Interesting Times

Wednesday’s Workout (NO CAP)
As many round as possible in 13 minutes:
2, 4, 6, 8…
Kettlebell SDLHP (24/16)

…and coming Thursday (NO CAP)
5-5-5-5 (heavy work sets)
Power Cleans

As many rounds as possible in 8 minutes:
10 Box Jumps (24/20)
200m run
It’s interesting how you don’t necessarily realize how stressed you are, or how stressed you have been, until it dies down a little bit. The last couple weeks have been what I consider to be a live enactment of the Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” It has indeed been very interesting, and while I won’t go into details, it has been quite a challenge on a multitude of levels. Despite being confident throughout it all that “it will all be alright,” it has been stressful. And it was not until the precarious nature of things lightened up the tiniest bit this past weekend that both Winslow and I realized just how stressed we’ve been. I realized my body was hurting in a lot of ways – injuries were cropping up that hadn’t bothered me in ages, little cuts weren’t healing, I seem to have developed allergies, my digestive system was cranky, and my migraines reared their ugly head. I finally put it altogether…and also managed to finally get a little sleep.

This week, despite the continuing stress I am more aware of it and making conscious choices to care for myself. Remembering to workout, remembering my supplements, and being mindful of finding a few moments of nothingness. I am headed to the gym in a few moments and I will train moderately, around the aches and pains, and I will be grateful for the “moving meditation” that my workout will be for my mind and body. While it may be our body’s protective mechanism to keep us NOT present to the stress, we need to have some awareness of it before we grind ourselves into the ground. It is useful to take inventory when the little things in your body add up and ask yourself, “What is at the root of this?”

The truth is, life is exceptionally good at the heart of things and in another few weeks it will all settle down. I am fully committed to caring for myself in the meantime, and I am ready for things to be a little less…interesting.


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