The Search for Sun

January 26, 2018

 

Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we are in week 25, I can’t believe it. This journey chronicles my attempt to be one of the Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males as measured by the CrossFit Open, which begins the end of February 2018. You can read more about the CrossFit Open here and here.

By the time you read this Darlene and I should be getting back from our epic three week search for sun.  I have now found that one of the best benefits of being retired is the ability to pack up and search for sun in the middle of winter.

Quick recap, Darlene spent almost the whole time in Wickenberg Arizona riding horses and hanging out with friends.  I spent the first three days in Wickenberg with Darlene and then went to Phoenix for one night to watch the Oregon Ducks best the Arizona State Sun Devils in a great basketball game.

I then flew to Las Vegas for five days.  The Las Vegas Golden Knights is a new professional hockey team that began playing in Vegas this year.  Seems like an odd place to have a hockey team but Las Vegas is crazy about their Golden Knights.  While in Vegas I attended my first ever hockey game at the recently built T Mobile arena.  The place was packed and the arena was electric.

 

After Las Vegas I flew back to Phoenix and met up with three friends for the 5G Summit.  The 5G Summit is an annual trip I’ve taken with three friends for the past 20 years.  5G stands for God, Guys, Golf, Grub, and Games.

I then joined back up with Darlene in Wickenberg and we spent five days driving back home.  Stopping three days in Red Bluff California for the 77th annual Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale.  Now you haven’t lived until you’ve been to the Bull and Gelding Sale…….Smile, and this is my third year.

I mention all of this because of the importance of finding consistency in your life.  Not only do I think exercising and eating healthy are important, but I also think spending consistent time with people that care about you and believe the same way is also important.

The 5G Summit started because we all were friends, had a similar relationship with God, and we enjoyed Golfing.  Everyday we are together we spend time in prayer and devotion, and talking about what is going on in our lives.  One of the keys in our longevity of meeting up with each other is our transparency, nothing is off the table and the discussions can become rather direct.

 

 

We have all had successes and failures in our life, and at times it can be hard to hear what a true friend is telling you.  But, you can accept it because you know the person telling you only wants great things for your life.

I am truly blessed to have these friends in my life, and would encourage everyone, especially men, to develop these types of relationships.

I hate to admit that I haven’t exercised as much as I should have this past week.  Some of it was out of my control but some was lack of motivation.

I’m ok with it though.  I know that I need to make one final hard push before the Open and I’m hoping that a little rest for my body will be helpful.

I also know how nice this trip was, spending time with Darlene, friends, and time in the sun.  Hopefully it will keep my mind in the right place.

Less than a month to go before the Open. I can’t wait.

Thanks for following me on my journey.

Never Stop Learning

January 19, 2018

 

Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we are in week 24.   This journey chronicles my attempt to be one of the Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males as measured by the CrossFit Open, which begins the end of February 2018. You can read more about the CrossFit Open here and here.

 

I spent the majority of this past week in Las Vegas Nevada.  The weather was amazing, I wish I could tell you that was the only reason I was there……Smile.

 

Last week I mentioned that being in warm weather had prompted me to do a couple running workouts.  The first morning in Vegas I woke up to the sun and already 55 degrees at 8 o’clock in the morning.  While 55 degrees is not bathing suit weather it is a great temperature for a run.

 

In past posts I’ve alluded to the fact that running has not been something that I like to do.  When and if I ever did go for a run it was because I felt it was my last option for a workout and it would only be a one to two mile run at about a 10 minute mile pace.

 

On this day I ended up running for four miles and was able to sustain a 9:15 per mile pace.  Let me preface this by saying that this is not a fast pace, but for me I was thrilled.  At the end of the run I felt great and almost wished that I had pushed myself to go faster…..almost.

 

I’m still not ready to say I understand people that run all the time and talk about the “runners high” but it is starting to make sense.

 

Back in October I posted about working out while traveling, you can read that post here.  On that trip we visited Wyoming along with spending a few days in Vegas.

 

While in Vegas I exercised at CrossFit MaxEffort (@cf_maxeffort)  They have a very nice and very large facility.  On this most recent trip I worked out twice at this facility.

 

Each time I’ve gone to CrossFit MaxEffort the coach for the class has been Justin Steele (@justinxsteele) I mention his name because each class I’ve been to I’ve truly learned something new.

 

Because there are so many different movements and exercises in CrossFit it is not uncommon to learn something new.  But, this time I was humbled.

