On Repeat

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Prepping for some fresh Game of Thrones by recalling my favorite lines from the last episode: Little Finger dropping some strategy…

Also fitting words having just witnessed the CrossFit Games finale – Mat Fraser on repeat! I wonder how many scenarios he ran through in preparation.

Beyond the Baelish bombs, this episode of Hidden Brain played in my head more than once this past week, as it was a real fight to find my work flow. A contributing factor might be the summer intern – so many (really-good-and-thought-provoking-but-incredibly-distracting!) questions. But, I also attribute the rapidity with which people fire-off emails – and expect a response – to the interference.

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A repeat

I think we all get how distracting being “connected” can be. The new perspective that intrigued me was the message that the phone, the email, the social media itself isn’t necessarily the concern –  it’s our anticipation of them all. Those looping thoughts running in the background, “Has Susan RSVPed to the lunch-n-learn we’re having five weeks from Thursday?”, “Did Joanie see that link I shared which clearly demonstrates publicly my superiority on that thing we were talking about in private?”, “I wonder how likes my post-workout cheese grater hands have accumulated in the last 4 minutes?”. I exaggerate, but you know the ones; those back-burner thoughts that we often aren’t conscious of, that prevent us from taking our thoughts to the next level and getting into “deep work” mode.

I also thought the part about changing your physical environment in order to cut out the distractions was meaty. I’ve never felt more justified in wanting a “deep work” cabin in the woods to disappear to.

It might take some time before I can build my own Olson & Kundig. In the interim, I’m going to explore finding my own place to escape to – who’s got suggestions?! Do you have a place to which you disappear to focus and get shit done? What about that space allows you to do so?


01 Aug | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squat x 10
Glute press x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7
Wall walk x 2 UB
Ring rows x7

Work |
A. KB windmills 3 x 8 ea (35, 3@40#) [:30 btwn sides]
B1. Singles 3 x 50
B2. Push-ups x 6 [:30]
C. BTN press 6,6,4,4 @41×2 (BB, 50, 55, 55#) [3:00]
D1. DB bench 4 x8 (2@27.5, 2@30#) [:30]
D2. Dbl DB row x 12 (25#) [1:00]
E. Snatch-grip DB RDLs 3 x 12 (55, 2@60#)

Stretch | 10:00

02 Aug | W
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg elev hip bridge x 10 ea
Elbow plank + forward tap x 10 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work |
A. Row x 20:00
B. Bike x 15:00
C. 5x: (29:17)
SA KB BU FR carry x 30m ea (25#)
SA OH carry x 30m (45#)
Bear crawl x 30m
D. Step mill x 15:00

Stretch | 10:00

04 Aug | F
Friday Hike Club!
Two Bit Peak

05 Aug | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossack lunges x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wallballah x 10
ATYs x 5 ea

Work | [Fave w/ globo mods]
A. 5x:
Box squats x 5 (115#)
SL hip thrust x 10 ea (20, 3 @22.5#)
Hip extensions x 10 [2:00]
B. EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
Slam ball x 10 (20#)
Dbl KB push press x 10 (30#ers) + sit-ups x 5

Stretch | 15:00

06 Aug | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Reaching DBs x !:00

Warm-up | 3x
SA KBS – press – RDL x 5 ea
DUs x 20

Work | [Repeat re-mix]
A1. Hanging straight-leg raise 4 x 8 perfect reps – no swing
A2. Cable pallof press x 15 ea (40#) [1:00]
B1. Chin-over-bar holds 3 x :25 [1:00]
B2. Dip hold x :30 [1:00]
B3. Pistols x 5 ea [1:00]
C. TGUs x 15:00 (2ea @40, 3ea @45, 5ea @50#)

Stretch | 15:00


Tu | Tuesdays are for chests, apparently; benches and dumb bell usage at capacity. Went for 4 sets on the windmills because I forgot to video one. Strict OH pressing is humbling, especially at tempo. They felt good, but the last reps on each were hard. Failed on #4 on the last set; didn’t get it past my pony. Bench felt strong, as did the rows. All the things were turned on by then, and coupled with the sweat and the mirrors, I felt jacked and I am sure that makes the weight feel lighter. Subbed DBs on the RDLs as all the BB were in being used.

W | Some cursing on part C; but I found the grove and kept going. I can’t believe how much I feel the bear crawls in my abs! Correct position = game changer.

F | Monsoons are rad. And make for really sweaty morning after hikes.

Sa | Been a while since I’d done box squats. Took some vid to make sure my form was on point. Modified the barbell hip thrusts to SL versions, because (A) the latter are harder – though the load is significantly lighter so maybe I fucked up the intended stimulus… (B) The smaller diameter of the hex plates makes the, uh, mount on the hip thrusts less convenient. I know, laaaame excuse.

