This month I finished the 8th cycle of 5/3/1. I’ve pushed my maxes in the squat and deadlift up to 370 lbs from 300. The bench press from 185-220 and the military press from 130 to 155. I’ve decided I’m going to adjust some things. For the squat and deadlift, I’m going to drop it back to 340, push the bench up to 225 and shelve the standing military press. I’m doing to do double kettlebell military press instead. I felt in the last cycle, I was getting a little beat up both mentally and physically. My form wasn’t up to snuff either. So, I’m going to drop back, hit all the numbers and then move forward. Kind of like taking a step back to go 2 forward. I’m also going to do each workout twice in the week. Monday and Thursday I’ll do squat, deadlift and bench. Tuesday and Friday, double kettlebells. We’ll see how things go.
Went on vacation last week to lovely Orleans, MA on Cape Cod. For me, the outer Cape is where it’s at. (Grammar error, ending in a preposition). Harwich/Chatham around the elbow is where it starts, once you get past the honky-tonks of Yarmouth/Dennis. My only issue with the outer Cape is the menaces known as bicyclists all over the place. They drove me crazy. Riding on narrow roads, taking up 1/2 the road, not riding single file. It was an epidemic. I hate riding a bike. No chafing, crotch rot, or my balls being scrunched up. No sore, quads or getting clipped by some woman screaming for attention on Facebook while driving. I have this recurring dream of not being able to pedal a bike up a hill. It’s just not my thing. I took 7 days off from working out, fasting, anything. I ate and drank whatever I wanted and gained a good solid 5 lbs. I put a stop to it on Friday night at 10 PM and just finished a 40 hour fast. Instead of boring my readership with my opinions on workouts and fasting, I decided to blog about the beaches in New England I’ve been to in the past few years.
11. York Beach, York Beach, ME. Nice seaside town over the NH border. Good restaurants, bars, outlet malls. My neighbors, my wife and son love it. I’ve been there a couple of times, you have short sands beach and long sands. Minuses to it are, weather. 58 degrees when I was there with an ex girlfriend on the 4th of July in 1992. Also the water is cold, really flipping cold.
10. Hampton Beach, Hampton, NH Bring the cheese whiz. On the NH seacoast, it is a trip. Boardwalk, arcades, bars, and restaurants. Cheesy, but fun, when my cousin came down from Toronto with his girlfriend last summer, I begged him, pleaded with him to take her to Newport, RI. Nope, up to Hampton. Back in the 1980′s it was the only place to see tattooed woman ALA Lita Ford. As Bill Burt the comedian says, you can tell the age of the girls just from whether they are inked up or not. Go to you tube, he does a 40 minute tour of Hampton. It is hilarious. If you are pretentious or snobby don’t go. Minuses: They really crack down on alcohol consumption on the beach. Water is chilly. The ride up is a pain in the ass because every electrician, plumber and carpenter that has overcharged you is towing his boat up to Lake Winnipeausakee.
9. Misquamicut Beach, Westerly, RI Family favorite from my mother’s side. My godfather owns a place there. Beautiful waves, warmer waters. Has its cheese factor, but understated. We used to go to a secluded spot called the dunes. Couldn’t find it the last time I went. Other pros to the beach are it’s 12-15 miles from Foxwoods and Mohegan, and Taylor Swift’s mansion in Watch Hill is 3 miles away if you’re inclined to stalk. Minuses are the traffic is ATROCIOUS. One way in, one way out. Parking is expensive, and had some erosion from Sandy.
8. Sachuest (Second) Beach, Middletown, RI This “Newport” Beach is in Middletown, not Newport. It’s the go to beach. Pros: 1:25 minutes away from the Blackstone Valley Kettlebell compound. Second, the water is warm as in 70 degrees warm. The waves are huge, but there is no undertow and you can go way out and it’s only up to your waist. Fantastic skimboarding for the kids. Lots of room to park. What’s not to like? Red seaweed!!! It gets hit with red seaweed from time to time and it’s awful. $20 to park the Ford Explorer.
