and timeless friends, you who live life today confident that our
sterling efforts will produce a sweeter, more abundant tomorrow,
lend me your ears. Give me field to wander and sniff about like
a hound dog with no particular appetite but to rouse a critter
or two worthy of pursuit.
my body ached from joint to joint and following my usual strategy
I continued to train in an attempt to coax my way past the pulsing
pains. The signals grew louder and clearer, and I realized I had
once again propelled myself into the abominable gulch of overtraining.
An increase of bodyweight this season increased my energy and
power most agreeably giving momentum to my workouts. I charged
ahead leaping over the training edge finding myself aloft like
the oft' fooled Wile E. Coyote only to stop mid-air and drop in
an instant. There is nothing to do once you crash but to rest,
lick your wounds and silently crawl out of the steepness. Thomas
Paine, an original Mr. America once said, "These are the times
that try men's souls."
a gym has one particular drawback; you are there and you feel
compelled to work out whether you need to, want to or not. You
wish you had the problem, I know, I know. I had to busily involve
myself in construction projects to hold in check the need for
fulfillment that training provides. I hung a couple of spiff TVs
in the health bar area, built a much-needed storage room and remodeled
an office. I had to work or whither. Work for me is therapeutic
and as I completed the projects I also reviewed my training options.
And remember, it isn't like there's a long list of reliable, inspiring
resources out there for me to draw upon. I mean, whom do I call:
Bill Pearl, Larry Scott, Jack, my mom? Besides, I want to do this
on my own. Call me obstinate.
Let's go over
my plan. This week Laree is going to introduce me to the spin
bike (proper adjustments, body positions and training techniques-no
classes) and I will incorporate this tool into my weight training
to give me the vigor et al it provides. How about big-time change
of pace and some space in my lifting days to give my elbows and
shoulders a fighting chance? I intend to combine this regimen
with some single set, lower rep lifting, relatively heavier poundage
and the change of focus and concentration this sort of approach
needs. A mixed bag of super-sets and giant-sets will act as mortar
to the bricks. Still, you can bet everything will be pounded twice
a week, I'll just not be applying the nifty ball peen hammer in
this phase of development. The small sledge will do.
The food intake
remains the same. That's an absolute. I'm in the 4500 calorie
range with lotsa red meat protein, salads and greens, eggs and
milk products. This reminds me... two big-timers you might want
to know: first, the amazing, long awaited Bomber Protein Blend
is completed and ready for tasting and packaging (more on this
major breakthrough forthcoming). Second, my recent blood tests
show my cholesterol is in the mid-150's and my HDL-LDL ratio is
2.5. Same menu for the past 35 years, more or less. (I'm a million
the first day of training after bare minimum wound licking (six
days), I performed deadlifts according to plan to produce some
fireworks and mass muscle response. I pulled 450 pounds to full
upright and held position for a two count. The weight came up
nice with spring at the top to indicate some healthy acceleration.
Hope I can finesse this to 505 as I did a year ago, no straps.
No big deal but made me smile.
there are fewer undertakings more difficult for us than to identify
our pride, our ego, and determine when it is healthy and when
it is ailing. It needs to be carefully assessed by itself and
by an unbiased self or we are deceived. Don't you agree that none
of us should boast yet stand tall in humility? The participants
of Irononline, the site and the discussion group, are a remarkably
rare and homogenous community amongst whom love flourishes and
deception flounders. We continually, consistently grow from shared
mistakes, misperceptions, misunderstandings, anger, grumbling
and self-pity. We settle matters through emerging wisdom, intelligence
and understanding. Man, if this isn't large size boasting, what
is it? Perhaps, it's a fact.
Bombers are getting smarter and getting stronger. (More humility,
hmmm?) Last week's newsletter caused a stir when I reluctantly
undertook the touchy subject of aging. I prefer to deal with the
steel day by day, allowing 'time' to follow me rather than dragging
me along by a nose-ring. I'm not going to pretend I'm not getting
older with all its fair compromises and wonderful promises. I
find at fifty-eight that I best treat the matter with self-mockery
and humor. It's part of my ongoing preparation for the age-old
old age dilemma. I may not win but I shall not lose.
really think I'm not trying, hoping and expecting to do more in
the gym every day? Are we Bombers or are we dirigibles? You find
a negative bone in my body you can yank it out with a pair of
'el cheapo' vise-grips. Not a peep out of me. I'm curious to see
how it goes over the next years, from now till forever. I intend
to do everything in my power by the Grace of God to see that it
goes very well. I've got tricks to keep the training alive I haven't
even invented yet, troops. No worries.
Old Bombers never die: they just bomb away.
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