Null and Voids

“Every day I wonder how many things I am dead wrong about.” -Jim Harrison

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Sometimes the podcast that begins as a mere soundtrack for dinner prep ends up covering the kitchen white board. This one was like that for me. Robb Wolf has commented that science is like a sign reading, “until further notice…” – with a pause at the “end” there, not a period. What have you changed positions on? What are you holding out on? Why?


12 June | M
Mobility | 3x
SL adductor squat x 10
Scap press x 10
TVAs x 15

Work |
A1. DUs 3 x 30
A2. SA OH carry x 20m ea (45#) [:15]
A3. Dbl KB RDL x 8 (35#) [:15]
A4. [SA] DB snatch x 8 ea (35#) [:15 btwn sides]
B. Seated hamstring curls 3 x 10 12 (80,85,85#) [1:00]
C. Bike x 40:00 (7.2 mi)

Stretch | 15:00

13 June | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS – SA KBS – Sn – RDL x 5 ea
Slam ball x 5 @ 20#

Work |
A. SL glute bridge hold 3 x :30 ea [:30]
B. GHD hip extensions 3 x 10 [1:00]
C. 10x: HPC x 2 [subbed TC for second rep] + FS x 1 (2@105, 3@115, 5@125#) [2:00]
D. Zercher rev lunge 3 x 5 ea (85#) [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00

14 June | W
Mobility | 3x
Prone y raise x 10
Bird dogs x 10
Hollow rock x :30
Scorpions x 5 ea

Warm-up | 3x
TGUs (35, 45, 50, 60#) 

Work | Double EMOM
A. EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
DL x 3 (185#)
BTN push press x 3 (95#)
B. EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Don’t-be-a-douche-bags (Seated cable rows) x 10 (50,3@60#)
DUs x 30

Stretch | 15:00


M | The lack of awareness at the globo is amazing. I’m learning that in order to claim my turf and equipment it’s gotta be something like a cereal box fortress.

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First line of defense: leave yo shit e’rywhere. And you don’t even have to pick up after yourself

DUs were not my best; gonna blame the turf… and my traps. The gams felt a little fatigued -from the Sunday hike, I would wager. Kept my heart rate right around 128-130 BPM during the bike work.

Tu | The GB holds are revealing – oh look how that hip wants to drop, how that quad wants to take over the work, how you want to press that hand into the floor… Also noted how much harder hip extensions are than GHRs. I can easily bang out 12-15 reps with a plate with the GHRs. The last 2 reps of 10 on the body weight extensions take focus not to cheat.

The barbell work was fun and felt good. Changed the second hang to a tall clean. I let the etiquette (what etiquette?) at the globo get to me a little bit, but working on just walking the walk and letting that shit go. The Zercher work always brings the burn.

W| I can always throw in some bicep curls if I feel like bro-ing out, si? #accessorize My plan was to try to perform the DLs at 205# – they’ve been feeling strong, especially the push through the floor. But Tuesday’s workout was in full effect, thus the lighter load.

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Behind the Scenes

“Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to have arrived.” -Robert M. Pirsig

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Arrival at failure or a power pose?

Fair warning, I’m gonna do that thing where I string some seemingly random threads together. Yes! I’m making you an afghan blanket just like grandma used to make. It’s for the summer-in-the-desert Netflix and AC chill. We all know it’s best done sans pants and when the blower kicks on, that ish gets drafty. Brrr!

Oh man, off to a good start, Gunz.

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My weekend ‘flix binge

Let me set it up. The internet went down last week at my office. Then the server. And the phones. The daily dose of streaming music had yet to make my daily moments of gratitude…. Until about noon on day 1 of downage (let’s make that a word). When the only sound in the room is the click of your mouse and the voice of a well-meaning but over-sharing coworker, you become hungry for any noise rapido.

I’m pretty sure this is the only time I will ever say this: Facebook (and unlimited data) to the rescue. The first thing in my feed was this conversation with My Girl Kate (Galliett – not actually my girl, but we’re vibing in a limbic resonance kinda way, at least one-directionally):

Isn’t it interesting, the split screen comparison of the backdrops of each human… Hmm. What’s that say about each? *eye brows* Anyway, I really like what Kate had to say, in particular on the matter of our human desires to go “right to do the handstand” in life – resisting or disregarding all the tedious, boring, crucial, delicious (choose your adjective and your mindset) work it takes leading up to it. The dudes at BBS touched on it this week, too, the “rush to greatness” and the desire to just do the cool stuff. I think we can call that Insta-itis. Friends, I get the fever, too.