 

One of the movements that we worked on is the Deadlift.  For some reason I thought there wasn’t anything left for me to learn on this lift.  I’ve never been particularly good at this lift and I had just come to the conclusion that this was just the way it was going to be.

 

In the past when doing Deadlifts my lower back would tire quickly and I always had soreness the next day.  I’ve never hurt myself doing this lift but I’ve also never been able to lift very much weight.

 

Justin worked with me on my initial set-up and gave me a cue for what my first movement should be.  Because of these changes I spent the class working on technique and wasn’t concerned about how much weight I was lifting.  But I was excited because the normal tiredness and soreness never happened.

 

I can’t wait to get back to Veneta CrossFit and do Deadlift work.  My hope is that I will quickly be able to increase the weight to the amounts that I was lifting previously without compromising my technique.

 

This was a wonderful lesson for me.  It is very easy to get stuck in a rut and always do things the same way.  It is really important that I continue to learn and not become content.

 

The really amazing thing to me is that the way I was Deadlifting was making me sore and I continued to do it the same way.  I’m not sure if this is lazy, stupid, or both, but I know there are other areas of my life where I do things the same way because I’ve become content.

 

I don’t want to be content.  I hope to always improve at everything I do.  To do this I have to keep learning and stay open to new ways of doing things.

 

Thanks for following me on my journey.

 

 

 

 

CrossFit in a Globo Gym

January 12, 2018

Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we are in week 23.  This journey chronicles my attempt to be one of the Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males as measured by the CrossFit Open, which begins the end of February 2018. You can read more about the CrossFit Open here and here.

 

Six week’s to go.  I continue to be very excited about the CrossFit Open.  This year to participate in the Open will cost $20 per person.  If you are interested in signing up or reading more about it go here.  I’ve signed up and I’m ready to go.

 

This past week I was in Wickenburg Arizona.  It’s a long story on how I ended up there so let’s just say it was an effort to find someplace that is warm and dry.  I’ll also just say that there are a lot of horses in Wickenburg…….Smile.

 

Wickenburg is not a big town, and it doesn’t have a CrossFit affiliate.  But as luck would have it a new Globo gym (that’s what A CrossFit snob calls a non-crossfit gym) called Snap Fitness opened the morning after we arrived.

 

Knowing that my CrossFit snob membership could be at stake I have to say that Snap Fitness of Wickenburg is a really nice place.  I worked out at their facility twice and was able to do pretty much any movement that I would have done at Veneta CrossFit.

What I really did miss was the camaraderie and excitement that occurs during a CrossFit workout.  The energy created by group workouts allows you to lift more weight and to move faster than when exercising by yourself.  I’ve mentioned it before but there is a real bonding that occurs after going through a tough workout with someone.

 

It has been almost seven years since my first CrossFit workout at Eugene CrossFit.  I fondly remember working out three days a week at 6:30 am.  At these workouts I was usually joined by Mark, Chantelle, Cory, Emily, Mark and Bethany.  I don’t see these people very often anymore but when I do there is a family type connection that was built by working out together.

 

Don’t get me wrong, if you are going to a Globo gym and have found a way that works for you I think that is awesome.  But, if you are struggling to get motivated to workout I would encourage you to give CrossFit a try.

 

Because I was in warmer weather I also did a couple of running workouts.  You know, it is much easier to run after losing weight, who knew.

 

I don’t think I will ever like running but I know I need to do it.  It is good to know that I can at least tolerate it for now.

 

Thanks for following me on my Journey.

Living an Abundant Life

January 4, 2018

Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we are in week 22. This journey chronicles my attempt to be one of the Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males as measured by the CrossFit Open, which begins the end of February 2018. You can read more about the CrossFit Open here and here.

Wow, we have arrived at 2018. The CrossFit season is really here. I’m at Veneta CrossFit either five or six times a week and every time I’m there at least one person reminds me about the CrossFit Open or has questions about the Open. I can’t wait!

Holes in My Fitness

Holes in My Fitness was the title of my post in week 3, you can read it here. In this post I wrote about the five exercises that I was unable to do. My belief was that if I didn’t improve in these five areas I would have no chance of meeting my goal of Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males.

The five exercises that I labeled as the Holes in My Fitness were:

Toes to Bar

Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Hand Stand Push-ups

Bar Muscle-ups

Ring Muscle-ups

In Week 17 I wrote about my progress on these movements in the post titled Halfway Point, you can read it here. In this post I was happy to report that I had reached a level of confidence around Toes to Bar and Chest to Bar Pull-ups. But that I still had a level of dread with the Hand Stand Push-ups and Bar Muscle-ups.