The EMOM was challenging – really had to focus on recovering my breath the last 5 rounds or so. Opted for KBs as the head of the DBs @ 30# are out of control… 

Su | Trunk sesh because oh man, those box squats got me sore. The holds felt strong, as did the TGUs.

The Forecast

“The man who has anticipated the coming of troubles take away their power when they arrive.” – Seneca

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One human’s trouble is another human’s treasure

This week’s closing Q&A (the last 20:00-ish) from The Aussies – I liked it. Maybe I just like hearing how other people have learned to communicate with people more effectively. I bet one way would be writing better blog posts that this one… Hmm. There’s also lots of content on accessory work if you are, in fact, having thigh/lat/CrossFit troubles.


25 July | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
Bird dogs x 12 ea
SA plank x :20 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7
KBS x 7
Ring rows x 7

Workout | From the archives
A1. SA DB press 5 x 5 (30, 35, 4@30#) [1:00]
A2. SA Chinese row x 10 ea (22.5#) [1:00]
B. EMOM x 10:00: KBS x 7 (60#) + push-ups x 5
C. Bike x 24:00

Stretch | 15:00

26 July | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 10
TVAs x 15
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam ball x 7 @20#
AYTs x 5 ea

Workout | Fave
A1. Back squats 10 x 4 (135#) [1:00]
A2. Wall runs x 10 ea [1:00]
B1. SL KB RDL x 10 ea (45, 4@50#) [1:00]
B2. SA KB snatch x 5 ea (40, 4@45#)
C. 5x: KBS x 15 + DUs x 30

28 July | F
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 12 ea
Prone Y raise x 12
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Warm-up | 3x
TGU x 3 ea (worked up to 60#)

Work |
A. Bike x 30:00

B. 5x:
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Cossack x 10 ea
SL hip bridge (oops, did thrusts) x 10 ea (15#)
C. Bike x 10:00 Step Mill
D. Shoulder CARs

29 July | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KB SA swing – snatch – RDL x 5 ea
Slam ball x 7 @20#

Work |
A. GH hip extension 3 x 12 [as req’d]
B1. DL 4 x 3 (185, 195, 205, 200#) [1:00]<
B2. DB push press x 8 (2@27.5, 2@30#) [2:00]
C. Clean 10 x 2 (95, 105, 2@115, 2@125, 3@130, 135#)
D1. Good girls 3 x 10 (60#) [as req’d]
D2. Bad girls x 10 (50#) [as req’d]
E. [Cable] Pallof press 3 x 20 ea (35, 2@40#)

Stretch | 20:00

Su | Geronimo Loop Hike


Tu | Rolled through. Lats felt nice and “on”. 

W | Some seriously sore abs heading into the gym. Had to do some mindset work getting present while mobilizing, but it did the trick. Might also have been the slam balls. Did this one a little lighter than the last time with the 135# BS, but all the movements felt solid. Upped the lbs on B. Ran out of time for part C. That’s not true. I dropped part C because I was spent after B AND wanted to eat dinner before 10p. 

F | That was fun. Maybe fucked up on the hip bridges… thrusts… A little unclear on the difference between the two. Will have that figured out for next times. The cossack lunges – really felt those. I’ve been working on my yoga handstands – trying to hold a handstand solid and in one place so I can try to learn some new positions – so subbed holds for walks. The bike reps kinda bugged one of my quads after 30 min so I wrapped up the cardio with the step mill. 

Sa | Very sore in the glutes and thighs. Not the hottest day with the barbell; coming out of the bottom of the clean was harder than usual. Though it’s been a while so, I didn’t stress about it. Footage – not necessarily good sets – but depicts how it went:

Su |

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The Phoenix: under clouds and 90°

Junk Reps

“Life’s a journey, to find the people weird like you.” – Atticus

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This post from some of my favorite – and very wise – weirdos got me thinking…

I’ve definitely accumulated some junk reps recently – and not necessarily just in the gymnasium. You ever have times when you’re aware that you’re just going through the motions, or when you recognize you’re not be[hav]ing in the manner you want to be, yet you don’t take the time to slow it down and fix the pattern? You know – not using your superpowers! On the upside, as I tap this out on the laptop, I’m en route to spend some time with the weirdos from whence I came, which will likely offer up some time for such change in pace and review.

Where are you accumulating junk reps? What are your methods for finding the fix?


