Monthly Archives: March 2011

Downside Up; Training, 3/31/11

I think today was the hardest time I’ve had getting moving in the AM. Took forever to get warmed up, but since the work is still pretty easy, once I got warmed up, things were OK; in fact it was a struggle to stick to the plan; I felt like the entire session was a warm up.

Squat
2×5 @ 45
95×5
135×5
185×3
3×5 @ 225

Bench
2×5 @ 45
95×5
135×3
3×5 @ 175

Row
45×5
135×5
3×5 @ 175

6:20AM – 7:15AM (spent a ton of time warming up)

Performance Enhancers: Monster Lo Carb, Kyuss, overcoming my ego


Blue Tile Fever; Training 3/29/11

Did not want to, but did anyway. Took forever to warm up.

Squat
2×5 @ 45
95×5
135×5
185×1
3×5 @ 215

Press
45×5
65×1
3×5 @ 85

Deadlift
135×5
225×1
265×5

Chins
6×3

6:15AM-7AM

Performance Enhancers – Monster Low Carb, Fu Manchu


We’re Getting There

The MD House of Delegates passed a bill ‘allowing’ shipping of wine from wineries directly to consumers in Maryland.

The bill requires wineries pay $200 for the ‘privilege’ of shipping wine to MD, and consumers can only have 18 cases sent per year.  Still didn’t get all the way there, allowing for retailers to also ship into the state and eliminating the case limit, but I guess a partial win is a win in this state.

On a totally unrelated note, got 3 wines the other day from a winery in California (one of the very few who are willing to try to get around the current law by using a third party to ship something I already own.)


Cupajoe; Training 3/24/11

Short on sleep, but felt pretty good this morning.

Squat
2×5 @ 45
95×5
135×5
3×5 @ 205

Bench
2×5 @ 45
95×5
135×1
3×5 @ 165

Row
45×5
95×5
3×5 @ 165

6:30AM – 7:15AM

Performance Enhancers: Monster Lo Carb, Anthrax


Wake Up; Training, 3/22/11

Back to the gym after an unplanned break.

Squat
2×5 @ 45
95×5
135×5
3×5 @ 195

Press
45×5
3×5 @ 80

Deadlift
135×5
245×5

Chins
4, 4, 3, 3

Had trouble warming up, never did feel quite right. 6:30AM to 7:10AM

Performance Enhancers: Monster Lo-Carb, Damageplan


More Gun Banning Legislation in 3…2…1…

4 year old shoots himself in the face, dies.

I wouldn’t let a 4 year old in my house play with a Nerf ball without supervision.  How about we maybe hold the guardian accountable instead of the usual reaction?


Sleep Deprivation and Control

Still getting a handle on things.  Training was going pretty well, I was getting used to the early AM training and building some consistency.

Then comes daylight savings time, which is probably the best example of a pointless government intrusion in to your life.

Whatever, it’s still an excuse.  So my sleep got screwed up, and my routine got a little jumbled due to trying to do some fun stuff (a wine tasting and the Baltimore Foodies event at the Hippodrome).

I need to keep after the sleep schedule thing; I know from past experience that if I can build that 4:15 wake time habit, my sleep needs will diminish, making everything easier to handle.

I also just need to man up and stick with training in the AM.  I also need to balance some things to make sure I’m really doing things that add value to my life.  So with the AM training, I’m also working on spending more time cooking and drinking wine with my wife, and a little less time worrying about political news, blogging, and other extra stuff.

Once I get everything really settled (probably a month or so), I think I’ll be able to get more done.


Dumbass

I give you our Governor, Martin O’Malley, from Maryland Reporter:

Our state is not like other states.  You will not find in Maryland the sort of Midwestern oppression that you find in Ohio and Wisconsin.

I’m not all for what the (elected by the people) legislature and (elected by the people) Governor of Wisconsin have done.  Perhaps I’ll put up something more substantial later on the Libertarian position on the right to (and to not) associate.  But “oppression”?  No.

Remember the call for civil discourse?  Yeah, right.


How To: Stop a Bully

Patrick at Popehat (which you should regularly read) links to a widespread video from Australia showing a bully getting what he’s got coming.

I didn’t know there was an uproar, and frankly don’t care much.  I’ve said for years, as Patrick points out, there’s a solution to bullying.

There’s always a big brother, a bigger friend, or a Dad out there.  Eventually, the bully will run in to them.  Problem solved.  Some people, in many instances bullies, respond only to violence, and some well placed violence is the only solution.  I think in most cases, just the idea that there’s someone out there who will stand up to you can stop a bully.

I know from experience:  standing up to the bully works.  I didn’t ever have to kick the shit out of someone (I doubt I actually would have been able to take on the kid who bullied me in high school), but just standing up to the lout ended the behavior.  He didn’t know if I really thought I could kick his ass, but I made him think I could, or that I might at least try.

(Also, a big shout out to Facebook.  The kid who bullied me in school turned out to be a douchebag attention craving loser as an adult.  I wouldn’t have the satisfaction of knowing that without Facebook.)

Successfully standing up for yourself can be a valuable life lesson, too.


Future/Now; Training 3/10/11

Really struggled this morning, couldn’t seem to get going, really wanted to sleep for another 90 minutes.

But I got in.  A little more extensive warmup than usual, but still never really cleared the fog.

Squat
2×5 @ 45
95×5
135×5
3×5 @ 185

Bench Press
2×5 @ 45
95×5
135×1
3×5 @ 155

Row
45×5
95×5
3×5 @ 155

Stretching.

6:25AM – 7:10AM

Need to get in earlier, there was a slight backup at the showers, and when the training sessions start getting closer to 90 minutes, I’ll still need to be done by 7:15 or so to shower and get headed to work. The key is that I must be in the car by 8AM, as I have a daily call with my folks.

Performance Enhancers: Monster Lo-Carb, COC


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