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I Guess You CAN Call It A Comeback, If You Want To…

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Quote of the Day: “We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.”

- Blaise Pascal

Ahhh yes, blogging….

My last entry was Sunday, January 6th, 2013 and today is October 21st, 2013. That means it’s been exactly 288 days since I last bellied up to the keyboard and made an idiot out of myself publically… (I now prefer to do so in person most days…)

The question begs, as it always does: do I try to give some kind of recap or just start from today and I have come to a command decision to just freakin’ start and promise not to go 288 days again…

OK, who am I kidding, I can’t just jump in without some kind of explanation.

I know it sounds trite but we all go through phases in our lives and right now, I am going through the “Hey, why don’t I alienate everyone in my life and pretty much shut down” phase so don’t be too offended if you are reading this and I make no attempt to return any form of contact with you (other than this blog). I am hoping that my blog persona stayed in tact while this other trash plays out.

OK, so where am I at right now? Well, I guess it’s safe to talk about my training.

I train.

A lot.

In fact, it seems about the only thing I do consistently these days so let me map out the crazy for you here:

CrossFit 3x per week
Running 4x per week
Gym 2x per week
Insanity 1x per week
Hike 2x per week

I know, that is a lot of x’s per week. You would think I would sleep like a baby but I don’t… in fact, I can’t. What I CAN do is take a sleeping pill but it leaves me drowsy all morning where lack of sleep only lasts… my logic went off the rails somewhere there so I am going to move on…

So training, yeah…. I kind of have excuses for all of them and no, it’s not “hey, I’m all super-healthy and you should be too so buy this, that, and the other from me…”

The CrossFit is simple: I eventually want to open my own gym, or at least work as a trainer and this is the place to start. So every M-W-F, I leave at 8:15 AM, drive 6 miles, and cause the trainers to wonder “Why does the Major show up ½ early for the 9 AM?”

(.. not me, I cannot grow a Paul Bunyan beard nor would I be caught dead redheaded…)

Once the running cools off, I will increase my weekly schedule and go 4-5 times a week because at $165 a month, three times a week is a lot like buying a full membership and only dragging your sorry ass there 12 times a month. That’s about $14 per visit, aka: bullshit.

BTW, the WODs are taking their toll but I am hanging in there. One of my difficulties is that I am too strong (I know that sounds really narcissistic but stick with me here…). Since I came into the program in pretty good shape (post-Insanity, running, weightlifting), I am able to do all the complicated moves WRONG but am strong enough to overcome it.

It other words, I power through the wrong movements so unless there are people nearby telling me I’m a retard, I sometimes ending up doing the details wrong.

Running: I am training for my 28th marathon (Seattle) on Dec. 1. So I run 4 times a week, the most significant being the Saturday runs which are running into the 20-mile range (no pun intended but a welcome surprise!)

(.. cool selfie until you realize that is slobber all over my chin … lovely…)

Once the marathon is done, I plan to cut my running significantly (e.g. ZEROish) so that I can do more Insanity (I know, but are you really going to grab that low-hanging fruit? Of course you are…)

Gym: I pay Planet Fitness $10 a month and not only do I feel obligated to get there at least twice a week, I kind of like my routine that I do there (Warm-up, 1-mile treadmill run, biceps, triceps, all the ab machines, shoulders, chest, back, pull-ups, dips, cool down). The drawback is that it takes a couple of hours. And because I go mid-morning, I have to see an endless parade of half-hearted moms and a geriatric crowd that can only be described as “Cocoonish.”

Insanity: I have done the Insanity program 4 times through and now my beautiful wife and I are leading an Insanity Growth Group class for our church. That means I do a workout exactly once per week which also means, I am tortured in a way that only doing an Insanity workout once a week can produce. Exquisite soreness.

(.. and YOUR workout is my spleen being launched out of my ass…)

As mentioned above, I plan to start the entire program again AFTER I finish the marathon because doing that while I was training… come on, I am CRAZY, not … crazy crazy…(nor am I “cray-cray,” as my son blubbered before I slapped him upside the head…)

Finally, The Hike. I hike with my dog every Friday. This is a good way to stretch and rest the legs before the big Saturday runs and I liked it so much, I made it into another Growth Group for my church. Unfortunately only one person agrees that taking your dog into the woods on late October mornings is a good idea. Toby seems not to mind.

(.. I had no idea how this picture would turn out when I took it… the sun was in my eyes… duh…)

So there it is, my training. Maybe it’s just cathartic to write it out, or to start my blog again, or wallow in the process that is bellying up to the keyboard and doing a good old-fashioned mind dump. But there it is, some of the contents of my skull today.

Lucky you.

Referenced Used:
For the days between dates calculation, I used http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html
For the spelling of “Paul Bunyan,” I used Google. (I got it right, BTW…)
For the Cocoon reference, I searched Google for “wilford brimley movie old people.” (I couldn’t remember the movie…)

Free Advice for Today: “Ever so often push your luck.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

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  1. […] ensuing discussion involved what I talked about yesterday about being too strong and powering through the wrong moves. She suggested I show up to Rory’s […]

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