By Jim Goetz
These past couple weeks have been some of the toughest in my life. And with the experiences I have had; it would have to be difficult to consider this tough.
My wife (www.chanteagoetz.com) was in Monterey, California for a week at school, studying for her PhD in Applied Psychophysiology. That left "Dr. Daddy" a single dad for a week. It was stressful but did help bring the kiddos and I much closer.
The mental strain left me needing an outlet. I turned to burpees. Each night, I would put the kids to bed and go outside in the frigid cold and complete 100 burpees. Eventually I found a pace that gained me a sub 10 minute 100 burpee session. That was a positive.
Practice remains a challenge. It's my true passion in life (professional) and it eludes me. I was always taught that if you work hard enough for something, it becomes yours. So I worked harder than hard for it, completed all requirements, successfully completed boards and yet my white coat collects dust. One foot in front of the other, no matter how slow, is still forward progress, right?
I have had an upper respiratory tract infection that has plagued me and my training for the Crossfit Open. Combined with my shoulder which on a pain scale of 1-10...I give a 13, has been frustrating. I am realizing that my time is next year and that a full year of training is necessary, especially while learning new movements. However, I will push through and see what can be accomplished. Muscle ups are happening now. Barbell work has been going well. Double unders are starting to flow. My Murph time is 38 minutes and I am stronger than I have ever been in my life. Let's see if I am ready to become the fittest of fit.
The Bodybuilding.com #250kChallenge has been going remarkably well. I went from 224 lbs down to 200 lbs in the past month. This is with losing minimal muscle and maximal body fat. Biohacking fitness is possible with the right understanding of the human body. Exercise is a science. There's reasons why not everyone hits their goals. As for me, I am hitting mine.
Nothing in life ever happens as fast as we desire. Patience is a true virtue.
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.