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    • wichita falls texas march seminar date
    • woodmere new york april seminar date
    Fri., 4/22. 224#.

    OHP: 45x..., 95 x 10, 125 x 5, 5, 145 x 5.

    DL: 135 x 10, 225 x 5, 315 x 3,3.

    Curlz: 45x...


    And, we're off to Minneapolis to visit old friends. You can smell the love for Prince in the air. All the big buildings downtown turned their night lighting to purple. The radio played his entire catalog from A to Z, there were repeated showings of Purple Rain in the theatres, and First Avenue was hosting all-night dance parties all weekend. We had the Purple Rain soundtrack cranked in the car as soon as we crossed the WI/MN border.

    The gustatory highlight of the trip was On's Kitchen Thai Cuisine, 1613 University Ave, St Paul 55104. Open 9am-9pm every day but Sunday. I'm telling you: go there, now.

    A close second was an out-of-the-way cheezy 50's kitsch diner for Sunday breakfast, which did everything right. I had the King Kong Omelet. Bacon, ham, sausage, cheddar, smothered in sausage gravy, with crispy hash browns. It's like they were thinking of me.

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    Tues., 4/26.

    Log Press: 90x10, 110 x 5, 130 x 5, 145 x 5, 155 x 5,5,5,5,5. Not bad, for military-style pressing. Gonna have to start push pressing it soon, though.

    Sled: 250# x 75feet x 2. just waiting for a rack to open up.

    Z Press: 45 x 10, 95 x 8, 125 x 8,8. these are getting, um, 'better'(?) maybe I'm just learning to embrace the suckage more. no leg cramps.

    wife squats 155 for 3x3, benches 100 for 5,5,4. effin' awesome.


    Porky pork with creamy mushrooms & noodles.

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    Thurs., 4/28. 224.0#. All hail the chicken curry!

    Front Squat: 45x..., 135 x 5, 185 x 5, 225 x 3, 255 x 3,3,3.

    Squat: 275 x 3, 305 x 3, 335 x 3,3,3.

    Friend of mine is in the boxing class - watched him sparring, he's doing pretty well. Talked to him afterwards. He's lifting in the mornings MWF, doing Stringlifts, and finding he enjoys it so far. I steered him towards SS, using appeals to logic & physics, as well as the resources of the book & website. I think he'll bite; he's a smart kid.


    BBQ pulled pork - just take porky pork, add a jar of my dad's homemade ketchup, diced onions, hot hot hot sauce, molasses, apple cider vinegar, smash it all up in the skillet with a wooden spoon. Serve over whatever bread-like substance you have.
    Like when you were a kid making your own supper, and you took a can of pork&beans and added whatever condiments you liked (usually ketchup, mustard, tobasco, & sugar). Mm, mm, good.

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    Sat., 4/30. 223#.

    OHP: 45x..., 95 x 5, 115 x 5, 135 x 5,5,5. makin' them rattle.

    SGDL: 135 x 5, 185 x 5, 225 x 3,3,3.

    Stones: 125 x 3, 150 x 3, 175 x 3, 225 x -,-. nope.
    putting stones away to leave the platform nicer than I found it: 100x1, 150x1, 125x1, 175x1.

    CII Rower: 10sec on, 60sec idle x 4. OH, god, why did I do that?


    pressed for time before rehearsal, so it's a monster brotein shake - peanut butter, almond butter, eggs, some rando holiday minty cocoa mix, and all the powders in the cabinet.

    afterwards, the real supper is Spanish tortilla. Mmm.

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    Default Spanglish Tortilla

    1. Take some potatoes (I used those small new potatoes) and slice them up into nice, manageable pieces. boil them in some water (you can add spices to the water to make the potatoes fancy). Drain.

    2. Heat up some butter, lard, olive oil, etc. in the skillet (I used all three) and start frying the potatoes. Add more oil as needed.

    3. Beat together a bunch of eggs, with your special blend of herbs & spices.

    4. Dice up some cheese and when the potatoes are 'ready', toss in the cheese, immediately followed by the eggs. Set heat to medium-low-ish and cover.

    5. Boom - you're done! If you're a bit crazy, this is really good with a mix of hot sauce and mayonnaise.

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    Tues., 5/03. 223.4#. Picture Day today at work. Did my best to look intimidating and unapproachable.

    Log C&P: 90x3, 110 x 1, 130 x 1,1, 140 x 1, 150 x 1,1, 160 x 1,1, 90 x 5, 5. the second singles were push presses.

