Welcome to 50!

Phew. I am finally sitting down.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. On the Fourth I turned 50. I took a few days off to relax and play… Hanging out with family and training. Then back to work, helping my clients meet their goals…

A couple of weeks ago I went to Keystone with my lovely wife. Where we spent five nights and most of six days sweltering in our room at night, eating delicious food, and going to seminars. She went to a sewing seminar put on by Silhouette Patterns.

I spent at least 6 hours a day refining my kettlebell techniques, learning some new bodyweight exercises (as well as refining many that I already knew), dabbling for a couple of hours in the Olympic snatch (more refinement), and getting to learn the basics of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS).

Get back home and jump into work, where I find out two of our trainers have quit… So gotta pick up extra clientele – 4 new clients, along with my regulars – not a bad thing at all!

I am about two days from finishing round two of a hypertrophy cycle. I am currently setting up a new cycle that will start on Saturday. Muay Thai and pistol work are hot and grooved, while Jiu-jitsu is cold (I have only been on the mats three times since FightFit stopped at Golds back in March). I have even managed a few stick and knife sessions recently (Jared and Jarlo would be so proud! ;))…

I don’t know what 50 is supposed to feel like… But this isn’t exactly how I thought it would be when I was thirty… I feel like I could take on the world…

And maybe even win.

Hello, Is This Thing On?

So… It’s six months later and apparently I got lost in some kind of worm hole or something… The truth is, I have been spending the majority of my time on-line (when not doing research) on sites like Facebook and Twitter… Instant feedback is an alluring bitch… 😉

But now it’s time to revive this flagging beast… I gave it a rest, now it’s time for round three…

A couple of updates and then we’ll get started. The first is: I am completely healed up from last years injuries. Both my left wrist and my right adductor magnus are mended and doing well – thank you. And I have rebuilt my strength levels to at least where they were pre-injuries, as well as my flexibility and mobility. As I near 50, I am, more than ever, convinced that, along with nutrition, these are the “royal court” as far as quality of living goes… So EVERYTHING I do (you too) should go through a filter of: how will this effect these attributes? If positively – go for it. If negatively – stop now and get on with things.

Secondly: Life continues and life has been good the last few months.

That being said, there is the smell of change in the air… New training cycle for me – moving away from the weights a bit and back toward a combat sport emphasis. With continuing movement capabilities and capacities stretched and refined (of course). A new area of study: change psychology. And possible new directions in the business of training…

This summer is looking awesome! I’m never happier than when I am challenged.

So, if you’re reading this: welcome back!

Talk to you soon!


Lefty Trauma

After a few days of low grade pain, I finally went to a doctor today after my left hand swelled up… I got a series of X-rays, which didn’t show any bone damage… It looks like I tore a tendon in my wrist – under my thumb – working some BJJ against a 350lb training partner last Wed. night… Going to have to wear a brace for a while, and modify my training as I heal… I won’t know which tendon, or how bad for about a week, until the swelling goes down and I can get and MRI…

So, how is your day going? 😉

Tags 11/14/11

Since I seem to be spending the majority of my time on social media sites posting stuff, I thought I’d link those posts here on my personal site as well…
Good article on problem solving various types of “injuries.”

This is a followup to my last arti­cle (Training Related Injuries – Is it Serious, or Just a Tweak?) where we discussed if the diffi­cul­ties you are expe­ri­enc­ing in move­ment are seri­ous enough to warrant going to a physician.

Today, let’s go into further detail about:

  • How partic­u­lar injuries and condi­tions occur
  • What you can do to relieve them
Loved this from Jim Wendler: “Believe in yourself and be a motherf*cker – if you don’t no one else will. Have love in your heart and an axe in your hand. Hug and swing discriminately.” http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/default.asp?qid=157346&tid

Reading this, I find myself in good company: http://brainz.org/50-most-brilliant-atheists-all-time/

“Atheism is generating quite a lot of attention these days. Prominent atheists are getting the word out about their views in increasing numbers and generating lots of public debate on the proper place of religion in governments and societies in the modern world. And now more than ever, atheists have been able to network together and join forces because of the Internet.”