The allure of all the shiny, shiny shit on Instagram got me thinking about a dude whose work I was introduced to in a theory of architecture class during grad school, Guy Debord. His work, The Society of the Spectacle, is all about “the gaze”. Courtesy of Wikipedia (which does a way better job of summarizing it than I can. Throw them some bones):

“Debord traces the development of a modern society in which authentic social life has been replaced with its representation: ‘All that once was directly lived has become mere representation.’ Debord argues that the history of social life can be understood as ‘the decline of being into having, and having into merely appearing.’ This condition, according to Debord, is the ‘historical moment at which the commodity completes its colonization of social life.’”

Sounds like the moment is now. Though maybe it’s best we converse on the matter. Maybe over a scratch meal…?

My last random thread (Fuuu… that’s gonna be one comfy blankie) is about the eats, the value of home-cooking. Did you know last year Americans spent more money in restaurants than they did on groceries. (Right. This means zero grounds for bitching about the cost of groceries.) I couldn’t agree more with Tamarkin’s take on meal delivery services, but man, there’s so much more that “goes to waste” when you’re not involved in the process (note that rabbit hole, those of us who gather our meats and veggies from a retailer). Similar to the joys of suffering through a workout, the task of creating with others fosters more that the “thing”, it feeds that connection to your people. It’s like time under tension, but with food. Shared effort for the win.

I’ll leave you with this behind the scenes from the man with the bongos, who totally gets why a person might wanna keep an afghan (little “a” friends) handy on the front porch.


02 June | F
AM | Friday Hike Club!
Piestewa Peak

PM | Globo Mountain
Mobility | 3x
Cossack lunge x 12
Scap press x 10
Rev curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam balls x 7
AYTs x 5 EA

Train | [Repeat]
A. Deadlift 7 x 3 (185, 4@195, 2@200#) [2:00]
B1. SA DB snatch 7 x 3 ea (35, 2@40, 3 @45#) [RI]
B2. SL hip bridge x 10 ea (5@20, 2@17.5#) [1:00]
C. Lat pull downs 4 x 10 (60, 3@70#) [1:00]

Stretch | 15:00

03 June | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squat x 10
Pope clammies x 15 ea
TVAs x 15

Train |
A1. Row 3 x 300m [RI]
A2. FLR + taps x 12 [RI]
A3. KBS x 5 (44#)
B. 10 x PC + HPC x 2 (3@115, 4@125, 3@115#) [As req’d]
C1. [Cable] Pallof press 3 x 12 (40#)
C2. Kneeling BU KB press x 6 ea (24, 20, 18#)

04 June | Su
Mobility | 3x
OHWL x 10
Hip CARs
Glute press x 10
Prone Y raise (abs – check) x 10

Train |
A. Row x 15:00 (Pretty comfy pace, 3457m)
B. Seated hammie curls 4 x 12 (80#) [1:00]
C. Heeeip extensions 4 x 12
D. Zercher reverse lunges 3 x 8 ea (75, 85, 85#) [1:00 btwn legs]
E. Bike or treadmill x 20:00 (bici)


F | Morning hike was pretty fucking sweet. Felt good! Was pleasantly surprised with my capacity and recovery.

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National Day of the Donut… Taco… Pancakes

PM sesh… The DLs felt really strong and easy off the floor. As noted previously, part B is pretty nice cardio. I dropped weight on the SL hip bridges when I noticed I wasn’t able to completely open the hip at the top (a point the emphasized) on the left side. Did the pull-downs with the long bar grip. Yep, felt em.

Decided to hit the scale in the ladies locker room. Results: 163.3. It’s just a number, but I think I’m still gonna do Friday weigh-ins for a while #collectingdata

Questions: I would like to put on some muscle. What do I need to delta to make this happen? What am I missing? Why are my priorities not reflected back? Why does “D-backs” sound like “D-bags” e’rytime? How do they make coffee that has notes of peanut butter and chocolate? And does that still make it Paleo? 

Sa | My butt is real sore from the repeat workout. The cleans felt nice and speedy, so much so that I wanted to see how they felt out the bottom. Dropped some lbs and finished the last 3 sets with a tall clean. I was feeling very “technically proficient” compared to my compadres in the “functional training area”. Do you even know what you’re trying to accomplish there, bruh?

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The KnBUKB press (Nailin’ the acronyms – next up greeting cards and paint colors) are pretty solid on the right and crap on the left. Workin’ on it, man.

