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Couple of Days. September 29, 2007

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I haven’t posted every day, as I had originally planned, but that’s okay — not much has happened. I ran my PRQ, 64 sit-ups, 67 push-ups, 10:40 on the 1.5 mile run. Not bad. I really should have pushed my run harder, as I probably could have knocked it down to around 10:20 or less. I don’t like Navy style sit-ups. My lower back doesn’t bend as much as other peoples’, so I have to pretty much go all the way down, and then all of the way up to get one rep in, whereas other people only go down pretty much to their lower back and back up, effectively cutting their time in half. I guess my full range of motion is good, but in a timed evolution, it isn’t an advantage. My pushups could have been higher too, but the CrossFit exercises still had worked my hard last week. My suggestion for anyone starting the program is to push yourself as hard as you can, but know that you may have to take an extra day or two off to recover, until you develop the fitness that the program demands.

Not much else is going on. I’m a bit sad, as I will be leaving soon for patrol, and I have been spending a lot of time with my family. I don’t mind the Navy so much as I mind leaving, and having absolutely no contact with them for so long. It’s pretty rough if you are married with kids. Abianne has been watching Cars on almost a daily basis. She absolutely loves the movie. If you have a young one who hasn’t seen it, I would suggest you let them watch it. Aidan learned how to crawl forward yesterday. I am so proud he figured it out before I leave! He isn’t quite proficient at it, be at least he doesn’t get upset when trying to crawl now. Kids grow and learn so fast. Jennifer also makes me proud. She has been taking online classes, along with staying at home with the kids. I know watching them all day in and day out is no easy chore, but she does it, and does it better than anyone in the world. I don’t know what I would do without her.

Relaxation. September 25, 2007

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The weekend is gone already. Went back to work today — it wasn’t too exciting. Nothing has really changed, but we did get one new guy in our division, so that is a Good Thing. The watch bill is going to be pretty slim this patrol. Luckily it will be a short patrol.

I really want to keep doing the WOD, but I’m so sore from the last couple, I’m taking days off until after Wednesday. Wednesday I’m running the Navy PFA, which isn’t too bad. Just sit-ups for two minutes, push-ups for two minutes, and a mile and a half run. Right now I couldn’t do enough pushups, because of Friday and Saturday’s workout. Well, I probably could, but I’d rather have my arms chopped off.
I’m thinking of a piece of software / shareware that would be widely usable and not too complicated to program. I suppose I could start designing it now, and wait until Leopard ships to start programming, because just about anything I code now will probably be unsupported in Objective-C 2.0, and Xcode 3.0 looks promising. There are several ideas I have, one of which is a fitness tracking piece of software, because all of the Mac software out there is horrible. Another is nutrition tracking that isn’t the crazy bloat-ware currently available. Something else could be piece of software specifically designed with CrossFit in mind. I’ll have to spend some time thinking and talking with other people about what they would find useful in any of these.

One More Day Off. September 23, 2007

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Today was a lazy day! I spent time with the family today exclusively, and tried not to think about going back to work on Monday. I guess I shouldn’t cavil about work — I’ve got to work if I want to make money. Hopefully someday my work will be something I really want to do and have fun while doing it. 

Abianne and Aidan are growing so fast. I didn’t think children develop, learn and grow so fast, but they sure do. 
Abianne is forming sentences and although 95% of her words are gibberish, she really is trying to communicate. Her shaped blocks  frustrate her so much, when she can’t stuff a star shape into a square hole. I really have to make sure she doesn’t become discouraged too much. She loves to run around and wrestle, so we are considering putting her in gymnastics. After a little research online, it looks like there is a local gymnastics center here that works with 18+ month olds. We’ll have to see if she likes it. 
Aidan has just about figured out how to crawl, but he keeps going backwards instead of forwards, which angers him. It’s quite funny because most of the time he is smiling, and having a great time. He will grab anything and move it around, and then eventually he will try to bite it. I suppose it is all part of the learning process.
I did my 100 burpees today (14:43 — fatigued after 25, degraded form after 65). It wasn’t fun, especially after the squats yesterday — my quads had turned to rubber. I thought it would be a little bit easier, but the jumping from the down part of the squat position tears you up.

Sore. September 22, 2007

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Today we went out and picked up snacks and went to the bookstore and the mall. Picked up a book on computer architecture since it has been so long for me study that topic, and I need to get a jump on winter quarter classes. Both kids love getting out of the house, but go crazy after being out too long. It’s kind of embarrassing when your child starts screaming in a temper tantrum in public for no reason. I think all the parents out there understand, but the people who have never had  kids will never be sympathetic.

Well, today’s (actually yesterday’s) workout was supposed to be clean and jerks. So much for that! It’s just about impossible to do without any sort of barbell set whatsoever. I guess that means it’s time to look for an olympic barbell set. So I subbed in a set of Tabatas instead (air squats, sit-ups and pushups). This probably wasn’t the best idea in the world as I could barely do any sit-ups after Wednesday’s workout. Also, doing pushups the CrossFit way is a lot more demanding that the normal accepted pushup in say, the Navy. Score: (12, 6, 4). I’ve got a long way to go! Today’s workout is supposed to be snatches, which again reinforces the need for a barbell set. I guess I will do 100 burpees for time. That should be fun!

Here I Am. September 20, 2007

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So here is my spot, for all of the peeps from MySpace looking for more up-to-date info.
I started a new workout routine, because I was getting tired of just straight weights, or just straight cardio. It’s called CrossFit, and it is an intense program that will help me achieve fitness goals that a structured routine probably would never let me (or anyone) achieve. Check out the main website at http://crossfit.com/. Yesterday I ran the “Michael” in a time of 24:59, which isn’t bad, but sure as hell isn’t that good (except did regular situps — not GHD — ouch!). We’ll see how well it goes next time. Now it’s time to start turning our garage into a gym, but I doubt Jennifer is down with it. We’ll see ;).
I am reading the “New Optimum Nutrition Bible” which is a good read so far on nutrition and what is wrong with modern diets. However there are a few things that I am concerned about, namely the statistics in the book. I suppose to validate some of the information in the book, I will have to do some research of my own. If you are concerned about your diet, as well you should be, check out the “New Optimum Nutrition Bible.”