Archive for October, 2010

Training Recap 10/24-10/30 (Week 3)

Posted in Endurance, Life, Training on October 31, 2010 by gregbashore

Sunday 10/24/10
AM SESSION
STRENGTH
Press
100×3. 110×3. 125×3
PM SESSION
WORK CAPACITY
As Many Rounds As Possible
20:00
3 Pullups
6 Pushups
9 Squats
*5lb weight vest
Total-30 rounds

Monday 10/25/10
AM SESSION
ENDURANCE
3 Mile Hill Run
PM SESSION
STRENGTH
Deadlift
215×3. 250×3. 280×4
Pullups
90×1. 100(F). 100×1

Tuesday 10/26/10
Rest Day

Wednesday 10/27/10
AM SESSION
ENDURANCE
3×1 mile repeats
PM SESSION
WORK CAPACITY
As Many Rounds As Possible
10:00
7 Thrusters
7 Pullups
Total-12

Thursday 10/28/10
AM SESSION
SPEED AND STAMINA
6 Rounds
250 meter sprint
1:00 rest
PM SESSION
STRENGTH
Squat
5-3-1
Front Squat
6×2
Bench Press
7×2

Friday 10/29/10
Rest Day

Saturday 10/30/10
PM SESSION
ENDURANCE
3 Mile Hill Run

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It’s really late. Or is it early?

Posted in Life on October 30, 2010 by gregbashore

I had a hard time sleeping tonight, so after sitting there for a while staring at jack asleep, I decided to go back and re-read some of my older blog posts. I can’t believe that in 2 days it will already be Novemeber. It has been almost a year since I started this blog, start to put a REAL effort into life and to be honest I don’t know how far I have even traveled.

Some things I noticed about myself though that have changed since a year ago are:
-I read a lot more
-I read the bible a lot more
-I pray a lot more (even though this is still very inconsistant)
-I feel I am really do believe in what I write on here
-I have made a lot of new friends
-It’s a lot harder to become a man then I thought, even more so when the definition of manhood seems to change everyday
-I find myself able to be more positive at times, though this is still one of the hardest struggles I go though in life.
-I’ve felt real joy for the first time.
-I’m still scared, but I’m finally working on it.
-My training goals have changed
-I don’t pray enough
-I don’t read my bible enough

That’s just a few things I have noticed about myself. I think I’m going to go and be a weirdo again and stare at my son sleeping.

Chapter 2, Part 2

Posted in God's Word, Life on October 26, 2010 by gregbashore

“After my friend Julie saw “The fellowship of the Ring”, she turned to the girl with her and whispered, “We’ve just gotten a clearer view of reality then we usually see.” Yes-that’s the kind of “seeing” we need; that IS our reality. What grabbed me was the theatrical trailer for the film. In a brilliantly crafted three-minute summary, the preview captures the essential mythic elements of the story. As scene after scene races before the eyes of the viewer, and Gandalf describes the tale, the lines cross the screen:

Fate has choseb him..
A Fellowship will protect him..
Evil will hunt him..

Yes-that’s it. That is the life Christianity is trying tto explain to the worl. Better, that is the reality into which Christianity is the door. If we could believe that about our lives, and come to KNOW that it true, everything would change. We would be so much more able to interpret the events unfolding around us, against us. We would. Discover the task that is ours alone to fulfill. We would find our courage. The hour is late, and you are needed. So much hangs in the balance. Where is your heart?”
(Waking the Dead pg.35)

Do I belive that? Do I say that about my life? Do I believe I was choosen by fate? That I have a Fellowship protecting me because Evil is hunting me. How would my view of the world change if I saw it more Mythical?

“Do you think I’m trying to weave a spell? Perhaps I am; but remember your fairy tales. Spells are used for breaking enchantments as well as for inducing them. And you and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness which has been laid upon us for nearly a hundred years” (C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory)

Training Recap 10/17-10/23 (Week 2)

Posted in Endurance, Life, Training on October 24, 2010 by gregbashore

Sunday 10/17/10
Rest Day

Monday 10/18/10
AM SESSION
ENDURANCE
Hill Repeats
PM SESSION
STRENGTH
Deadlift
200×5. 230×5. 265×8

Tuesday 10/19/10
AM SESSION
WORK CAPACITY
22 Rounds for Time
4 Pullups
8 Pushups
12 Squats
Time-19:12
PM SESSION
SPEED AND STAMINA
7 Rounds
250 meter run
1:00 rest
Time-12:

Wednesday 10/20/10
Rest Day

Thursday 10/21/10
AM SESSION
ENDURANCE
4 Rounds
5:00 Run
3:00 Walk
PM SESSION
STRENGTH
Squat
3-3-5
Bench Press
7×2

Friday 10/22/10
AM SESSION
SPEED AND STAMINA
10 Rounds
1 Hill Sprint
Walk Decent
Time-26:40
PM SESSION
WORK CAPACITY
Complete 9 rounds for time of:
5 Pull Up
5 Thrusters 95#
5 Burpees
Time-11:08

Saturday 10/23/10
Rest Day

Sign Me Up!!

