Came Out Swinging.

“Came Out Swinging”

Moved all my shit into my parent’s basement
And out of our old apartment
I know things changed but I’m not sure when
I guess you’d call this regression
I left a real job and a girlfriend
I convinced myself that I’m brave enough for all of this
Well, I spent this whole year in airports
And the floor feels like home
Oh, at least we’re never alone
I lost track of the time zones and I’d call but you know
I’m running on empty
The late nights and the long drives start to get to me
I’m just so tired

I spent this year as a ghost and I’m not sure what I’m looking for
I’m a voice on a phone that you rarely answer anymore
I came in here alone
Came in here alone
But that doesn’t scare me like it did seven months ago
I spent this year as a ghost and I’m not sure where home is anymore

Been on a steady fast food diet
Like we’re this generation’s Morgan Spurlock
But we don’t admit defeat
My body feels rejected and I can’t say that I blame it
My heart keeps saying stay young
My lower back seems to disagree
I unrolled a cheap cotton blanket on an old dirty couch
I felt the year start to wind down
I can’t stand any dead space
Empty beds bum me out

I spent this year as a ghost and I’m not sure what I’m looking for
I’m a voice on a phone that you rarely answer anymore
I came in here alone
Came in here alone
But that doesn’t scare me like it did seven months ago
I spent this year as a ghost and I’m not sure where home is anymore

I came out swinging from a South Philly basement
Caked in stale beer and sweat under half-lit fluorescents
I spent the winter writing songs about getting better
And if I’m being honest, I’m getting there
I came out swinging from a South Philly basement
Caked in stale beer and sweat under half-lit fluorescents
I spent the winter writing songs about getting better
And if I’m being honest, I’m getting there
I came out swinging from a South Philly basement
Caked in stale beer and sweat under half-lit fluorescents
I spent the winter writing songs about getting better
And if I’m being honest, I’m getting there

1am.

Last night I went to bed at 9pm. Today I woke up at 1am. Math tells me that this is 4 hours of sleep, which is not even close to enough of what I would have liked to have gotten. Most of the time I am very good with sleep, however when certain things come up or if I have to coach a morning class, sometimes I just end up waking up way before I would like to.

Today, I tossed and turned until 2:30am when I decided enough was enough and it was time to get up and start the day. Below will be a couple things that I will do today with work and training to help me make the most of it.

  1. Turn today into an active recovery day. Yes, I was going to pull heavy this afternoon and hit up a gnarly interval piece. However, I know my body is not ready for this type of workload so instead I will mix things around and hit up some active recovery, here is what I did at 4am:
    1. Mobility/Soft Tissue Work + Stability
    2. 10:00 Row @ RPE 3-4, Rest 2:00 x 2 sets
    3. Wim Hof Breathing Exercises
    4. Hip Stretching
  2. Schedule most of work to be done following my morning active recovery. This way I know I will be riding high on some endorphins and dopamine that will help me focus through the bulk of my work load.
  3. Early afternoon yoga. On days like this I like to slow it down and take an hour to go to a yoga class. Yes, stretching is a wonderful thing. However, I have found that the relaxation piece in a yoga class is what I enjoy the most.
  4. Take a 15-20 minute nap. I do not always get the opportunity to nap, however when you start your day at 2:30am, you get the chance to get some things done a bit earlier than normal. A nap of this time duration can help you finish whatever you have going on that day without affecting your sleep that night.
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I’ll just take a nap right here.

Nick Offerman.

“I don’t care if you are a librarian, I don’t care if you are a litter bug, I don’t care if you are a fan of celery…I don’t care if you are that fuckin’ guy, I don’t care how low you are. We are all brothers and sister’s on this planet, we are all sharing this space and we deserve the respect to treat one another with good manners. Say please and thank you, get the door for each other. If someone needs help with their groceries, jump up and give them a hand. You’ll feel so much better, you’ll blow their minds. Feels incredible.

I can tell you, I’ve crunched the numbers again and again. It’s a lot more fun to have eight people with one beer each, than have one dude with eight beers.

Nick Offerman, American Ham.

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Keep growing.

I’m not sure what the meaning of life is. I’m not sure if anyone is ever supposed to figure it out. Whenever I think I am starting to understand certain aspects, I get completely de-railed and thrown for a loop. Maybe that is how it is supposed to be. However, there are some things I do know.

I know that I am 25 years old. I know that in the past couple of years, my opinions have change more times than I can count. I also know that in the same time, I have moved more times than the fingers that I have. I’ve been told I am a runner. It’s typical for me to just up and leave. No plan. When I don’t like the way something is going, or the way I feel, I run. I rarely get mad anymore. I just leave. I feel that I am completely in control of my emotions this way. I feel that it is impossible to get the best of me if I am willing to up and leave. I am not saying this is a good behavior; quite frankly, I want to say the opposite. I have run from friends and family that care, from jobs that would support a nice living and from any safety blanket I could have easily have. It can be extremely frustrating to those that have supported me from the beginning. Sometimes, I don’t answer my phone for days. Sometimes I reply to text messages a week later.

These are things I am working on. These are things I am trying to fix. These are not acceptable behaviors or ways to treat people. Honestly, it’s the easy way out. Staying and working through the aspects that you need help with is a vital part of growing and learning. Sometimes confrontation and feedback are the pieces you need to keep growing.

Age 18, no clue the places I would go or the people I would meet. Grateful for the journey.
Age 18, no clue the places I would go or the people I would meet. Grateful for the journey.

“You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.” – Abraham Lincoln

Training Less for 2017.

Why Am I Trying to Workout Less This Year? I think it’s no secret that if you want to be a CrossFit Games competitor most programs are high volume with 2-3 sessions per day starting in the beginning of the yearly training plan and continuing all the way up until your competition date.

Most athletes can hold onto this pattern for a year or two and then they end up falling off the plan because the fact of the matter is that their bodies cannot handle that volume long term – both physically and mentally. On top of this, it leaves almost no other room in your life for the other things you enjoy – unless, you are only a full-time athlete.

Working a full-time job, whether it is sitting behind a desk or working in a gym is very time consuming. Attempting to get in 2-3 training sessions per day will take you away from your job and will not allow you to be able to give the attention to detail to those you are working with. Yes, I am looking to compete in 2017. However, I am going to be training 1x/day for the next couple months for a couple reasons:

  1. Let my body recover between sessions, that way I go into the intensification phase at full speed.
  2. Set myself up at work with a schedule that will be able to allow me to handle a higher volume of work around my training schedule.
  3. Spend time doing the things I love – which, I won’t have as much time to do when training picks up in the fall.
When my mom drove 2 hours to surprise me at one of my first competitions.
When my mom drove 2 hours to surprise me at one of my first competitions, best friend and biggest fan.