering. So we waited almost an hour for our table and just when we thought we were getting the table they grabbed another large group that was after us.. well we jumped into action and made sure we got the table next, which we did so we finally ate.
During lunch I got a text from my buddy Brett who was in Ballroom 20 and he said that there wasn't a line to get in for the Shield and Agent Carter panel happening in a few hours. So when lunch was over we all headed back to the convention center and I departed my group to head up to Ballroom 20. By the time I got there the line was long, but I figured I had an hour and a half to get in so I jumped in. Unfortunately the line moved extremely slow and doubt started to sink in. Friends Eva and Steve joined me in line and we waited and hoped. Finally 20 minutes after the panel had started we gave up. We were still 100 or so people out and there was no way we were getting into the panel. I said my goodbyes and headed over to another panel.
I made it to the Tolkien "What's Next" panel, this was hosted by TheOneRing.Net fansite. As always it was an interesting panel with some cool information about the upcoming blu-ray and what's next for the world of Middle-earth. After the panel about 20 or so of us headed outside to do a Middle-earth photo shoot. Talk about a frenzy, when we got down there we as a group took several pictures but then we stayed around for another 30 minutes or so having our pictures taken by passerby's, it's was kind of fun.
I de-hobbited and headed back out to a Guildies get-together at a local bar. While I was walking I walked passed Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano from The Clone Wars/Rebels). I adore her, she's an uber geek and seems to be one of the nicest people on the planet. She was actually in the panel before the Tolkien one so I got to see her talk for a bit there... anyways all I managed to do was say Hi Ashley as I passed by her.. she turned her head, smiled and said hi in return. It was a quick exchange but it was pretty awesome.
So I made my way to the bar and in the back sat about 30 or so Guildies. It was great seeing everyone. I quickly made my rounds and made sure I said hi to everyone. I got a one on one picture with everyone as well. I hung out for an hour or two before teaming up with Brian and Bryan and heading over to the Legendary/Nerdist/Geek & Sundry Party. This was one of the top 10 parties to be at according to the Hollywood Reporter. I wasn't going to go as I'm not really a "big" party person but Brian said that I should at least stop by and thank Felicia (Day) for the invite.. and he was right.
We got to the Petco center (where the party was happening) and there was a large group of people hanging outside. Some were lookie loos hoping to spot a celebrity and some were people trying to get in and having issues. I was a bit worried about my plus one thinking that maybe it was just a mistake but when I went up to the front and showed them my drivers license, they asked if my plus one was with me, so I quickly grabbed Bryan and said.. right here. We got in with no issues. The party was already in full swing. It was open bar until midnight so we grabbed a few drinks and ventured deeper into the crowds. We found Felicia fairly early on. She greeted me with a giant smile and hug. As she was hugging me she said into my ear "Oh you are one of the lucky few who got a plus one". She said they had to turn away 2000 requests to come to the party. I asked her why that was and this is the best part of the story. She said her boss at Legendary saw my name on the list and said to Felicia "Oh you know Kenny Mittleider", Felicia of course said yay and he then went on to tell her that he use to PA (Production Assistant) for me many years ago. I asked Felicia what his name was and she said Chris Michael. My jaw dropped, Chris was a PA on a show I did about 10 years ago. We use to hang out outside of work here and there but really haven't talked or been in contact with each other for a while. But when he saw my name he said.. Yeah let's give Kenny a plus one. So I guess it goes to show you, be kind to your underlings because you never know when they might be the big shot. But the mystery was solved and I think it's a pretty awesome story.
Though I planned to only stay a very short time I didn't leave until 1:30am but I did have a pretty fantastic time. I got back to the hotel and chatted with my brother for a half hour before finally going to bed around 2am. Yeah no NerdStrong workout for me tomorrow morning.
You can check out all my 2015 San Diego Comic Con pictures HERE.
Derek had a great themed workout planned titled Space Station 99. He explained the scenario that we were in and how we all had to take our battle stations.
There were four stations: Rowing, Slam Balls, Dumbbell Lateral Raises and Sit Ups. Each person started at a different station and what determined how many reps we did at each station was the rower who had to row 200 meters. So depending on how fast the person rowed you could do quite a few Slam Balls, Sit Ups and/or Lat Raises.
