So, I wasn’t on the internet much in Cali but really a lot went on that I could talk about… Maybe later. I finished up the class with a 95%. I did just enough drinking and spent lots of money. I met some cool people, saw old friends and got some good training. I got about 6 certificates for public speaking, Professional selling skills etc… My Combat Fitness Test score out there was a 281. 270-300 is first class. I grappled a MCMAP black belt and got tapped twice and a broken blood vessel in my eye from not tapping on a choke that I got out of. I gave him a good fight for quite a while though and he was hurting the next day. I have noticed a lot of changes in myself from the school . Mainly in that I am more comfortable approaching strangers and holding a conversation or finding out a specific thing and just my body language and approachability.
I’m glad to be home though. In my inbox before I left I had an email from a Marine Captain moving here. A black belt instructor that did Crossfit but didn’t like the elitist mentality. It would have been awesome to work out with him if I wasn’t moving so I let him know the best deal on base and what I was doing.
The last thing I wanted to talk about on here is the “300 workout”. I checked out the website when I got back to see what was going on and saw the post Sara made. It inspired me to try 300 again. This workout is like that mountain that intimidates me. There isn’t much that I won’t do but I’ve been putting that off and keep telling myself I’m not ready. You may have seen my older video which is now Members only from my garbage attempt two years ago. I just tried it again and was a little better until I crashed. I was about 20 into Floor Wipers when my face started going numb… I literally couldn’t move my lip or cheek and my eye was twitching. I decided to stop there and not kill myself. I named the video FY 300. Mark Twight made an actual workout called FY 300 that consists of 5:00 for calories burned or death on an Airdyne bike. His reason for the FY was different for mine though because he was sick of people taking advantage of his work and making a joke of it. Rectuiters school did a “Spartan 300” workout also that was a 3 mile run with pushups, squats, and leg lifts or something like that. I remember thinking the same thing during that. It was a joke compared to the real thing. Here is my newest attempt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_krH7txwqo
I decided that the numbness was either due to too drinking last night during UFC, not being acclimatized to Virginia, or maybe both. I guess I’ll try this one again later. It’s still hanging over my head.
Just an update on what’s been going on lately. Mainly I’ve been catching up with family since I will be leaving soon for recruiting. Sunday I did some Tabata squats with Jess as part of a bigger session.
Monday I went down to Crossfit Swift with Bryan for my one free session. We did a form check on some of the basic lifts (Concept 2 Rowing, Back Squat, Strict Press, Push Press, Deadlift, Air Squat, Wallball, Kettle bell swing, and probably some others that I can’t think of right now).
That was followed up by a quick 3 rounds of 300m Row, 5 Deadlifts (I used 175, Bryan at 155), and 7 Push-Presses at 95lbs. Bryan beat me by 1 minute finishing in 7:38 and me at 8:30 (That might not be exact). My Aerobic capacity isn’t what it was a few months ago.
Overall the instructor Jenn said our form was good on everything. She gave us a few pointers and made slight corrections. Overall it was a good time and I would love to go back if I get a chance. It was good to work out with Bryan also since we don’t actually get to do it much. He had me pushing myself a lot harder over there.
I also found a log in the woods the other day and brought it home. I’m not sure of the weight but it is pretty big. That will be a fun tool to have.
As far as the website goes, I am working on changing the look so you might see it go back and forth as I’m straightening things out. Jess is working on the gallery for it so we should have that straight too. The current gallery is garbage and can’t store any more pictures.
I do what I do because it is what I want to do by choice. I don’t do it to inspire or encourage someone else, but if I do great. I do it to test and prepare myself. I like to do extreme things like walk the edge of a jagged mountain or cliff. I like to fight. I like to train harder than the average person and in dangerous enviroments with potentially dangerous methods because that is the only way to be fully in the moment and aware. Some choose to hide behind their excuses. I understand that what I do involves a level of risk and I accept that risk and take responsibility for for it. I understand that there is risk in stopping the bloodflow to my brain by being choked. I understand that a joint can be broken by submission and that a fall from a large rock might kill me. I also understand that being shot in a foreign land or beaten to death for not being properly prepared is a risk I take. Weigh your own risks and rewards. The risks I take will hopefully reward me with the preservation of my life if I am in that situation, and living a better life if I am not. I choose to face my fears. I do this not by hoping I’ll be okay, but by making sure and readying my body and mind for the next task whatever it may be. More below on the point of this and a comment I recieved… Continue reading