If It Were Easy

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I am totally on a Tim Ferriss run; his content is so good! I’ve been pondering a question he posed during his conversation with photog, Chase Jarvis.

“What would it look like if it were easy?” – Tim Ferriss

We talk a lot about challenging ourselves, getting uncomfortable and pushing through difficult times. It’s how we grow, right? But I would definitely agree that there’s a point at which one’s perseverance can become problematic, especially for certain personality types. (Says the person whose professional sphere feels a lot like forcing it lately.)

I had a friend in grad school who, upon seeing him for the first time in a long time, was describing his relationship with his significant other to me and enthusiastically proclaimed, “Leah, it’s just so easy!” For some reason, that moment has stuck with me, likely because I thought it was total bullshit.

But the older and oh-so-much-wiser me can see where he was coming from. At work I can tell I’m  heading in the wrong direction with a design when I start creating more problems than I’m solving. So many times the most suitable design solution ends up being the first version, the one that was intuitive and that came easy, followed by dozens of other iterations.

Of course there will be times that demand extra effort, at work, under the barbell, in relationships, getting your bangs to lay right, but you shouldn’t have to force it.

And don’t get me started on the yoga.


19 May | Th
Pillars | 3x
TVA leg drops x 15
Side plank clammie holds x :30 ea
SL elevated glute bridge x 10 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
SA press x 10 (20#)
Banded rows x 10

Work | 4 sets:
Press x 3 (70,70,75,75#), right into
Chin-up x 5 tough reps
Rest x 2:00
AD sprints x 5:
On x :20
Rest x 2:00
-then-
Frog pumps 3 x 1:00
Rest x 1:00 btwn

Stretch | 15:00

18 May | W
Warm-up| 3x
AD x 1:00
DUs x 30
O-head walking lunges x 20

Work | O-lifting
Snatch 4 x 2 @ 70% (70,70,75,75#)
Front squat 3 x 5 across (115#)
Clean DL @ 110% 3 x 2 (165#)
4 sets:
Windmill x 6 ea (35# KB)
Buenos dias x 6 light 3, focus on using the scoops (65#)

17 May | Tu
Fuck No Yoga


Tu | I am not a yoga person. Final answer.

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See. Angry.

My thinking was to find a rest day activity that let me practice my handstands. But yoga makes me angry, and I’m pretty sure that means I’m forcing it. So, the new plan is to give Gymnastic Bodies a try and do that in the gymnasium, with some mobility and stretching, a couple times a week. In MY handstand “practice” (yogis love that word) you can drop f-bombs whenever it moves you. consume lots of stimulants, such as coffee, and stop trying too hard. And The Heathers will play in a loop in the background.

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W | Found myself moving a little funny with the fresh inkage; hesitating a teensy bit getting under it, the barbell. Despite that, the snatches felt pretty good. Maybe wasn’t the best idea to do so many of them Monday. Felt a lot of fatigue in my low back pretty quickly once I got to the front squats.

Th | Seriously sore in the hammies and low/mid-back… but mysteriously not the glutes. Hmm. Did some pushing and some pulling; failed on the pulling part on rep 4/5 on the last two sets pretty much at 90° point, when my upper arms were parallel to the floor. The AD sprints are always fun. I anticipate much soreness to set in this afternoon.

Are 30/30’s in the same category as AD sprints in terms of response, provided you’re putting in enough effort during the “on” portion?

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Boredom

” ‘I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless, it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say, ‘I’m bored.’ ” – Louis C.K.

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The boredom selfie

Do you ever think about all the stupid shit we concern ourselves with that our ancestors never had time to consider? We’ve built ourselves so much “efficiency”, it will no doubt be our demise. Tasks that are actually important, like maintaining the fabric of the clan or, sheeeit, even feeding ourselves are rushed by to get right to the leisure; diabetes-in-a-box for dinner so we can spend more time in front of a screen, not talking to one another. Weird.

I myself don’t suffer from boredom. Perhaps, growing up in an extremely quiet small town forced me to be creative and entertain myself from a young age. Or maybe, it’s just that I am easily entertained; all that over-thinking is helpful like that. In the words of my young, but wise cousin Britt, “I’m fine with myself.” [Sidenote: I go back to that phrase of his a lot. He was referring to the fact he was standing on a bourgie pier, my aunt’s enormous hot pink handbag dangling from his elbow, but I find it to have a multitude of applications.]