Posted in Endurance, Life on October 22, 2010 by gregbashore

http://www.aolnews.com/weird-news/article/death-race-a-mountain-scaling-wood-chopping-marathon/19526794

David Moye Contributor
AOL News (June 24) —

Think the Boston Marathon is tough? Ah, it’s for wimps. What about the Olympics? Strictly for softies. The Ironman Triathlon? Bunch of girly men, every last one of them.For folks who really wish to test their mettle, there’s no contest: The Death Race in Pittsfield, Vt., is the challenge that matters.Now in its fourth year, the event requires not only strength, stamina and physical endurance, but also an ability to solve difficult mental problems.Cronin Hill Photography This race makes marathons look easy. Competitors in the Death Race in Pittsfield, Vt., must navigate a 10-mile course while completing mental and physical challenges, like dragging bricks beneath barbed wire.The race takes place on a 10-mile course, and contestants are put through some bizarre paces.Last year, competitors were asked to crawl in mud under barbed wire and carry a bicycle for most of their journey (only to have to dive into a deep pond to retrieve their bike chain). Even more extreme: The racers had to scale a mountain, then memorize the names of 10 U.S. presidents in exact order and copy a tiny Lego sculpture after only glancing at it for a few moments.Last year’s co-winners — a former British Royal Marine and a U.S. Marine — finished the event in 11 hours 32 minutes, but organizer Joe Desena says anyone who finishes is “an extraordinary human being.”Even more extraordinary is how many people are willing to go through the misery of competing.This year’s Death Race takes place June 26, and 100 people are registered to do it, twice as many as last year. But these people aren’t expecting anything more than personal pride (and maybe a small trophy). As a result, the Death Race is something very few people are willing to try. No wonder that Andy Weinberg, the official race director, says the Death Race really sucks the life out of some people.”We get some great athletes who attempt it, and they might do good at the physical challenges but then get mentally frustrated because they can’t build a Lego structure,” he said.Cronin Hill Photography Not only did competitors in one Death Race have to push a wheelbarrow — they had to put it together themselves.The racers face other challenges that aren’t usually found in obstacle courses but fit in well with the Vermont setting.”We like to do challenges that break down the small muscles you’re not used to using — like chopping wood,” Weinberg said. “I remember once I spent a day chopping wood — and I loved it! I felt great. I woke up the next morning, and I could not use my body for four days straight.”According to Weinberg, by design, the race plays with people’s heads as well as their bodies.”You really can’t train for it,” he said. “We change the challenges every year. I supposed you could chop wood or practice crawling under barbed wire, but other exercises you can’t prepare for, like crawling in a culvert. That gets people really claustrophobic.”This year, the race will begin at 4 a.m. — officially.”Actually, we will be keeping the racers up all night so they will be in sleep deprivation mode before they even begin,” Weinberg said, with just the slightest tinge of glee in his voice.To make matters even more difficult, all contestants must carry the following on their race in order to deal with as-yet-unannounced challenges facing them: a 10-pound bag of onions, a 3-inch knife, $50 in pennies, a very large intensive Greek book and a post-hole digger.”We started out with 200 tasks and whittled them down to what we thought would be fun,” Weinberg said. “We decide what people should bring by thinking about how people lived 100 years ago. People are soft.”The current state of softness is serious business to Weinberg, a high school teacher as well as a swim coach at Middlebury College, and to Desena, a Wall Street trader who lives in Vermont. [Flash: iI-HrvBARSY&hl=en_US&fs=1&]Desena especially believes that what is called the Death Race in the 21st century would be child’s play to folks in the 19th century.”Human beings are wired to seek this authenticity,” he said. “It’s only in the last 100 years that we’ve graduated to cushy couches and temperature-controlled environments. I think that’s why there’s so much depression and drugs.”I breed dogs, and if I don’t let them out, they get all whacked out. They want to be out in the world. So while this race might be considered painful and abnormal, we would argue it’s actually more normal.”Desena’s comments make sense, until you remember that contestants have to carry around 5,000 pennies — which Weinberg says weigh about 27 pounds — and 10 pounds of onions.Weinberg says those pennies — and what people do with them — are very important for the first task.”We try to relate the race to life. Every year we have a different theme, and this year is money,” Weinberg said. “The first task, which should last around two to six hours, revolves around the pennies, and how you answer the questions about money — Do you need it? Do you donate it? What do you spend it on? — will affect how you do in the rest of the race.”Just like the racers can’t predict the race, Weinberg and Desena can’t predict who wins it. Last year’s co-winner, Richard Lee, despite having served in the British military, did not look to them like someone who could survive the Death Race.”He’s thin, lean and can barely swing an axe, but he did not flinch at our challenges where other people get flustered,” Weinberg said. “But he had already been hiking 30 miles a day on the Appalachian Trail. So he was able to build up a huge lead on the endurance portion so he could struggle on the tasks without losing first place.”Generally, the racers who do the best tend to have military backgrounds, while seasoned athletes don’t perform as well, according to Desena.”We’ve had some world-class athletes here, and not to take anything away from anyone who competes on, say, an Olympic level, but these people crumble on this race,” he noted.Despite that risk, the Death Race gets more and more people each year. However, Desena says there’s little chance of this race getting too big for its britches. For one thing, he and Weinberg have decided to cap the participation at 200 people and deal with any excess entries by holding training weekends and a series of events called the Spartan Race that will serve as qualifiers for the Death Race.Still, Weinberg admits that he doesn’t expect the Death Race to ever become a feel-good event of accomplishment like the Boston Marathon.”We’re trying to break people,” he said. “In every other race, we want them to succeed. Not here. Last year, 18 people finished, and that showed us the course may have been too easy.”

