By: Jim Goetz
This has been quite a week in many regards.
I threw my chips in to my goal of making the Reebok Crossfit Regionals by becoming an athlete in the Crossfit Open.
Im asked regularly why I don't tell the world that I'm in it to win it. Mat Frasier is a phenomenal athlete. So are the guys finishing second, third, fourth, etc., year after year. They have been doing this for years as well. I have been doing this for seven months. I'm learning to do things such as put together a string of double unders at least 100 long. I went from not being able to hold a hand stand to doing clips of 30 head to ground hand stand push ups. I've gone from deadlifting barely 300 lbs to hitting 500 lbs by months end. I went from squatting 405 now to again, hitting 500 lbs by months end.
My problem is not of my success but by my current limits. In training I legitimately tore my right supraspinatus muscle to the point of; if you see me know I am in excruciating pain at that very moment. Yet I continue to push through and train. I know certain movements will hurt. But I need to practice muscle ups and snatches and increase my push press. Each repetition hurts more than the previous. I do it because I have a goal. I could give up and it would be okay. People would understand. But that's the easy way out. That's justifying failure. If I fail, I want it to be because I was not good enough not because I did not give it 100% of my effort. I have to live with myself and I have to look myself in the mirror. I failed in baseball. I failed in many other things. In my heart I know I failed those things for lack of effort. This is my last chance for athletic greatness. I give thanks to CrossFit for that opportunity.
In other news, to help with CrossFit, I have reduced my weight now from 224 to 208.
The incentive of the #250kChallenge by @bodybuildingcom and @optimumnutrition does not hurt. The ability to earn $100k by simply biohacking my body to be at it's best is incentive.
To accomplish this, I have added 100 non-stop burpees to my routine of working out 2x day (skill lift such as an Olympic lift or powerlift and a WOD from hell). I have increased my fat intake and reduced protein and continue to remain organically ketogenic. The BioHackHumans Instagram account has some of my workouts posted and will continue to do so. With enough interest, I will post my program month by month ahead of time on this site.
Lastly, the legal system has once again showed it's blind to justice. Individuals can cause harm upon others for their own ego and act irresponsible while doing it. The dean of the college can talk about ethics while having an affair (in his office at times), with a married woman and co- employee. In the end, the attorneys who collect their money in great sums up front are the real winners. They can be admittedly lazy and still walk away with six digits in their pocket for putting forth a minimal effort. The lesson learned, don't go to court. It's like going to a casino. The house always wins. This is the second time I put my faith in the legal system to do what is right. This is the second time I lost and lost big. At least I get to stay home this time.
I'm admittedly in a very dark place at this time. Thank goodness my daughter is in my life.
James "Jim" Goetz, affectionately referred to as, "Dr. Daddy", is a leading global expert in the field of health, fitness and wellness having spent many years as a strength and conditioning coach, completing his national chiropractic board exams and authoring numerous articles on the subject. He currently explores the unknown in advancing human performance through scientific research.
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