24 June | Sa
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Wall-pressing DBs x 20 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam balls x 5 @25#
DUs x 20

Work | [On the Fly]
A. EMOM x 20:00
HHC – FS – P/Sp Jerk (3@105, 14@115, 3@125#)
B. Banded RDLs 3 x 10 ea [1:00]
C. Cable Pallofs 4 x 12 ea (40#) [1:00]

Stretch | 20:00

25 June | Su
Inner Basin Trail, Flagstaff AZ

26 June | M
Mobility |3x
Shoulder CARS x 5 ea
SL elev hip bridge x 10 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work | [From the archives]
A. Bike x 10:00
B. 5x: Row x 300m + cable tris x 10 (50#)
C. Bike x 10:00
D. 5x: Row x 300m + SA DB press x 5 ea (27.5#) + Slam balls x 7 (20#)
E. Bike x 10:00

Stretch | 10:00

27 June | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
KBS x 7 @45#
Ring rows x 7
Wall walk x 2

Work | [Favorite]
A. 10x:
Back squat x 4 (2@125, 3@135, 5@145#) [1:00]
Wall runs x 10 taps ea [1:00]
B. 5x:
SL RDL x 10 ea (45#) [1:00]
SA KB snatch x 5 ea (40#) [1:00]
C. 5x: [for time]
KBS x 15
DUs x 30

Stretch | 15:00

28 June | W
Backyard yoga


Sa | Yep, that was a fun one.

Su | So was that. 

M | Rolled through.

Tu | The back squats and wall runs felt REALLY good, and strong. The last two times I’ve done this workout I’ve scratched part C due to time or capacity restrictions. Next time I do it, I will go in with the intention of doing it all. Commit. This week just wasn’t the week for it. 

W | The backyard yoga: it’s no lush jungle variety (but for real, how fucking awesome is THAT?!) but it’s a nice way to start the conversation with my body. The reps sure aren’t perfected yet, but then that’s where the fun lies, am I right? #maybeyoushouldpractice 

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.

Moves Like Prey

“It’s different nowadays; happiness is something that people seem to think is their right. There’s no worry about starvation, or having a roof over your head, or being invaded. So they worry about whether they are happy or not. I suppose that’s some kind of progress.” -Henning Mankell

You know the system is FOOKed when people find this offensive…

 

But don’t think twice about supporting (spending their skrilla on) this…

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From “Super Size: The Dizzying Grandeur of 21st Century Agriculture”

Here’s some (info) ammo for the next attack from that one vegan we all know; the one with the “animals are my friends and I don’t eat my friends” approach. (A) That’s cool, but I eat mine, and they are delicious (and nutritious) AF. (B) And lest you forget we’re all in the circle…

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20 Nov | Su
3-anna-half-ish miles of active recovery on the mountain to the south

19 Nov | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg elevated adductor squat x 10 ea
Chin-over-bar hold x :20
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 200m
Slam balls x 7
Wall slides x 10
DUs x 30 or for as long as my pants stay up

Work | O-lifting – Week 3
Muscle snatch 5 x 2 (75#)
Snatch + 1-1/4 OHS [across] 5 x 1 (95#)
Snatch-grip RDL [across] 3 x 3 (145#)
Ring leg curls 3 x 10

17 Nov | Th
Mobilize | 10:00

Work [Recovery] | EMOM x 30:00, rotating:
Bench press x 3 @80# + DUs x 30
OHS x 3 @75#
AD x 1:00
-then-
3x | GHR x 10 (10#)
Handstand walks x 3 attempts


Th | I know I should be able to write my own recovery workout, but fuck if I could figure anything out by the end of the day. An EMOM sounded nice, so I inquired about Ali’s recipe:

The Skipper’s EMOM Recipe:
•1 part something you enjoy
•1 part skillz you need to work on
•1 part elevate your heart rate

I ended up going with a combo that I’ve been throwing in the mix kinda frequently as Pappas agreed on it. Partners: so high-maintenance.

Sa | Snatches: from red light last week (air brakes) to yellow light on the catch. Widened my stance a bit. Felt really good, but by the looks of it there’s still lots of air there between the booty and the mat.

I hear some people argue static stretching is a waste of time, but I really like it after training. It’s the coffee after hiking; the reading after yard work; the spooning after sex. It’s a little time to chill out and consolidate the day’s work, in whatever capacity that may have been. Or a chance to hear some epic one-liners from Kay-tay. Either way, in the week to come, I’d like to find my corner of the new digs and come back to that.

Walk the Talk

“I believe you can speak things into existence.” – Jay Z

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One of this week’s favorite was the Muscle Mind Project’s interview with Rob MacDonald, the guy at Gym Jones who got over 400 cals on 300 FY. It was cool to hear him talk about his preparation for that test; twenty hours a week on the devil’s bike for months. It’s good to be reminded of all the preparation that it takes to accomplish such things. For anyone, blessed genetics or not.

