01/22/2012 Paleo Challenge Day 17
Gratuitous Bacon Shot
Rethinking My Work
I wrote here not all that long ago about how unfulfilled I am with my life, largely because I find my work to be about comfort, and not about a greater purpose. In the last couple of weeks a few opportunities have presented themselves to me, and I am trying to figure out what is the right step. One involves staying in the present industry growing the operations to the point of having to hire an Operations Manager, or moving in a whole different direction freeing up my time to do other projects.
I’m at a crossroads, one that I have been wanting for a long time, but find myself now stuck in, a place of indecision almost waiting for the chips to fall into place. There are times when the best move is no move at all; I’m just not sure if this is one of those…
Too bad through the lenses of hindsight, one always has perfect vision. I just want to wake up in the morning, not dreading my place in the world, I would also like to be involved in a business that employees people on a different level, so I can lead them, as opposed to dragging them kicking and screaming.
I don’t know what the right decision is, but I do know they will have to be made soon…
Fuck You Newspaper Man
Last week I wrote about not tipping my newspaper guy, and I posted a picture of how he is placing my newspaper just beyond my door, but now it’s clear he reads my blog and wants me to die.
A plea to Baby Jesus
Dear Baby Jesus,
Please will you make it SNOW. I promise if you make it snow this winter I will no longer defame “Tim Tebow”, or demean the Christmas Carolers by slamming the door in their faces, or pretend to pray when stuck in a family gathering, or act like Michael Jackson and throw water balloons at homeless people, or wish that Sarah Palin get hit by a bus, if you just make it SNOW, I will be less like me, and more like Tim Tebow.
In the name of Baby Jesus I plea.
Another great day for my business today, rain, fucking rain in January, I’m trying to not get stressed but I have to admit the standby noose in my closet is looking awful tempting these days.
I started the morning off with a WoD at Patriot CrossFit. The mornings work involved doing front squats, and then doing Grace (one of the named WoDs). I was able to increase my front squat today, and finished my final set at 175 lbs. This is a big step forward for me because I have been stuck at the 135-155 lbs range for weeks because of my poor posture and technique. I was able to all of my work at 155 lbs, then 165 lbs for the 4th set and finishing at 175 lbs. I am so close to 185 lbs I can taste it.
When I started CrossFit I created these benchmarks I had to reach which were all related to the color and combination of bumper plates. Initially it was just trying to get the red 45 lbs plates on for most motions, now I am working on getting the red and yellow plates together so that I am able to at least 185 lbs for most of the lifts.
After the front squats, we did Grace. Grace is simply 30 reps of clean and jerks for time. It’s one of the benchmark workouts for CrossFit. We were given 7 minutes of time, and I thought it would take me the entire 7 minutes. The prescribed weight is 135 lbs, and I was confident that I could do it, but my own fear caused me to change the 45 lbs plates to 25 lbs plates, and two 10 lbs per side. This would effect my time because I wasted time adjusting the setup during grace because the collar I put on was weak.
I was able to finish in 5:12, which was far better than I expected. I’m sure I could have finished under 5 minutes had I gone into with a better mindset, and not futzed around with the bar. Watch this 5 minute of uncoordinated work below:
The one thing I learned from Grace, was the true motion of a push jerk. When you reach reps 20 and above there is no way around getting the bar overhead other than dip, drive, and then get underneath it.