Lost yet another awesome post to the wonderful world of Weebly and I am fuming angry right now. Super cool.
While workouts and nutrition seem to be going pretty well, it appears as though everything else just will not go my way and I can't for the life of me figure out why. Big things go great it seems, but any and all little things just don't. Strange how things work sometimes, that's for sure.
I feel as though I am a pretty damn positive person, I stay up, I don't let things bother me too much no matter how much I am tested, and I am always looking for the good in people and things no matter what. So let me ask you this: when negativity surround you, when it seems that people and things just want nothing more than to test your ability to be you. When everything around you seems to try to drag you down. What do you do?
I'm not going to lie, I have thought of going in many different directions here. I have thought about just getting really negative, though about bitching and moaning about anything and everything horrible and potentially crappy in my day. I have thought about going off on the people around me who just refuse to see things in a good light and want to share all their negativity with me. I have thought about joining those people and seeing things their way. I have thought about running away, moving out to the woods, the mountains, shoot, back to California where I can just hide in the wilderness and forget about all the little things that bring me down. I have thought about so much. But then it comes time to do, and the side of me that I am most proud of comes out.
To steal a quote from the greatest movie ever (Batman Begins people!): "it's not who you are underneath, but what you DO that defines you". This rings so true to me all the time. My actions are what make me up as a person, not my thoughts. Hell man, most people out there I know have no clue as to who they really are. They think they are this and that type f person, but in reality, they don't and probably have never ACTED the way they think they are. So what type of person are they?
I am supportive, I am trusting, I am helpful, I am patient, and I am humble. No matter what goes on in my head from time to time, it's these things that seem to always come out in my actions no matter what. I think horrible thoughts, I complain plenty, I judge, I insult, I can be very selfish, I tend to be pretty freaking stupid, and I lack responsibility. All these negative qualities and more are part of my personality, but in the end, I strive to make sure that when I act, when I interact, and when I speak, I am not someone who I myself would not want to be friends with. If life is meaningless if not shared, I hope to be someone who shares my life with everyone. I hope that the person I have chosen to be is one that others can appreciate and respect, without fear, without too many complaints, and with ease and comfort.
Well, there’s a rant for you people! And all I wanted to do was write about my training and nutrition program over the past month. Funny how things just inspire a different path sometimes. I guess I’ve been going through a lot lately and feel as though this blog is a modern and effective way to express some of my thoughts. Good times.
Never Stop, GET FIT.
The amount of times I have heard something along the lines of "I'm not going to go outside today, it's too (insert almost anything you'd like here)" is freaking depressing. Isn't the whole point of training outside to enjoy, um, outside? And all of its wonder? I do understand peoples issue with it all, but seriously, what have we all become when the only time we'll go out and do something outside is when it's 75 degrees with light humidity and not a cloud in the sky? To experience all the craziness nature has to offer is the whole damn point of being out in nature in the first place (at least in my mind. Shoot, maybe I'm just insane, I don't know). The way I look at it, if it's too cold, too hot, to wet, too sunny, too muggy, on and on, for you to go out and do something, you have become a lazy human being. You have become someone who depends solely on man-made comforts such as couches, air conditioning, cars and so on.
Now I am not about to claim that I do not enjoy all those things, hell, I love the feeling of walking into a wonderfully air conditioned house when it's 100 degrees outside. But I do not rely on these things to make sure my life is constantly as comfortable as it can be. To me, there is a certain excitement of getting out there in less-than-ideal weather conditions to explore and/or be active. In fact, most of my most memorable workouts I have ever done have been in extreme conditions. An interesting point on "comfortable training": as most of you know, the whole concept of CrossFit is to get out of your comfort zone and try anything and everything; but, when I was at Regionals this past weekend, I heard from three different people how happy they were that the workouts were not outside (an additional point, our Regional is the only one so far that has not had some form out outdoor-ness to it). In addition to that point, I heard over and over and over again abut how damn hot it was in the arena we were in. Holy crap, are elite level CrossFitters starting to become picky about their training? granted, they were all a TON better at me at the competition, but, if we HAD had the event outside, I am willing to bet I would have finished a lot better.
Yes, this is a bit of a rant. And i know I am a little more sensitive to this now that I am back living in an area with some pretty extreme weather conditions (and and area that for some reason is known for not being able to adapt to extreme weather conditions. Have you seen people try to drive when it snows here? Go into Rock Creek Park on a day like this, or any day when it rains and it will be deserted). But come on people! If 100 degree weather is too hot for you to go outside, well, I'm going to just say it: you are a wimp. Learn to hydrate on a more regular basis. spend more time outside so your body can actually handle it, and be more active so the idea of struggling with something besides a moderate to heavy weight, or a slight hill on a run is not too daunting to you. If you can't handle weather, that's on YOU, not the weather.
So, that's my vent for the day. And yes, today was hot as hell, the heat index was up at 105. I ran the Billy Goat trail, it freaking rocked! Bouldering when you're literally pouring sweat is a whole new ball game! I met up with an old client, Stephen for a beast strength workout in The Garage. Then I rode my bike up to baseball practice (I am coaching a team of 14 year-olds this summer, damn good ball players too!) before meeting up with 6 athletes at the track as the sun set. Given my obvious annoyance at people who slack off in bad weather, I have the utmost respect for all these guys. For the past 4 years I have had an awesome collection of athletes make no excuse to do what it takes to get better and that fires me up so much! So, when all was said and done, I had a pretty good day!
I hope this post doesn't make me sound like some sort of elitist pig. I just refuse to sympathize for people who make excuses like this. Unless you have some serious condition, your issues with weather are self-induced. Plan better, and toughen up a little bit. Enough said.
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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