    Farmer's walk for 75': 100# x 2, 150# x 0.2, 0.8 (had to chalk up), 1.0. Oh, man. These put you in a weird headspace. Longest duration lift I've done.


    Pizza: cornbread crust, BBQ pork, mushrooms, string cheese on top. It works. It works well.

    Did not get enough sleep. I feel this weird lifting hangover, alternating waves of nausea and primal hunger.

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    Well, that was scary. Woke up Wednesday after a horrible night of no-good sleep, schlepped myself to work, and spent the whole day thinking of nothing but sleep. Dizzy, feverish, barely coherent. Force-fed myself lunch. Got home, made a big protein shake, went straight to bed. Got up a few hours later to force-feed myself supper, then back to bed. All in all, about 14 hours of sleep. Thursday morning, I felt fine. Must have been the farmers' walks, right? I mean, they're evil.


    Fri., 5/06. 221.8#.

    Front Squat: 95 x 8, 135 x 5, 205 x 3, 235 x 3, 260 x 3,3,3.


    Sun., 5/08. yardwork - taking apart a cinder block bordered garden, transplanting, etc.
    1. Call it hot-sun conditioning.
    2. ???
    3. Profit.

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    Mon., 5/09. 220.0#. Just found out that the sub-200# class of the Strongman comp gets to use different weights. Dang. Guess I'll just keep eating.

    The Man Who Is Like A Mountain asks to work in with me during the log presses. I gratefully oblige. I find out his real name is Buddha (well, Brian, but they call him Buddha). His usual training partner, RillyBigBob, is absent.

    Log Press: 90x 5,5, 110 x 5, 130 x 5, 140 x 3, 150 c&p x 2, 165 c&p x 1, 175 c&p x 1, press for 3. It really helps to have a 400# man yell "C'mon! everybody's looking at you!" right before you lift. It causes everyone to look at you. Buddha notes that my triceps seem to be the weak point, but I could have done another ten pounds. "Alright, strip it off to 100#, then we'll do cardio." Which is:
    Log Clean & Press 100# x 11, 15. This is cardio I can get behind.
    "What's next, boss? Wanna do stones?" Well, hell yeah, I do.

    Stones: 150 x 1, 175 x 5(EMOM), 225 x-,-. nope. Got in some good technique, anyway. Gotta start taping my fingertips over the nailbed. Ouch.

    "What's next, boss? We could do Farmer's, Tires, Yoke."
    "Well, anything except Tires."
    "Why's that?"
    "I'm terrible at Tires. (Oh, only too late did I see what I did there)"
    "Alright! Tires it is!"

    I get in 6 good flips. Buddha tweaks my form slightly, narrowing my grip just a bit. He says the comp course will require 12 flips. 11 if you can make the tire move forward by adding energy over the top (making the tire spin a bit, like a quarter on a desktop). One guy, Crossfit Jesus, did it in ten. I got it to spin a bit once.

    Verdict: Buddha is awesome. Just the training partner I need. He thinks I'm skinny.


    Pork tacos, with cheese and avocado.

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    Tues., 5/17. 219.0#. No excuses. It was just a rough week, and life got in the way. (I swear I ate more than that, though.) Played a couple really good shows, hung with old friends - no regrets. Just gotta kick the tires and light the fires now.

    Squat: 45x..., 95 x 10, 135 x 5, 225 x 5, 275 x 3, 315 x 3, 225 x 8,8.

    OHP: 45x..., 135 x 5, 155 x 2, 175 x 1, 135 x 5,8. That was awesome.

    My spine feels like a stack of old Elk's Club ashtrays held together with bungee cords.

    DL: 135 x 10, 10, 10. That's better. got the blood flowing again.

    Urtication (look it up) works wonders for those annoying stiff parts of the back. Warmed up those fascial adhesions or whatever, and provided instant relief. Look for nettles in your backyard or local farmer's market.


    Roasted salmon with spring turnips, with amazing butter cream garlic green sauce wife made. Heap of mixed greens sauteed in lamb fat and butter.

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    Thur., 5/19. 220.2#. Hanging on.

    Front Squat: 45x..., 135 x 5, 185 x 5, 225 x 3,3.

    OHP 45 x 8, 135 x 5,5.

    Z press: 45 x 12, 95 x 8, 105 x 8,8.

    DL: 165 x 5, 255 x 5, 365 x 2. a curious mixture of bumpers & iron plates.


    Steak. Cornbread. Cauliflower.

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