What a whirlwind the past few months have been! With everything going on, getting engaged, moving gyms and the conflict with all that, getting a new place to live, the holidays, and so much more, a lot of motivation was lost on my end of things. I struggled to stick to a really regimented workout schedule (nagging injuries didn't help out all that much either). Yeah, and my nutrition...ugh.
Anyway, upon returning back home from a long East Coast trip I decided it was high time to bear down and get my act fully together. And my first step? Make a point to get together with people that motivate me.
I have officially signed myself up for a once per week session with the best masseuse I have ever worked with, Joe from Your Life's Personal Best. I usually respond pretty quickly to focused body work and with all the stress and training, I really need to take the time to take care of myself. Already one session in and I feel like a different person. Once a week will be incredible. Additionally, Joe is one of those people that just makes you feel good to be around. He's kind, warm, and just straight up a freaking good dude. Every time I walk out of his place I feel like I just became a better person. That's kind of cool.
I've reconnected to my training partner from last year, Mike. We have committed to him coming to my gym once a week, and me going to his once a week. Mike brings out my competitive side like nobody else, and while I'm not generally an aggressive person, Mike really allows me to dig deep and find new levels of fitness that are hiding behind my sometimes wimpiness. Training at least twice a week with him is going to take my game to a whole new level.
I've always been one to want to connect and work with other gyms and fitness professionals rather than be an idiot and compete with them. For the most part it's worked out really well for me. While sometimes there are people out there who are way too insecure to work along side with and be buddies with someone in their own field, it's unbelievably rewarding when you meet those who actually thrive off it. Mike owns his own gym only a few miles from mine, we are extremely close friends and training partners. Another is Tim, owner of CrossFit Palo Alto. And he was basically the guy who was there at the right place and time for the fire to be re-lit for me, and I am so beyond thankful to him, and so happy to be back into it! Let's start with just going over the full day that got be back to my old self.
I woke up early to head to the College of San mateo track with a collection of awesome, motivated people. Marc Sylvester invited me and whomever else to his weekly track work, and Cullen, Lisa, and Sheri joined me for an early morning sweat at one of the coolest tracks I've been to. Marc is the man, and along with his group from A Runners Mind, the Courage Performance crew hit 1x800, 1x600, 1x44, 1x200, and 1x100. I paced with the actual runners there for a few extra 200's and it really opened me up. After that I was totally smoked and ready to sleep, but felt so internally energized!
Then back to the gym for platform work with some of the Team Courage crew. Not sure how the next step happened, but my CNS was so fried I was having trouble texting on my phone. But I felt good on the platform and was able to hit a 110 (242 pounds) snatch, that's a 17 pound PR; and a 145 (319 pounds) clean and jerk, for a 4 pound PR on both! I was SO fired up.
I could have easily called it a day, but Tim texted to see if I wanted to train, and I would not let myself turn down an invite from a good, motivating guy. So I went. 5 rounds of 7 muscle ups and 21 sumo deadlift high pulls. I was very nervous. Seriously, I had butterflies, I was talking myself down, trying to figure out how to get out of it, already making excuses as to why I wouldn't do well. Tim simply told me to stop getting so down on myself, and that worked. I hit 35 muscle ups with only missing 2, and that's after over four months of not doing them, and weighing in at 250 pounds! I felt good! I hit my 400 squat (410 actually), then Tim and I strapped in for a finisher of 1 mile sled drag with 135 pounds. Talk about brutal! Besides the turnarounds, I somehow convinced myself to never stop moving, and of course, having Tim there to chase and then chase me helped so much. That took just under 20 minutes and it was so, so awesome. I will probably be programming that sort of thing into my training a good but going forward.
I then joined Tim and his incredible family for dinner after that. I generally tend towards seclusion when I'm not in the gym as I spend so much time amongst others. But forcing myself to be a bit social , especially with genuinely good people really, truly is something that I, and in my opinion, everyone should do on a very regular basis. It was so nice to sit around a family table, eating good food and just talking.
Then, to finish off an already great day, i got a FREE coffee at Philz, and walked 3.8 miles from my zipcar drop-off home. Needless to say, I slept like a baby that night! I am so looking forward to continuing on this path of working out hard, being around honest, genuine people, and eating good food on a regular basis. I'm excited!
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