D is for Demo(lish)

“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

“D” is also for “Discovery”. Or “Dumb-ass,”, if you are, for instance, a person who reads your emails like this:


Sometimes, I really want to murder those people. Here’s the thing, if you want to waste your own time, that’s cool, Consulting Engineer. But when you start wasting mine, that’s when we’re gonna have issues. And when I take the time to compose a thoughtful, concise email with a list of very specific questions and you come back at me with bullshit, well, we are gonna have words. Who’s with me?

And sometimes ranting is fun. Know what else is fun? It might begin with “D”…

… I digress. Have you ever wondered what the story is of that fenced-off church on the Northeast corner of 16th Street and Buckeye Road? I sure have. Apparently that whole area, know as the Golden Gate Barrio, was demolished, taken over via eminent domain, to accommodate the Sky Harbor expansion. Interesting. And sad. You can read about it  here. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot about it online, which makes me want to dig a little deeper…

23 April | Thursday
Got-the-whole-nasium-to-myself Day

Warm-up | 4 rounds:
Row x:45
Wall balls x10
Sit-ups x10

Work | Negative pull-up holds 3×7
@ :03 at the top & :03 to lower (Would that be 33_0? Last two sets just 5 reps)
Rest 2:00 btwn sets
– then –
Back squat 5×5 @105#
Rest 2:00 btwn sets
– then –
3 sets x300m row for time (1:09, 1:06, 1:05)
Rest 1:00 btwn ea

Stretching – foam-rolling – handstands | 35:00

22 April | Wednesday
Rest/Maybe-I-have-bronchitis Day

21 April | Tuesday
Rooting-for-the-asteroid Day

Workout | 30:00 EMOM!
1st min: Bench Press x3 (80#) + DUs x20
2nd min: Power snatch – hang snatch – OHS (65#)
3rd min: KBS x10 (53#)

Soft Tissue + Stretch | 30:00

Woohoo! A whole gym to myself. With my playlist. But first, a selfie.

With ALL the filters

Okay, negative pull-up holds… not my wheelhouse. First set I eeked out 7 reps, but the remaining two only got 5 quality ones in there. Used underhand grip, but shit is still tight on my right side – not painful – just hard to grip the bar with my right hand. Need to stay on top of my mobility work and rolling out my rotator cuff on that side.

The back squats felt light. And good. Not sure if I bugged that ol’ lady hip of mine on the hike Sunday or what but I am having gentle flashback sensations on that right glute and adductor. Not while squatting, just in general. Man, I want to delete those words as I write them… But telling lies won’t make it any less true. Here is the last set of cinco on the BS:

The row felt good. On the second round I used my normal technique (which I know is too short on the recovery). Then on the third I tried the pull-like-a-mother-bitch…. slowly recover… pull-like-a-mother-bitch… slowly recover… repeat. That last method kicked my effing ass! Anyway, I really wanted to see if i could get under a minute. I could not. At least not this time.

And fo dat sub-1:45 row pace

Wednesday I didn’t feel so hot. The upside? Raspy voice, which makes for awesome shower singing. And, as Jennifer pointed out, voicemail messages. I’m on it!

Tuesday was the first time in quite some time doing snatch and OH and it felt good! I’d like to get accustomed to using the 45# barbell when I snatch (because, you know, I do it so often) so I used that guy. It definitely feels different than the training bar. Tried Marianne’s Method of the KBS and have a whole new appreciation for her speed and control. Upped the size of the KB and wouldn’t cha know it wasn’t impossible. Bye bye, blue KB, hello red.

Here is my rearview…

not that rear view
If only! It would be “no shorts”, not just “short shorts”, Fridays if that were true.

No sir, this rearview:

04-23 rearview-01
Way less exciting. Just add chalk…?



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