Run, Hike, Walk, Behold: Mix It Up

As it happens, when I wrote my last post with the plan of writing biweekly, business endeavors long in the making — no kidding, there were others primary to this book — kicked into higher gear.

And I disappeared. Yet you all visited to encourage me on. Thanks, and I will look forward to catching up with you also.

Still living my training days…still following the path of adaptive, multi-dimensional training. Still remembering the days in 2007 when I began observing training needs in people, and studying, and formulating a written way that others could own to resolve their training lives; training for life, for sport, art, or work…

Will endeavor to drop in more often, and perhaps allow the posts themselves to determine their frequency. Some places along the training way…


Return to Blogging with Biweekly Estimate


Good to be back! Wishing all well.

The training never stopped, just the blogging. Back on now, with new businesses underway, and G2G Fit LLC’s evolution also underway. Where are we going? Stay tuned is all I can say!

A new book is in the planning stages, with a re-titling and shortening of the first book.

The new book is a secret project, unique in concept. Look forward to the process.

Also I look forward to stopping in more to see others’ training, running, sport, and expedition blogs. Cheers, everyone!

Indian Summer Country Run


On a new country running route I took today, I asked the brown horse, and the pale one too, a question.  “If the tables were turned, and horses raced men and bet on them, what race name would you two give me?”

Brown: “SloJo!”

Pale:  “SloMo!”

At least it motivated me to pick up the pace to get out of earshot of all that laughing.

Seriously, who laughs at their own jokes for that long?



One, two, three, four…steps, reps, seconds, heartbeats, minutes, quarter hours, half hours, hours, quarter days, half days, days, weeks, months is all a continuum no matter what we are doing.

In three minutes how many arrows may be fired?

In two minutes how many hurdles may be jumped, how many yards on a track covered, how punches and kicks delivered on the bag?

In 90 seconds how many lunges, crunches, and pushups can be done?

In thirty seconds how many times can you vertical throw, catch-squat, then vertical throw a soft medicine ball?

Short intervals are lightening bolts in our training lives. The difference from lightening: we can harness this training energy. Our bodies are like the Earth and the training we do is the lightening feeding into us.

The movements, momentum, and good form matter…the pace you intuitively know is what you need to progress, i.e. to come back again tomorrow and train again.

It’s a beautiful freedom to have and use, so gratitude inspiring each day.

Sustainable Fitness Must Be Sowed, Worked, Nourished, and Harvested Season to Season


The question is not whether any one of us is fat or thin. The question is what are you doing? What am I doing?

Truth shines bright and hurts our eyes at first. As we warm to the fire of truth-told-to-self, inner resolve lifts our spirits to retrain ourselves to health, function, and ever greater performance in the physical life we lead and want to lead. We can do a little, then a little more, then a little more, and before long, we’re gliding, then flying, and one day, we may soar.

More and more often, when we ask the question “what am I doing” we will find ourselves training, eating, drinking, and sleeping wisely. We will find ourselves improving at all things physical that we want to do.

Marshall Your Financial Forces Against Ebola Virus and Crowdfund It Faster than It Kills: Donate Against The Unthinkable

Medical authorities now talk about Ebola virus epidemic in Africa as a fast mutating executioner gaining apocalyptic momentum the longer the collective world response remains insufficient.

Donate and spread the word on your Blogs — Reblog this, Facebook it, Tweet-it, and recognize this is a fight for the children of West Africa, and a fight to prevent overwhelmed health infrastructures leading to mass death across the world.

Give to:

CDC Global Disaster Response Fund

Americares Emergency Response Fund (Medical Supplies to Help Make Quarantine Operations Work)

Doctor’s Without Borders Emergency Ebola Response

Feed My Starving Children: Put Sierra Leone or Liberia for Food Relief under “Additional Information.”

See if your employer can send a matching donation. The time to donate is not after the virus mutates into an airborne threat, or after it has made it outside of West Africa into a new population without the infrastructure to isolate and quash it.

List the Factors


1. Make a list of the factors that interrupt your physical training life, your positive mental attitude, and your breathing, i.e. what makes you hold your breath?

2. Make a list of adaptive responses that achieve a quantum of training time, movements, or objectives; halt the factors damaging attitude; and reset your continuous breathing.

3. Consider your list of adaptive responses as athletic training objectives, that is, trainable behaviors.

Implement and practice as needed or desired.

Cartoon captures cycle requiring adaptive skill…

Thought this was great. This simple cartoon expresses a very real cycle everyone can embrace in living their physical conditioning, sport, work, and or art. We all need both, and learning to know when to change and act on it is an adaptive skill.


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Blog Title Rename is after Company Name

As I work on re-titling the book and republishing, the first interim change will be to use my fitness publications company name for the blog title.

G2G Fit, LLC is the company name.

