Resurgence

If the new iPhones get any larger I’m reverting back to this method for supplying the soundtrack when I go for a run:

the next iPhone

Who am I kidding – I don’t run.


11 Sept | Thursday

– Rest/PT Rant Day – 

REST DAY

 


Put in some Z1 miles walking the dog this morning and did some stretching and “PT exercises” this evening. I’m still pretty sore from this week’s workouts and while I know a majority of the discomfort is just your standard post-workout muscle soreness, there are a few spots that I know aren’t that. I am feeling frustrated that with all my PT sessions (there were 20 of them) I never really found out definitively what the problem was/is. Nor do I think I have completely resolved the issue. So, if I don’t know what was wrong, how can I address the incorrect movement pattern so I don’t just keep this cycle going? Psoas, sacrum, glute medius, piriformis syndrome, adductor tendinopathy, trigger points, blah, blah, blah…

What DO I know? I know that I have a pretty significant anterior pelvic tilt. Maybe I can start there. And here. Sometimes I feel like the more I learn about all this, the more I have to fix.

 

09-11

 


 10 Sept | Wednesday

4 Rounds:
KB bench press x10; right into (26# KB)
Banded rows X 10 reps ea. arm (red band)
3:00 rest

-then-

3×10 Press (50# For reals. All sets. Last set I failed around rep 8)
2:00 rest between sets

-then-

3 Rounds:
L-sit x15-20s 
30s rest
50 DU’s
90s rest


Monday:

Monday
Yay! Yay! I get to train today – squats!

And by Wednesday:

Wednesday
I can’t do a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g. My muscles are g-o-n-e.

The first portion of Wednesday’s workout went smoothly. I really like the KB bench because it demonstrates my weaknesses. On my left side I can press all day. On my right side, the last two reps are challenging to complete with good form. Also, it still amazes me how cracking the walnut/engaging the glutes makes me press more. Crazy.

The second segment sucked. I felt so weak! I’ve heard, and am hoping it’s not an urban legend, that your body remembers the level of fitness you had achieved and that makes it easier to “come back”. I can’t seem to locate any science to speak on that, but if Matty Ice says it’s so, it must be true.

In last part of the workout my L-sits were more like like Z-sits as I did them bent-leg – my quads were having none of this straight leg business. But hey, I can still do double-unders!

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The Perfect Drug

The day after barbell re-introduction:

day after barbell


 09 Sept | Tuesday

10:00 the-good-kinda-hurt of the foam roller

10:00 @ 65-75% intensity:
Box step up x 8 
Push up x 4
TGU x 2
AD x 10 cals

– 4:00 rest –

10:00 @ 65-75% intensity:
200m jog
KB swings x 5
Body rows x 5
Wall walk x 210:00 @ 65-75% intensity:
AirDyne
 
20:00 Stretch Class

 


 
As I previously noted, I’m a tad sore from yesterday. The motion lotion helped, however. All the movements were pain-free, when you factor out the soreness. I used a light kettle bell on the TGU’s as I’m a little wobbly transitioning to my knee and standing up on the right side. In the second segment, I felt like a fat kid on the playground during the jog. Good gawd. I was looking forward to the row, but the happy hour class had all the rowers so instead Ice Ice and I cheered on the 6:00 class from our ADs. Like this:  

 

Statler and Waldorf
I’m on the left with the voluminous hair.
I haven’t been protecting my sleep this week. Gotta reel that in. No amount of good eats can make up for the sleeps.
09-09
I don’t perform well after a few days of short and/or shitty sleep. I think back to architecture school where all-nighters were frequent. Man, I would have gotten much more done – and better work at that – had I allowed my body the sleep it needed. I’d joke about being able to feel days falling of the end of my life, not knowing just how true that was. This TEDx talk from Doc Parsley hits on all the points of sleep, how it’s our body’s perfect drug, and why it’s so hard for us to accept.

