Monthly Archives: June 2009

Training 6/30/09

AM:
Foam rolling
stretching
30 mins treadill @ 120 bpm or so.

PM:
None

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Training 6/29/09

AM:
Foam rolling
Stretching
30 mins treadmill, 120 bpm

PM:
Squat
45×5
95×5
135×5
185×5
225×3
280×5
315×3
355×3
Solid, had another rep in me

Leg Press
3×15 @ 290

Hammer Strength Leg Curl
5×10 @ 50

20 mins elliptical, 150 bpm


Training, 6/26/09

Deadlift
135×5
185×5
225×3
280×3
320×3
360×6 (PR)
Pretty big PR

45 degree hyper
3×12

Pulld down abs
50×15
60×15
70×15

30 mins treadmill, 120 bpm.


Training, 6/23/09

Press
45×5
65×5
95×3
120×3
135×3
150×7 (PR)

Chins (neutral grip)
10 sets of 3

Face pull
50×15
60×15
70×10

pressdown
2×10 @ 70

Hammer Curlz
2×10 @ 30

15 mins elliptical, 150 bpm


Training, 6/22/2009

Back to it after an uplanned week off.

Squat
45×5
95×5
135×5
185×5
225×3
260×3
300×3
335×3

The 300 felt light, the 335 felt heavy. Since I’ve been inconsistent, I did what had to be done instead of going for broke on that last set.

Leg Press
3×15 @ 270

Hammer Strength Leg Curl
5×10 @ 45

Treadmill: Easy 20 minutes, 120 BPM.

There was a little note at the front desk today, indicating they are going to start enforcing rule #10: No Chalk or Powder, becuase it’s too much of a mess. I would suggest they focus their cleaning efforts on the locker rooms, but hey.

So, if anyone out there belongs to a gym in the Baltimore area that caters to people who want to get strong, leave me a comment.


Coming soon, I promise

Another big gap in posts, if you read regularly, I apologize. If you don’t read regularly, well, you haven’t missed anything.

Training and blogging took a back seat to working this week, that’s the way it goes sometimes. Another busy week on tap next week, but should get back on track with training at least.

Some blog posts coming, I promise. There’s too much to say on Baltimore City government and the Mayor’s staff (her chief of staff is taking a paid leave of absence because he’s charged with domestic abuse. Paid. He makes $145k a year or something. But they can’t afford to come pick up my trash twice a week.) Also a couple of reviews, one of Charleston, one of a Baltimore Foodies wine dinner at the Wine Market.

And training posts, of course.

I also have some article ideas for the building wealth and personal development series, just need to sit down and crank them out.


Being a big guy has it’s advantages,

and disadvantages..


Training, 6/12/09

Bench Press
5×5
95×5
135×5
180×5
210×5
235×8

Incline DB press
5×10 @ 60

CSR
3×15 @ 45

40 mins treadmill on ‘fat burn’ setting, 120 bpm. Slow and boring.


Training, 6/10/2009

Today is J and my 8th anniversary.  So I deadlifted.

Deadlift
135×5
185×5
225×3
260×5
300×5
340×7

45 degree hyper
bw x 12
+ mini 2×8

Bench situps
2×12

21 mins elliptical, cardio setting, 150 bpm.


What’s the point?

An interview with ‘Robert Parker’s Bitch’ comes to a conclusion I reached a while back with my own palate.  Wine is highly subjective, and while lots of people can recognise a real great (everyone I know who tasted Xtant or Silver Oak loved it), I’ve had some wines that The Advocate/The Spectator rated highly that I dumped out.

It’s interesting to learn what it is they seem to like, and now it makes sense that I don’t like some of the things they do.

In the documentary, which features interviews with veteran winemakers and balanced-wine crusaders Randy Dunn and Tom Eddy, the critics are charged with having palates that wield too much power.

More to the point: They like bold, ripe, high-alcohol wines — probably because they hit you over the head and stand out in tasting lineup. As a result, they give wines made in that style coveted scores of 90 points and higher. So, winery owners frustrated with a distribution system that keeps them at a distance from their consumers may pressure winemakers to produce a big Parker darling — or not let the cellar door hit them on the way out.

This helps me understand why sometimes I don’t like some very highly rated wines, as I like a little less fruit and alcohol, and am now drawn more to “old world” style wines (although most of what I buy and drink is from the ‘new world’, and certainly much of it is more of that style).  This fruit bomb/high alcohol trend has turned me off of Aussie Shiraz, for example, and I’ve been avoiding California Zins recently too (although Sobon’s is fantastic, and it’s still on the fruit forward side).

I think the key out of all of this is for people who enjoy wine to not take it so seriously, and find what they love based on their palate and the recommendation of a trusted wine merchant.  Beltway Fine Wines, for example, has a policy that if they recommend a wine and you don’t like it, you can bring it back. 

Reading the big name tasting guys might be interesting, but I wouldn’t base my purchases soley on their opinion.

Link via Lain Bradford on Twitter


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