Su | Low back spoke to me a little during the row… Hike? Deadlift? The combo? But things felt fine on the extensions and lunges. How the eff do people hangout in the hammie trap between sets?!? I lept outta that contraption as soon as I fucking could each round. Fire! Mirrors are totally helpful during the Zerchers.

Hippie Shit

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
 
if you will risk
 
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
 
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shriveled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
 
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
 
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
 
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

-Oriah, The Invitation

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06 Mar | M
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + press x 10
SL elev hip bridge x 10 ea
COB hold x :20
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 10
BB RDL x 10
BB row x 10
DUs x 30

Work | Back squat 7 x 2 @ 70% (155#)
Rest x 2:00
5x:
Death march x 10 (30# DBs) right into
Tricep push-downs x 10 (bleu) right into
Row x 250m (:55, :54, :55, :55, :55)
Rest x 1:00
-then-
Banded hamstring curls 3 x 8-10 ea (blew)

Stretch | Chat

07 Mar | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg adductor squat x 10 ea
Prone y raise (weighted) x 10
Glute press x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
KB swing – twirl – squat – snatch – RDL x 5 ea

Work | 10x
Back squat 1-1/4 x 3 @ +/-50% (95#)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
EMOM x 20:00
DUs x :20
Power clean x 3 (TNG -105, 6@115#, 3@125#)

08 Mar | W
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 10
Scap press x 10
Reaching DBs x :30

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 10
DUs x 20

Work | O-lifting!
Clean pull 3 x 3 [build] (155, 175, 185#)
Clean + high-hang clean x 5 (115, 125, 135, 135, 140#)
Tall jerk x 5 [across] (75#)


M | Or should that be 2 x 7 @ 70%… Hmm. Matters of nomenclature. The death marches are different with dumbbells; I feel them more intensely in the glutes than with the KBs. Is this a ROM thing? The row – I can definitely tell I’ve been working with the barbell more than anything else. 

Tu | Not too sore from Monday’s squats… until I started warming up for Tuesday’s! Focused on maintaining tension through the entire set. However, upon review of the movement stardard (after the fact – timing is everything) I was coming up out of the bottom more than I should have. Notes for next time.

W | Lifting is the best. Learning to transition my feet in lifters. 

Attempted to do the assigned Thursday workout – rolled, mobilized, warmed-up, did first of five rounds… and left. Gym juju or just over due for a rest day? Hmm. Will get after it tonight.

The Space Between

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” -Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Word.

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Today’s quote brought to you by the JRE, on accountability, recognizing your role(s), and picking up scents (and 421 other things because it’s the JRE). It pairs nicely with scotch and this article on how the manner in which we express our emotions (or don’t) affects our health; for example, the difference between being with anger vs just being angry.

Anyone else humming DMB? I’ll take responsibility for the earworm…


04 Nov | F
Warm-up | Row x 500m
3x:
BB row x 8
BB RDL x 8
KBS x 8

Work | 10x
Back squat x 2 @ challenging weight (155, 160, 8 @ #165)
Rest 2:00
-then-
3x:
BB bicep curls x 10
Rest x 1:00
Tricep push-downs x 20
Rest x 1:00
-then-
Death march 3 x 20 steps (26# KBs)
Rest x 1:30

Stay bendy | 15:00

03 Nov | Th
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
COB holds x :20
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall balls x 7
Banded rows x10 ea

Work | EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Clean + FS + FS @ 115#
DUs x 40
– Rest x 4:00 –
EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Wall walk + taps x 10
Slam balls x 7 @ 30#
– Rest x 4:00 –
TGUs x 10:00 (44,53, bottoms up @ 26#)

Stretchin’ wit da beeyoches | 20:00

02 Nov | W
Mobility| 3x
Wall rotation + slides x 10
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 12 ea
VA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 200m
DUs x 30
Fun with the pipes

Work | O-lifting
Clean pulls 4 x 2 (175, 185, 185, 195#)
Hang clean + high-hang clean 6 x 1 (3 @125, 2 @130, 135#)
3x:
Single-arm seated press x 6 ea (26#)
Side plank + leg lift x :45 (knees/hips/shoulders aligned, stacked + open, squeezing the flutes like a mother bitch)
Stretch | 15:00


Tu | Being with anger meets whisky for dinner: not very nutrient-dense, but makes for good stories. 

W | Heeeby weights felt good. 

Th | Rain coming down + overhead doors up = a glorious perk of the new digs. I swear I’m gonna slam ball(s) until my ass is as close to hitting rubber as possible on my snatch. I’m coming for you 120#. 

