It’s been awhile, much too long actually since I’ve posted. I spent some time in Florida recently for the Raw Unity 7 meet in support of my girlfriend Alyssa. The meet was really well done and honestly I never thought I’d see pretty much all of raw powerliftings recognizable faces in one room before, so that was pretty cool. Lyss didn’t do as well as she would have liked but she still walked away with some small PR’s and even more valuable lessons and experience. A lot of records fell, the highlight for me was catching Dan Green’s new all-time 220 record of 2099 which was just crazy to feel the energy in the room, sadly I missed the second day’s events which included Malan’s gravity defying 1014 squat.
I got a chance to see Miami for the first time as well. Funny enough it was somewhat unimpressive to me. I don’t know why, I wasn’t there long so I’d be willing to try again but I didn’t feel the same energy in that city that I have in some other places I’ve visited which was somewhat disappointing. I was amused though at how I felt like I’d been there before due to a mix of Scarface and GTA:Vice City and most people just assumed I was Cuban till I spoke (lol). It was nice though, any excuse to escape the mountains of snow this city tries to bury us in is good really.
The trip unknowingly ended up marking the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. My three year affiliation with Dynamo Barbell/Crossfit O-town unfortunately came to an end. I gave a lot to train out of this gym and can’t lie that i’ll miss aspects of it, through it I met great people, and I learned a lot about training as well as myself. In the end though I feel good, optimistic, and thankful for the blessings I’ve been given and leave with no ill will.
It’s been odd going from a hyper minimalist training environment to a pseudo Toys R Us. It’s been a long time since I’ve trained out of a commercial gym. It’s been forever since I’ve had such righteous pumps! Some of it’s quirks I could definitely live without, like the drenched yeti drying his sweaty back with the hand dryer, or the concert line of bros waiting for a bench everyday of the week. I’d also forgot that everyday was apparently arm day at least according to the buck 20 (probably being generous) stud doling out advice to his boyz. Overall though it’s been a fun experience so far, plenty of comic relief to be found, and it’s been a chance to get back to the roots of my training philosophies.
I truly believe there comes a time when the only person who can give you the answers you’re looking for is you. Why? Because you know what you need to do. You just haven’t found the balls (these can be proverbial ladies) to face them yet. It’s usually simple, obvious and somewhat if not entirely uncomfortable, you just have to be willing face it and act to step up to the next level setting aside ego and expectation. This is how I feel about my training; the coming months will tell if that’s true or not, but I know which side I’m betting on.
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That’s it for now, more to come soon.