becoming infinite

always learning. always growing. always lifting heavy things.


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change and things.

life is crazy. busy and stressful and insane and wonderful.

the semester has started; i’m teaching two sophomore classes. the faculty member i’m working under for one of them is a lot of fun and super laid-back. my adviser is on sabbatical this term so while i miss her intensely, she has gifted me her office as an office/study space in her absence. and it’s a beautiful thing.

my seizures have been out. of. control. these exams need to be over so they’ll hopefully settle down.

i moved. i’m sharing a house with three other people. i’m a 5-minute walk from my office and a 3-minute walk from a coffee shop, a fro-yo place, and a liquor store. aka i have moved to heaven.

 

10394511_10101746354408565_8498642638783457684_ni bought a bike. she’s fun.

i squat 275 with wraps last week. and then two days later i pulled 285 for six triples. i’m competing in two weeks, just for shits and giggles, and then our big meet is in december. if i can cut to a 56kg and not lose any strength i can put a serious scare in the national deadlift record.

i’m seeing someone. and it’s fucking spectacular. we’ve known one another for a few years, peripherally, and we started hanging out this summer. she’s somethin’. it’s a new relationship but i’ve got a good feeling about it. it’s relaxed. i laugh more with her than with anybody, outside of maybe my college best friend. we take things one day at a time. and today, things are awesome. hopefully tomorrow they will be, too.

my first qualifying exam is in 19 days. it’s my non-area exam but it has been eating up all of my study time lately. i think i’ll be fine. i have tons of outlines, i just need to commit them to something of a working narrative in my memory. then once that’s over i have exactly one month until my 8 hours of area exams.

this is a hurdle, a rite of passage. i’ll do well, but not without some tears and fits and  lot of caffeine, i’m sure.

this blog…i don’t know what i want to do with it. i have a new phone and i make training videos a lot now. i want to make a training-specific blog, especially now that i’m getting my technique de-bugged and starting to get more confident in my lifts.

we’ll see. it’s a process. everything is a process. change is inevitable. sometimes it sucks but damn sometimes it’s awesome.

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the whirlwind of semester four.

we’re only in Week 6 of the semester and i am already 100% worn out. teaching, grading, coursework, a pending conference, and all the while the lurking knowledge that this is my last semester of coursework and that qualifying exams are thus looming…it’s been crazy.

i’m also in Week 6 of meet prep, and there have been some awesome highlights since i posted last!

i squat 185# for a couple of triples not too far back, and then last week i got 200# for two solid singles! as we all know, my squat is my weakest lift, so this is all good news. at my last meet i opened at 171# and then failed 198# twice. the fact that i tripled 185 means that it’s a good candidate for a conservative opener, and knowing that i can bury 200 will make it easier to hit my second attempt, which will probably be 210ish.

i’m also pulling conventional for this four-week training block, to force me to engage my lats more. it has also meant that my posterior chain DOMS is out. of. control.

bench training has been great, too, after a few weeks of technique feeling weird. i had 6×6 on saturday and hit 110 for four of the sets and 115 for the other two. i opened at 110 in october and got red-lighted on technicals at 120 (twice). needless to say, since i can nail 115 for 6s, i’ll be opening probably in the 120-125 range.

i’m definitely getting stronger and that’s an amazing feeling.

as for Project: Going Keto – we decided that, since my body was NOT handling carb-loading well, to take it on a day-to-day basis. i skipped my friday carb-up last week, and then last night had a carb-y meal rather than devoting an entire day to it. 10-14 days between carb cycles seems to agree with my body better, and a single meal rather than several hours of carb-ageddon suits me better, as well.

i’m also currently scraping the last remnants of my cream cheese – sour cream – peanut butter frosting out of the blender. i didn’t put it on anything…just ate it with a spoon. also known as “i’m lazy and needed a shit-ton of fat to meet my macros.”

i miss blogging. i shall try and come back more often!!


