End with a bang?

I certainly have gotten out of the habit of regularly blogging, and I think the reason is that in the past my entries have focused on exercising. I began by blogging about races that I ran, and then switched to CrossFit. As I’m no longer a runner, let along a racer, and since I no longer consider myself a CrossFitter, well, there’s not much to write about.

I suppose I could record my thoughts on workouts I’ve completed on the stationary bike, but they’d all sound about the same: warmed up, did hill repeats OR intervals OR rhythm ride OR endurance ride and then cooled down. Booooring.

I do, of course, still run, lift weights, and complete metcons. And I haven’t been injured in years. Perhaps most importantly, I can say with all honesty that I do NOT miss working out in a group setting. I benefit much more when I focus on my own wants, needs, and desires.

I also don’t miss coaching. Sorry, not sorry.

I recently completed the following…

Stiff-legged deadlift + hang power clean + push press + bent over row
10 reps of @ 75, 80, 85, & 90#
Then 10 singles beginning @ 95 and ending @ 140#

That’s 50 total reps, and I focused on proper form each and every rep. And I never dropped the bar.

(Meg just sat on my lap. Bad kitty.)

The last rep was at bodyweight. Yup, I now consistently weigh 140#.

Here’s another workout…

15 RFT
Pushup + wall crawl + burpee
5 strict K2E
5 box jump + stiff-legged to touch

I watched a 4-part documentary on Heaven’s Gate. A sociologist stated the people often think that cults are only religious, when there are many different types of cults. Yup, that includes political. That’s all that I’ll say.

I’ve also been binge watching Bob’s Burgers. Uhm, this isn’t the first time I’ve watched the episodes. Seasons 5 & 6 are my favorites.

This year I binge watched (and thoroughly enjoyed doing so) Breaking Bad, The Leftovers, What We Do In The Shadows, Archer, and The Good Place. And I recommend you do the same.

Uhm, I see folks NOT adhering to CDC guidelines regarding travel, masks, and social distancing. The most egregious behaviors are insisting on visiting with family members/friends in large groups. I’d much rather visit post-pandemic then, well, not be able to visit at all.


I’m referring to our myxfitness bike. I almost chose to record my review on fancy stationery. See what I did there?

I know I haven’t blogged in a looooong time. And that’s okay.

I haven’t rested a day in months and months, although many days could be labeled “recovery.” If you use that term loosely.

I have been listening to Taylor Swift’s folklore, evermore, and folklore: the long pond studio sessions. I didn’t consider myself a TS fan until folklore, and have only casually listened to previous albums. I’m still listening to Sufjan Stevens (The Ascension is incredible), Sigur Ros, and Troy Sivan.

A few months ago Jeff purchased a myxfitness (pronounced “mix fitness”) stationary bike. I once attended a group riding session and left after 15 minutes. Uhm, I guess I’m just not a fan of group fitness. Yes, I know CrossFit is group fitness, but I haven’t worked out in a group session in well over three years and will likely never do again in this lifetime.

And I no longer consider myself a CrossFitter.

I am a convert to the stationary bike, and truly enjoy using the equipment. Jeff has an account and this allows me to view coaching sessions and record progress. A few things to note:
1. I like three of the coaches: Justin, Shaun, and Jess. I truly dislike many of the coaches, particularly those who find it necessary to share too much personal information (I don’t near to hear the same fucking story every time I do the same workout) and/or disfluencies. I like coaches who provide direction and not inspiration. I don’t need a “You got this!” or “Good job!” Uhm, you can’t see me so for all you know I’m smoking a joint and painting my nails.
2. Rhythm and endurance rides are my favorites, and I also like HIIT rides. That being said, it annoys me to no end when the coach isn’t pedaling to the rhythm. I must pedal to the rhythm.
3. I enjoying riding to 80s, disco, EDM, and some of today’s music hits. I do not enjoy riding to hip-hop and/or country. And why no show tunes? Seriously, why no show tunes?
4. The coaches will often say “start at zero and turn the resistance to the right 5 or 6 full turns until you feel something under your feet.” But it takes 8 or more full turns for me to feel resistance.
5. I much prefer riding in position 3 (standing) when the resistance is heavy.
6. I begin to feel the burn in my legs when my heart rate reaches the middle of zone 2, about 132 bmp. Zone 3 is above 147 bpm, and I reach and maintain this during many of the workouts.
7. The biggest thing I’ve noticed is how much more fat I’m burning. I’m consistently weighing about 142 lb, and some days I’m below 140 lb. My 29″ waist jeans fall of my hips. And I only own 2 pair of 28″ waist jeans. Dammit.

I can’t begin to recall all of the workouts I’ve completed, but I do recall part of today’s as well as a workout I did earlier in the week when we were at Carolina Beach.

10 rounds
1 strict L-sit C2B pull-up
2 strict pushups
3 air squats
4 Abmat situps
10 rounds
1 strict L-sit C2B pull-up
2 strict pushups
4 air squats
5 Abmat situps
10 rounds
1 strict L-sit C2B pull-up
3 strict pushups
4 air squats
5 Abmat situps
10 rounds
2 strict L-sit C2B pull-ups
3 strict pushups
4 air squats
5 Abmat situps

I completed in just under 30 minutes. That’s a lot o’ reps.

15 unbroken floor presses @ 95#
Run about 1/3 mile

A light weight for presses, but shit got heavy the last 2 rounds. Uhm, 135 reps will do that to a person. I obviously wanted to run a 5K.

I’ve been baking like crazy, particularly chocolate cakes with different types of frostings and fillings. Today I made a chocolate & peppermint cake, and it’s delicious.

I’ve been playing the piano somewhat regularly, and as Christmas is just 5 days away I’ve been playing holiday tunes only.

Shelter at home, people. And stay the fuck away from me.

I miss Zac.