When I vacation, most of the time, I’ll take a week off from working out. Sometimes, I might get a couple of runs in or do some pushups, but you won’t see me (you won’t see me…) in a gym. In January, I was in San Francisco for sales kickoff and then Sonoma for wine tasting. My working out was walking around the city. Lunch? nah, I’ll pass on the kale soup, I’ll walk. 30 minute break, take a walk. My wife and I did 10 miles up and down the hills one day. Two weeks ago, we went to New York and Philadelphia. Walked around Central Park, down Broadway, Times Square, Lower Manhattan. Got 7 miles in one day. Rest is key every 12-16 weeks for not only mental, but physical recovery. When I do this, I come back refreshed and ready.
Vacation was great, saw the musical Jersey Boys, went to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, (searched for my great grandfather’s name, but it was spelled wrong), World Trade Center pools and went to the Museum of Modern Art. Fifth floor was spectacular. Picasso, Cezanne, Van Gogh (Meh). Then as you get to the more modern stuff it gets weirder. I’m a fan of Post Impressionism. I asked for 2 hours, we bailed after 100 minutes and went to Junior’s for a reuben and some cheesecake.
Then it was off to Philadelphia, well Exton, actually. My youngest single cousin got married. He hit the lottery with this gal. The ceremony was on Villanova. Beautiful campus. Easily the best wedding I’ve ever attended. Everyone was there, parents, relatives, cousins. Lots of laughs and rehashing the same things that have been occurring the last 40 years. Thoroughly enjoyed the handle of Glen Livet my eldest cousin brought. Yeah, i said it was the Budweiser of Single Malts, but it’s still great. My new favorite is Highland Park. Bought a bottle for a friend of mine who got the fight Saturday night. Delicious and smooth. The discussion was who was the MVP of the weekend. We were going with my eldest cousin who put on an all time show, he was putting up numbers like Barry Bonds, fresh off a cycle from BALCO. In reality it was the groom, who organized a great round of golf the day before. It was freezing 42 with a 30 mph wind but still fun. Helps that I played well. He was the reason we were all down there. The only points he lost was for complaining about missing centerpieces. I had to pull him aside to discuss roles of the groom and how floral arrangements should never be on his task list. Was a dancing fool. I don’t care if Marvin Gaye was ripped off, and he was. Is there a better get on the dance floor tune than Blurred Lines? Just sayin’….
Seven hours back home, five states, a little traffic at the GW. I refuse to take the Tappan Zee, just go right up the belly of the beast. Blew off the Cross Bronx and 95 by taking the Hutch to the Merritt, traffic on both, traffic in Hartford at the exit off where my Moms grew up, traffic getting into Massachusetts. Oh well it was worth it, delayed an hour.
Got back on the scale Monday, 197.8. To tell you the truth, I was relieved. The weekend before vacation, I know I hit 200 for the first time since 1998. I fasted for 40 hours the Sunday before we left. So, I’ve taken control and have dropped about 5 pounds since then. What has been working is two things. Long daily fasts 17-20 hours, and gulp, long distance running. Yes, back at it and enjoying it with the nice weather. Still doing some kettlebell stuff, but my tennis elbow isn’t quite healed yet and I can’t snatch. Did 4.2 miles on Sunday with my dog, 3 on the treadmill yesterday after national bench press day at the gym in 25:38 and over 5 today with my wife. No run tomorrow because of squats and thinking of playing hoop Thursday night. I like putting the music on and letting my mind shut down. I have one playlist, mostly Beatles, Wings, Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones for rock. Some 70’s soft rock, 10CC, England Dan and John Ford Coley, Pure Prairie League, Ozark Mountain Daredevils (Jackie Blue is a great tune), 90’s hip hop as well as some modern stuff. Selena Gomez, Britney, Sara Baralles etc.
For lifting still doing 5/3/1, just about finished cycle 3. My favorite week is the 3 x 3 week. On Saturday after seeing A-Rod hit hit 660th the previous evening, went and did presses and deadlifts. Instead of following the percentages, I did 275 x 3, 295 x 3, then threw a third wheel on each side and did 315 which was my training max, x 3. Felt good and loose. I didn’t want to rep out 315, felt like maxing out. Threw 2 10’s on each side. boom, 1 rep at 355. Took the 10’s off and put quarters on for 365. Grip, left hand over, right hand under. Fool on the Hill was playing on the iTunes. Pulled the bar a couple of times to take the slack out and up it went. Personal record. Stripped the bar as Slow by Selena Gomez came on and walked out of the gym. To paraphrase Flo-rida, the gym couldn’t handle me. My goal is a 2x bodyweight deadlift, and that is only 20-25 lbs. away. After that 4 wheels on each end or 405 for you math savants.
For kettlebells doing work with the 88. Getups, push presses, squat in the rack and row as well as swings. I’ve probably brought this up before, as a matter of fact I know I have. I like the two hand swing much better than the one hand swing. I know the one hand swing is asymmetrical, but the two hand swing, in my opinion is harder on the grip. When you swing with the left arm, your right arm is resting. With two hand swings, both arms are engaged. My tailbone doesn’t bother me after a high volume of two hand swings like it does with one hand. Don’t get me wrong, one hand has it’s place and 10 sets of 15, 15 with 30 seconds rest with a heavy bell is great for conditioning. It’s just my preference. WIth good form, as Lisa RInna says, YES. There is no wrong answer. I’d just rather do one hand sntaches vs. one hand swings.