Archive for the ‘Unfocused Rambling’ Category

You’ll all be glad to know that I have found the fitness room at the Peppermill resort. I gave it a quick once-over, just to get the lingering feeling that I’d ridden in a car all day out of my system. I did chest, back, shoulders, and arms, all on their machines. I did sets of ten, working upward toward a challenging weight, where it was available. The chest machine didn’t quite have enough stack to get me all the way there, but it was fine. I wasn’t looking for a massive workout, just a bit of heaving to get me into my happy place for the evening.

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Over the last week or so, it’s been tough for me to work out. I somehow ginked up my foot, and it’s been painful to put a lot of weight on it, walk around a lot, or go up and down stairs. Bummer. I think it’s almost better, though. So that’s part one.

Part two is that I’m on vacation, and getting ready to go off to Reno and have fun at the WorldCon Sci-Fi convention. It’s going to be great.

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So, yeah. It’s been quiet here on the Caveman Gym, huh? Let me explain.

1) It’s the summer. Things come up. Like nice weather, and the need to fix the sprinkler system.

2) I am doing the work of three technicians at work. It’s super fun. I’ve been exhausted by the time I get home.

3) I’ve had some actual writing work to do. Yeah! Turns out, you need to put your butt in the chair and your hands on the keyboard.

4) I’ve been helping a family member get to and from doctor’s appointments, and that sucks up a lot of time. (It’s okay, though.)

5) I have been learning to build my own bows. There, I’ve said it. Building bows. In true caveman fashion, these bows can be made without sophisticated tools, master craftsmanship…shoot, without a steady work area, even. I’m not ready to divulge all the secrets just yet, but videos, stills, and an article are forthcoming. At this moment, I have built and shot four of my own bows. Two of the four work shockingly well, while two are…interesting. The Caveman Gym has, of late, been the Caveman Workshop. You guys will dig this, I believe.

Finally, I did “real” hammer curls with the 90s on Saturday. Fun.

Happy Shooting/Lifting/Frolicking!

I’ve been shooting my bows quite a bit of late, and have some broad-spectrum thoughts to share. I’ll be staggering from one point to another like a drunken sailor, though, so hold on and hope I get to the point somewhere during the following blather.

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In the coming weeks, I’ll be evaluating how near I came to reaching my goals that I’ve been working toward over the last six months. Some of them, like the trap bar deadlift, have been well documented. Others, not so much. I’ll have more info as I test myself and see what condition my condition is in. I suspect that some of them will be a ways off, and others will have sort of taken care of themselves, even if I haven’t really been training them that much in specific.

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In any objective arena, there are “best” things. Though the winds of change generally don’t let the “best” remain the same for long, if you’re lucky enough to have access to any of these, it’s pretty darned neat. When it comes to the compound bow that is the most efficient at transmitting the strength of your draw to the arrow, I have had a chance to use the best.

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