Joining me for this mornings workout was Derek (of course), Shannon (who joined yesterday as well) and newcomer Liz. This was a great 30 minute workout. I love doing station workouts and Derek created a fun one. At the end he yelled "surprise attack" and we all dropped into a Plank and did a half TABATA, which means :30 seconds of work and :10 seconds of rest for four rounds. It was a great way to end the workout... thanks coach Derek for another fun workout.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
I had to leave my brother surrounded in a crowd of people a little after 2:30pm so I head upstairs to find where the NerdStrong panel was going to be. There wasn't a line (yet) so I found a place to sit and ran into some fellow Nerdstrong buddies who were also there for the panel. At 3 we decided to head back to the room to see if we could get into the earlier panel to get a good seat and sure enough we were able to get in. The panel before was about Nerd Travel and funny enough a fellow NerdStronger was on that panel as well. It was an enjoyable and informative panel.
Once dinner was over the group of us headed over to the Hilton for the Boom!! Studio party. This is an open party for all con goers. We got there when it first started so it was a bit slow so we went outback to the patio area and hung out for a bit. I was tired so I called it a night and my brother joined me. Got back to the hotel and chatted with Mike for a bit before calling it a night around midnight.
You can check out all my 2015 San Diego Comic Con pictures HERE.
I joined Derek, Shannon and Armando at the Hilton gym, Derek created our very own NerdStrong work out. This workout consisted of 3 rounds of 12x Hammer curl, 12x Brains 12x Sit Ups, 12x Kettlebell Squats, 12x Dumbbell Shoulder Press and finally a :30 second Plank.
This gym didn't have a lot of open space but we did our best with what we had. It was a great workout and 30 minutes later I was exhausted. It was great having my fellow NerdStrongers to workout with. Each of us helped out each other.. such an amazing community. Thanks coach Derek for the great workout.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
The drive was pretty uneventful, Meg, Kevin and I are all new friends. We all met because of NerdStrong. So we learned about each other a bit more on the drive down. We stopped about 30 minutes out from San Diego to grab a snack and a stretch. While picking up the snacks Meg came in the get the bathroom key and when she left the older gentleman behind the counter, turned to me and said, "Is she your daughter". He had a fairly thick accent so I heard "Is she your doctor", confused I said excuse me? He repeated "Is she your daughter". I just said said no, she's a friend and he just smiled. I don't know why he asked me that. Meg does have tattoos and piercings so maybe he was thinking she must be a handful. At first I was kind of offended that he would think I was old enough to have a daughter Meg's age but then realized that I could have a 30 year old kid if I had them when I was 15, but it's strange to think that.
I checked in and we went up to our room on the 25th floor. It was a nice large room with two double beds. It had some amazing views.. My friends Chris and Hayley were also in this hotel as well and already checked in, so we met up with them and headed to the con to get our badges. Since I was there early the line for the professionals wasn't that bad and I had my badge within a matter of minutes.
I meet back up with Kevin, Chris and Hayley and we walked around the Gaslamp district to grab a bite to eat. After a late lunch Chris and Hayley headed out to do a few more things while Kevin headed back to the hotel. I had to meet up with my buddy Jared to grab my brother's badge. I'm so happy that I got my badge earlier as the professional line was crazy long. Luckily when I caught up with my buddies they were pretty close to the entrance. I chatted with Ari and Jared as we made our way into the convention center. While I was hanging with Ari, Jared and Elliot, Grant Imahara showed up and said hello and a few minutes after that Lee Meriwether (one of the many Catwomen) walked by with a friend of Jareds so I got to meet her as well. Those guys were heading out to drink so I went back to the hotel to wait for the con floor to open at 6pm.
Overall a good start to 2015 San Diego Comic Con. I didn't get all the exclusives that I wanted but I did get some as well as a free Supernatural hoodie and my 2 WB bags.
You can check out all my 2015 San Diego Comic Con pictures HERE.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
So for part one (warm up) we had to Run 1 lap around the parking lot, then 10x Sit Ups, 20x High Knees and then 10x Banded Pull Aparts (like ripping out shirts off). Once we were done we had to do everything all over again. So another Run around the parking lot, 10 more Sit Ups, 20 more High Knees and then finally 10 more Banded Pull Aparts.
