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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

2014-02-19 Slow Progress is Better Than No Progress, and No Prgress is Better Than Being Dead.

I'll include myself in this when I say that nobody really appreciates their health and physicality until it goes away. When it goes away suddenly it's quite noticeable and frustrating, but when it goes away slowly it's sometimes harder to gage.
I'm only two weeks out of an "open" hernia repair surgery (different from a laparoscopic repair). That's a couple days lying around in bed on hydrocodone and acetaminophen, and all these days later I'm technically still not allowed by my doctor to lift my nine month old son up at about 22 lbs. until tomorrow. That said, I began two days ago slowly moving my body again. And believe me, I'm taking it slow. Why risk it? Who to impress? The thing that hit me the other day was.....What if I've already peaked? I mean that's ok, but it makes you wonder, and makes you think because the hard cold fact is...one day you will peak and you probably won't ever even know it until much later.
So keep progressing and keep making strides, and PRs and all that good stuff, but be humble. Be humble because you cannot increase forever. Relish the journey and what goes along with that. The journey itself is the key and I'm still trying to get a grip on that myself.

Forgot to mention what I'm doing. It's quite gentle but here it is anyway. As many reps as I feel like, all relatively slow with variation as needed:
-Ankle mobility
-Knee sits and toe bends
-Pigeon poses moves
-Splits practice
-Butterfly stretches
-CC Twists
-Assisted Cossack squats (very assisted)
-Elastic band work (shoulders and elbows)
-Squat holds
-Gymnastic wrist conditioning routine
-Captains of Crush work
-Flat Bridges
-Pike Pushup Holds
-Table position holds
-Decent amount of walking

Monday, February 17, 2014

2014-02-17 Imagine...

Felling more mobile every day, but still extremely limited in what my Dr. will let me do and in what I feel I could do without compromising my recovery. This is one of those times where you really have to embrace the early pages of CC as an example, and accept the fact that "yes, I am in fact recovering from an injury (or surgery)", and act accordingly.
the reality is that I am NOT going to just jump back into my routine where I left off. Not happening. So I must embrace this time as an opportunity to craft a new plan of healing, and to find some way to utilize my prior accomplishments and body as a way to improve as time moves forward. Certainly I have more wisdom than I did three years ago, so that's one thing. I also have a much better understanding of what is required for advancement in certain realms of body movement with respect to range of motion and strength. this will help.
But take a moment to imagine how you would respond. You are unable to walk without pain for a week, and then told by your doctor you are not to "lift more than ten pounds" for two weeks, and then no more than twenty for another two. You've read posts online from professional athletes in similar recovery who say you're looking at twelve weeks until you can really starting hitting it hard in the gym. You can be a hero in your own mind or you can be honest and consider what you would do differently, how you would respond and plan. An exercise that makes you think. What do I do with this gift?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2014-02-05 Ignorance is Bliss, Part II

I've got some time this morning so I thought I'd post about a topic I had a discussion about with one of my best friends last night. My friend Scott and I both have fathers who are engineers, though my father died many years ago there are similarities. I'm an engineer now, and although Scott is an artist at heart, he has been earning a living for a while now in the tech field. Not an engineer, but works in and understands essentially the same world I work in. He's a former CC guy turned Crossfit guy, but the point is that he's ultimately a movement guy and has the same body awareness that I and many of you have from consistent physical training.
The problem we spoke about was the clash of two worlds that we each face. One world is the world of business and paying bills, and doing anything and everything necessary to make money. It is the world of sitting all day long in a windowless office staring into a computer screen and remaining oblivious to the physical. This is the intangible world of the mind and of the simulated. The other world is the world of the physical. It is as real as it gets from a fundamental level. It's the world of sweating and running, and breathing. It is the world of feeling your body and living in it. It's the world of pushups and muscles, of feeling the wind and sun on your skin, of cold and heat, of touching and caressing. It is the world of getting punched in the face and tasting your own blood. This other world is primal, and in my opinion it is the real world because for the vast majority of human history it was the only world and people thrived.
Often by simply asking questions we can start a process of thinking, which may lead to change sometime down the road, in the same way that moving can open one's awareness to the body.
The challenge is that once you live in the physical world and embrace it, how can you then ignore it and leave it? I think the answer is that you cannot. It becomes an imperative to keep one foot solidly planted in the physical world and it becomes more and more difficult to spend time in the 'fake' world. The biggest problem I see is that for the most part our overall technological-industrial world is NOT part of the physical world, or it certainly is not motivated to support it. My friend reminded me that our society does not reward body awareness. It doesn't reward fitness and good health. The reward is simply the state itself, if you're lucky enough to be able to gain these while simultaneously surviving or perhaps even succeeding in the 'fake' world. Society DOES reward however, those who work twelve hour days, and sit for many hour stretches. Somehow damaging oneself in sacrifice to the system is something to revere. It does not reward those whose work is the most closely tied to our survival as human beings in general. It DOES reward C.E.O.'s and celebrities, those far, far away from what affects you most directly. It idolizes them.
So a bit of a rant, but really some thoughts to consider as we human beings plod forward into the future. What will we become? Who will we become? What will we build and what will we destroy in the process? What will we teach our children? Why? How?
Things to ponder on your downtime...if you still have any left.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

2014-02-01 Temporary Hiatus...Plus Some Wisdom Learned

It's been awhile since I've done a video. Tried out my relatively new table to do the video last night. Convenient except for the fact that I need my computer to upload the video to the blog.