5 for friends

So last week’s five for friends has been lost to the ether and cannot be salvaged, so here we press which turns out to be strangely thematic as I glance back over my week.

Quote: 
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” – Maya Angelou
In my months of practicing more yoga and continuing my studies of philosophy ‘stoic’ ideals have been on the forefront of my mind and the key to taming rampant thoughts of ‘unfairness’ with the universe.
Book currently reading: 
Still trudging through the Heir of Novron, book 3 of the Riyia Chronicles. Maybe because of the how much time I’ve invested in the short stories and the previous two tomes, I am beyond happy with how this book has spent so much time not just putting the two main and various supporting characters in fantastic scenarios. But, it happening while picking up on the subtext of the many weights each carry: many instances that burden being hateful discrimination or gut-wrenching personal loss.
Article worth a read: Passion is the Result, Not the Cause of Taking Action, from my very favor website that supports my inner dilettante LifeHacker provides a pretty good lesson on how a lot of people have the passion equation backwards
http://lifehacker.com/passion-is-the-result-not-the-cause-of-taking-action-1784889200
Small Purchase: Constantly trying to improve my flexibility in yoga, Weight I can lift, Bring down my 3 miles time, and dictate more eloquently when giving speeches this weekend I instead canceled all my Saturday plans to walk around a park listening to music, and buy a pint of Moose Track ice cream and fell asleep streaming Magic Pro Tour coverage. Allowing myself to buy a treat just helped me do what has been difficult for ages: downshift and relax; instead of passing time until tired and going to sleep.
What am I working on: Recently the EGO monster paid me a visit via an Instagram comment. A month after posting a video of my first time attempting to ‘Clean n Jerk’ a “Friend” from high school commented: “Hey man if you ever want some help with technique for Olympic lifting hit me up you are going to hurt your wrist, elbow, or shoulder if you keep going like that.” For a bit of context before I admit in what way my ego went on a rampage, the last time this same “friend” spoke to me was at a party lambasting how much I little I could bench, squat or deadlift. And, before that how sub-par I was at Brazilian Jujitsu, in my teens wanting. With hindsight I guess I had a bully so my momentary outrage I feels a little more understood. Mainly because, through that comment I discovered he is a coach at the gym just a couple days before I recommended that someone check out if they were serious about learning to lift, not just momentarily excited because they saw me Clean n Jerk nearly my bodyweight(185) for a triple. I realize he was making a sale or at least start a conversation about coaching, but I am responsible for my own reactions. So, since that comment I’ve focused my strength workouts on understanding bar path and hand positions with cleans, deadlifts, and overhead squatting. So thank you ego.

 

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You want me to do what? A 16.4 story

The other night Cross Fit HQ posted 16.4 and rarely have I ever seen a work out that made so many athletes question their own mental and physical prowess at the thought of tackling the workout. For the record so far I haven’t attempted 16.4 but I did interview someone to give me some insight for any warriors that aren’t interested in following crossfit but still enjoy testing their limits:
13minute As many reps as possible –
55 Deadlift 225/155 lbs.
55 WallBall Shots 20/14 lbs
55 Calorie Row
55 Handstand Push-ups

The shear volume of 16.4 was plainly hard to conceive. After asking an elite athlete and a few bro-scientists the message was clear: you weren’t going to score beyond 220 reps w/o scaling and still having a plan; short of being some type of pure blooded freak beast.

From advice I did receive from a more experienced lifter made this suggestion to break up the workout
DLs: 10 – 10 – 10 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 5 – 5 – 4
The wall balls: 15 – 8 – 8 – 8 – 8 – 8
The row wasn’t bad only the time remaining after 55 cal of left the time around 12:50, leaving time for 2 HSPU.
This gave me a lot of insight on how to improve my training , and additionally is ever doing 55 deadlifts @225lbs. something important to my training.