For part two of the workout (Skill) we did 10x 140 meter Run. The object was to work on our running style and try and keep the same time for each 140 meter run. I kept my runs to about :30 seconds each. We did get to rest for :90 seconds between runs and for the later runs it was much needed.
The third and final part of the workout was the actual workout. It was a 15 minutes AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible). We had to do a 140 meters Farm Walk (this is walking with Kettlebells), 16x Walking Lunges, 14x Kettlebell Swings, 12x Armless Sit Ups and finally 10x Hip Bridge. We did all of this over and over again for the full 15 minutes. I think I got four or five rounds done within those 15 minutes.
Overall it was a really good CON workout and my final "official" NerdStrong workout before San Diego Comic Con.
While I waited for the 6am class to finish up coach David came over to me and asked about my back. I told him that I didn't have any issues this past weekend with all the activity. I mean I'm still a bit sore from Sunday's workout but my back has been feeling okay. He asked that I take it easy today. As this workout requires a lot of back work. He said that I should do an extremely light weight and if I feel any twinge I should stop immediately.
For the workout it was a 20 minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible). We had to do 2 sets of 3x Deadlifts, 3x Hang Cleans, 3x Front Squats, 3x Push Press, 3x Back Squats and then as many Barbell Push Ups as we could do. After doing this twice we took a 2 minute break before doing it all again. I managed to do 4 rounds meaning 8 sets of each of these before the time elapsed. My back felt great, it didn't hurt me once during the workout.
Coach David told me that I should go "lighter" with my weight for the next few weeks just to ensure that I don't aggravate my back further. I of course will take his advice as I don't want my back to go out and me not able to come to NerdStrong for months. So for now everything is moving along.. slow and steady wins the race. Thanks coach David for your advice and assistance today.
Monday, July 6, 2015
I spent the day moving very slowly at work.
So I've been seeing all my friends talking about their cosplay for SDCC and I'm starting to feel the itch. I love cosplaying, it's one of the main reasons I go to con. But this year I didn't finish my Samwise Hobbit costume and my Hobbit feet have seen better days. But I think I'm going to bring my Hobbit cosplay just so I have it and if anything I'll cosplay a day.
I mean my Hobbit feet need replacement but I can do a patch job and see if they hold out for one more con. Of course I'd rather have my Samwise cosplay done but I'll can pull out my tried and true Frodo cosplay one last time.
Besides finishing my Samwise cosplay, I'm also going to start working on my Twi-lek Jedi cosplay. I hope to have that done by Comickazi in Nov but more then likely it will debut at Wondercon next year.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Afterward I headed home as I had a few plans today, I wanted to visit with my friend Scarlett who was visiting from Texas and I wanted to hang out with my best bud Robert for a few hours but once I was home and on the coach my body started to revolt. It was not going to move no matter how much I tried. I was physically and mentally exhausted. I did absolutely the bare minimum (eat and bathroom). I laid on that couch and watched TV for the next six hours. It probably wasn't he best thing for me.. I should have gone for a walk but my body wasn't having any of it. I know tomorrow morning when I get up I'm going to be hurting.
So it seems appropriate that I would celebrate with one of the craziest and toughest workouts I have done so far at NerdStrong. Today's workout is called Uberintro. It was done in heats because it starts with a row and we only have five rowers at the gym. So a few days ago coach Andrew sent out a message and asked for us to sign up for a time slot. I got the first seat for the first heat at 9:15. Joining me for my heat was Derek, Laurn, Joe and John.
Now here is what we had to do... we started with 1609 meter Row which is a mile row, then 20 rounds.. yes that's 20 rounds of 5x Pull Ups (Rings Rows), 10x Push Ups and 15x Squats.. we then finished with 8 Lap Run around the parking lot equaling 2000 meters which is 1.2 miles.
We had an hour to complete this workout and we could scale down when ever we saw fit. I'm happy to say that I didn't scale down at all.. well other then the pulls ups. But by the time I was done I Rowed 1 miles, I did 100 Rings Rows, 200 Push Ups, 300 Squats and Ran 1.2 Miles and I did all this in 1 hour and 4 minutes, just pass the time limit.
I'm extremely happy with my results. I can't believe I worked out for an hour straight with no breaks. I continue to amazing myself with these workouts. The coaches tell us all the time that we can do it and I think we are finally realizing that they are right... we can do it because WE ARE NERDSTRONG!!!