Wednesday, March 30, 2011


space is important.

space is important, but not always for the reasons we think it is.

we apply the pressure to ourselves.

i have been in SLC since saturday night, i have lost 4 pounds, taken a recovery shower every day, as well as 15-30 minutes with a foam roller, plus a walk of at least 2 miles. spare time is usually spent with the lore of running, or re-reading seminar notes/notebooks and today is focused on drawing up 3 month plans for myself and some of my athletes.

the space makes this easy. the knowledge, the dedication of the people i have a chance to work with this week makes it easy to step up my game, to act ideally.

training with people who are better than you has its way of pulling you up, pulling you along on your own path. being surrounded with dedicated individuals makes it easier to pursue your own goals, even without any sort of encouragement. water seeks its own level.

it is true i lack distractions here, but the recovery work, the food, the logs, hydration, these are not difficult or time consuming. this is not something special. i am grateful for the knowledge i have received already - and still have more to do - but more than that i hope i can bring back the feeling of responsibility and focus. the pressure.

we do it to ourselves. we drive ourselves.

the test is if we can hold on, exert that pressure when no one is watching. improve.

time will tell.

Friday, March 25, 2011

there is work to be done.

"I am set out to be exactly the person I mean to, and unapologetically."

this quote has come up more than once in the past week. i am constantly surprised by the amount of grief laid on dedicated people. how near strangers will tell me and others that we work too hard. that we should take a break. have fun. live a little. to stop always behaving like we are at work.

i actually take pride in my work. i take pride in the fact that i plan, execute, evaluate and improve. if that makes my whole life a job than i will take pride in the fact that i am good at it. that i enjoy it. i will not waste my time playing house. pretending to pay attention to pointless conversations in an attempt to be social.

bring something to the table.

speak and act with purpose.

follow through.

because time is valuable. and fleeting.

in 24 hours i land in SLC, i have 5 days. the goal is simply to learn. more than that, to find weakness. to ask people i respect to assess my shortcomings. to help me acquire the information i need in order to improve...

5 days.

fleeting indeed.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

slide show.

couldn't resist, 8' pullup bars have a price...

gimme-gimme, weighted rope pull and sprint. ~ 30'. 3x6 rounds gets... interesting.


emily displaying 1/2 bodyweight KB swings...

10' - 45# slosh pipe

8' - 35#

205# funky bar, all 3 holds done tag team style vs. 20 heavy swings.

taking the bar for a walk.