F | Last time I did this workout at 150#; felt really good today at 165#. Notes for next time.

Ebb & Flow

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.” -Steve Maraboli

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If life were a toddler in water wings

 

I just started listening to a new podcast by Stephanie Gaudreau over at Stupid Easy Paleo. On a recent episode of Harder to Kill Radio (yeah, how great is that title) she chatted with my girl Kate Galliett. They covered all the usual topics, but the part that had me hollering “yes!” at my iPhone was their conversation about mindset.

“Unpack that story. Fit for real life means you move well, you think well, and you move well through space and time, meaning you – as a whole human – carry yourself forward… You’re not held back by beliefs that are self-limiting.”

They continue on with a discussion about resiliency and being able to ebb and flow with whatever it is that life – and the people in it – bring to you. And how then, this whole-being fitness leads to self-evolution. (Yes!) And, like iterations of software, we become upgrades of our former selves. I find myself to be Leah 3.7, on the cusp of 4.0. There has definitely be 3 significant demarcated iterations amongst the incremental ones.

So, what version of yourself are you…?


27 June | Sat-Ur-day
MFR | 10:00

Warm-up | 3 rds:
Wall balls x10
Wall Press x10
HRPUs x8
V-ups x10
Mobility moves

Workout | EMOM! x30:00
Rotating:
Bench Press x5 (65×2, 75#xR)
DUs x30
Power Clean x1 + Hang Clean x2 (95×2, 105#xR)

Straaatch | 20:00

25 June | FriGAY!
Warm-up | Mobility:
Hip bridges
Clammies
SL Hip bridges

Workout | Front squat 5×1 (115,125,135,145,145#)
– then –
EMOM x10:00 (75#)
1-1/4 front squat x3 @50% of “A”
– then –
EMOM x10:00
KB swing x10 @44#

Stretch | 20:00

25 June | Thursday
Rehab Socks/Rest Day

24 June | Wednesday
Happy Hour Class!

Workout | 30:00 rotating
Farmer carries x100m (44s)
Wall walk x2
Row x400m
AD x30 cals
Rope x:50

Stretch Class | 20:00

23 June | Tuesday
Rehab Socks/Rest Day


This week, things felt a little tender and tight on the right side, so I backed off quite a bit and took a couple rest days. I hit the foam roller a little too hard on Monday and irritated things rather then expediting my recovery.

I don’t think it’s a single movement that fires up my hip region; I think it’s that I’m still in the process of re-establishing the brain-glute pathway and correcting my movement pattern on that side. Who knows how long it took to develop, so it’s understandable that it will take some time to correct. (I write that last line merely as a note to myself; I seem to have to constantly remind myself that this isn’t a matter of fixed or broken. It’s a process. The process is the goal.)

Moving on, Wednesday’s class workout felt good, though it was tougher than I’d anticipated! That row- AD combo was challenging.

I approached Friday’s workout with a, “Let’s just see how this feels…” mindset. I didn’t push it on the single rep front squats and was prepared to drop weight on the 1-1/4 version, but didn’t need to. I incorporated some “glute activators” in the warm-up – an effort to gain some mental awareness there. Between all the stimuli and the short shorts in the ‘nasium, sometimes I get distracted…

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Ya herrr?

Okay, back to squats. Here are rounds 9 and 10 of the Front Squat EMOM:

Saturday things were feeling pretty good. Did some light MFR and a solid warm up. Chose to go with an EMOM as I wanted to do some work whilst keeping myself in check on the volume and the movement patterns.

Finally, and randomly, I dig using the skittle plates. It’s a bit of a mind game – they take up less space on the bar so I feel like I perceive that there is less weight loaded. Just an initial hypothesis, but I’ll be interested to see how things progress.

Today’s “Questions for TG” segment is brought to you by the latest and greatest from The Wolf. This week’s Paleo Solution Podcast features Coach Summers, and you know  how that guy keeps it real. They spend some time discussing the Jefferson Curl. I don’t know if this is a good demo but as I didn’t see a free version from GB, and seeing this guy has a beard…

I just (working on that) found it interesting what Coach Summers has to say – how it doesn’t matter how strong you are if you aren’t mobile. Word. I really liked that podcast episode.

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Ate my body weight in protein for, what likely was, the first time ever on Friday. Holy shit, that’s work. Hopefully it gets easier as it becomes more of a habit… and after I have my tiger paws on the supps.

 

 

 

Left Sharking

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“I’m not quite sure what I am doing; but I’m going with it…” Unabashed flailing. I get it.