The company’s pending Trademark, “Fitness that adapts stays with you,” has been in use for several years and has now been approved by the USPTO for publication in that office’s Official Gazette on Sep 2, 2014.

The plot thickens.

Thank you to all of you who engaged on the title question to date!

Book Title Change

This is an open discussion post, inviting ideas for a better book title, or advice on how to get there, should anyone have insights they would like to share. If so, thank you in advance. I’m open to adapting if a new title will reach more people.

Rather than the existing book title which is also the title of this blog, what are your thoughts on a new title? Also, should there be new cover art?

Here you can “Look Inside” at the contents and first chapters to get a feel for the book:

Farm Your Training Day: An American Dream of Sustainable Personal Fitness

Thank you for your time!


Adapt or Die: Shot at the Title (or) Adapting a Title

It is just like I was as a kid, sitting before the test, remembering a passage read, and looking at multiple choice picks for what the title of the passage in the test question should have been…over thought it then, and…

Flashback to now.

What in the world do I name this book?

And is it worth re-titling?

Is it as simple as republishing a new edition with a different title?

And then, what do I do with the blog?

Maybe while I figure all of this out, I’ll get my camera fixed so I can post new visual content too. Can’t take good shots with what I’ve got.

All these questions and more, on deck.

New Title Needed?





The woman seated by me on the airplane was experienced in marketing words. Her confident conclusion was that Farm Your Training Day: An American Dream of Sustainable Personal Fitness is a bad title. Her tone was respectfully hushed, saving this unknown author from the ignominy of being known onboard as a bad-title-picker. I had visions of bad-title-air-marshals tackling me on the tarmac, and burning my books.

Truth is, my fellow passenger’s observation touched a nagging, bothersome, itchy insecurity I’ve often felt about my book title: if people have to read the book to get the title, that’s not a good title. The title is supposed to prompt people to dive into the book, not remain opaque to all who don’t first delve. A title should be a lead-in, and even if it’s semi-mysterious, its words should offer values that Gumby-ply the majority willpower to skate into that book. Is “Farm” such a word in the age of gaming and over-the-top pornification of just about everything except cereal (the sales of which are falling)? Well, maybe, a small voice counters, the extreme has been reached and the pendulum is returning to sanity, and in a sane world, farming is golden. Hmm.

Still, how many people would read my title and get it? And how many would go so far as to read the subtitle for clarification? My early assumption was that intrigued by the unusual title, they would certainly hone in on the subtitle. From the subtitle, they would have enough to prompt a quick “Look Inside” or a preview of sample pages. Then they’d be hooked!

Oh naïve self.

It is challenge enough for most people to finish a 279-page non-fiction book on new fitness philosophy without pictures that isn’t by an author with a Beverly-Hills-Household-brand-name like “Yogi Effuzio Zeus-Nero, former Navy SEAL,” or the like. I mean, I wanted to write an entrepreneurial mind-body conditioning book that provides an adaptive training catalyst for readers, not ensnare their self-critical envy for my beach-body, then move to Venice beach once I made it. I just want to afford to be able to travel and see our extended family more often while enabling all of us to be home more of the time. But I wanted to give something of quality to get there.

Maybe the Farm Your Training Day terminology in my book title is so smart, it’s dumb. The title tracks the adaptive principles and dimensions within that so broadly and deeply empower readers to trail blaze their own multidisciplinary training lives. That’s smart. The book is a reader-catalyst for achieving consistency with lifelong room to grow and modify one’s training life. Isn’t that what you’d expect from an adaptive fitness philosophy? That’s smart. The farming analogy is good for the reader because it does not create a need then sell to fulfill it. There is no fad-branded co-dependency with adaptive training. Instead, my book reveals that you already own what you need to exceed what any fad could ever sustain. All you’ve got to start with is the truth: you own your farm and your role as farmer of your mind-body. That is smart. And yet, true, smart concepts require implementation, and that’s what the 279-pages get at. But this fitness philosophy book does not market so well, since marketing is about stoking immediate-gratification impulses. As a marketing tool, my book is dumb.

Still, farming the mind-body recruits the readers’ minds and imaginations, something that teaches readers to fish for life by internalization while not giving them step-by-step photos they never have the patience to follow, being tantamount to serving-up cold fish they never finish cooking. Don’t shove knowledge at me, teach me how better to learn! Once readers use this catalyst to excel, they will hopefully overcome my sorry-title with solid reviews, and I’ll find my salary modestly paid before I die.

The scale of beginner to elite-level training is for readers to determine and navigate after consultation with their health care advisors, but my book’s baseline principles and training dimensions bring all readers to a zone of sustainable self-training consistency that forms their own unique, solid launching pad. The currently served, over-served, and underserved all stand to benefit from Farm Your Training Day. And the adaptive principles and dimensions don’t apply to physical training alone. They can apply to work, art, and service. There are takeaways for everyone.

