Weekly Wanderings

Something To Read

Increasing Fitness in the Other 162 Hours

“Increase your non-exercise activities throughout the day. You might notice more fitness improvements than you would if you switched up your programming.”

 


Something To Watch

Lip Sync Battle with Shaquille O’Neal and Pitbull


Something To Eat

Pete’s Frites

In my opinion, this is the best hamburger in Albuquerque.


Something To Drink

Daiquiri


Something To Try

Spartan Race

 

Weekly Wanderings

Something To Read

4 Workout Rule I Follow To Look and Feel My Best

“My entire approach to working out can be summed up in four rules:

  • choose consistency over intensity
  • remember that ego is the enemy
  • make progress every week
  • do fun stuff

These rules have adapted over time as I’ve gotten more experienced in the gym, and as I’ve grown older and shifted my priorities.”


Something To Listen To

The Road To Character

“We often lament the loss of good character in our society. There’s a sense that our leaders and even members of our community can’t be trusted to do the right thing and are only out for themselves, the collective good be damned. Why does this sense of moral anomie exist? And what can we do about it?”


Something To Eat

How To Make The Best Breakfast Sandwich with Crispy Corned Beef


Something To Drink

Scotia Scotch Ale from Bosque Brewing 


Something To Try

Offset KB Complex

2017 Arizona Spartan Race

2017 is a year of challenging myself physically and mentally.  It’s a year of pushing myself and seeing what my body is capable of.  It’s a year of running wild.  It’s this 2017 goal of mine and interstate 40 that took me and the group that joined me (my amazing girlfriend, her dad, and her brother) out to Phoenix, Arizona for the first challenge of the year…The Arizona Spartan Race.

The sun was shining but it was a chilly morning.  Full of excitement we got to Fort McDowell Rodeo Grounds at 7:45am, the recommended hour and a half before our scheduled start time.  As we were driving in we saw the elite men’s heat starting, some of them were running at a blistering pace, some of them were running at a steady pace and one of them was running to the bushes to pee (Seriously! About a half mile in, a guy already headed to the bushes to pee).

The venue was slowly starting to fill up with more and more people adding to the excitement of the day.  We walked around, checked out the vendor booths, watched the elite men finish, and started warming up for our 9:15 heat.  It was about 9am when we walked over to the start line.  There was an eclectic mix of people all around us taking turns to get over the short wall you have to get over to arrive at the starting line.   There were military personnel, endurance athletes, men, women, young kids, and seasoned adults.  Anyone you could think of was probably in attendance.  I guess this is to be expected when there are approximately 6,500 people competing on just Saturday alone.

About 9:10am the MC got on the mic and started going over what to expect as well as the rules for the course.  As the time ticked closer to 9:15am, he started “pumping up” the crowd.  He would yell out something then we would mimic it.  This continued until he yelled, “go!”  The start of the race is a mess of just trying to separate yourself from the pack.  You run for about half a mile before getting to the first obstacle, a series of small walls you had to get over.  From there it’s  running, crawling, lifting, carrying, getting muddy, climbing, throwing, submerging yourself in water, and finally jumping over a small fire before you cross the finish line.  Oh, and did I mention…If you happen to NOT complete one of the obstacles, burpees are waiting for you.  As one of the shirts I saw says, “Buck Furpees.”

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When you cross the finish line, you are left with mixed emotions.  You are exhausted.  You are achy.  You are excited.  You are proud.  As my girlfriend’s brother joked, “I’ve never worked so hard for a participation medal.”  It’s funny, but true.  It’s only a participation medal for most of us, but at the same time it is much more than that. It is a badge of honor.  It shows that you challenged yourself.  You pushed yourself to get out of your comfort zone and try things that most sane people wouldn’t.  (Let’s be honest we’re all a little insane for paying to do these events.)  You weren’t content with living a civilized life.  You wanted to do something uncivilized.  You wanted to run wild.  And for that, I commend everyone who is and continues to challenge themselves in organized ways like the Spartan Race and in unorganized ways like a spur of the moment road trip.  Thank you for running wild and continue to inspire others to do the same.

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And in case you’re curious of what my time was. It was…never mind, it doesn’t matter.  What matters is that I did it and will continue to find ways to run wild.

-Slade

 

 

Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong: A Fitness Philosophy

I was listening to the song “Run Wild” by the Australian duo “For King and Country” and realized this song sums up my fitness philosophy better than anything I’ve heard.


Run Wild

Working out should give us confidence in our physical abilities and allow us to experience as many things as possible outside of the gym.

Live Free

Working out should lead us to be able to do everyday tasks without assistance.  It should make us more self-reliant.

Love Strong

Working out carries a weight with it (no pun intended). It’s our duty to not be selfish with our physical strength.  We need to use our strength to help those who can’t help themselves.  We need to use our physical abilities to make the world a better place.


Fitness is much more than how we look or what we can do in the gym.  Fitness is a way of making life more enjoyable, ourselves more capable, and the world a better place.


Now let’s go out and run wild, live free, love strong.

-Slade

Things You Should Know: The History of Drinks

Beverages make the world go round.  They have and continue to shape the world.  The five drinks that were popular hundreds to thusands of years ago are still popular today.  Let’s take a look at them.


Beer

Beer was fermented from barley approximately 6,000 years ago by the Sumerians.

It was used to pay people for their work and therefore is known as “the drink of the working man.”


Wine

There is uncertainty to when wine started.  However, there is certainty to it being at least as old as beer or maybe even older.

The difficulty in making and storing wine plus the expense associated with it made wine rise ahead of beer in popularity, especially in religious ceremonies as well as with the wealthier class.


Spirits

Spirits have been sustaining us since the 15th century, starting with European sailors.

Spirits, especially rum, played a major role (maybe more than tea) in the movement for independence by the British American colonies. They were also very important in trading  between African, British, and North American colonies.


Coffee

Coffee started in the Arab world around the 15th century.

It became an alternative to alcohol and really grew in popularity during the 18th century and the Age of Reason.  It was promoted as the drink that “sharpens the mind” making the coffeehouse the place people went to exchange ideas.


Tea

Tea started in China in the 3rd century.

Tea provided energy to the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th century keeping factory workers alert during long hours.  It soon became a popular beverage around cities thanks to its high health benefits.


This is a just a very small snap shot of these five drinks, so if you are interested in diving deeper, I highly recommend you buy a copy of Tom Standage’s great book, A History of the World in 6 Glasses.

How to Make Darn Good Toast

Type of toast is a matter of personal preference.  Some people like their toast fairly soft while others love their toast almost burnt.  The type of toast we’re after lies somewhere in the middle of these two extremes.

The key to making darn good toast depends on the cooking method and the ingredients.  When it comes to cooking toast, you want to ditch the toaster and op for a frying pan instead.  And, when it comes to the ingredients, search for high quality bread and butter.


Darn Good Toast Recipe

  1. Preheat the frying pan on medium heat.
  2. Add a generous amount of butter.  (Don’t be stingy.)
  3. Swirl the butter around the pan so it completely covered.
  4. Add the bread and let it sit for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Flip it over and let it sit for about 2 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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