The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. -Nelson Mandela
Hmmm…that guy on the front row doesn’t look too concerned about missing a workout or three…
So I have this love/hate thing going on with traveling, and maybe you do, too. You see, I love going to interesting places, seeing new and exciting things, and diving headlong into unique cultures. The problem is though, that if I’m not doing something physically demanding (whitewater rafting, or mountain biking, for instance), I get real itchy. Translation: I can’t fully relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Now, there may be 99 totally legit psychological reasons behind this that I’m craftily dodging. Guilty as charged; though I’d rather consider this “resistance to slothfulness” the natural impulse of a healthy body. But before I full-on tackle any of those pesky, “gotta move!” psych issues (I’ve got many that are much more pressing 😉 ), I’ll just Band-Aid the condition the best way I know how. And one of the best ways that I know of is to purposely overreach before I get the ol’ visa punched.
Customs alert – be sure check this guy’s bags…
Now, before the lab geeks and academics (I love you guys, I really do) beat me up about the correct definition of “overreaching”, let me just qualify things from the get-go by saying that I’m using the term loosely, here. More specifically, I’m simply pushing myself, in the few days immediately before heading out, to the point of feeling tired, sore, psychologically drained, and generally “meh” about squeezing in yet another day’s worth of training. If I really push myself into a hole, I can squeeze out about 5 days or so of relative idleness before I go bat-shit crazy again for a heavy dose of iron or other such adrenalin mainline.
Side note: …Billy Idol was a bright student, and passed his 11 plus, but he was bored at school. When a teacher wrote “Billy is Idle” in the margin of one of his works, it stuck in his mind and later inspired his stage name….
So just what does a run-up prior to a week’s long stretch of idleness look like? Well, for me, something like this (in reverse order):
Wednesday, 5/14/14 — crumple into a plane. Harass the flight crew for tequila.
(A1) squat cleans:135/5, 165/3, 185/2, 205/2, 215/2, 220/2, 2
(A2) Dips: 45/5, 100/3,3,3,3,3,3,3
(A1) behind-the-neck push-press: 135/5, 165/3, 185/3, 205/(2,2,2),
(A2) ARXFit leg press single
6 pogo hops + 50 yrd sprint + 5 tire flips + 100 yrd tempo run
Sprints: 8 secs to 1-step drop-off (10 total rounds. Stopped at 2nd miss)
(A1) squat clean + front squat: 135 (1+5), 185 (1+5) , 225 (1+3), (1+3),
(A2) Dips: 45/5, 70/5, 100/5, 5,
(A1) power cleans: 135/5, 165/5, 185/3, 215/3, 231/1, 215/3, 225/2, 230/1
(A2) chins: 45 x 5
8 total rounds
Bears: 135/5, 165/5, 185/12 singles
(A1) RDL/BOR combo: 225 x 5, 5
(A2) EZ bar pullover / tri ext 95 x 10
(A3) ARXFit H press x 2
I’ll make time with the shrink later. For now, a little overreaching will do the trick just fine.
In health, fitness, and ancestral wellness –