Bobby’s Rules of the Gymnasium:

  • There’s no such thing as a free lunch. There’s a cost to everything. Be prepared.
  • Show up, don’t quit, ask questions.
  • Help foster a good gym/training environment. Make a contribution.
  • Make your walk match your talk.
  • Have fun.

And I liked what he had to say about goal-setting; for us regular folk to push past setting a singular goal, but instead create a set of ten sub-goals. My first stab:

  1. Have healthy enough shoulders to perform Murph 2017 Rx
  2. Back squat: 1.5 BW
  3. Press to handstand
  4. Legless rope climb
  5. Snatch: .75 BW
  6. Bench: .75 BW
  7. Pass all the booty tests: barbell, quarter, coffee cup, las manos
  8. Do my pistols without holding my toes
  9. Side plank with LL: no problem
  10. Free standing tick-tocks

Yep. That does feel more substantial than “get stronger”. What’s your list look like?


30 May | M
Hiking @ S Mtn

29 May | Su
Pillars |3x
Scaption x 8 (ooh soreness)
Hip hikes x 12 ea
Wall-pressing dead bugs x 1:00

Warm-up | 3x
Goblet squat x 5
BB Good mornings x 10
Row x 200m

Work | Clean pulls 7 x 2 (155,155,165#…)
Snatch balance 3 x 3 (60,60, 55#)
4 sets:
Box squats x 3 (115#)
BTN press x 5 (55#, 3 sets only)
GHR x 10
Banded SL RDLs x 10 ea

Stretch | 15:00

27 May | F
Warm-up | 3x
Run x 100m
KBS x 5
Goblet squat x 3
BB press x 5

Work | Class-y workout
20 rounds:
DL + H-hC + FS + S2O (95#)

Stretch |20:00

26 May | Th
Pillars |3x
GA squats x 8
Wall press + rotations x 10
TVA leg drops x 15

Warm-up |4x
AD x 1:00
El hombre push-ups x  7
Sit-ups x 10

Work | Ooooh-lifting
Power clean 6 x 1 (115,125,130,135,140,140#)
Clean 6 x 1 @ 85% of ‘A’ (115#)
Rack jerk 6 x1 across (115#)
3 sets:
Box hops x 10
SA seated press x 6 ea (25#)
Side bridge x 1:00 or max (1:00, :50, :50)

Stretch | 15:00


Th | Really felt like I was gonna nail that 140# on the power cleans. Not today. The last half of the cleans felt really strong and fast. The jerks were solid; feel like I am finally starting to get under it actively. Did the hops on the box because they felt way more stable than the on the padding of the bench. Are those training explosiveness? Interesting to see what part failed first on the side planks. QL and mid back for moi.

F | Just greasing the groove for Murph. Made the hang power cleans high-hang cleans, because, you know, I like to feel fast…

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Su | Clean pulls felt really good; heavier than I typically go, too. Snatch balance were a little slow. Noticed my grip was pretty narrow, so I widened that out, which helped, but still dropped weight to make them speedy. Realized on the presses that maybe they were slow because the right shoulder was acting up. Stopped at 3 rounds on that movement because my trap kept trying to do the work, not the lat.

Questions & Answers

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” – Voltaire

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01 May | Su
Hike with the DTP Crew!
Siphon Draw @ Flatiron

30 April | Sa
Pillars | 3x
Wall press x 10
Plank + reach thru x 8 ea
Scaption x 8
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Work-ish | 4x
AD x 5:00
Wall walk x 1 + 10 taps at the top
SL RDL x 8 ea
Bicep curls x 12 ea

Stretch + Mob | 20:00

28 April| Th
Mobility, AD & Stretch | 45:00


Friday eve was spent pant-less, watching A Christmas Story, whilst having needles penetrate a few layers of skin…

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I know, but it was all very zen, so… acceptable.

Saturday I did some recovering on my new favorite AD – the one with the luxurious seat and tight pedals. Mmm, girl. Had some pain come into play on my right shoulder when I tried the taps on the wall walks. Thought maybe I could position my way out of it, but nearly performed a faceplant dismount when it happened again on the second round, just took those babies out. Looks like I have some more QT with Raymundo in my future.

Sunday’s hike was outstanding.

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The green arrows indicate where the group foto was taken
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The group foto

I love the evolution of conversation from start to finish on challenging hikes. How it covers some ground, just like the body, moving from jokes & catching up to life philosophy to why it seems like the more you know yourself, the harder it can be connect with some people, then back to how delicious coffee is and how selfies are surely an indication that the world is going to shit, and how the fuck can we stop this madness. So many questions and answers.