7. South Beach, Edgartown, MA Ah, Martha’s Vineyard, one of the great vacation spots. My Aunt just sold her house there for a 500% profit. Haven’t been in the last couple of years, but a terrific beach. Parking is free, you have a choice, on the way down, bear left or right. We always beared right. Enormous waves, large beach. 3 miles from my Aunt’s home, which has since been torn down. Minuses: Big undertow, beware. Second, the culture of Martha’s Vineyard changed. It became pretentious and expensive. You get absolutely sodomized on everything from groceries to restaurants to even the paper. My brother would go down and pick up a Boston Globe which was 50 cents on the mainland. They would charge 75 and he would argue with the clerk just to bust balls. Like a lot of things, (golf club memberships, season tickets to the Patriots, etc.), it became such a pain to get down there, it wasn’t worth it. Instead of enjoying, one becomes resentful.
6. Mayflower Beach, Dennis, MA This bayside beach is a favorite for families on the mid-Cape. Low tides, you can walk out forever to the water. Great for skimboarding, whiffle ball, volleyball, football, kids. Been here quite a few times. Minuses: $20 to park, you have to get there REAL early or forget it. They like to bust balls in regard to drinking. Finally, if you turn 50 yards to the left, look for the wind fence. There, right there! you’ll see an asshole.
5. Crosby’s Landing, Brewster, MA About 15 miles east of Dennis in the charming town of Brewster is Crosby’s Landing. Similar to Mayflower, but without the crowds. Serenity was the word that kept coming to my mind. Great family beach for little kids. Not crowded either. Why? Because you need a town permit to park in the lot from 9-3. After that, anyone can park. But here’s a tip, drop your stuff off at the beach and drive a 1/4 mile back up the road. There is a finite area of free parking. No assholes either.
4. Nauset Beach, Orleans, MA Beautiful Atlantic side beach in Orleans. Very clean, and big parking space. You pay $15 and it is run by the town. Waves are big, water is cold, as in 62 degrees. Lot of room to play. I have absolutely no complaints about this other than, there is nothing exciting about it. It’s really pretty, but nothing stands out.
3. Marconi Beach, Wellfleet. MA The US National Parks run Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Light in Eastham which is the next town north of Orleans and this gem 5 miles further north. I’ve been to Coast Guard early in the morning. It’s gorgeous except for one problem, you have to park and take a shuttle. No thank you. Every year in Naples, we go to Clam’s Pass at this hotel, where you gather your stuff, get on a golf cart and ride 3/4 of a mile to the beach. Except for this year, i can’t deal with the shuttle. Nauset Light also has limited parking. Marconi, is the crown jewel. Coast Guard is rated a top 10 beach every year in the US. Marconi is better. It is enormous, plenty of parking and there are stairs down the dunes to the beach. It is spotless, they have showers to rinse off. The waves are huge, great for boogie boarding. 2 and a half hours after high tide, you have great skimboarding. The water is cold, and I hate to say this, but my brother discovered it. I’ve driven by it on the way to Cahoon Hollow more times than I can count. Until this year when we checked it out. Ranger Smith will collect the $15 to park at the toll booth 1/2 mile before the beach.
2. White Crest, Wellfleet, MA 1 mile south of Cahoon Hollow and 4 miles north of Marconi, lies White Crest Beach. Pretty, and with plenty of parking. $15 to the town of Wellfleet. When you can’t get in to Cahoon Hollow, but want to go to the Beach Comber, Park your ass here. Only downside is the walk down the dunes at a 60 degree angle in the sand to get to the beach.
1. Cahoon Hollow Beach, Wellfleet, MA At the top of the beach sits the Beach Comber restaurant and bar. For $20, which you can spend in the restaurant, you have the best party beach on the Cape. It is beautiful, the water is clear, you have seals swimming within 50 feet of the beach. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was the first time I saw it. We have been coming here for years. The outdoor bar is a blast, and they have bands playing every night. because of the limited parking, it’s not over crowded, just people having a great time. The walk down and back up the cliff isn’t a picnic, and you better get there by 10:30 on the weekends to get a spot. But it’s worth it. My favorite day on the Cape was spent there. There is no skimboarding, but the boogie boarding is great. It’s still a family beach.
I hate to say this, but after going to Marconi this week, it has overtaken Cahoon Hollow as my favorite beach by a neck. It is the prettiest, there are stairs going down the cliff, and for the kids more to do. It’s cheaper, and if I want, i can throw 3 extra beers in the cooler instead of going to the Comber. We’ll still go back to Cahoon Hollow though. My top 5 are
2. Cahoon Hollow
3. South Beach
4. White Crest
5. Second Beach