Training Recap 10/10-10/16 (WEEK 1)

Posted in Endurance, Life, Training on October 18, 2010 by gregbashore

Sunday 10/10/10 (DELOAD)
PM SESSION
ENDURANCE
3 mile run

Monday 10/11/10 (DELOAD)
Rest Day

Tuesday 10/12/10
AM SESSION
STRENGTH
Squat
5-5-12
Pullups
61 total
PM SESSION
ENDURANCE
3 mile

Wednesday 10/13/10
AM SESSION
ENDURANCE
5:00 run/5:00 walk
4:00 run/4:00 walk
3:00 run/3:00 walk
2:00 run/2:00 walk
1:00 run/1:00 walk
PM SESSION
STRENGTH
Press
100×5. 115×5. 130×2
Dips
BWx25

Thursday 10/14/10
Rest Day

Friday 10/15/10
AM SESSION
ENDURANCE
6 rounds
250 meter run
1:00 rest
PM SESSION
WORK CAPACITY
30-25-20-15-10 reps
Burpees
Box Jumps
Elbows To Knees
Time-28:30

Saturday 10/16/10
AM SESSION
TIME TRIAL
1.5 miles
PM SESSION
ENDURANCE
As Many Rounds As Possible
20:00
400 meter run
Rest the same amount of time

Chapter 2 Part 1

Posted in God's Word, Life on October 14, 2010 by gregbashore

“The lesson from the story of the Emmaus Road-the lesson the whole Bible is trying to get across-begins with this simple truth: things are not what they seem. There is more going on here than meets the eye. Far more. That is Eternal Truth Number One.” (Waking the Dead pg.29)

Eldredge begins the second chapter of his book by showing us Morpheus and Neo’s first interaction together from the move “The Matrix”. Here Morpheus asks Neo if he would like to see the “Real” world, or to keep living in the Matrix. He goes on to show us how our lives are not that much diffrent, that we live “in won world with two parts, one part that we can see and one part that we cannot” (Waking the Dead pg.29)

He is setting us up to show us that we are at war. That since the day we were born we have been at war and we will be at war until the day Christ returns.

It’s so easy for me to get so caught in right here, right now. What’s going one in my life now. And it’s so easy for me to miss God in all of it. Lately life has been so overwhelming, work, family,friends, trianing, Jack being born. I get so tired and God is always the first thing to go. The thing is, everything else in my life falls apart when that happens, and I know it before it happens, yet it doesn’t stop me. I need to remember that there is so much more then my life right here and now. I live in one world with two parts, yet they affect eachother so much.