1 Week Down… Surprises!

I just finished my second cycle of lifts and I’m genuinely surprised.

I hit the ground running when I started this adventure a week ago. I blasted through the first 4 day cycle and expected to feel residual fatigue during the second round. Instead, my volume has actually increased up to 18% per day from the first round and with MORE cardio – and my body feels amazing. What makes this also interesting to me is that my diet has remained relatively similar – averaging about 2,700 calories a day and only really adding a protein shake during my workout and some supplementation (creatine, caffeine/green tea, ZMA, fish oils, multi-vitamin).

The question I’m asking now… what will round 3 be like? Is round 2 an abberation, a product of me better fine tuning my weights I’m lifting and knowing better how to pace myself? Or will my volume continue to grow without much of a valley or drop off? Time will tell.. let the experiment continue!!!

Day 1 Legs 11/19 – 115,225 lbs.

Day 2 Chest 11/20 – 14,065 lbs.

Day 3 Back 11/21 – 28,045 lbs.

Day 4 – REST

Day 5 Legs 11/23 – 119,070 lbs.

Day 6 Chest 11/24 – 17,540 lbs.

Day 7 Back 11/25 – 33,800 lbs.

Total through Day 7 = 327,745 lbs.

1,000,000 lb. challenge

Big thanks to my wife for the suggestion to put this on my blog site here.

I was recently reflecting on my life and realized that the last couple of years, I have not been challenging myself with high-bar adventures like I previously did. Being adventurous is an important part of who I am and I think  several factors have caused me to compromise that. I’m bringing that part of me back to finish up 2015 and usher in 2016.

One challenge I’ve recently embarked on that I’ll be blogging about is what I am calling the “million pound challenge” where I will be lifting 1,000,000 lbs. of weight volume within a month. Here’s how it works:

-It’s a million pounds of volume. What that means is 10 sets at 100 pounds = 1,000 lbs of volume.

-I’m working with a 4 day split – 1 day of lower body, 1 day of chest/arms/shoulders/cardio, 1 day of back/abs/cardio, and 1 day of rest. The routines start out with complex movements (multi-joint) which have the highest benefit and fatigue factor and work down to isolation workouts (single body parts). My entire routine is listed on bodybuilding.com.

Today I just finished day 5 of the challenge. Days 1-4 weren’t what I’d call easy but I started with a full load of glycogen in my muscles and plenty of energy…just a bit short on time. Time will be a challenge, especially for the legs workout which takes about an hour and 45 minutes. I felt more stiffness and fatigue in the gym today on the second go-around for the legs workout for sure. I’m counting on an increase of this in the future.

So far so good though!

Day 1 Legs 11/19 – 115,225 lbs.

Day 2 Chest 11/20 – 14,065 lbs.

Day 3 Back 11/21 – 28,045 lbs.

Day 4 – REST

Day 5 Legs 11/23 – 119,070 lbs.

Total through Day 5 – 276,405 lbs. Right on target!

5.3.15 – lower macleay park to witch’s castle

7.6.14 – northern point mugu loop

7.1.14 – trail pass and cottonwood pass loop

A Moment of Humility and Self Examination


I’m a huge White Sox fan. One of their announcers, Hawk Harrelson, always talks about TWTW, which is his acronym for “the will to win.” Hawk believes that this is an intangible that successful people must have; it pushes them past the status quo to a special level of performing.

I’ve always been a TWTW kind of person. Whether it meant work, running, or hiking, my body was always a couple steps behind my drive to succeed – but that drive pushed my body to reach whatever limits I was dreaming of. I can remember running 1600m races – and almost every time I’d hit the final 400m segment, I’d push myself as hard as I could – to where I’d literally fall over just after the finish line. I could do almost anything I wanted – as long as I wanted it enough.

In recent years, things have changed. Four years ago, I tore my meniscus doing some plyometric training. Shifting to a full time management role at work has left my energy to exercise and hike quite a bit lower and I’ve added weight. Even some mental issues like vertigo have clouded my mental state on steep hikes. Things have changed – they’ll never be the same again – and TWTW no longer works the way it did.

I’ve resisted acknowledging that my body has permanently changed until now. I’ve tried to “suck it up” and “be a man” and all of those other awesome sayings guys grow up hearing. But I need to real and connected to the here and now – not living in my past like Napoleon Dyamnite’s Uncle Rico. Now my question is “how strong can I become?” I’ll never be the same again – my knees, my age, my energy will never be the same and I’ve accepted that. I no longer have a life with seemingly endless possibilities and I’m trying to uncover where that threshold is between pushing myself to improve while not overdoing it and harming myself.

So my question for you – hikers, 30’s-somethings, or simply my engaged readers – how do you define that line for yourself? What does that look like? What does TWTW look like when compared with reality?


5.5.14 – whitney portal to lone pine lake

5.4.14 – Sherwin Lakes

5.3.14 – Vernal/Nevada Falls up the Mist Trail

11.6.13 – franklin trail (phase 1)


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