Read Steve Gleason filling in for Peter King this week.
Current research shows that NFL players are more likely to have certain brain diseases. Additional research shows there have been 27 players diagnosed with ALS in the past 60 years. But it’s important to note that more than 27 ALS patients, none of whom have ever played football, will die in the next two days. For me, this disease is global. It affects any race, gender or walk of life.
But if football did, somehow, cause my ALS, what does that mean for my life?
As humans, we are able to conjure and attach meaning to almost any circumstance or development. When handed what feels like a terminal diagnosis, it’s human nature to ask, Why did this happen to me?! or What does this mean?!
The question What caused this? can usually be analyzed and measured precisely. (Scientists are still working on defining the cause of ALS, and I am not sure if football caused my ALS.) On the other hand, interpreting meaning is, in my opinion, quite ambiguous. We cannot measure, verify or confirm meaning. We, as humans, create and apply meaning. When something happens to us, we become the author of meaning. The best philosophy I have adopted is to apply a useful and productive meaning, rather than a negative or destructive meaning, regardless of the circumstances in my life.
So, I have conjured my own meaning from my circumstance, if in fact football did cause my ALS. It means to me that I gave my life helping a city and a region in ruins find some hope in their struggle for rebirth. I will never regret that.
Read it all. I mean it.
All felt easy
3×8 @ 155
Got done what needed to be done and got out. Busy day today.
Free people should be at least as well armed as the people collecting the taxes.
Humidity and chalk don’t mix. I look like a special ed kindergartener that got into the paste.
235×5 (whoops. Should have only been 3)
These felt great. Squatting 3x a week is good.
125×5 (a misload, was supposed to be 115)
Pulled/tweaked something in my trap/neck on the single. Otherwise these were fine.
Felt heavy today, I’m blaming the humidity and lack of sleep
Wanted to sleep in, but didn’t. Running on 6 hours sleep and a Monster energy drink.
3×8 @ 145
I really, really, really wanted to sleep in today. I didn’t.
It’s an immediate effect, that squatting every session makes squats feel better. I felt strong and in the groove on these, but didn’t push it, staying smart for now. Foam rolling also has helped.
3×8 @ 135
After a few weeks, I’ll fiddle around with either putting in a little more assistance stuff, or maybe add in the prowler. The low intensity slow boring ‘cardio’ work is happening on off days in the morning, just going for a 20-45 minute walk.
Started the experiment today, and felt pretty darn good, even did some extra deadlifts.
240×5 (I misloaded, this was supposed to be 215, but I was looking at the wrong page in my log)
All of these felt great.
140×5 (again, a misload, should have been 130)
Not the best day, feeling a little run down, but still got what needed to be done done. I was on the fence to deload next week, I think I need it.
3×5 @ 155
Band Good Morning
2×15 with light band
25 mins treadmill.
I just get up and go to the gym without thinking about it now.
Incline DB Press
5×10 @ 55
3×20 @ 130
2×12 @ 25
22 mins treadmill.