A quick note about the Ring Muscle-ups. While I still think it is important for me to be able to do this movement, I don’t think that it will be a movement that I’m required to complete in the CrossFit Open. I could be very wrong about this, but this hasn’t been a required movement for a number of years and I don’t anticipate this will change in 2018. Time will tell but I hope I’m making the correct decision on this movement.

Which brings us to Hand Stand Push-ups. I have been working very hard on this movement and I’m happy to report that I now can do one Hand Stand Push-up.

I know what you’re thinking or at least should be thinking. Big deal one lousy Hand Stand Push-up. I admit, the fact that I got one is no big deal. The big deal is that I got one and that there are still seven weeks until the CrossFit Open begins. I’m confident that if I just keep working on this movement three or four times a week, by the first week of the Open I will be in good shape.

This is such a big relief to me. As recently as two weeks ago I was thinking it was no use. I just wouldn’t be able to do this movement. Now I’m confident that I can do the movement and that I will be able to string a number of them together by the time the Open begins.

The Bar Muscle-up is a different story. I also practice this movement three or four times a week. I think I have watched every You Tube video that has anything to do with a Bar Muscle-up. Up until now it continues to be no use. I just can’t get close to being able to perform this movement.

But……as I just learned on the Hand Stand Push-up, a major break-through can be just around the corner. In all honesty I don’t see how, but I have to believe that if I stay diligent, I will get it done.

Living an Abundant Life

I continue to learn so much on this journey. I’m writing this post on my Granddaughters Kaylee’s birthday, she turns one today. For those of you that don’t know, my family suffered an incredible loss a little over four years ago. Our daughter, Kendra and our two grandchildren, Hunter and KayLynn were killed in an auto accident.

Kaylee is such an incredible blessing to all of us. She has really filled a hole in our hearts.

I mention this because I had an awful workout today. Because of the business of life I had to work out by myself and I just couldn’t do anything right. I was lethargic, couldn’t lift the weights that are normally easy for me, and was still only able to do one Hand Stand Push-up. But at the end of the workout I was only thinking about Kaylee and seeing her on her birthday.

As much as I want to meet my goal of being in the Top 200, what I really want is to have an Abundant life. I want to experience life in Abundance. To do this I can’t only focus on one thing, and I can’t beat myself up when one thing in my life isn’t going perfectly.

Exercise and Diet are an important part of my life but they are only one part of my life. Days like today really bring this into perspective for me. Happy Birthday Kaylee your Grandpa really Loves You!

Thanks for following me on my Journey.

Happy New Year

December 29, 2017

Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we are in week 21.  This journey chronicles my attempt to be one of the Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males as measured by the CrossFit Open, which begins the end of February 2018. You can read more about the CrossFit Open here and here.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  I’ve had a great couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to 2018.

If you’re anything like me eating healthy has taken a back seat during the holidays, but it is time to get back to the process.

These next eight weeks before the CrossFit Open will go fast and I still have a lot to do to reach my goals.  I continue to be optimistic about my goals but it will take diligence and a lot of hard work.

I want to encourage you to set diet and exercise goals for 2018 and make sure you write the goals down.  After you have written the goals down you also need to determine and write down what you are going to do to meet your goals.

Thanks for following me on my journey, we can do this.  We can get healthy and stay healthy.

 

What I Think I Know

December 22, 2017

Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we are in week 20. This journey chronicles my attempt to be one of the Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males as measured by the CrossFit Open, which begins the end of February 2018. You can read more about the CrossFit Open here and here.

Last week I wrote about the struggles I was having in avoiding unhealthy food. I wrote about this because even though my eating was and is remarkably better than last year I still occasionally screw up.

This weighed heavy on my mind because I knew I would be going to Complete Nutrition and getting a reading from their InBody scale. This scale is able to give you information about other items, things like Body Fat percentage and Skeletal Muscle Mass. I’ve written about previous results here.

I wasn’t expecting improvement from my previous results, I was expecting a similar to slightly worse reading. I was shockingly pleased with the results.

Surprisingly my Weight (from 206 lbs to 202.2 lbs) and Body Fat Percentage (from 20.6% to 17.1%) continued to decrease while my Skeletal Muscle Mass improved (from 93.3 lbs to 96.1 lbs). You can view the full print-out of the results by clicking on the picture below.  The Body Composition History box at the bottom of the page is the section I pay the most attention to.

