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…

IMG_0215IMG_0216IMG_0211

Advertisements

Return to Blogging with Biweekly Estimate

IMG_3757

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

IMG_3132

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?

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

credit: NBCnews.com

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.

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!

 

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.

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!

Ode to the Sometimes Early Afternoon Elixir of Post-Training Comfort and Consciousness

Open on self to defeat feelings of self-pity.

And below, note the coffee packet may be missing, probably because I took it.

Sadly, when out of coffee, I have been known to scrounge for instant coffee packets from K-ration boxes found in antique desks bought at estate sales for deceased beachcombers who used metal detectors on Easter island  to uncover Cargo Cult stashes in the early 1960s. Having been stored for decades alongside aging, sweating ammo, pineapple incense, and old desk varnish, there was more kick and fruity overtones in that coffee than when it was freeze-dried in the early ’40s.

Training through the Narrows

Image

There is an old adage as true today as ever: “Be kind, for everyone is fighting a great battle.”

A great battle in a relatively affluent country is being jostled and pulled in too many directions. We become acquainted with deciding what not to do instead of what to do. As many opportunities morph into ‘needs,’ it seems that some primordial, upstream-salmon gene activates in our brains and bodies, pushing us to grasp for more than we can do.

Many opportunities may knock, and when they do, be on the lookout for Mr. or Ms. Burnout at your door. This solicitor has bad teeth, dark circles under his eyes, a dehydrated look, burning flames of ambition receding in the irises, and a smoky smell – not cigarettes – but the reek of the grinding, engine-melting residue of neglect. For if we are not paying the insurance premium of exercise regularly, and descending from healthy habits because of it, succeed as we might elsewhere, we may not be around long enough to enjoy it.

One way to guard against a visit from this phantom of temptation is to adapt to it by physically training during his visit. This ends-justify-the-means ghost grasps at the wheedling, whining frustration of our unfinished goals; our haunting imperfections. It would ride them as your horses, pulling you and your life behind, clinging to uncertain ropes.

Imagine yourself answering the door as he or she knocks, earnestly beseeching you to listen and pointing to the pale horse out front; asking you to get behind this high-functioning stressor.

And you answer wearing your running shoes, shorts, and t-shirt. You tell the ghost you are going for a run, and you would love to listen to the pitch along your running route. As you establish your cadence on the asphalt, on the trail, and through the physical world of sunshine, air, seasonal scents, and sweat, you notice that he is having a very hard time keeping up. It seems you have come down to earth, and by doing so, entered a state of peace that cooled and moistened your brow, eased your mind, and helped you find your heart. Gratitude for what you have dawns in your heart, and you realize how much better you could devote yourself to what you have.

What is most important? Your run gives you a real opportunity to meditate on that. As you let the run go through your body, making you stronger, you let your mind drift over the topography of your life, and realize what are the tectonics, the foundations of your peaks and troughs. Soon you can distinguish between what is wise for you and what is not. You have outrun the pressure sell.

And that is a mighty fine pace for anyone to make.

Take Flight — a Memorial Day Reflection

cropped-img_2005.jpg

Dedicated to those who are here who can hear for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their fellows, their country, and principles for which this nation must still stand.

In the darkest nights of the soul the fuel for your Phoenix bubbles and boils around your spirit. From the ashes of some future ignition, burn, and flight, win or lose, you will rise again and be better than ever before; more capable in some way, known or unknown, to break through and see done what must be done as the reason for your being here. The darkest nights are never so dark as the dawn is light.

As the Marines say “pain is weakness leaving the body,” so the dark nights of the soul are selfishness of the past leaving the spirit, to be ignited in future service to those in need. These flammable drops may provide fires with which to liberate captives, empathize with and put sinners back on their feet, melt barbed wire, and elevate our human race just a little more before you die. No earthly reward could be better than simply completing our purposes for being. Each of us is given such a purpose, known or unknown, yet accessible more purely through standing again and believing.

The big picture is in our hearts, the sky within, from a vista point that can consider all people, all events, and all that must come with the indomitable commitment of a dedicated, singular spirit behind humble eyes, trafficking in the divine energy of love for all.

Intermission Stories (16)

Extraordinary person, extraordinary inspiration, and gratitude for native American awesomeness in general. Many, many of us have native American blood in us, known or unknown.

