Failed Kettlebell Burn Extreme after 10 days. Mentally weak, MEOW! there I said it.
Ok, now that we got that out of the way…
I rejoined my old gym about 15 minutes away. $10 bucks a month, all the equipment I need and it’s not Planet Fitness. I work from home and had been cooped up too much in the house this winter. It was like being under house arrest. Hadn’t been there in 15 months, not one thing has changed. No new equipment, machines, nothing. I’m sure the shower curtains are the same. Zero reinvestment, but the place is nice. My only complaint is just the one squat rack. There are more cartoon characters there than anywhere, all from Woonsocket. As much ink there as you would see on the 4th of July at Hampton Beach.
I’m doing the 5/3/1 barbell program three days a week. Going to throw some kettlebells and running with my wife on the other days. Weather almost tolerable? Well, it’s snowing out right now. I ran with my dog this week and had to run in the middle of the street because I didn’t want her all sandy. She was SO HAPPY, smiling up at me with love and hopping like a bunny for the first 200 yards
Starting week 3 of 5/3/1, doing a pyramid of First Set Last. It goes like this,
Warmup 3 sets
Work sets 5,5,5+ (+ as many reps as possible)
Second work set x 5
First work set 5 sets x 5-8
Only assistance work I’m doing are pull-ups, rows and dips which have been shelved for the time being. Being the stubborn idiot I am, for a conditioning day, I decided to do kettlebell snatches with a 35. 15 seconds on 15 seconds off for 40 minutes, Viking Warrior Conditioning style. Easily did the workout, but the 280 snatches on each arm dinged my left elbow and I have a mild case of tendonitis on the top of my elbow/forearm. So, I’m working around that. It burns to brush my teeth vertically, I’m doing it with my right hand. Want a great brain exercise? Try brushing with your opposite hand, just beware of your gums with the toothbrush. Throw in a bruised rib from soccer that hasn’t healed in two weeks and I’ve been hitting the Aleve. Which, you can’t take on an empty stomach, thus no fasting, weight still in the low-mid 190’s.
Successes have been my squats and deadlifts which have been strong. I easily pulled 315 x 3 the other day and have been regularly squatting 275 x 5 with depth. Presses are good, and the more things change the more they stay the same, my bench is, as always, my weak exercise.
How’s everyone doing in their brackets? I’m down to seven on my elite 8. How does Providence lay an egg last night? I watched a lot of college hoop this winter, nobody is beating Kentucky. My brother had Baylor going to the Final Four. Why? How many Big 12 games did you watch? I didn’t watch any. I saw a lot of Big East and ACC games. Xavier seemed to be on every Saturday. I like that team, they always win a game or two in the tourney and you can’t bury them. Villanova and their grease ball coach Jay Wright won’t get to the Final Four. Providence got screwed vs.’Nova in the Big East tournament. Phantom call. I have Kentucky, Duke (really going out on a limb there) Arizona and Virginia. The last team to go completely undefeated was Bobby Knight’s 1976 Indiana team. I like John Calipari, so I hope Kentucky runs the table. Sure he’s a little shady, but college basketball is a cesspool. They’re all slime bags and he’s not a complete sphincter like General Knight.
My problem with college hoop is the complete over coaching. The last minute of a game takes 15. I saw a team last week call a timeout down 5 with 1.6 seconds left. Really? Did you know there are 4 TV timeouts a half, plus 15 minutes at halftime, plus a 60 second timeout and 4 30 second timeouts? How much can you possibly say to your team? The TV timeouts come every 4 minutes, so the first one is at the 16 minute mark. I love the coaches who call timeouts at 16:05. I HATE the charge call, it’s too subjective. College basketball has turned into a low scoring rock fight. They need to drop the shot clock from 35 to 24, extend the three point line farther out. There is no mid range game, guys just kick it out and launch threes. Lose the charge call and drop the timeouts in half.
The Ashley Judd Twitter controversy has made me giggle over the past two days. Answering trolls calling her names and telling her to die because she’s a die-hard Kentucky fan. She’s staying relevant, kissing Dickie V and screaming misogyny. Dickie probably hasn’t needed the viagra since. He needs to go away. His schtick was getting tired when I was in college in the 80’s. In the 1990’s she was Nolan Ryan, throwing 99 MPH heat, but now she’s just a knuckleballer. Bad botox/filler, bi-polar bat shit crazy drama queen. Legendary crazy stories. Google it.
Speaking of Twitter, did anyone ever see the stories about the NBA players, calling one another the N word during it’s infancy. Kevin Durant was a major participant. Twitter is the internet at it’s best and worst. Great news feeds and information, but filled with trolls. I like talking trash to my friends, but I’m not throwing it up for the world to see. I’ve had to have conversations with my son about what should and shouldn’t be posted.
Not happy the Patriots cheaped out on Revis and Browner. They’ll figure it out, but for the first time in 10 years they had a tough physical defense and won the Super Bowl. Now they’ll make do with bandaids. At least they’re not as decimated as the 49ers who have 5-11 written all over them. Nice of Peyton Manning to take a pay cut. He’s been sating himself at the salary trough for too long. Is there anything he won’t endorse? Complete sellout. He can make the money back if the Broncos win the AFC championship and Super Bowl (INSERT LAUGH TRACK HERE)
Dead arm, strained oblique, dehydration, only in baseball. Thanks God spring training is only six weeks. Wade Boggs robbed at knifepoint willing himself dead. Jeff Kent doing wheelies in the parking lot and injuring himself. (this sentence makes me laugh). Guys falling out of bed, stepping on glass, injuring themselves moving boxes. How much freaky stuff happens in Arizona and Florida in the months of February and March?
Baseball fashion since the 1990’s. Mullet, goatee, pants cuffed at ankles, wrap around Oakleys, hillbilly beards and now tattoos. Look at the 2013 Red Sox and every Oakland A’s team. They look like rejects from the House of David.
Best TV show this season is Better Call Saul the spinoff from Breaking Bad. Looking forward to the final episodes of Mad Men. My wife and I are watching Sons of Anarchy and House of Lies. Also watching The Following. Not feeling it for Game of Thrones yet which is coming soon. I’m not really a fantasy/medieval genre fan, but I like the show. I’ll get into it after a couple of episodes. The first couple will be a chore for me to watch. Does every HBO show have a formula? Whether it be The Wire, Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones. All 60 minutes long. Have no idea or vague idea about half the dialogue and what’s going on, the the last 10 minutes make sense wrapped in a little bow. Then watch the three minutes of the dorky producer summarize and explain everything.
Pet peeves, closing an email with the word “cheers,” using the metric system in fitness forums (don’t make me multiply your kg by 2.2), the word “mate,” hockey talk when I’m in the car, the suffix “gate”