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    Thanks, Pam.


    ok. roasted asparagus, where have you been all my life. i picked up a bunch of thin asparagus at the store thinking i might throw it on the grill, but i decided on putting it in the oven instead. holy happy mouth, batman. i love asparagus, but always ate it in one of three ways that sacrificed something: steamed/boiled dulled the flavor and almost always needed a sauce or something added to it; grilled in foil with oil or butter was tasty as hell, but limp and boring; sauteed was ok, but getting it just right required such a specific window of time and moisture. but roasted...well, i'll be picking up a few bunches of asparagus this week.
    and it's simple. preheat oven to 450. break the spears (just gently bend them...asparagus will break at the right point so you don't chomp on any hard bits) and throw the tops into a glass baking dish. toss with some good olive oil, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, and maybe some onion and garlic powder, and put it in the oven for about 8 minutes...or until you get the firmness you like. i'm going to give this a try on my grill to see if i can keep my apartment from getting super hot. i paired that with some steak and had a great meal.

    i also had a couple of sips of a great smoothie. my wife, who is trying to go primal...in her way...blended up some pineapple, banana, kiwi, blueberries and coconut water (also an awesome thing i had never tried), and it was pretty tasty. it's dairy free, which is great for some people, but the bananas provide that creamy consistency. it's also very cool tasting, which is great on a hot day.

    smart choice to do a little active recovery yesterday. i didn't pull any more muscles, had a great walk with the pup (Miles) and my body is feeling amazing and ready for whatever i'm doing today.

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    and i'm spent.

    just finished today's WOD:
    Run 2-4 miles
    50-100 push-ups
    50-100 crunches
    sounds pretty simple, right? maybe in the spring or fall. it's over 90 degrees humid as a sauna outside. my run was four miles: two miles to post office to mail out a car payment (luckily a kind stranger gave me a stamp since i forgot one) and two miles back...some small hills, and a lot of sun. i had to walk a couple of short portions just to keep from overheating.
    then, back home, i figured, 'ah, pushups. piece of cake.'...dead effin' wrong. it hit 100, but it took a couple of extra breaks that i wish i didn't need.
    crunches were easy. 50 crunches, 50 reverse crunches. they hurt, but i think i need to find a suitable replacement because they're just not hard enough. the strain feels like it's entirely on the surface, unlike moves like hanging leg raises or dragon flags or l-sits that i can feel deep in my gut. they're probably a good conditioning exercise, but i'd like to find something that makes me feel like i worked hard more than a minute after i'm done.

    i hear a can of sardines calling me out to play. gotta go.

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    Congrats on the job offer! I know, roasted asparagus. YUM!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metric View Post
    Congrats on the job offer! I know, roasted asparagus. YUM!!
    thanks. you've got some serious food porn over on your journal. drool worthy.

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    Awesome news about the job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RitaRose View Post
    Awesome news about the job!
    thanks. i'm pretty excited about it. not only have i found a possible niche in my career, but i'm part of an amazing staff and free tuition for as long as i work there. i'll be a sort of academic counselor for low-income, disabled, and first-generation college students...two of which i was 15 years ago.
    second, maybe third, masters, doctorate...here i come. anyone have any suggestions on a good field of study?

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    i wasn't in the mood to run today. it's hot and humid and i've already run four days this week. assigned WOD...aborted. replacement WOD:

    took miles out on a 3-4 mile walk carrying a 50 lb. sandbag. that wasn't too hard, but it certainly wasn't easy. i moved the bag around, from shoulder to shoulder, cradled in front, under arm, above my head (super hard), and tried to hit as many hills as i could. my upper body definitely got a workout, and my legs got their share at times. the walk took over an hour, so i'm feeling pretty good about it.
    once i got home, i banged out the following:
    20 squats w/ sandbag
    10 pushups w/ sandbag
    20/leg lunges w/o sandbag (just can't balance it)
    10 squats w/ sandbag

    3 rounds.

    i feel sort of awesome right now. as i write this, my wife is making plans with friends, and it appears as though i'm headed to Panera for dinner. not a lot i can order there, but i'll make it work. i think they have a green salad with salmon that is pretty good, plus apples, and maybe some soup if the ingredients suit me.

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    Fabulous, fabulous about getting the job you wanted!

    It's amazing for me, being so out of shape, to read what you're doing each day. But I'm curious. Aren't these WODs working the same muscles every day? Isn't resting them for a day or two what builds you up? Or is it because your muscles are on a different plain so to speak and respond differently than other people's do? So that you can work them every day and not be only tearing them down, rather you 'heal' quickly cause you're so fit?

    Sorry to bug you, but I'm very curious about all this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KerryK View Post
    Fabulous, fabulous about getting the job you wanted!

    It's amazing for me, being so out of shape, to read what you're doing each day. But I'm curious. Aren't these WODs working the same muscles every day? Isn't resting them for a day or two what builds you up? Or is it because your muscles are on a different plain so to speak and respond differently than other people's do? So that you can work them every day and not be only tearing them down, rather you 'heal' quickly cause you're so fit?

    Sorry to bug you, but I'm very curious about all this.
    yeah, they are working most of the same muscles, which is why i will throw in some of my own variety when i think i need it. in a week full of WODs there hasn't been one single pull up required...so i tacked those on to a couple of workouts. but, these WODs are for a specific purpose. they are sent to me each day by the organizers and big participants in the spartan race (kick ass mud run), and they are designed to make people better at those races. i don't normally work out this way, but i am for the month of july for two reasons: to see if i can do it, and to increase my conditioning and muscular endurance.

    normally, i do much harder (in terms of intensity, not reps) body weight exercises pulled from a few different programs, PBF mostly, only two days per week. i sprint once a week, hike when i can, and walk or bike a bit (not enough in my opinion). that is better for building strength, allowing ample rest. i've been doing that for a few years, both in and out of the gym (i prefer out), and i am overjoyed with the results. i will most likely switch back to that in august. daily metabolic conditioning might work for some people, but i can't see myself loving it for too long.

    to your other point, my muscles aren't any different than someone else. i was strong when i went primal. i weighed around 350 and did a lot of stuff...so just moving that much weight around made me strong. i worked hard to keep that strength as i lost my weight, so my muscles might be used to doing a lot of work, but i still get sore from tearing those muscles down. in fact, i've been sore all week just because of the change in my routine. but it's not the same kind of sore. it's more...topical, if that makes sense. the soreness from an intense workout is deep. these workouts are filled with exercises that are, for me, at a much lower intensity, so my soreness isn't as bad and i can just work through it. getting good supplements helps, whether in food or pill form.
    plus, soreness goes away as your muscles adapt, so i suspect i'm all done feeling that for a while. now i'm not trying to tear them down and build them up stronger, i just want oxygen to get them so i can last longer in a race or something.

    i hope that makes some sense. what it really all comes down to is what goal you're after. training for something specific makes a big difference in how someone should exercise.

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