A couple good “reminder” resources came into my line-of-sight this week. A good friend of mine just scheduled his intro session at an affiliate in San Diego! He shared a link to this podcast from Tim Ferris, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of CrossFit, asking for my take. Listening to Kelly Starrett is always interesting and they covered a ton of ground. It is interesting to think about the kids growing up now who will have exposure to all this barbell, mobility, lifestyle stuff from the start. The same kids who are growing up with screens shoved in their faces from the time they are able to hold their heads up. It will be interesting to see how these two “shapes” affect one another. And my favorite quote from the podcast…

“Don’t be afraid to suck.” – Kelly Starrett

Left Shark wasn’t afraid to suck.

I also found this article/list from Eat to Perform, 10 Things The Best Athletes Do (That You Don’t), to be a nice little reminder. I don’t have aspirations of being an elite athlete, but I’d like to keep bettering myself. And I love a good list.

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04 March | Wednesday

MFR | 15:00

Warm-up | 3 rounds:
Zing zows x10
Multifidi walk x5 sets ea
Hollow rocks :30

Workout |
Front squat 4×3 reps (115, 125, 135, 135#)
3:00 rest btwn sets

4 Rounds:
Zercher walk X 100m (65#)
200m run
5 BB single leg RDL’s (55#)

Stretch | 20:00

03 March | Tuesday

Foam Rolling | 15:ish

Warm-up |
Bear crawlin’
Clammies 3×10 ea
Walking lunges 4×10 (26# OH)

Workout of the Day | EMOM!

30:00
Evens: Hang Power Clean x3 (95×3, 100×3, 105… 110# last 3)
Odds: 20 DU’s (30)

Stretch | 20:ish


Wednesday’s warm-up consisted of some PT exercises that I didn’t have time for during my session in the afternoon. Those multifidi walks are no joke. And way less sexy than the banded walks:

Adductors

Front squats felt good, though I was a little sore in the right glute. The Zercher walks are awesome – could feel them working that mid back region. And having that load in front made me practice the belly breathing , too. I found it interesting that having that right glute sore made it easier to fire properly during the single leg RDLs. At PT Chad and I were talking about how to reestablish that brain muscles connection (I am sure there si some fancy word for it).  As requested here’s the last set of the front squats:

Speaking of, when I warmed up with the clammies on Tuesday, it’s just so apparent that my right glute/hip position moves in such a different way than my left. I literally was poking my cheek to get that guy to fire. The hang cleans felt strong, as did the double-unders, which is why I did 30 reps each set. All day!

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Christmas Trees & Bumble Bees

“Some things are more precious because they don’t last long.” – Oscar Wilde

This video makes me want to hot-wire a car and escape to South America…

a story for tomorrow. from gnarly bay on Vimeo.


 20 February | Friday
MFR | 20:00

Warm-up | 3 rds:
Row/ AD 1:00
Walk presses x10
Pass thrus x10
Ring rows x10
DUs :30

Workout
EMOM #1 | 15:00
Snatch high pull + power snatch (75#)

EMOM #2 | 15:00
Hang clean + clean (105#)

Stretch | 20:00

19 February | Thursday
R+R

18 February | Wednesday
MFR | 20:00

Workout | 5 rounds:
200m sled walk (115#)
2:00 AD
10 biceps curls (15s)

Handstands

Stretch | 20:00


Between the shoulder PT and not sleeping very well this week, I welcomed  Wednesday’s recovery-ish worktout. Though 200m sled pulls are challenging, especially with all the debris out back. Get a pebble under your sled and that will stop you in your tracks! Yeah, I just got “all princess and the pea” on you. (?) I don’t know if it was the Iron Scap or if I slept funny (on my 13 mattresses) but I’ve been driving like an old lady since Tuesday (with limited neck mobility). Felt much better after Friday’s PT session though. Thanks, Chad.

Double EMOM Friday was good; modified the second EMOM adding a hang clean and eliminating a jerk. (Why are jerk and snatch jokes so funny?) Wanna know what else is funny? When you send your mom a selfie to show her your new ‘do and she has nothing to say about your hair, but instead comments on the size of your hands. It’s the camera angle, Mom!

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Red herr and Manhands

Rest day Thursday (evening) I tried to watch a show on Vikings, which looked really awesome but was not so much. Watched Friends instead. That show is like a documentary we can show all the kids on what life was like before the internet and smart phones. And low-rise skinnies.

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New stat block is in the works. I know, with baited breath…