Category Fitness

Conversation at the gym

Okay, so. Picture me.  Not huge.  You might even call me “slight of build.” Now picture a guy — let’s call him Jim — who’s probably 6’2″ and around 275 lbs.  He’s a big guy (a nice guy, too) and strong.  Not particularly toned, but not fat either.  Kind of what you would imagine a college or high school football player might […]

It’s all fun and games until you start ripping the flesh off your body

At Crossfit this morning we got hit with the benchmark workout known as “Helen,” which consists of three rounds, for time, of a 400 meter run, 21 kettlebell swings with a 24-kilo kettlebell, and 12 pullups.  Normally Crossfit workouts aren’t repeated, but Helen is one of the benchmark workouts that gets trotted out periodically so that we […]

The Ride: Impromptu Century

So this happened today: For full stats, you can click on the link in the “Garmin Connect” widget in the lower right-hand column of this blog. How, you ask?  Simple:  I got on a bike at 6:30am and didn’t get off again until 1:30pm.  (Okay, okay, so I did get off a couple of times in between — […]

Who in their right mind signs up for this on purpose?

Today’s workout: Yes, it was every bit as horrible as you might expect.  Well, as horrible as you might expect if you had the non-existent fore-arm strength that I do.  If you looked like someone — anyone — drawn by Arnold Friberg, then you wouldn’t have anything to worry about. And if you weren’t sure […]

Cherry Blossom Ten Miler

My alarm went off this morning at 5:00am.  A few minutes later I was eating a bowl of oatmeal and checking the weather report.  I warmed up and stretched and pulled on my running gear (and then pulled it off, and back on, going through every possible permutation of shorts/tights/shirt/jacket/gloves before finally coming back to the outfit I’d originally planned […]

Ladyfood, caveman style

So.  You’re a caveman.  You’re all fit from crossfitting and eating mastodons and birdseed and stuff, and you get invited to a potluck with your team so that you can score some points and beat the competition.  What do you bring? The answer isn’t obvious.  Especially when the hostess is making some famous chili recipe and everyone […]

What I ate

I spent more time cooking this weekend than I have in years!  Two reasons for that:  First, having arrived at the end of the second week of this paleo/primal challenge, I was oh so bored of eating the same rotation of grilled meats and fresh vegetables/fruits — I needed a more complicated and satisfying hot […]

Eat like a caveman (or, Careful what you sign up for!)

Okay, so you know how I’ve been going to the local Crossfit gym for a few months now, right?  Well, in early January they announced a “Primal Nutrition Challenge” and encouraged us all to sign up.  I paid only enough attention to learn that there would be a nutrition seminar followed by a structured program […]

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