Barbell?

funny-gif-dog-happy-jump

 


 08 Sept | Monday

5×5 Front Squat @ light weight (75# all sets)
– then –
4 Sets:
Chin over bar hold AMSAP (35s,25s, 27s,25s)
Rest 1:00
Handstand walk 10-15 ft
Rest 2:00
– then –
3 Sets:
Bicep curls x10 (15#DB)
right into
Tricep push-downs x10 (red band)
Rest 2:00
– then –
20:00 Stretch Sesh


I was pretty excited and nervous for this workout; thrilled to be grasping a barbell but terrified I was either going to feel the bad kind of pain or move poorly and hurt myself. (It feels like forever, but when I look back at my training log it’s been about 3 months since I’ve done any lifting.) I took it easy on the front squats and warmed up slowly. Kept it at 75# because 75# never felt so heavy. My hip flexors fatigued quickly and it was strange to me to feel it there first. I also noticed that my core got pretty tired by the end, too. Here is the video of my last set… (Is that an ass wink or just a funny angle? I don’t think I had an ass wink pre-injury!!! WTF.)

The chin over bar holds were a challenge as my shoulders really want to say hello to my ears. Again, just felt a little weak. Next time I gotta put the clock front and center where I can see it, instead of off to the side. I think I could have eeked out some additional time that way.

Handstands are fun but I didn’t make much progress in the travel distance today. Seriously, once I was finished with the front squats a little euphoria set in and that was that. The bi’s and tri’s felt good. All in all I was thrilled today. Excited to see how I feel tomorrow…

09-08
Minus that whole flooding thing, rain storms make for delicious sleeps.

Football Sunday!

“I just don’t think you are gonna lose the people that matter if you’re not around while they’re eating beer and pizza.” – Liz Wolfe of the Balanced Bites Podcast speaking on weeding out the friends from the drinkin’ buddies


07 Sept | Sunday

Rest Day:

+/- 3 mile walk with Bo
Laundry for time
Football! Let’s go Den-vuh!

 


Woke up this morning feeling the last three days of “not rehab” workouts. My dog was really sick last week so I didn’t get much walking in. I missed that as I really enjoy my morning walks; it’s my chance to get the day going, grease the wheels, and check out what’s going on in my ‘hood. I was glad to be able to put in a few miles today. (Funny how often times it takes losing the ability to do something to make you appreciate it… Eh?) Gotta mind myself with the piriformis though as my low back and right glute are “speaking to me” today. Will inject some stretching and lacrosse ball work during the game, and likely some curse words, too. Because Broncos.

 


 06 Sept | Saturday

 Training Hike #3:

Corona de Loma Trail
at South Mountain
+/- 5.25 miles

 


I hadn’t hiked this trail before and it was fun! Really flat and scenic to begin… then up the mountain you go with some switchbacks. I will definitely do this one again.

corona del lomo elev

corona del lomo
And this is why we get up early…

The hike felt good. I was really tired though as I stayed up too late Friday night.

another crazy friday night

I noticed something the other day, however: my movement patterns have changed. When doing things like tieing my shoes or picking up a kettlebell, jump rope, or other accoutrement, I find myself bending at the waist rather than squatting down. Makes sense to me. It hurt to be at the bottom of the squat, so we’ll just take advantage of the bendiness and fold in half. Problem solved. <Sad trombone> So this week I’ll be mindful of that AND practicing better posture.

What this guy says makes so much sense. And isn’t it funny that rather than using pain as a tool to help us figure out the problem, we just try to stop the pain. Huh.

I made some nanner bread to put in this week’s lunches. The recipe is from Juli Bauer & George Bryant’s cookbook, The Paleo Kitchen. I didn’t have a bread pan, so I just used a 9×9 square pan. Next time I make it I’ll halve the “swirl” component of the recipe and halve THAT amount of cinnamon, too. The texture and flavor are awesome, I just didn’t need quite so much of the sweetness. (Words that rarely come out of my mouth.)
swirl goo
Kerrygold + Njoy chips + cinnamon + honey = swirl goo
palomg nanner
I feel so fancy when I use parchment paper
paleomg nanner yum
Eat me. Okay.
Holy smokes this is a long post! It’s almost game time… But first: my stat block:
09-07

Five Things Friday

Today’s Five Things… The first five stops that come to mind on my architectural bucket list:

1. Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright
2. The Therme Vals by Peter Zumthor
3. Lalibela, Ethiopia
4. The High Line
5. Prague. Yes, the entire, lovely city.