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a little more “almost.”

wednesday was the first day of my last semester of coursework for my PhD. i’m that much closer to being dr. jenn! my advisor refers to me as “almost-doctor” now. : )

this week i also finished my first week on coach’s programming. i feel great – definitely working out some technique things while the weight is still light. we met today to begin Week 2 with some high-volume squat action!

1×5, open bar
1×5 @ 95#
1×2 @ 115#
5×6 @ 135#

everything felt strangely awesome. form is improving every week (which is strange to me since right now i’m actually only squatting on fridays!) and the new depth feels a lot more natural than it did last week. after squats we did some GHRs and reverse hypers for my posterior chain and some ball slams to release the hips. then –

“i want to push the sled,” i sez.
“don’t go too heavy,” he sez.
“in fact, do a 155# walk,” he sez.
“high push the entire time, just walk for five minutes, feet flat,” he sez.
“that sounds lame, but okay,” i sez.
…and then i did it and laid on the floor while my posterior chain exploded afterwards. for real, that consistent sled pushing is NO JOKE.

it’s been a good week. my students seem like they’ll be a lot of fun, i enjoy the courses i’m teaching, and the seminars i’m taking will be good, if not slightly overwhelming in workload. i was awarded funding to go to san antonio in march for my conference (yay!), and i feel much more adjusted to keto-living after another week.

i now have astronomical amounts of grading and lesson planning to do, since i have to work on my conference paper on top of all of my coursework this weekend. thank goodness we have that extra day off!

happiest of fridays y’all.

 

 


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throwin’ it back.

here’s a little throwback thursday for ya!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWEpu1qhKRM (sorry, i can’t figure out how to embed videos!)

this was nearly exactly a year ago, when my other yogi colleagues and myself made a promo video for campus recreation! here i am in my power yoga teaching glory. : )

i actually had a good chuckle watching this, and it’s crazy to think that was an entire year ago!

  • my hair, thank goodness, has grown out of that horrid awkward phase. (new friends, i donate my hair every couple of years. i was, and still am, growing out this particular chop.)
  • i was just beginning my training cycle for the derby half marathon when this was filmed. running ~3o miles a week; lifting minimally. you can tell the difference in my body – i’ve put on 10-15lbs. since then, my back is broader, my quads are bigger, and i’m slightly fluffier. : )
  • i hate my voice but i guess i’m stuck with it.

a lot can happen in a year! (just ask my hairdresser – she’s always marveling at how quickly my mop grows.)

i have some interesting/fun things on the horizon that i’m getting ready to post about. until then, finishing up these first few days back to the class and teaching grind, and getting ready for some heavy squats tomorrow!


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happy monday! let’s get conditioned.

happy monday everyone! we start classes on wednseday of this week, so meetings and bypass exams and such things are beginning to creak to life today and tomorrow.

i had to give some exams at 8:00 this morning, so i figured that would still leave me plenty of time to bang through my conditioning this morning – as long as i dragged myself out of bed on time and got to the gym right at six. ’twas a miracle, but it did indeed happen!

i spent about 10 minutes foam rolling and doing some dynamic warm-ups before i got going. today’s chosen path was:

5 rounds, not dropping the bar until completion of each round, of
10 deadlifts
10 hang high pulls
10 front squats
10 overhead presses
10 back squats

for me obviously the limiting factor was going to be the overheads – there are very few weights i can put over my head for 10 consecutive reps, especially when those reps come after my delts just got destroyed during high pulls.

i did this entire thing with just the bar and i swear i thought my shoulders were going to explode, and my legs were actually shaking. i took about 2min rest between each round. using just the 45# bar sounds kind of lame, but when you get right down to it, it’s a 250-rep metcon.

it was so so hard but so worth it. my heart rate was through the roof and i was sweating up a storm. (plus i had a sick shoulder pump going on, with some vein action, but that just sounds douchey so i saved it for last.) i did some hanging leg raises and then foam rolled some more, and was in the shower at 7:05.