 

I’ve stated that my goal weight is 190 lbs. This is based on my scale at home and the weigh in I do every morning. Yesterday morning my weight was 197 lbs my lowest reading yet……..Yipee it was a good week!!

I wish these results meant that I had it all figured out and that I know exactly what to do to meet my goal. HaHa, this couldn’t be further from the truth……..But here are four things that I think I know.

You have to eat healthy, most of the time.
When you don’t eat healthy, don’t eat very much.
 You need to do something strenuous for at least one hour six days a week.
It’s going to take time, nothing happens instantly.

You have to eat healthy, most of the time.

I try to eat two healthy meals every day. If I do this along with drinking the right amount of fluids I feel at my best. I’m at my best for my workouts, my mind is most clear, and I sleep well. Everything is great but I feel like I’m missing out on one of the joys of my life, which brings me to the next thing I think I know.

When you don’t eat healthy don’t eat very much.

I love unhealthy food, it makes me happy. There I said it. I know there is some sort of chemical reason for this which means absolutely nothing to me, I just know that I’m happy.

I’ve had success at limiting myself to something small that isn’t healthy every day. This could be an extra glass of Chocolate Milk, to a small amount of M&M’s. The key isn’t in what it is but in that I only eat a small amount.

I’ve also been allowing myself one cheat meal a week. This usually ends up being something like a Hamburger and Fries from Red Robin. Yes their fries are bottomless but I’ve been successful at limiting myself to one serving. Again the key isn’t what the cheat meal is, but that I limit the cheat meal to one time and that it is a small amount.

You need to do something strenuous for at least one hour six days a week.

I love to workout. If you are a consistent reader of this blog this is no surprise to you. I feel very blessed to have found somethings (CrossFit, Bike Riding, Swimming etc.) that motivate me, and that I’m able to do it multiple times a week. I don’t know if CrossFit is for you, but what I think I know is that you better find something that you can do multiple times per week.

It’s going to take time, nothing happens instantly.

That’s it, this is what I think I know. After nine months of really focusing on my diet and exercise I think it all comes down to these four things.

The more I think about this I realize there is no big surprise here. To really succeed at anything in life there are usually a couple of key components combined with time. Strong relationships need Love, Trust, and Time. Being good at your job takes Knowledge, Skill, and Time. To lose weight you need to Eat Well, Exercise, and put in the Time.

My goal is to be in the Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males in the CrossFit Open, to do this I need to Eat Well, Exercise, and put in the necessary time. I’m very confident that I am doing the first two items very well, we will see over the next three months if I have put in enough time.

Thanks for joining me on my journey.

2018 Schedule and Diet Struggles

December 15, 2017

Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we are in week 19. This journey chronicles my attempt to be one of the Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males as measured by the CrossFit Open, which begins the end of February 2018. You can read more about the CrossFit Open here.

The official schedule of the CrossFit Open for 2018 has been released, here is a copy of the press release from the Games.Crossfit.com website:


STAGE 1: THE OPEN

FIVE WEEKS – FEB. 22-MARCH 26

18.1- Feb. 22-26
18.2- March 1-5
18.3- March 8-12
18.4- March 15-19
18.5- March 22-26

Registration for the Open begins Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

The Open is the first stage of the CrossFit Games season and the largest community event of the year. Every year, hundreds of thousands of athletes come together to compete in the worldwide, online competition.

Anyone aged 14 or older can compete. All you have to do is sign up at Games.CrossFit.com and log your score each week. Workouts are released on Thursdays at 5 p.m. PT, and athletes have four days to complete the workout for the week and submit their score. Scores are due before 5 p.m. PT the following Monday. Complete the workouts at a CrossFit affiliate with a judge, or film your effort from anywhere in the world and submit a link as proof.

At the end of five weeks, the fittest move on to the next stages of competition: the Regionals and the Online Qualifier.

STAGE 2: THE ONLINE QUALIFIER (AGE GROUP)

THURSDAY-MONDAY – APRIL 19-23

The top 200 masters and teenagers from each division will be invited to compete in the four-day, online competition.
The qualifier will decide the 20 fittest masters and teenagers from every division who will receive a ticket to the Games.


This week’s post is dated December 15, 2017 meaning that I have just under 10 weeks until it all begins. I’m equally excited and nervous, which is just how I think I should be feeling.

I’m excited because the CrossFit Open is really a fun five week experience.

Many people I talk with don’t understand how this can be considered fun, but for most of us that do the Open it is a culmination of a year of hard work. It gives us a way to measure our fitness against others worldwide as well as a measure against ourselves to see if we’ve gotten fitter compared to the previous year.

