Saturday, December 1, 2018

Podcast - Fat Burning Man!

Hello Friends,

A few weeks ago I was invited by a good friend of mine to appear on his podcast.  This was the result!  I hope you enjoy it half as much as we enjoyed recording it for you.

Abel James is quite an extraordinary human being.  We met in college when I was a frosh and he was two years my elder, singing together in the Dartmouth Aires A Cappella group, as well as playing in his band together the following year as part of his Senior Fellowship Thesis project at Dartmouth.  Over the years Abel has worn many hats from working stiff to professional musician, but in the past several years has found his calling and a following as a visionary of a lifestyle and health revolution based around eating and living unconventionally and "wild!".  This guy not only knows his stuff, but is ready and willing to share his knowledge and curiosity with the world!  His full story, book, health food products can be found here.

Here is the link to the interview:

Here are a few of the visuals he created for the episode:


P.S.: Week's training below!

This week included some good stuff, I don't think even one session was not better than the ones I've been doing in the preceding weeks.
It doesn't always click like this, and I don't expect it to, but getting rest and recovery is vital to increasing the likelihood of that happening.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Second half of the week, Training Details

So that I can start again posting training once a week from Monday to Saturday (or Sunday) - here's the second half of this week.  Cheers!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thankful 2018

"2pm November Sun on Lake Union", 18 x 30", Watercolor and pencil on Paper
Dear Blog Friends and Family,

Thank you for reading and following this forum - it means the world to me to hear that somebody finds value in the things I share here.  I try to include the good with the bad, and to be honest for you so that you can learn from my mistakes and (occasionally) the successes I stumble into.  With any of those rare moments of joy, I've never gotten there alone.

Thank you to all the wonderful people associated or affiliated with the New York Athletic Club, both old friends and new.  It was such a pleasure to share an evening with you at the All-Sports dinner last week, and it's more than a little inspiring to meet some "real" athletes at that event.  It's by your grace and generosity I was able to be invited, and able to attend.  May the encouragement and support of amateur athletics never become a lost art.

Thank you to anyone and everyone who has been supportive of my latest attempts to create art.  There are many moments when I'm alone in the studio thinking "I have no idea what I'm doing ( life...)", and your response to the work itself is a fuel that helps the fire burn.  Whether you've commissioned work or simply found something you like and let me know - thank you.  I am making this work because I have to - I am also making it for you.

I'm thankful for the use of my body.  This is a luxury and a privilege, and it's not something I'm going to have forever, nor will I necessarily be able to do everything with it I'd want to or like to.  Be that as it may, words cannot capture the joy I feel being able to wake up and carve out a little bit of time to work out most days.  Zoomed out into the bigger picture of the calendar year, we can call it training, but what's really important are the small moments at the gym or on the water when I get to sweat alongside my friends and my people, be those the people of the Columbia erg room, the NYAC weight room, the Schuylkill, the hotel gym, or Pocock Rowing Center.

To my friends, and for the time and love they give me - I can never say thank you enough.  This past week I was able to see so many of you (in a social setting, no less!) and those moments keep me alive.  Working on artwork is made sustainable by the coming up for air of human social contact.

To my family, especially mom and dad, I love you, thank you for doing all that you do for me, including letting me tag along on your friends' thanksgiving dinner!

Thank you,

P.S.: Here's the workouts from the last two weeks and some of this week!  Cheers.

Friday, November 9, 2018

New Artwork Website!
Hello all,

I'm very excited to share with you my new Artwork website, here.  This blog will still be the place to come for anything training and rowing-related, but the Artwork, Prints, and Original Watercolor sales will all take place through the website.  In the coming weeks I'll be updating and improving it, but I couldn't wait to share it with you.  There's a few original paintings up there (as of this writing) as well as prints available, in time for the Holidays.  As I add more works it will also serve as a kind of online portfolio of all of my best artwork.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

New Video Series!

Very excited to share a project my friend (and videographer/director) and I are working on - rowing instructional videos on YouTube - for free.  We'll be covering the basics of warming up, training, as well as a host of other fun stuff both on land in the gym, on the rowing machine, and on the water (coming soon!) - simply because it's something my clients have been asking for for years, and they're fun to make.

These three videos cover exactly what I do to warm up prior to any indoor erg workout or weights sessions too.  The first one is a basic lunge matrix, the second is joint mobility, the third is the pick drill on the static erg.



Sunday, November 4, 2018

Back into it!

I'm very happy to be over being sick, and back into some basic workouts.  It's going to be once a day for training sessions for the next several weeks, and possibly beyond that if I'm seeing positive progress.  Here's what I got up to this week.  A special Thank-You to all the coaches and organizers involved in the Head Of The Lake coaches' boat, Margaret, Regan, Jeny, Tegan, Ted, Max, Zoe, Kate, and Warren.  Cheers guys great racing!  It's so fun to sweep again, and in a big boat no less!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Week 6 - Post-HOCR

Not much going on last week - I got a bit sick, but doing much better today for my first day back on the erg.  The 10 days off post-HOCR are intentional and have been part of the plan since Worlds!