not too shabby for an hour’s work! and i made it to the office to give my exams with enough time to eat my bacon and eggs before anybody showed up! : )

i’m actually home now for a few hours – i teach a yoga class later tonight. i have a few odds and ends to do, but i’m mostly just relaxing and tidying.

on the P:GK front, i’ve found myself getting hungry more frequently lately – more so than i was when i initially began keto. i think part of that is due to the fact that i got the plague/a head cold those first few days of my transition, which in effect killed my appetite. now that i’m healthy again, and back on a 5-day training schedule, my appetite has ramped up. once i add in classes and teaching, it’s only going to get stronger. which means i may need to re-address my macros. not a huge deal; it’ll be a lot of trial and error, i’m sure.

since i have no interest in being in caloric deficit (i’m okay riding around 60kg until march; then we need to start whittling me down towards 58kg or so and i can waterload out the last 2kg the week of the meet) i still think it’s interesting that my body has definitely changed a bit since starting keto all of 10 days ago. i did drop about 1.5kgs (of water i’m sure), and my muscle definition has begun to pop a teeny bit. (remember, i’m still a noodle.) but i can definitely tell in my quads and triceps that there are some baby lines peeking out.

not the goal of keto for me, but definitely a nice fringe benefit!

it’s crazy windy outside and i have a very drafty apartment, so i do believe that’s my sign to throw some coffee on. i hope everyone has an outstanding start to their week!


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fall 2013: compartmentalizing and finding balance.

the semester began officially on wednesday. by friday afternoon i needed an energy drink to make it through training.

it’s gonna be a rough ride from here till december 20th, guys.

however, i’m trying something new this term: compartmentalizing. as much as i can, i’m going to try and keep school/TA duties on campus (at the office and in the libraries) or at coffee shops, training at the gyms (except for watching youtube videos of boss lifters, of course!), and thus keep home free for eating, relaxing, and blogging.

this will serve two purposes (i hope):

1. it will make it easier for me to sleep. last year i didn’t have these boundaries and every night when i would try to fall asleep it would take forever because my mind would still be whirring about the quizzes i had just graded or the article i had read but wanted to go over again. hopefully if i train myself to think home = rest, i’ll sleep better. and

2. i’ll be more productive with my actual work. if i know that when i get home i can take off my pants and lay in bed eating pop-tarts and watching youtube, i’ll be able to focus better while i’m on campus to get my shit done so that it can stay there.

so far it’s working well enough! it means the trunk of my car is consistently full of all five of my binders, but i’ll always be prepared!

i can tell i’m going to be challenged a lot this term, as a student and as a teacher. i’m looking forward to everything i’ve got going on, as opposed to last year when i dreaded half of my classes.

and of course i have training. i have a more in-depth post in the works about how lifting has been going and my thoughts on PL as a sport and as a sport for me, but since that’s not ready yet…here’s a video of my squatting with chains on friday.

this is also the media debut of my lovely new inzer belt. plus, i’m really pleased with my squat progress. no more butt wink!!


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look, it’s a me.

i’ve been AWOL yet this will still be short and lack substance.

it’s the last week of summer. i’m mildly prepared for teaching. TR @ 8am and MWF @ 9am, plus four yoga classes a week. thursday i’m killing a few dozen trees to print out syllabi and assorted worksheets. where did summer goooo??

training is going really really well. i sent in my registration for the meet, ad ordered my belt today. i don’t want to discuss the price; i’m telling myself it’s a lifelong investment, since inzers literally last forever. i still need to order my singlet and knee wraps, but i’m going to wait until my academic year paychecks start coming in, since they’re 8x larger than my summer ones.

speaking of training, here’s my deadlift PR from monday. i literally uploaded my first video to youtube just so i could show you guys.

notice the derpy smile at the end haha. it was my first day pulling sumo. and then a PR happened.

real writing soon, i swear.