In the end it comes back to it is fun because you’re exercising with your friends and you are all going through the same hard work together.

I’m nervous for many of the same reasons. I’m trying to compare myself to the Fittest 50 – 54 year old males. I’m nervous because there is a real possibility that I won’t make my goal and have a fear of looking foolish. I’m also nervous because I see how much better I still need to get to meet my goal. This nervousness isn’t bad, it helps me to stay motivated and to keep working hard.

10 Weeks! I can’t wait, it’s going to be awesome!!

Food Struggles

I’ve been struggling with my diet these last few weeks. Not major struggles, just little screw ups that are sneaking into my daily eating routines. I try to listen to the good voice in my head that says I only have 3 months left, stop eating bad things. But then I hear the evil voice saying it’s not that big a deal don’t stress over the small indulgences.

I haven’t figured out yet how to avoid this happening, the giving in to the evil voice. I only bring it up because I believe we are all going through this and that I (you) need to not beat myself up too much. But at the same time I (you) need to find healthy alternatives when we can’t keep ourselves from eating.

Veneta CrossFit

I continue to love and be impressed by the people I exercise with. They are some of the most positive and inspiring people anyone could know. They make me laugh/smile and at the same time keep pushing me to be a better and healthier person.

Thanks for joining me on my journey.

Little Victories

December 8 2017

Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we are in week 18 This journey chronicles my attempt to be one of the Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males as measured by the CrossFit Open, which begins the end of February 2018. You can read more about the CrossFit Open here.

Little victories, that’s a key component in me pushing on to meet my goal. This past week I redid workout 17.3. Recapping what 17.3 looks like:

3 Rounds of

6 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

6 Squat Snatch’s at 95 lbs

Followed by 3 rounds of

7 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

5 Squat Snatch’s at 135 lbs

If you finish all six rounds in 8 minutes or less you get a four minute time extension where you do similar movements but the weight on the Squat Snatch’s increases to 185 lbs. Let’s just say we will leave this additional portion of the workout to the younger generation and just focus on trying to get the first six rounds done in 8 minutes.

Back in March when I originally did 17.3 I got to the fourth round of the workout and was able to do one Squat Snatch at 135 lbs, which was a total of 44 reps. This Herculean effort was worthy of 1,190th place in my division. Needless to say I was hoping for a little better in the redo.

As I’ve mentioned numerous times one of the biggest holes in my fitness continues to be Chest to Bar Pull-ups. Obviously this workout includes this movement but it also includes the Squat Snatch which is a highly technical movement, especially as the weights get heavier. So while I’ve been concerned about the Chest to Bar, I’ve also had this additional fear of the Squat Snatch.

Sure enough, over the last few weeks while I’ve been planning on doing this workout I lost confidence in my ability to Squat Snatch 135 lbs. So instead of being concerned with just the Chest to Bar portion of the workout I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to do any of the workout.

In an attempt to combat this loss of confidence, a few days before I planned on doing the workout I set up almost every barbell in Veneta CrossFit with the lightest barbell weighing 35 lbs up to a barbell that weighed 140 lbs. I then proceeded to lift each bar, starting with the lightest and not moving to the next heavier bar until I was satisfied with my form and ability to complete the lift.

Thankfully this worked. By the time I had moved through all of the bars and got comfortable with each weight I became confident that I could consistently lift the 135 lb barbell. This gave me the confidence to proceed with my plan and redo workout 17.3.

My improvement on this workout was not dramatic, in fact it was just a little improvement. I was able to get into the fifth round, completing all of my Chest to Bar Pull-ups and getting one Squat Snatch. I improved from 44 reps to 56 reps. But this little improvement would have translated into moving up to 532nd place. In fact if I can just improve by an additional 12 reps over the next 3 months my results would put me in the Top 200.

I’m including the above video so that you can see what both movements look like.  This is from the 4th round and includes 7 Chest To Bar and the first 4 Squat Cleans of the round.

Little Victories, Little Victories, Little Victories, I have to keep telling myself this. If I can just stay diligent, keep working, and just getting a little better every day I might make it??

Oh yeah I almost forgot, as you can see by the video above I continue to improve my Sock performance. I really think it is helping me to get stronger.

Thanks for following me on my journey.

Halfway Point

December 1, 2017

Thanks for joining me in my Follow Dave Journey, we have made it to week 17. This journey chronicles my attempt to be one of the Top 200 Fittest 50 – 54 year old males as measured by the CrossFit Open, which begins the end of February 2018. You can read more about the CrossFit Open here.

