… is that you get to set mini-PRs all over again.
… is that you get to set mini-PRs all over again.
“I know that weeds shall grow in it
Faster than men can burn;
And though they scatter now and go,
In some far century, sad and slow,
I have a vision, and I know
The heathen shall return.
“They shall not come with warships,
They shall not waste with brands,
But books be all their eating,
And ink be on their hands.
“Not with the humour of hunters
Or savage skill in war,
But ordering all things with dead words,
Strings shall they make of beasts and birds,
And wheels of wind and star.
“They shall come mild as monkish clerks,
With many a scroll and pen;
And backward shall ye turn and gaze,
Desiring one of Alfred’s days,
When pagans still were men.”
— G. K. Chesterton, The Ballad of the White Horse
This morning’s BCP Daily Office readings:
They are both timely and comforting the morning after the third Presidential “debate.”
The government of the earth is in the hands of the Lord,
and over it he will raise up the right man for the time.
— Sirach 10:4
The Lord has plucked up the roots of the nations,
and has planted the humble in their place.
The Lord has overthrown the lands of the nations,
and has destroyed them to the foundations of the earth.
He has removed some of them and destroyed them,
and has extinguished the memory of them from the earth.
— Sirach 10:15-17
Do not fret yourself because of evildoers;*
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
For they shall soon wither like the grass,*
and like the green grass fade away.
Put your trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
— Psalm 37:1-3
Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers,*
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
For evildoers shall be cut off,*
but those who wait upon the Lord shall possess the land.
— Psalm 37:8-10
Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.
I have friends taking issue with my math regarding the 50 million Americans that Hillary Clinton is writing off as irredeemably “not America.”
It’s possible that I’ve overstated, and it’s really something like a mere 30 million.
Since her description was delivered with a wink and a nudge (you know, “those people”…) there’s no precise number available. The only one who really knows how many millions are in Hillary’s Big Basket o’ Deplorables is… Hillary Clinton.
Perhaps someone should ask her.
When she’s well enough to take questions, of course.
“Now I tell you this,” continued Socrates, “because even the wealthiest cannot hold aloof from husbandry. For the pursuit of it is in some sense a luxury as well as a means of increasing one’s estate and of training the body in all that a free man should be able to do…
To me indeed it seems strange, if any free man has come by a possession pleasanter than this, or has found out an occupation pleasanter than this or more useful for winning a livelihood.”
— Xenophon, Economics, Chapter 5
I had the idea of a set of targets for the three major lifts. For simplicity, I think of it as “2/3/4.” That is, 200 lbs for the bench press, 300 pounds for the squat, and 400 pounds for the deadlift. This gives me a simple 1/1.5/2 multiplier (plus a fudge factor) times my bodyweight.
Let’s check this vs. the SMART criteria:
I know the action steps required to meet this goal. The plan is to follow the Starting Strength method, modified as required to train around injuries.
Aye, there’s the rub. I think this is a realistic strength level to aim for – I won’t be doing any powerlifting competitions, but this is a good baseline for what a strong man ought to be able to do. Hopefully it is realistic given my age, physical condition, and other life commitments.
Here is the part I was missing. In my previous thinking about it, I hadn’t set any time frame for actually getting this done. Other than “sometime before I die.”
So I will modify the goal to “2/3/4/20.” That is, have a 200 lb bench press, 300 lb squat, and 400 lb deadlift before the end of 2020.
There, that’s SMARTer.
Men in England are ruled, at this minute by the clock, by brutes who refuse them bread, by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern and therefore wish to enslave.
— G. K. Chesterton, Utopia of Usurers (1917)
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be…
I am done with apologies. If contrariness is my
inheritance and destiny, so be it. If it is my mission
to go in at exits and come out at entrances, so be it…
… Going against men, I have heard at times a deep harmony
thrumming in the mixture, and when they ask me what
I say I don’t know. It is not the only or the easiest
way to come to the truth. It is one way.
My son, do not busy yourself with many matters; if you multiply activities you will not go unpunished, and if you pursue you will not overtake, and by fleeing you will not escape.
— Sirach 11:10, RSV
I need to rethink my life now.