Whoa: The Blog that Fell Off of a…that Adapted

Cover the big rocks first in your priority flow...little ones will follow on soon enough.

Cover the big rocks first in your priority flow…little ones will follow on soon enough.

I’ve seen the apology and non-apology posts for no blogging. Remembering those, and remembering that I was not terribly worried that someone had not blogged regularly enough (unless maybe I knew they had a health challenge of some kind and there was a sudden change), I’ll not make a big deal out of my down-tempo in blogging.

That is consistent with the principles in my book for remaining consistent anyhow.

One of the principles of adaptive training, i.e. Farming the Training Day, is adaptive journaling and recording of the training events and training days we undertake as adaptive athletes.

Recording results is more or less data keeping and tracking progress using training metrics that matter to your goals. Still, bear in mind that if you’re crunched on time because life demands it, it’s more important that your body absorbs training of the quality needed at the moment than that you record every detail, or train in accordance with what you want to record. You may later catch up with estimates. That is not a problem so long as self-honesty guides your estimates.

Journaling is different. Journaling is more of your own personal sense and prose-flow-think-through about your training quality, experience, and the state of you. That too may be embraced or shelved, but let’s not let the recording and thinking about what we do be a prerequisite to freely doing what’s good for us and others. So, if being with others who need me is more important than thinking-through my training experience this day, I’ll shelve the journal or the blog or the data checklist, training, and then get back to my people.

That is what adaptive training does from my humble perspective. Can we be flexible enough to admit to ourselves that everything material and energetic in and around us changes, moves, and many of these states of being are temporary? When we do, we get a better sense of the value of completing our training, and sustaining the quality of life it was meant to support by keeping balance.

A kind of humorous skit could be made to illustrate this by imagining an action movie where the hero is training like a champion. A speeding train is heading for a broken track and the hero is called. “Not now,” he says. “I’m in the middle of a training routine, can’t you see that?”

So that is a comical illustration of what it might look like if we put off someone we love or someone who depends on us so that we can complete our training day according to some kind of inflexible regimen we establish, but that does not necessarily serve the best interests of our lives.

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

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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

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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.

900 Today

Blogging has been sitting on a back burner…lots of work, and professional continuing-ed at present…

Today: Nine-hundred strength training exercise movements 60% External WR. 40% Bodyweight WR.

2-days ago: Vehicle Push-Pull.

Hike four days ago.

Soccer Scrimmage five days ago.

 

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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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:

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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!

Run and Cut

To those who want to expose more muscle anatomy features through their skin:

Run.

And run more.

And when your body and mind tell you that you can eat extra-extra helpings because of your up-tempo, allow only extra-extra helpings from the fresh produce section.

Everything else, reduce to the high-yield, lean, non-processed versions, and eat less than usual.

Keep it up for at least a month and a half to see how this suits you.

IF YOU HAVE DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR ANY PHYSICAL OR MEDICAL CONDITION, OR NEED QUICK CALORIES TO KEEP HEALTHY AND FUNCTIONAL AT CRUCIAL TIMES, DISREGARD THESE SUGGESTIONS AS NEEDED. MODIFY ALL SUGGESTIONS ON THIS SITE TO SUIT YOUR PERSONAL PROFILE AS ARRIVED AT BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN AND OTHER HEALTH CARE ADVISERS WORKING AS A TEAM.

Embrace your least favorite element of training

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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!

Practical Training Takeaway: About Workout Books and Swimming for Core with Cardio-Respiratory and Recovery Benefits Included

When I bought the book by fellow blogger and authors Reeves, Paglini, et al. Triathletes Swim First: 100+ Beginning Swim Workouts for Triathletes, I had planned at first to buy a hard copy.

I changed my mind and downloaded the e-book instead. The reason: I use the book by these athletes for one of many options to train the core muscles, and for mobility training of all muscle groups with cardio, breathing, recovery, and buoyancy benefits included.

Takeway Training Tip: With the book on my desktop, I can print-off one of the workouts from one or more pages, and bring it with me to the pool for guidance.

This is also true for all of those fitness, training, and health books that tend to get lost on your bookshelves with workouts, pictorial how-to sequences, and instructive tips in them. If you buy them in e-book form, you can easily print-off the pages with the content you want to work on, and take them with you.

