Category Archives: Personal

Kids getting sick and then you getting sick

This year we all stayed healthier. Perhaps it was the combination of the warmer winter and healthier immune systems (that is, being able to sleep—last winter Ruby was still waking us up routinely). Until just this last weekend. We had pink eye, ear infections, and a nasty cold. The kind that makes your body ache and gives you… Read More »

Sunday training

A sunny cold day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Just finished a workout consisting of swings, kettlebell military presses, pull ups, and goblet squats. Four sets of five – then a set of 16 double kettlebell cleans. It’s a pretty good finisher. I’ve been regular with dynamic stretching and my legs feel great. Two consistent weeks in a row, and… Read More »

Strengthening the furnace

Lately I’ve had this idea in my head that I need to work my furnace. By furnace I mean I need to train my wind more—my heart and longs. I also mean I’m too damn sedentary. In the winter, I just don’t walk enough. It’s cold outside and I don’t bring the right shoes. Blah, blah, blah—excuses. But… Read More »

Daily habits and the destruction they can cause

Most of health lies in daily habits and there are a few that are pretty straightforward—keeping caffeine, alcohol, and sugar intake low, exercising, and meditating are great habits that lead to increased health and well-being. Now that things are normalizing with Ruby at 16 months and mostly sleeping through the night and I’m more adjusted in my new… Read More »

Focus and 5×5

When I was a kid visiting my grandma and grandpa’s house, the silence was palpable. It was an old farmhouse with not a lot of electronics and the only entertainment was a VHS player with some movies I found uninteresting. That kind of calm now is what so many of us need. Calm and focus. Calm and focus.… Read More »

Feeling vital, a story about PVCs

As soon as the walk light flashed orange and told me I had 16 seconds to cross, I sprinted. Well, sprint is relative–I had a 20 pound backpack on. But I hustled, and it was just a reaction. I was feeling good and ready for the physical challenge. I am feeling vital. A bunch of different stuff happened.… Read More »

Focus (again)

I’ve written about this topic several other times, even using the title “focus”. Hence, Focus (again). It’s an important topic and I find I need to continually remind myself about it. As a younger dude, I would be keen on too much variety. But focus in training is essential. Focus in life is essential. I have Stuart Briscoe… Read More »

Morning deadlifts

Every now and then I get on a deadlift kick. Five days per week, as specified in power to the people by Pavel Tsatsouline. Just a simple linear cycle two sets of five, a working set and a back off set. I’ve worked up to decent weights this way but staying light right now. So, what I do… Read More »

Disciplined thoughts in the face of mounting pressure

You know I’ve been writing about kids and family and work and school. All these things put pressure on time and energy. Kids are the toughest (mine are young) because of the sleep situation. By far the greatest challenge has been sleep. Even now, at 8 months, Ruby sometimes wakes up 4 or 5 times a night. It’s… Read More »

Current Training and Stuff

My favorite time to train right now is between 8 or 10 in the morning. A lot of times I have conference calls in the morning. I’ll take these calls from home and then when they’re finished, exercise. Or, I’ll do stretches while I’m on the call. Two days per week I do weights in my home gym.… Read More »