Monday, November 7, 2011

Thoughts about life, crap, training, and stuff

The new X-Men movie sat at my house all week and I never watched it.  Not that I didn't want to, it was just one of those weeks where every damn night something was going on.  Shit, I guess I will just buy it.  Then I will eventually get around to watching it.

Hold on to your fucking porn hats, Jamie Lewis and I are going to be doing a roundtable type discussion real soon that will be shared across both our blogs.  If you don't read Jamie's blog you should.  We have different ideas about training, and that's a good thing.  Variety is the spice of sex......errr life and stuff.  Anyway, it's always good to see both sides of the training paradigm and that's probably a lot of what we will be covering.

Game of the Century (LSU vs Bama) was a great defensive battle but man, do these things get built into something they aren't?  We are truly in a super hype age.  Game of the century?  Really?  Now days if something is good we want it to be great; if it's great we want it to be epic.  Why can't we let it just unfold and be what it is?

The shit going on with Jon Jones reminds me of that so much.  That he's some kind of second coming in terms of MMA fighters.  I still haven't seen the guy tested, and some may say that's because he's so good but I don't believe that.  What I mean is, what happens when he gets rocked, or his reach isn't working?  What happens then?  We don't know.  As much as I dislike Anderson Silva, all of those questions have been answered about him.  Jon Jones?  No.  The hype machine is too much.

Staying in fighting, I can't wait for JDS and Cain.  Man I haven't had so much trouble picking a fight EVER.  I see these guys pretty equal but I think that Cain is probably the better overall guy.  So if I HAD to pick, I'd go with Cain.

The layoff I had the last week plus has REALLY done me good.  I feel mentally hungry again for the first time in a few weeks to lift.  My conditioning is strong right now.  I did 2 hours of sled yesterday and felt fine.  Never lost my breath.  Your conditioning level plays such a huge role in recovery.  When you are in shape you can get in so much work in the weight room.  Now I just have to be better about my sleep.  I'm working on that.

The Walking Dead season 2 has been spectacular.

Dexter has really picked up too.

My elbow has been feeling achy again for no apparent reason.  Maybe bitching at me for the lay off.

Speaking of the Alabama/LSU game, I went out with the wife and a couple of friends.  And one of them decided he would pull for Alabama just to be a pain in my ass.  Don't you just love friends like that?  Actually we had a great time and I got to yell in his face, loudly, when LSU kicked that game winning field goal.  That was fun.

Busy out the ass today so just a quick and dirty one.

Hope everyone is having a rat shit filled Monday.


  1. If you don't mind, I wanted to share an anecdote.

    I was supposed to squat 390lbs today for 3 ladders of 1-2-3. By the time I got to the gym, I was draggin ass. I told myself, "I'm doing the first ladder and bailing."

    Okay. I do the single-double-triple. "That was really fucking easy."

    I thought, this might be one of those "Strike the iron" days Paul Carter talks about.

    So, I put on 405 for a single. That was easy. Put on 425 for a single. That was easy. Put on 445 for a single. Smooth, but not easy. Decided not to push my luck too far. Dropped to 405 for a single-double-triple.

    Everything over 400lbs is a PR. Best day in the gym I can remember. I'll never again skip a workout because I feel tired. Just sack up and have at it.

    Thanks for your time and running a quality blog.

  2. Congrats on the big PR's!

    I have found more often than not, when I am tired I warm up, and have a pretty good one. When I feel like a beast walking into the gym, shit falls flat. Happens a lot.

  3. Hey paul, off topic, but if you are running the strong15 program, would you ever recommend back off sets of both regular and pause squats for less experienced lifters?

  4. Looking forward to the roundtable, should be interesting.


  5. Let me just say I am super excited for the roundtable between you and Jaime. Both of your blogs is where I get most of my inspiration. I in no way could handle his volume of workouts throughout the week (nor would I want to at this stage of my life) but utilizing rest pause style training has revitalized my workouts. And I never would have thought to apply back off sets if it weren't for your blog. Obviously there is room for everything if it's tailored to the individual. Can't wait.

    And don't worry, we'll still let you on the Jones train once you come around.