You can even laminate them, create a card folio, and re-use them to save paper, and increase your fluency in variety training.

This is very much a simple way to put all of those sport, training, and fitness books to good use in your adaptive training life.

It also helps the athlete or wellness author to sell an e-book instead of a hard copy, as there is less production expense. Here, the green of the trees and the green of author profits come together.

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.

Prevention versus Reaction: Ebola, Airports, and WHO

There is an outbreak of the Ebola virus (Zaire strain) in West Africa affecting Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone. Reportedly, one early patient was brought cross country on a crowded bus to Conakry, capitol of Guinea, before it was identified what he carried. Conakry’s airport services international flights. There have been two Ebola scares tied to flights out of Guinea: one in Canada and one in France.

The French Organization “Doctor’s Without Borders” called the current 2014 Guinea outbreak “unprecedented” in that it popped-up rapidly in disparate locations following its initial detection. Also unprecedented is the outbreak in a city of over 2 million, Conakry.

Speculations as to how the virus may have reached disparate areas:

(1) the virus had already been on the move under the radar before it was identified, and / or;

(2) it could be that a bush meat hunting or trapping operation culled a population of infected bats or monkeys and sold the meat on the road, or;

(3) somehow the virus was intentionally spread.

One and two are the most likely, but it may pay to see if any nation-state’s flight services ceased flying to and from the affected areas in the recent past, or, if there was a recent departure of a political adversary vying for leadership over the regime.

In any case, it seems irresponsible to continue to allow flights out of Conakry or other hot zones without fully screening would-be passengers on the ground before they ever enter a plane. Not to do so invites infection of flight crews and passenger rosters, not to mention the risk of spreading ebola to destination countries.

The time to discover symptoms is not during an international flight. Should word spread on a flight that another passenger is infected, panic could ensue on-board. That is not a good plan. Thorough screening must occur on the ground to keep Ebola (Zaire) contained.

Despite the rapidity of infection and spread, the World Health Organization has only downplayed the outbreak, and recommended that routine travel in and out of the region not be suspended at a time the virus had already reached Guinea’s capitol. Until verifiable disease control exists on the ground, WHO’s recommendation stands out as irresponsible.

Review: Leather Medicine Balls

After some comparison shopping, I decided on a brand and type of leather medicine ball for all-around training purposes. I have not been paid for this short review.

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These are called TITLE Classic Leather Max-Grip Medicine Balls. The synthetic leather segments alternate with tacky, pliable rubber segments with similar give and rebound. These were on sale at the time at TITLE’s online store. These medicine balls have written on them “Made In India,” which of course suggests that manufacturing them overseas is still more cost-effective than doing so in the US.

These medicine balls are not as soft as the natural leather medicine balls that cost hundreds of dollars each, and sometimes more, but the softness of their price makes up for what they give up to the natural leather. However, the synthetic leather and rubber are soft enough to do medicine ball throw and catch work that does not bruise or redden muscles or skin as some harder, all rubber fast-twitch medicine balls might. These medicine balls are boxing tools that can work the whole body.

These bounce off the body without bouncing away, providing opportunities for combination impact and unorthodox weight resistance mixed with impact. These balls don’t bounce off the gym floor, however. That is not their first purpose.

I wanted a classic medicine ball feel that gives with hand pressure, impact, and catching. When thrown and caught, or dropped on one’s abdominal wall for impact training, these medicine balls performed as classic boxing medicine balls should.

In using any athletic equipment, first obtain clearance for its use from your medical provider before training. Also obtain training guidance on how to use it. Impact training and medicine ball training may not be for everyone. You may not have similar results to me or anyone else. You use the reviewed medicine balls at your own risk, and this writer makes no representations that they will suit or satisfy any given buyer. Use common sense safety precautions when training with medicine balls or other sports equipment.

 

Aerial Study: Mountain Biker Salivary Gland Triggers

IMG_2620Could photographs as above cause excess salivary activity in mountain bikers? Note the lower riverbed. From the air it is hard to tell if this terrain would be beautiful or burdensome to mountain bikers. Maybe both.

Coastal trails and fair ocean breezes

 

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