Halfway Point

Thanksgiving weekend marked the halfway point in my journey to make the Top 200. Assuming the CrossFit Open begins the last full week in February, I have roughly 13 weeks to go until the competition begins.

I’m still seeing improvements in my Fitness every week and I’m still seeing my weight inch its way to my target of 190 lbs.

As I’ve mentioned before one of the big holes in my fitness is Toes to Bar. I’ve had steady improvement on this movement and recently I was able to string multiple reps together throughout a workout. I still need to improve my speed on them but I no longer fear the movement.

Next week I plan on a redo of workout 17.3, which includes Chest to Bar Pull-ups. After completing this workout I should have a pretty good idea on how I’m able to perform this movement and if I’m on schedule for where I think I need to be. As of right now I’m cautiously optimistic. (smile)

This leaves Handstand Push-ups and Bar Muscle-ups as the major weaknesses. I practice these movements 3-4 times a week but still have a long ways to go. I remain optimistic but continue to have seeds of doubt around the movements. It’s a good thing we still have 13 weeks left.

Thanksgiving in Wyoming

Darlene, our kids, and my parents made a whirlwind trip to Wyoming for Thanksgiving. We stayed with Darlene’s parents and were joined by Darlene’s brother and his family, as well as Darlene’s Aunt and Uncle. In total we had 15 people for Thanksgiving dinner.

It was a great trip which included visiting, eating, farm tours, and a couple of workouts.

On the day before Thanksgiving Casey, my son, and I did a workout of 10 rounds of 400 meter runs with a two minute rest between each round. The goal was to start with a reasonable pace and then match or beat that pace on each additional round. I was able to do the 10 rounds no problem but in the 7th round I hit a wall. My time for the 7th ended up being the worst of the 10 rounds but I rebounded nicely and improved my time in rounds 8, 9, and 10. Casey on the other hand did really well on this workout, constantly hitting his marks and beating me by a substantial amount of time.

The elevation at the farm in Wyoming is over 4,000 feet, just a little bit under a mile high. Veneta CrossFit’s elevation is about 400 feet. You can really experience the effects of the thin air when doing a running workout. I had done this running workout multiple times at Veneta CrossFit but hadn’t experienced anything like the wall I hit in the 7th round. I couldn’t seem to get any air into my lungs and my legs felt like I was running on sand. Well at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. For some reason Casey looked to me like he was gliding on air the whole workout.

On Friday Casey and I decided to do a workout that was a lot more fun. Splitting wood for time.

 

 

In this video I beat Casey, but this was only 1 out of the probably 20 times we raced. It quickly became evident to us that the person with the better axe was going to win. The workout ended up a fun family event as everyone soon gathered outside to watch the two crazy guys race each other. In fact a couple people even jumped in to take their turn at chopping wood.

This reinforced a truth about exercise to me. Exercise needs to be fun, it doesn’t matter how effective the exercise is if you don’t enjoy doing it. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing eventually you will start to do it less and less until you aren’t exercising at all.

The same goes for diet. If you can’t find a diet where the food is good, easy to prepare, and you see results it’s not sustainable.

Heading into Thanksgiving week I was a little worried. Worried I wouldn’t work out, worried I would eat too much of the wrong things, and worried how my mind would react to this change in my schedule.

I’m happy to say the worry wasn’t warranted. I exercised, I ate reasonable well, and I’ve come out of the week excited for the second half of my journey.

I was also excited because one of Veneta CrossFit’s members, Rick, had a goal of running a 5K on Thanksgiving. He not only ran the race, he smashed his goal time, and ended up running even further because he went back and found his wife and sister and finished the race again with them.

Thanks for reading and joining me on my Journey, I’m having fun.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving.

Because of the holidays keeping to my set schedule of working out and keeping to a healthy diet is a little bit more difficult.  As much as I want to hit my goal of being in the Top 200 fittest 50 -54 year old males keeping a balance in my life is much more important.  I’m ok with not working out as much or maybe having some food that I normally wouldn’t this week, I just can’t overdue it.

I have a lot to be thankful for in my life, with the most important being my relationship with Christ, my incredible wife, a wonderful family, my health, and in this great nation I live.  It is amazing to me how easy it is for these areas to come under attack, and how diligent I need to be in keeping these areas as the best and most important part of my life.

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, it is my hope and prayer that you know your priorities in life and are able to put those priorities first.

Thanks for following me on my journey, I thank you for reading, it really is an encouragement to me.