Victory lap(s)

Yesterday I spoke about a challenge thrown down by friend J resulting from the higher rep sets that was Thursday's review day. Friend J is a power lifting kind of guy, although of late he has been turning his attention away from competing in that particular sport and back to more just weight lifting to…

Skinnier skinny jeans

We have house guests through the weekend, runner friends who came out to get started on trail running training season. Both are ultra runners with entries into at least 2 races this year, and they will spend the next several months training for or running in races. The chance to visit us and other running friends…

Training #34 – Reveille

Thursday and training day with J. We had another review day of the 30-rep lower body sets with some new goodies and adjustments added just for fun. And it was fun. I always say this, but I love review day. In conversation with J yesterday I had mentioned wanting to pursue this workout, but the…

Relationship oxygen masks and safety briefings

In the preflight safety briefing, there is always the admonishment to "put on your own oxygen mask first before assisting others around you with theirs." It has become the metaphor for living my life, taking care of myself first before trying to help others. The past month have brought forth bunches of examples of why this…

Training #33 – When you believe

Monday morning, training with J. A bit of a chill session, part review, part mixing it up and making something new. All of it was simply wonderful. And I know I say that every week, and I know I mean it ever week. I should try to find new and interesting ways to say it.…

Exercise addiction

It's Sunday morning, and I slept later than usual and with deliberate intent to take a gym rest day today. Of a sort, anyway. Last night when formulating my plan, I decided I would skip the gym today and pursue a yoga class with my friends. Except everyone else is blowing off a 9 a.m. yoga…

Eating, drinking, making merry

C got married yesterday, and it was truly lovely. Simple, to the point, not a lot of flourish, with the people she and A love most in attendance. There were a few regrettable absences - G could not get off work, A's brother is somewhere in Asia. Still, it was wonderful and they are very…

This moment

My daughter is getting married today. It's a simple courthouse ceremony, with just most immediate of immediate family in attendance, but that still comes out to about 20 people. But after 2.5 years engaged, they just finally realized they care more about the marriage than the actual ceremony, so they just set a date, made…

Training #32 – Crazy for you

Thursday morning and training with J, and it was review day! I love review day. Review day for me means doing things I already know I know and learning to do them better. And so it was today. What we did: Bench supported single-arm row Bulgarian split squat - right leg DB chest press Bulgarian…