This week’s Freakonomics podcast is all about boredom. Did you know the word didn’t come into usage until the 18th century!? Fascinating. Take a listen. When it comes to experiencing boredom, how do you handle it? Are you fine with(in) yourself, or do you search for the nearest electrical outlet?


01 Nov | Su
Active Rest Day

31 Oct | Sa
O-Lifting
Clean pulls 4 x 3 @110% (145,155,165,165#)
Tall Jerks 7 x 2 @40% (65#)
3 rounds:
Banded kneeling Press aka “John Wayne’s” x 10ea (20#)
Windmills x 5ea (26#)
S-L RDL x 10ea (35#)

Stretch

30 Oct | F
Rest

29 Oct | Th
MFR | 20:00
Work | Recovery
Rotating for 25:00
AD x 1:00
Row x 1:00
Run x 200m
Banded Dead Bugs x 1:00
Lacrosse ball to the face shoulder x 1:00

Stretch | 20:00

28 Oct | W
Morning:
Tower Summit @ Dixie Peak
+/- 3 miles

Lunch:
Pillars | x 3
Reverse table 2(x10)
Glute press x 10
Scaption x 8@:05
Hollow rocks x :30

Warm-up | x 3
TGU x 2 each side
AD x 1:00
Candle sticks x 2 each side
Row x 1:00

Work | x 5
Sled walk x 200m (135#)
RFESS x 8 each side (15# DBs)
Good mornings x 8
AD x 10 cals

Stretch 2.0 | 25:00

Happy Hour:
Olé
Deadlift 4 x 2 (165,185,195,195#)
Snatch Segment DLs 3 x 4 (65#)
4 sets:
Kneeling Pallof Press x 10
Quad Shoulder Tap x 10 ea
Rev Fly x 10 (5#)

27 Oct | Tu
Rest

26 Oct | M
Pillars | x 3
Hanging leg raise 2(x7)
Banded walks x 12
Prone Y raise 2(x8)

Warm up | 3 rounds
RDL x 10 empty bar
Row x 200m
DB reverse fly x 10 reps
Work | Deadlift x 5 sets – 210# base
Rest x 3:00
5 @ 45% (95#)
5 @ 55% (115#)
5 @ 65% (135#)
5 @ 75% (160#)
5+ @ 85% (8 @180#)
– then –
AD sprints 5 x :20
Rest x 1:30 btwn

Stretch | 20:00

25 Oct | Su
Rest Day

24 Oct | Sa
Pillars | x3
Leg drops x 15
Reverse curl-ups x 5
GA Squats x 6
Super bird Dogs x 6ea

Warm up | AD + DUs

Work | Olé

23 Oct | F
Warm-up | 3 rounds
Lunges x 20 steps
Ring rows x 10
Sit-ups x 10

Work | 3 Sets
Deficit Zercher lunges x 10 ea (55#)
Rest x 1:00
Chin-up negatives x 5
Rest x 3:00
3 Sets:
Reverse flys x 15 (5# plates)
DB biceps curls x10 (15#)
Rest x 1:30

Stretch | 20:00


(A week ago) Saturday | Ass: SAF in a good way
Shoulder: SAF in a bad way
No O-Lifting for this chick today.

(Ditto) Sunday | Glutes still SAF. In unrelated news, I was told I look like Sandy B at the laundromat. She must have a movie coming out.

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I’m not sure I see the resemblance…
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Ne’ermind. Totally get it.

Monday-Friday | It was a rough week and I took really shitty notes. Either my back, my tricep, or my hip was “speaking to me” all week. Frustrating. What was that you were saying about how the happenings IN the gymnasium reflect the happenings OUTside of the gymnasium? Funny how that works.

Saturday | I ❤ Oly. Those John Waynes! Mind (and glutes) blown.

Sunday | Hip is feeling better than it did Saturday. But not good enough to try a hike. Just walked the doggie and cleaned the house. Cleaning the house counts as active rest, right? The way I do it, it does, no doubt.

Gonna work on my sleep position. I’ve been slacking on that and maybe that’s what’s triggering the hip and tricep stuff. I don’t know. But I’ll give it a try.

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October was a ride. Going to take advantage of the challenge extension. Hour six of the 24 hour Sunday fast.