This past week has been filled with a whole slew of different things, some good, some bad, just like any week. But for some reason today, I was hit with this overwhelming feeling of happiness. I get this here and there with pretty much any emotion you can think of and it hits me so hard. I tend to spend an hour or so, usually hanging in the gym, or finding some remote, natural piece of land to just sit there and soak in the feeling as to understand it a little better.
This weeks happiness can be broken down into three distinct occurrences (although, there were ton of other things that I remember as making me so damn good as well).
Brendon Mahony's little girl, Josselyn (sorry B-man if I misspelled that). She is one of the cutest things you will ever see, and during yesterdays workout, she was all over the gym doing her thing. I kid you not, every time her little voice popped up you just couldn't help but smile. And when she ran into the room, or was fascinated by my camera (saying "cheese" every time I turned it on!), bouncing around like crazy on the big mats or throwing a little football around, her energy and sheer happiness was contagious. Kids rule man, absolutely rule!
At today's baseball game (I am helping out at a High School in Pacifica, CA during the start of their baseball season). We played a team that was worse then I think I have ever seen. So bad in fact, that one of their pitchers needed to literally be taught how to pitch, while on the mound during the game! But, despite their absolute inability to compete with a somewhat decent team, they all were completely in the game at all times. They cheered each other on, they supported each other, hell, when one of them hit a foul ball they would all cheer. When a group of people can rally together and support each other unconditionally like that, I am moved and inspired. I was envious of them, even though we won, by a TON of runs, I kind of wanted to be in their dugout, at least for an inning. There is something to be said for positive reinforcement people, it's a great thing.
My girlfriend, Lindsey. She overwhelms me with happiness man. This blog really isn't the place for me to go on a romantic rant, so I'll just leave it at that and leave the lovey-dovey stuff for between her and me. But all I know is that nothing in the world could ever replace sharing your life with a person you truly love.
I am sitting on the floor in my living room right now, Lindsey, sick as a dog, sleeping on the couch behind me, TV on and a huge bottle of water at hand. I feel at peace. I feel ready for tomorrow. I feel ready for my life to begin, again.
Yeah, pretty different type of post today, just 'feeling' a lot and this blog (for those of you who follow regularly) is a bit of an outlet for me from time to time. Let me change the tone a bit and talk about my weeks training.
I started the day off with 30 total muscle ups, taking my time and just working on the technique of it all. I then did a little push press work that finished with a 1-5 ladder at 145# as an 8 minute AMRAP (for 8 minutes I did one rep, racked it, two reps, racked it so on until five reps; then started again at one). I then met up with the CrossFit San Mateo crew at the track for some 200's. Ugh. Best time of 27 seconds, worst of 33. Totally spent after that, it WAS only two days following a competition and then a cross-country flight. Double ugh.
Feeling pretty beat down, I joined Brendon for an easy 20 minute on the rower. I got 4978 meters and actually felt really good after that.
Still really sore I worked 3 sets of 3 of overhead squats, box squats and weighted pull ups. OH squats felt very off balance and I was only able to get 2 reps at 235#; not for lack of strength, but really because I was fighting so hard to stay stable. The box squats felt real good and I pulled off a very clean and comfortable set at 335#. The pull ups were pretty good, strong but I was feeling tired. Each of these strength moves had about an hour or so between them, so I was a little low on energy by those pulls. But I was able to get 70# for a solid 3 count. I finished off the day with an awesome metcon:
5 rounds of 30 total reps each round. Do pull ups for as many reps as possible each round, then do 6' broad jumps until you total 30 reps. My pull up numbers looked like this: 22, 20, 20, 17, 15 (making my broad jumps 8, 10, 10, 13 and 15). I finished in 6:27 and was completely DONE! (video of this day coming soon!)
SO SORE! But I wanted to get something tough in. With my good buddy Jon, I hit a monster one:
25 minute AMRAP of:
200 meter sandbag run 52#
20 wall balls 20#
20 KB swings 62#
20 box jumps 24"
2 muscle ups
2 handstand push ups
Finished 5 rounds on the button (Jon got 3 and change) and I needed desperately to replenish my glycogen. And while I feel like I just ran a 50-miler with a 100# weight vest on, I somehow feel good! Tomorrow is an easy day of messing around with various skills and strongman things during CrossFit San Mateo's 1-year Anniversary! And Sunday I am off. Cool news and posts to come!! Thanks for those of you who read this whole thing!!
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