10 Years and 1 Night

Last night around 6pm the first wave of nerves came over me. I was staring at a closet full of real clothes, not just t-shirts and elastic waste bands, and trying to decide what to wear. Last night was my 10 year high school reunion and I suddenly cared a lot about what I was going to look like. I guess it makes sense. In high school I was extremely self conscious and looking a certain when meant feeling a little less anxiety. Of course back then I had a closet full of clothes that fit my 160lb frame very well. Everyone says that the guys at the 10 year reunion have put on weight. Well I’m no exception. I’m at least 35lbs heavier than I was in high school. Legs and upper body is twice the size with about the same size waist as back then. As great as this is for my fitness game it wreaks absolute havoc on my wardrobe. Nothing fits. Granted I haven’t bought new clothes in a few years. But the reality is that finding a comfortable and attractive outfit to wear isn’t as easy as it used to be. Hence my nervousness. What to wear?

Fast forward to 6:50. I’ve got an outfit on that works OK. I ended up just pulling out the same exact thing I wore to the Gym Holiday party last weekend. I was in the car and off to see some old yet familiar faces. Man was I nervous. So many high school fears and feelings creeping into my brain. What would we talk about? Would I remember anyones names? Would there be lots of awkward silences in conversations? Would the people I was looking forward to seeing want to see me? Was I the only one arriving in their own car? So many questions and only one way to find out. GO!

I’m so happy I went. I stayed for 4 hours and it went by so fast. Just seeing all the different faces was enough to jar up years of memories. It felt like I transported back to high school for the night. It reminded me of all the things I loved about high school and didn’t stir up any of the stuff I have tried to forget about my teenage years. The folks that mattered to me the most back then seemed to share a similar feeling when we saw each other last night. I haven’t felt grateful for my high school experience in such a long time but last night I was filled with love and happiness. Those years certainly helped shaped who I am today. Those people contributed to that process.

Embarrassing moment – Photo’s were submitted for a slide show. I made the final cut in several. One of me on the hoops court shirtless (nothing has changed I guess). Another of me singing into a microphone with my pal Marshall. Yes we were singing Backstreet Boys I Want It That Way.

Funniest moment – AJ laughing so hard that he spits out his coke on Zed’s shirt. AJ apologizes and Zed leans over and says “Never apologize for laughing.”

Friday Training Part 1 – 7AM

Row 30 seconds @95%
Row 30 seconsd @50%
(record avg meters per 30 sec and compare)
1:36.2 avg
*felt solid, more breathing effort today, butt very tight

Friday Training Part 2 – 12:00PM

A. TnG power snatch 3 reps on the min for 10 min @60% 1rm
– 140lbs
B. Squat clean; 3 reps on the minute for 10 min @60% 1rm
– 195lbs
C. Squat snatch; 3 reps on the minute for 10 min @60% 1rm
– 155lbs

*Low back got smoked from this. Finishing on the TnG squat snatch was tough. Back put in a lot of work this week with Deadlifts and rowing on every day so this was just accumulated fatigue I think. Bounced back by the evening however. 

First 3 minutes of Each Below


Friday Training Part 3 – 4:30PM

5 rounds For time:
10 back squat 225
10 wall walks


*The gym floor and walls were very slippery with condensation. I was losing control on my wall walks and hand stability was tough. Squats felt fine and more like rest for shoulders. The wall walks were simply a grind. Just keep breathing deeply and as soon as the shoulder feel like they can handle another, GO.

Saturday Training Part 1 – 6:30AM

20min Easy Run – Chose to Airdyne this morning since the storm was hitting us hard, the rain was threatening, and the lack of sunlight just didn’t make for a good morning run. Nice to get up and start the blood moving early.

Saturday Training Part 2 – 12:00PM

A. Snatch; build to a max
255, 265 (miss x 3)
B. Front squat 5, 5, 5; rest 2 min
275, 295, 315 (4)


*This is the first time I’ve ever attempted to snatch 265. I skipped 260 which may have been a mistake. I gave it 3 attempts. My 3rd attempt was the only one that I approached with the confidence to actually make the lift but by then I don’t think my body had enough pop left. Front squats were good. No discomfort on my neck and no passing out thank god. 315 x 4 is a best for sure. 
Crossfit sectional workout 12.5 (thruster/chin up)
157 (pr by 2 reps)


*Third time doing this workout in my life. Most recently I did this in the 2012 CrossFit Open. My scores have always been solid when compared to the rest of the field on this workout. Today was different however. No competition intensity. I just went at it like any other workout. Stayed under control. Didn’t know my old score so I didn’t have a number to aim for. Legs lost some pop on the round of 15 thrusters. Pull ups were under control the whole time. Happy with how I felt afterwards. I killed myself in the Open to get the reps I did. Today felt much better.