first wood

Justin, Andy and Brian met me at the Shed this morning for some early campusing. Things felt good. I did some four and two-finger work over all 3 sets of rungs, most notably: caught 5-1 drop on bigs, finished 4-1-4 on flat/rounds and ushered in the two-finger campusing season by finishing 1-2 two-finger on the small incuts.

first water

This morning came pretty early. Yesterday’s swimming & lifting combination smoked me I guess. Things felt better once I hit the water though. My times were slow mostly because I’m trying to get my crawl technique dialed in. And because I suck.da numbers:

  • 100 free
  • 5 x 100m free @ 3:00
    • These 100s had me coming in around 1:30. Slow, focused on my kick.
  • 10 x 50m free @ 2:00
    • I was coming in between :30 – :35. Again, slow.
  • 300 kick – free, breast, fly alternating
  • 200 kick w/ short fins

late iron

Lifted late afternoon yesterday, opting to swim before work. So, by the time 5:30 PM came around I was not a raging bundle of energy. But things came together, as they usually do, once I started pushing the weights around. This turned out to be a good session, and a good fitness day.

da numbers:

  • bench press
    • 3 x 12 @ 155 lbs on 2:00, feet up
  • incline bench press
    • 3 x 10 @ 135 on 2:00
  • behind-the-neck shoulder press
    • 3 x 9 @ 85 on 2:00
  • standing BB triceps extensions
    • 1 x 12 @ 35 on 2:00
    • 1 x 12 @ 45 on 2:00
    • 1 x 12 @ 55 on 2:00
    • 1 x 12 @ 65 on 2:00
  • standing BB biceps curls
    • 1 x 12 @ 35 on 2:00
    • 1 x 12 @ 45 on 2:00
    • 1 x 12 @ 55 on 2:00
    • 1 x 12 @ 75 on 2:00
    • 1 x 12 @ 85 on 2:00
  • dips
    • 3 x 20 

first water

Swam at GVAC this morning. It was good. Pool’s not great but they have a jacuzzi outside. I’m trying to work out a few things with my freestyle technique. For one, I’d like to synchronize my pull with my kick – easier said than done, apparently. I think step one will be to build a better kick.da numbers:

  • 100 free
  • 20 x 50m free @ 1:30
    • I was coming in around :35 – not fast but that wasn’t the point, the idea was to focus on my freestyle technique
  • 300 free kick
  • 200 short fin kick

like Disney Land for climbers

The Tor gained a new fan today. Nicholas, whom I had not met before, was way psyched on the routes at Owl Tor. And I was way psyched to see him psyched. One of us, one of us, one of us… 
I am actually declaring Nicholas today’s Lord of the Forest for his rad comment, that almost sneaked past my attention through his Chilean accent, upon first experiencing the cliff, “this is like Disney Land for climbers”. My thought exactly. Everyone seemed psyched in fact. Andy cranked, especially considering he’s not been spreading his love at the Tor for a couple months, redpointing The Sea most impressively. Justin continued his trend of virtually doubling in strength upon every visit, working things out once again on Power.

my routine

  • Power of Eating (5.11d) – redpoint
  • When the Sea Doesn’t Want You (5.12a) – redpoint
  • No Skill (5.12c) – 1 fall at the long crimp after the Chips jugs
    • I don’t want to talk about it.
  • Better Than Chips (5.12d) – grabbed the draw at the last clip on Better Than Life
    • Felt good, made the long move out to the jug on BTL. Put the draw on the last hanger but could not will myself to pull up rope for that clip. That’s not an inspiring fall. And I’m a wuss.
  • Hell of the Upside Down Sinners (5.12b) – fell after the last clip
  • Anchor Punch (5.12a) – 1 fall at the crux pinch
  • Anchor Punch (5.12a) – 1 fall at the crux pinch

I would like to see more redpoints out of me. Note to self: 1-falls are not redpoints. Not even close.
It was 90 degrees today, approaching oppressive. Micah, Justin, Nicholas, Nicholas’s wife Cota and me comprised the posse.

swimming be good

Something I’ve always liked about swimming is how much better I feel the instant I hit the water. I know no matter how tired, bored, cranky, etc. I am things will get better as soon as I get in. That’s true for lakes, rivers, oceans and pools. For example, yesterday I had to go in to work at 3:30 AM, had expected to get up at 5:30 to swim, instead worked until 10:00 AM then met Micah at the UCSB drink at 11:30 AM. Circumstances were not inspiring me – I was tired and grumpy. But I had spent the previous evening pumping myself up for a morning pool workout, a short day at the office, followed by more pool where I’d do some fin and apnea work. Plans changed so that I could either pool it up in a less than optimal state or pout at home. As soon as I hit the water I felt great and had a rad workout.the numbers:

  • 200 free
  • 3 x 200 free @ 5:00
    • coming in around 2:55
  • 4 x 100 @ 2:30
    • coming in around 1:20
  • 200 fly drill
  • 200 kick
  • 200 kick w/ short fins

The 200s and 100s were brutal. By the time I got to kick drills my legs were cramping bad – both legs, quads, hams and calves. Best workout yet. Micah did the same sets with me, also felt brutalized.

Wait, where am I?

Surprise! I’m at work.
But, Elijah, it’s 3:30 in the morning.
That’s right!
And here’s something new I learned about wildfires: they make your power go out. They make your power go out for so long that every server, switch, router and coffee maker at work silently explodes. Ahh, IT… just 1s and 0s, right? What could be so difficult?
Well, the mysteriously named ‘Gap Fire’ went to town on the hills behind my home/work again last night. And despite our best efforts at containment, no matter how much we drank in the front lawn watching the thing, it continued to ravage our neighborhood. At this point I’m qualifying it as big. Possibly ‘way big’.