Thursday, January 14, 2016

5 Things I am Thankful for On This Thursday January 14, 2016

  1. 23 and Me genetic results - I've always been on the healthier than most side of life. It doesn't matter that I'm healthier than you what matters is that my health continues it's strong trend. A few blood tests ago my Iron (ferritin) levels were high. They continued blood test after blood test to remain high. The only way to reduce them is to give blood which I've been doing. But the cause was yet unknown. It's ether genetic or it's lifestyle. 23 and Me confirmed that it's not genetic. That's good because I don't have to give blood every 30 days now. The future says continue to give blood and to monitor through blood tests. 
  2. My big sister Cyndi - We've not had an easy 6-7 years. First our father passed away abruptly on the 17th fairway one November morning. Not much longer after that we (my sister) had to put our mom into a total care facility for her Alzeimer's. Then just over a year ago our brother Bob passed away from ALS. Now the money has run out and my Mom needs to move to a county facility. My sister Cyndi is taking care of all of this over the weekend. Words can't express how thankful I am to have Cyndi as my sister. She raised me and she's still showing me how to live. 
  3. Dr Phil Maefetone  I was lucky to meet Phil years ago at a function we held at Road Runner Sports. Listening to his interviews on Endurance Planet remind me just what a visionary he has been in such a kind soul. The endurance community is lucky to have a guy like Phil. 
  4. David Bowie - What and influence in my life. Music is the one absolute constant in my life. It's on in the background or in the foreground most of my waking day. I love all music. There are certain threads in the music I listen to most and David Bowie is easily threaded through much of it. 
  5. The place where I live. I sometimes forget that that I live here. I get busy doing stuff and sometimes forget as Gordo says "This is far more than I need" I can't agree with you more Gordo. 
It's a good life....

Monday, January 11, 2016

I am Just an Imbecile

Why can't we not be sober?
Just want to start this over.
Why can't we sleep forever.
I just want to start this over.

I am just a worthless liar.
I am just an imbecile.
I will only complicate you.
Trust in me and fall as well.
I will find a center in you.
I will chew it up and leave

I don't remember the first time I heard this passage from the song Sober by Tool. I do remember how thought provoking it was to me. There have been times in my life were this passage truly spoke to me. There are times where I truly wanted to just be this and live with it. 

If not for my wife and my son I might actually live this out. The great thing about my life is that Marco wanted to be with me when he saw Tool for the first time. That's simply awesome. 
This past Saturday will stay with me for the rest of my life....

It's a good life....

Thursday, January 7, 2016

5 Things I'm Thankful for on This Thursday

  1.  El Nino - Strange as it may sound but the rain this year has been beautiful. For the last two years I've been running shirtless. In fact I can count on 1 hand the number of times I ran with a shirt on during the winter. No chance this winter. In fact most days I have a vest and gloves on. 
  2. It's January - I love the Holidays but retail doesn't sleep. I'm glad to be through and on to January where things will normalize. 
  3. Whole Foods - There is one close to one store and one on the way to the other store. My big freaking salads come from there. It's a worthy expense since it's about making the next 10 years stronger and healthier then the last 10 years. 
  4. Wahoo Kickr - When I made the purchase I hated the fact that I was spending that kind of money. Now I can't imagine life without it. Funny how that is. 
  5. Runners - It's so fun to see the light in their eyes when you solve a problem. Most runners I meet are in pain. When they feel that pain diminish the look on their face is priceless. 
It's a good life....

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


I was in a Starbucks yesterday talking to the two Baristas. They asked about my resolutions and told me there plan. The younger one said" I've made mine but they usually fall away after a month". The older one said "I didn't make any, I don't want to fail".

I work three different jobs. One of them is more passion than job because it doesn't pay to well just yet. I work these three jobs because of one big part of my life our Son Marco. I made a commitment 2 years ago to spend the most quality time with him I could and enjoy his last two years of high school with him.

With that I really only have one resolution with a huge amount of action items.

I want to run once a month with Marco until he ships out to the Marines.

The action items:

  1. Continue to hack by body. It's been used and abused and although it's not broken it's of the age that stuff happens. 
  2. Give Mary the first priority attention she deserves. Believe me when I say the relationship with Marco is great when the relationship with Mary is great. 
  3. As my friend at work said to me just the other day "Dave, I have one thing to say to you, Breath Mother Fucker" I've been following the Wim Hoff breathing method for a few months now. I've tried all kinds of mediation and I've found this to really work. I test stuff daily and the two metrics that get tested are HRV (Heart Rate Variability) and Stress level. When fully engaged in the Wim Hoff method my HRV goes really high and my stress goes away. In fact yesterday the stress was a complete flatiline that barely registered on the graph. On  a side test I test blood glucose each morning. Wim sasy the breathing changes your body chemistry. Three times after crappy food the night before my blood glucose has been super high upon waking. All three times I did the deep breathing and dropped by blood glucose by as much as 20%. I'd love to find out if this is a fact. 
It's a good life....