This article first appeared at Unapologetically American on January 27, 2016. I won the workout tonight at Crossfit. By a lot. On some level I’m happy about it — I mean, who doesn’t like to win? Who doesn’t appreciate knowing their hard work is paying off? I certainly do. I love knowing that I put … More Are You Afraid of the Dark?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: it’s all in your head. Last week was max clean and jerk day at the gym. I saw the workout posted online the day before, and I was ecstatic! Cleans, cleans, cleans are my FAVORITE!! So I made up my mind the night before that I … More It’s All In Your Head
grace (ɡreɪs) — noun elegance and beauty of movement, form, expression, or proportion NOTHING GRACEFUL ABOUT GRACE Some days you complete the workout with the speed, beauty, and elegance of a gazelle. Other days you smash yourself in the chin with a barbell. Today was the latter. After last week’s meeting with Fran, I was … More Finding Grace
I’m not fat…I’m just thick-legged. I’ve always been heavier than I look. It began way back as a kid in the church nursery. My parents would hand me over to the nursery worker and there would be a sudden jolt downward as the nursery worker was surprised by my weight. I’d like to think I … More DR. THICKLEGS OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE MY CANKLES
THE BUILDUP The spider eating a gnat in the bathroom sink on Monday morning should’ve been my first warning that it was gonna be a stressful week. But I chalked it up to “eh, it’s the Army and they never clean this bathroom” and got on with my day. Then Monday night, my hair dryer … More A Cockroach, a Mouse, and a Barbell
I haven’t felt very inspired the past couple of weeks. I’ve been away from home for some training, living out of a hotel, eating different food, working out at a different gym, and getting my mind filled daily with tons of geek-tastic knowledge, which I subsequently dream about at night. That’s right, I’ve started dreaming … More Inspir-lack-tional?
Last weekend I shot the 3-Gun Nation Southeast Regional Championship in Clinton, SC. The match included a variety of stage designs and terrain – everything from close-and-fast stages in bays, to a shotgun jungle run through the woods, to a 50-yard sprint up a hill. It tested the shooter’s ability to quickly blast targets at … More How Crossfit Makes Me A Better Shooter
Every little pig has potential for deliciousness. It can grow up to be ham, or to be pork tenderloin, or it can be somebody’s pet. But the greatest thing a pig can aspire to be? BACON. Being bacon is hard. It requires rolling in mud, eating scraps, and a lot of oinking — all of … More Be the Bacon