September 15, 2014
I checked out Pitchfork today and apparently, Arcade Fire’s Funeral turned 10 years old today.
1) makes me feel old.
2) Makes me feel nostalgic because it’s been a consistent favorite album of mine since around 2005.
Everybody has already seen most of the videos for this song so I chose one with the track from the album. Having seen them live, I can say that the guy banging the shit out of the tom drum is in fact having as much fun as it seems like his is. Also, one of the violinists is actually pretty jacked . . . so, yeah . . . She squats bro.
If you like this band too, what’s your most favorite or least favorite album? When they release something new, does it take a while for it to warm up to you?
September 11, 2014
Yesterday is the first day that I’ve been able to hit my 90%s on the same day since my break from lifting (135/165). It took longer than I wanted it to but as we all know progress comes when it decides to. Plan all you want, but your body doesn’t understand (sets X reps = progress.)
I actually wan’t supposed to hit 90%s yesterday. Generally, I’ll never deviate from the training schedule because it sets a bad example for the team. Why would they believe in something that I don’t believe in myself. The last two weeks I felt have been an exception from this rule because I basically had 3 weeks to get back in contest shape. I did my squats at my target weight in the morning. 2×1 bsq at 240kg. It’s a weight that crushed me on Monday as I went for a daily max x3. Then in the afternoon I went in thinking if I was physically able to stick to the plan, it would be a success. The plan was 10×1 snatch at 120kg and 10×1 clean and jerk at 145kg; both are my 80%s. I hit 5 of each at my 80%s then hit 3 more at my 85% and a couple at 90%. I only missed one snatch at 85% and one jerk at 90%. I went for an eleventh rep on clean and jerk at 170kg which I clarked but overall I was happy with how the day went.
My long lost training partner, Alex Lee came back. He’s kind of like Batman because he only shows up when you need him the most. I took his presence as a sign.
September 9, 2014
I saw Earth play last night. They played like 5 songs over the course of an hour and a half.
It was a great show. I’m really digging the NEW MATERIAL. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, they formed in 1989 and are considered pioneers of drone metal. From what I understand, the band has a rotating line up of many contributors with the one constant being lead guitarist, Dylan Carson. Their musical direction shifts from album to album, taking elements from Americana, Jazz and Folk. Probably my favorite release from them is “Hex; or Printing in the Infernal Method” which really gravitates towards country and americana influences but their album “The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull” is probably the best received.
I don’t expect everybody who reads this blog to be into this kind of music because honestly it’s not for everybody. But if you’re into zoning out or like something in the background while you’re writing blog posts, check this band out. If you’re into it, I have other band recommendations.
September 4, 2014
I decided to take the majority of August OFF from training. It drove me crazy. In 9 years, I never willingly took time off but I honestly got to the point where I was over reaching into other parts of my life, including business and coaching. The weights weren’t moving and I lost my drive so I figured it would be best to take care of a few things outside of weightlifting, including my mental health. It’s not easy trying to separate yourself from something that is part of your identity but I highly recommend it if you find yourself in the position I was in. It’s not like I had more time on my hands but I did make it a point to do a few things for myself including some hiking and I even began practicing yoga (I’ll write more on that later).
This is my first week back to real training. I’m the same as I was a few weeks ago except a little weaker, happier and more focused on my own training. I found out on Monday that I’ll be competing at the Caffeine & Kilos Invitational on Sept 20th so basically I have 16 days to get back to full strength. I’m actually really excited. I’m not contest ready right now, but I feel like I can bounce back pretty good in a few weeks given my renewed focus. This meet was a really special one for me last year. It basically turned my weightlifting career around. After the 2013 Nationals, I thought I was done. All of my efforts were focused on Cecily and the rest of the team and I was getting more and more comfortable with taking a back seat and just coaching. I lost her and a few others so I once again felt the drive to show my skill through my own lifting. The rest of the year was the best training cycle I ever had. Since then, it’s been a delicate balance of focusing on myself and the team but we’ve really grown a lot and I couldn’t be happier with our progress.
I’ll take as much video of my training that I can over the next 3 weeks to document my progress. Just yesterday I was able to hit my 85%s for 5 singles each. I expect to be able to hit my 90%s tomorrow. I’ve decided to stop doing yoga temporarily though it’s something that I’m going to continually include in my lifestyle. I’ve got one more outdoor adventure planned for this month. It will be an overnighter but a really mild hike so it shouldn’t take too much out of my legs.
Here’s my lifts from last year. Credit goes to Hector and his badass camera for getting some great shots.
September 2, 2014
August 31, 2014
Contender for my favorite track of the year.
Track by Woods. Photo by me.
August 25, 2014
Here’s another video for you guys. No audio commentary but it’s probably the most fun I’ve had making a video in some time. My original idea was the song “Dream House” by Deafhaven. I felt the melodic black metal crescendos would complement super slo-mo recorded on my Gopro perfectly. I only collected a handful of shots last week and paired them with some random video of me outdoors for the sake of juxtaposition. I had about 3 and a half minutes done and was already comfortable with my composition. It just seemed kind of wasteful to leave out 6 minutes of song and I didn’t really want to wait to collect more video. I’ve got close to 20 heads on my team so if I spend all my time worrying if I got everybody, I’d never finish any projects. I changed songs to something a bit more cinematic and literally LOLed a few times at how perfectly overdramatic the finished project ended up being.
Hope you enjoy, yamdancers.
I also threw it up on my youtube page.
August 24, 2014
August 23, 2014
I’m no photographer. But man, oh man do I love taking random photos of the woods. Here are some photos of the Lake Margaret Trailhead. It is BY FAR the prettiest hike I’ve done since Kevin and I went on the first BK Adventure to Lake Aloha. Aside from a few log bridges, it’s actually the easiest hike I’ve been on as well. For a day hike, I’d rate it at a 2/10 difficulty. Sounds lame, right? but it leaves you with tons of energy to just enjoy the scenery and the beautiful lake once you get there. Possible site for BK Adventure II?
August 22, 2014
No write-up because I talk a LOT in the video.