The light at end of the tunnel of the world’s craziest summer has finally appeared! After a trip to Naples, Denver, coaching 2 baseball teams, working and moving out of one house and into another, I’m almost free. We close on the old house tomorrow, and Friday…. ARUBA! Can’t wait to relax and do nothing except sit on a beach, drink beer and finish reading what might be the best book ever. Trinity by Leon Uris. 500 pages into the 900 page epic novel about Ireland at the turn of the 19th century.
Baseball, my younger son’s team got knocked out of the all star playoffs early. My older son’s team went to the finals. Double elimination, we beat the team once, then the next week, my best players went on vacation, we got killed 14-2, I called the other coach an asshole for stealing bases up 10 runs, and the next night with only 7 kids forfeited. Great experience and we had a lot of fun. One game, I told the kids, find a position. My son pitched for the first time on the big diamond. 2 innings, did well.
Travel. Naples was a good time under shitty circumstances, father is better but still needs a procedure. Denver was a crazy time. Went to Coors Field to see the Rockies and Nationals. Both Bryce Harper and Troy Tulowitzski were out. Fun city, went to breakfast at some joint Guy Fieri visitied. (Love how his name is Ferry and he greases it up). 98 degrees both days, but I like Denver.
Workouts Finished week 6 of Herky Jerky and completely finished Lucky 13, Oh Row You Don’t and Clean ‘Em Up from More Kettlebell Muscle. Heavy day of Clean’em Up is brutal. I managed to get 2 of the 6 rounds with all 14 press reps. Oh Row was easy. On some easy days, I used 55’s and 70’s. Love Lucky 13, simple and to the point. Herky Jerky, I do as a chain and after Lucky 13, the Jerks really tire me out. Some days, I substituted, double swings for snatches because of my hands and humidity. Used 45’s for the most part and what I noticed was how quickly I was able to recover when I cut the rest periods down. By week 5, I really noticed the difference.
I’ve been kind of cheating this week however. While trimming my yard, was the recipient of a poison ivy like rash on my forearms. The hair dryer, which was orgasmic, was the only solution but it was frying my skin. Went to the doctor and was put on high doses of prednisone. Voila, but not without side effects. First the good; My workouts have been incredible! I did all the reps, my recovery became even shorter and instead of resting say 90 seconds, rested 75. Basically set world records in a time density format. Charles Staley would be proud. Now the bad. It gave me ‘roid rage. I was on edge, flying off the handle, couldn’t sit still. As I lower the dosage, it’s 180 degrees and I’m in complete feel good mode.
I’m going back to heavy kettlebell training for a month or two when I get back from vacation. The plan which I made in my head while wide awake at 4 in the morning, wired from prednisone
Day 1 Double Military Press alternated with Pullups Followed with Squats and Double Snatches
10 sets of 2-5 70’s for presses and squats, 55’s for Double Snatches
Day 2 Floor Press alternated with Double Rows. Deadlifts and Double Swings 70’s for the floor press, 88’s for the other 3. I’ll do these twice a week. Going to finish Herky Jerky on the other days.
Weight, good 183-185. Good enough, have had diet under control recently, though have only done a 40 hour fast once in the last month. But daily about 16-18 hours.
Move: Where to begin. We moved into our new house on 7/31. I really like it even though it has its quirks. Cellphone reception is lousy because we’re in a valley. We needed to call a plumber. We need to call an electrician because the jacuzzi tub is haunted and goes on by itself. I can’t believe how much walking I do, it’s 3900 sq. ft. My wife has been the MVP. She did ALL the packing, a lot of unpacking put the house all together, decorated, spackled and touched up wall in the old house, dealt with movers, insurance issues and every other administrative nuisance you can imagine. I always thought headhunting was a tough job. Realtors and originators have it much worse. Way too many flies in the ointment. I’ve unpacked, cleared out the garage and shed of old house. Set up garage in new house, trimmed 22 bushes, shrubs. Cut down about 100 tree branches around my yard to bring more sunlight and get rid of overhang. Weeded all the beds and transferred firewood from one house to other with a buddy’s pickup. The funny thing is nothing went smooth. We moved furniture around in the basement until we finally got it right. Hanging a tv took me over 2 hours. Brand new refrigerator has a broken water dispenser. King size mattress is being delivered next week. However, It finally feels like home. We close on old house tomorrow, then….
ARUBA. One full week, all inclusive on a private adults only beach. Located my leopard skin speedo and will be counting the freckles on my Irish ass by Noon Friday. We are really looking forward to it, after celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary this month. Even though it’s busy, it’s been a great summer. Had a great Saturday in Boston with the family. Skateboarding on Long Wharf, drink at Tia’s, dinner in the North End and Red Sox game at Fenway. $125 seats, thanks cousin Ryan! They won too. Next week, boating in Boston Harbor out to Hull from the Jeffries Yacht Club with friends. So although insane, and not your normal summer here, we’ve had fun doing different things. Haven’t been to Newport or Wellfleet (the Cape doesn’t begin until you hit Chatham) That’s the elbow for you people trying to picture it geographically.
I’ve been so absorbed in all this, that the Frigidaire repair man told my Robin Williams died. I’m so glad I don’t battle depression. I can’t even opine on this. What I realized is I need to be grateful. As I was in a rage Tuesday, I kept saying, “what do I have to complain about?” Nothing, honestly. It could all change tomorrow.
More Kettlebell Muscle is fantastic, now time to go heavy. Still 5 weeks of summer left. And the water is getting warmer up here. I’ll be at a beach in New England soon, but not before Aruba. I’m also going to play a little blackjack. Looking forward to it as I haven’t played cards since a cruise 3 years ago. Hopefully there won’t be some numb nuts splitting 10’s. Cheerio!