The point of my book is not ‘who am I’ and never was. The point of my book is and has been, to help resolve roadblocks to wellness and conditioning in a country more flush with fitness brands than ever, but whose population continues upward in the obesity, overweight, and depression statistics. My answer, as may shock publishing houses, editors, and agents, comes from an ordinary person who researched, tested, and wrote the book with no intention of creating codependency on my brand for future training inspiration, but with the intention of empowering readers with a single purchase to become independent self-training athletes for-life, whose sports, arts, and physical work forms are their own. Blasphemy!

My approach is a catalyst for self-training ownership never to be co-dependent on contracts, subscriptions, fad-brands, or personalities to ascend to lifelong wellness, functional fitness, and improved performance in sport, art, and work. Time will tell if “farming” is a time-tested model for our training lives, and whether mass-corporate farming is any better than small, local, organic farming tailored to each individual and in the individual’s conscious control.

So what do you think? Should I change the title?

Quartz: On Implications of Ebola in Nigeria

Quartz, a web news outlet of the Atlantic Media Company, published the following two reports that go into greater depth than most about the death of Patrick Sawyer in Lagos, Nigeria, and how he may have vomited and had diarrhea on at least one of his flights. Here:

Ebola in Nigeria: New Level of Scary

35 Countries Connected to Ebola Outbreak by Airliner

This is a topic addressed on this blog back in early April.

Serious prevention would mean barring non-essential passenger air travel from outbreak cities until the outbreaks are over.

The only in-and-out air travel to outbreak cities should be technology, supplies, and highly trained disease control personnel.

Mountain Dimension: 8.2 Mile Road and Trail Run at Eldorado Canyon State Park

ran up the road at the canyon base, then joined Fowler trail and doubled back up on the mountainside (see trail opposite the climber) …there were climbers on the rock today and the natural springs pool was packed with whooping, hollering, happy people escaping the heat…saw a lot of smiling people today.

Parked Eldorado Canyon corner store at Highway 93 and ran up Highway 170 through Eldorado Springs, a climber’s haven. Passed through town, past the sheer cliffs, and found Fowler Trail, running it back down to join back up with Highway 170 then back to start. The run was a little over 8 miles, about 50% road and 50% trail.

38 Special Fix for the Loop Flop: Compelled to Obsess, Obsessed to Compel

Forbes entrepreneur blogger Eric Schiffer writes about breaking free of obsessions to reach goals, here.

Obsessing focuses not on what you are doing or even what you want, but on ill-timed imperatives. To set a summit goal then obsess on each stepping stone will tire out the best of ascendants, leaving them on the mountain in the dark, taking forever.

Focus and obsession aren’t the same thing. Focus sees something as it really is in its context. Obsession loses track of what something actually is in favor of processing it, and fears that if it isn’t done now, the sky will fall. Too much tension blows energy, forgets priorities, and trends in error.

A good way to memorize this principle is by singing to yourself the following 38 Special song, or at least the lyrics:

Fitness that adapts stays with you.



The Black Track Cut No Slack

IMG_6242There are tracks like this in nearly every city or town with a school or recreation center. Sometimes running in an ellipse in the summer sun is just what I need. In off-hours, frequently, no one else is there. What a great opportunity to make a training meet-up with a friend who is at a fitness level close to yours. Early mornings on a track can also be invigorating. Remember this option; it’s a good one. Use it according to your needs, fitness level, and do check with your physician if there are any known conditions for which you should get a doctor’s OK.

Today for me, this is how I used the track.

warm up: 50 body weight squats (25 half, 25 full).

Ran 12 laps (3 miles)…

One Sprint per lap, or 1/4 mile…

Eleven 50 yard sprints…

Lap 12 was a 220 meter sprint…

1 quarter mile cool down walk…

It was 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Weight loss and the athletic spirit


When you’re overweight: there is the you that tethers your mind and emotions about your body to your body, holding it down, and vice versa.

Then there is the you capable of sensing your separateness from your own body that respects what the body can do if allowed.

This is your spirit that can untie your body from the current emotional state to let it move. It’s kind of like taking your dog for a walk when you feel half asleep. Or letting the parking brake off of your car. Or stepping up during an emergency.

The part of you who rises above the emotion-shackled body and body-shackled emotional state is the athletic spirit, the worker’s ethic, and the artists inspiration. This you is capable of adaptive training.

Turns out, freed from the body-mind and its every notion about the body (from aches to analyses) the emotions will serve the athletic spirit. Once moving, these two will lead the mind and body to freedom and greater well being.

3.6 Mile Run with Two Sprint Intervals

It was 88 degrees out today, and with the smell of firework gunpowder still with me, I ran gentle hills on asphalt in the hot summer sun. I put in two sprint intervals, both uphill. I loaded enough water before starting.

I love our country.

Happy Fourth of July!