05 Sept | Friday

Recovery Workout
30:00
continuous movement rotating:
Sled Pull 100m – reverse @ 50m (90#)
Farmers Carry 100m – switch arm @ 50m (44#)
Slam Ball Toss 50m (20#)
Snatch Grip Barbell Carry 50m (45#)


Feedback from yesterday’s workout is good! Muscle soreness but no pain. Today’s recovery felt good, too. Really felt the reverse sled pulls… glute buuuurn! (Sled drag tip: pretend there is a glass of your favorite scotch resting on top of the plates… the more you fish tale, the emptier your glass. Is that weird? Let’s blame Friday.) The slam ball tosses always feel weird. I can slam the slam ball, but throwing that shit around – awkward. Makes me feel like the fat kid in gym class. Maybe I need to work on my mechanics. Oh and those farmer’s carries. Who the fuck needs crunches – abs for days in pro-gress (say it like a Canadian, eh).

09-05

Mediocrity

This week has been stressful and my sleep has been crap. I took Tuesday and Wednesday as rest days.

kapow


Thursday | 04 September

4 Rounds:
Strict Press x3 Reps
right into
Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat (RFESS) x 5 ea side @ 3131 tempo
right into
Wall Walks x2
rest 3:00

Then:

5:00 AMRAP DU’s in Sets of 10


Kept it light on the Strict Press (65#) since I’ve been rehabbing with just body-weight and some KBs. Felt good. The RFESS felt really strong on the left side (with the right foot on the bench) but less so on the right (but it was like that before this hip issue arose…interesting). On the right side I had a hell of a time not cheating and engaging my left quad. Also noticed my right knee wanted to fall in a bit rather than track over my toes. The wall walks felt nice and strong. As did the rest.

I got 16 rounds on the AMRAP, missing more than a handful on rep eight and nine: fatigue = shrugged shoulders = shortened rope = missed reps.

09-04

I’ve been mulling over the idea of incorporating liver into my diet because of it’s incredible nutrient density. Wednesday night I popped my organ meet cherry (Gross, Leah) and prepared and ate grass-fed beef liver. I added it into some burgers and was pleasantly surprised. And I did it while brushing up on my Spanish with the help of a Scotsman (Coffee Break Spanish Podcast) and yes hearing someone talking with a Scottish accent move fluently into Spanish is a trip. Or maybe I am just easily entertained.

photo
Dinner.

 

booboobellay
Entertainment.

 

Finally, I recently stumbled upon this article and the title has been rolling around in my head ever since. I guess it struck me because it’s what I’ve been doing for a while in a couple spheres of my life. I need to stop that shit. Now for an action plan…

Measuring Backwards

The long weekend is coming to an end…

 

giphy beaker chin shake

 

I usually take stock of the week, past and upcoming, Sunday evenings (in this case Monday), reflecting on with what got done, what didn’t, where some progress was made and what I want to improve upon the next week. As a list-maker and organizer of things I’ve always considered it mental housekeeping; getting everything put in place for success. (Not that it always works, but I try to tip the scales in my favor.) James Clear recently wrote an article about this very thing, Measuring Backward, Not Forward. In it he addresses how we can utilize recent feedback to nudge us closer, no matter how incrementally, to our goals. As he poses in his piece, how can you improve by just a little bit this week…? 

 


Monday | 01 September

10:00 of QT with the foam roller
4 rounds:
3:00 Row 
5x single arm KB Press (16#)
30 DUs
5:00 Satan’s Tricycle
20:00 Stretch Class

 


 
Feedback from today’s training: I am feeling excellent. Not particularly strong, mind you. And rather squishy. But I don’t feel pain. And that is progress.
09-01

Between the chapter on sugar in The Cholesterol Myth and this lecture by Dr. Robert H. Lustig at the University of California, San Francisco, I’ve totally got sugar on my brain. I find it to be really interesting. The more you know…