Pacific Paratrooper

Sgt. Tommy Prince Sgt. Tommy Prince

Thomas George Prince

WWII and Korean War Veteran

Tommy Prince was born 25 October 1915 at Petersfield, Manitoba as one of 11 children, a descendant of Peguis, the Saulteaux Chief.  In 1920, the family moved to Scanterbury, Manitoba on the Brokenhead Reserve.  Although he easily met the requirements for the army, he was turned downed several times before finally being accepted on 3 June 1940.

clip_image007

Tommy did well in the army, first as a Field Engineer and then with the Canadian Parachute Battalion.  He was among a select group chosen to train with a specialized assault team, the 1st Special Service Force.  They became known to the enemy as the Devil’s Brigade.

Tommy Prince w/ his brother Morris at Buckingham Palace Tommy Prince w/ his brother Morris at Buckingham Palace

In 1944 in Italy, Sgt. Prince was spying on the Germans.  He set up an observation post in an abandoned farmhouse.  For days he reported on…

View original post 476 more words

True independence

All words have a limited purpose, “for now.” “Independence” is that way. It is needed to get free of false supports, or false assumptions that lead to false needs. False needs erode time, health, and treasure. They tend to be sedimentary and inefficient for us.

We are wise to do an Independence Inventory from time to time to identify the ideas, notions, feelings, things, and habits that have settled in around us that are not aligned with the truest, most honorable, most loving, and most righteous (not self-righteous, but righteous by others) person each of us aspires to be. The “Look-Up” YouTube video of my previous post illustrates a thing from which we need independence.

Why try? Because what we aspire to be is what is in our heart.

Adaptive training seeks to adapt mind and body in service to our true heart, to our reason for being here. This means letting go of falseness, wherever found.

Free of false things, we are better prepared for interdependence in a way that will benefit, not harm others. We may “get up and walk.”

Like farming land, this farming of the heart, mind, and body is the purpose of training the mind and body to find harmony with the decisive, innocent spirit which we were given as children.

As I get older, I see that spirit of decisive innocence to clear the way for genuine love. Instantly, reflecting on this, trying to re-establish harmony with that divine spark, it is easy for me to see all my defects brought to light. My selfishness.

It is then I remember I must stand again, find my heart, and work the fields of this earthly testing ground another day.

Now Available on Amazon Kindle

 

Now on Kindle for $7.19

product_thumbnail10 adaptable, customizable principles, and 7 training dimensions / evolutions that provide a broad and deep base for whatever you’re training for, in sport, arts, or work. This is a book that harmonizes training philosophy and practical, very simple takeaways for sustaining a consistent, building, growing training life. Cheers!

Eggsparagus

 

Fresh, raw, chopped, thoroughly washed organic asparagus
Braised to warm in olive oil
Toss in 3 eggs and scramble them all around the asparagus
Sprinkle on grated cheese of choice (here finely grated mozzarella)
Sprinkle on Thyme
Serve Eggsparagus

…another version of eggsparagus:

http://thesproutdiaries.wordpress.com/tag/asparagus/

Enjoy with a Kale-Mango smoothie? Water? Enjoy and pretend the gift of food makes it your birthday! Pictured are leftover napkins from a birthday some weeks ago!

Embrace your least favorite element of training

the open sky

the open sky

If you delve into your least favored training areas, be it endurance, primary muscle strength, core strength, or application in sports, arts, or work, you will be raising the level of your foundational condition.

Let tedium become self-training in the gift of focus.

Let hardship be your elevator.

Let slowness be your path to thoroughness in preparation, and prevention.

Cheers!

Progress: France Sends Team to Screen for Ebola at Conraky Airport

As noted at my other blog, Politically Well, today, Saturday, came the following report of a more intelligent approach to screening would-be airline passengers departing Conraky, Guinea, a live Ebola virus hot zone. France quickly concluded sometime overnight that they should do that screening before patients get on flights from Conraky to France.

Hopefully we will see all other nation-states with flight destinations from West African nations with live Ebola outbreaks sending airport monitoring teams with quarantine capability to screen would-be passengers heading to all destinations.

One may question whether this approach is chauvinistic. Not at all. If the nations providing help with the West African outbreak themselves become entangled in ebola outbreaks at their own airports and beyond, that could slow or even dry up help for West Africa.

When it comes to contagious, catastrophic viruses, the world is one.