Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thoughts about life, crap, training, and stuff

You're only as good as your promises.  And I continue to be disappointed in people regarding this.  You would think after almost 37 years I'd know better than to take people at their word, but I suppose I'd like to believe that there are still some good people left in their world regarding this.  I haven't found them yet.  Sometimes you have no control over situations that make you break your promises.  Like Bruce Willis in Armageddon.  But outside of being on an Asteroid in a Michael Bay film, most of us don't have a lot of extenuating circumstances that should cause us to break our promises.  Just something to think about the next time you "swear" to someone you will or won't do something.  

Gets a pass....

Meet training starts a month from today.  I'm pretty excited.  I feel healthy and good about training overall.  I also feel good about being in the 242 class.  I don't think I will eat going into this meet like I used to either.  I don't do anything at 270 that I don't do at 245-250 so there is really no need for it.  And I feel fine at 235-238 right now.  

I do know I will need a break between now and then.  I am pretty beat in terms of overall energy.  I have been training 7 days a week for the most part, for over two months now.  This is the last week of back and erector specialized training, and I will probably take a week off after this.  I will do a couple of weeks of fun stuff before the meet training starts.  My oldest daughter will also compete in this meet too.  I'm very excited about her wanting to do this with me.  She's not strong and not big, so for those of you that don't compete because you feel too weak to, take notice.  She's obviously got more stones than you do.  

The book is coming along.  This is going to be more than a training book.  Although I plan on making it as thorough as possible in regards to training.  But it's going to be kind of a mixture of thoughts about being the best man you can be, life lessons, and training.  I like to write obviously, so I'm just kind of going with it, in terms of the non-training stuff.  Even if you don't want or like these parts, I plan on really covering a lot of great shit about training.  I believe my years of injuring myself will be worth the cost alone.  I will go into all the rehab that has worked for every injury I've ever had.  And after 23 years, I've had about everything you can think of.  I do not have a timetable for when this thing will be done.  But it'll blow away my previous books by a mile.  Not that that would be incredibly difficult.  But still. 

Will make sense when the book comes out

I'm taking 405 for a ride on incline a week from this coming Monday if I feel good.  I want to go ahead and get this out of the way before I start meet training.  Hell, I might even try it next week.  I'm pretty sure it's there.  Just a mental thing at this point, but isn't that the case with all PR's?  Getting over the mental humps in training is, I think, one of the biggest obstacles in making progress.  It has been for me anyway.  There have been plenty of times when I know I'm strong enough to move a weight, but mentally was not ready.  I feel like that's starting to happen with the 405 incline now.  315x9 AFTER 365x3 pretty much nails a 405 incline.  For those that don't think that, you're stupid and haven't been lifting very long.  Yes, I'm a bit salty this morning.  

So I live in Kansas City (or there about) and we have had like half an inch of snow this year, and the 10 day forecast shows nothing but beautiful weather.  I've been here for 12 years now and I've never seen anything like this here.  It's pretty amazing.  We have some pretty shitty winters and it's been my main complaint since I moved here from Louisiana.  I hate the snow, I hate the ice.  I can deal with the cold, but the snow and ice make driving and just doing shit, fairly miserable.  Plus I do all of my cardio outside, so when the sidewalks ice over I'm not risking an injury or looking like a clown by falling down.  But I've been able to do steady state outside every morning and it's been awesome.  If it were like this every winter here, I'd be fine with staying.  But as it stands, as soon as the wife is out of school we are gonna make like a tree, and get the fuck out of here.  

I can deal with this

The Tim Tebow love is out of control.  "Did you know that Tebow passed for 316 yards?"  Is this really where we are at?  That because Tebow is a devout Christian that even his passing yards have a Christian meaning?  "No of course not Paul, but it's a neat coincidence."  No it's not.  Shut the fuck up.  I hope he throws for 31 yards and 6 interceptions against the Pats.  

As an LSU fan, I can sympathize with this regarding Bama

Jamie is supposed to be putting up the audio for Chaos and Bang Part 2.  So bug him about it and maybe he'll get it done.  Speaking of Jamie, his shit is blowing up right now and I'm happy as hell for him.  I've gotten to know Jamie pretty well over the last many months and there is more to him than the persona he presents online.  A good guy with a lot of good qualities.  He's been a good ear for me the last week or so as I've dealt with some bullshit.  That's what friends do.  That and give you a double dutch rudder.  

It's hump day.  Hope everyone is doing something unusual and awesome with their week.


  1. Where you thinkin of moving to? Don't come to CA is my advice.


  2. Arizona is nice. The heat in the summer is not so bad. Right now I am enjoying 75 degree days in the middle of the January!

  3. But average temperature of a region is directly proportional to the # of douchebags you have to put up with.

    Also inversely proportional to power racks per capita...I think...

  4. I do know that Scotsdale has a douche bag infestation.

  5. Hell Yes about Tebow (pun intended) how about giving Demarius Thomas credit for making that 10 yard pass an 80 yard "pass" from Tebow...fucking sickening.

  6. Avoid moving to any place where guys use the "Shake Weight"!

  7. What meet are you planning on competing in?

  8. Ray - UPA NAtionals in April in Iowa.