day 2595 – garage gym upgrades

whole tuesday morning and afternoon spent working in my backyard with my dad to make upgrades to my garage gym. made three major upgrades to the garage: a rack to store all my incoming bumper plates, hooks to hang my barbells and wiring for my digital clock. so glad my dad has the skills, tool and time to help me with these upgrades. the garage is definitely a lot more organized after we installed these things and got rid of a few unnecessary things

day 2592 – rusty jerks

a pretty good lifting session at apex that started off with quick abbreviated snatches. cleaning and  jerking this morning after not having done so for almost three months. it felt really foreign at first, but after going through the motion a couple times, it started coming back to me. i was suppose to keep it relatively light because coach didn’t want any misses today. i worked my way up from thirty five kilos and felt good all the way to fifty two kilos. i’ll drill this for the next little while and see what my new max will be in a couple weeks

day 2568 – thursday to do’s

continuing with my productive thursdays trying to check off errands i don’t normally get to on other days of the week. met up with a long time friend in the morning over starbucks and had a good time catching up. i also had to do a lot of thinking for the upcoming months in anticipating that killarney programs will not resume in september. i got through much of the list, but there’s a couple things i’ve intentionally left off the list that still needs to be done

day 2414 – shadow maintenance

bringing shadow into bmw for its last annual car service under my ownership. it was another expensive service, but that’s nothing new with beemers. the exterior is looking sharp and sparkling clean, but i still need to give the interior a wipe down this weekend before i show it to potential owners. i hope to find a good owner who will take good care of it. i’m really looking forward to receiving an upgraded car that i’ve already put a lot of money down

day 2370 – antsy cleans

a fun gym session joined by two friends. i last olympic lifted three weeks ago because of pec strain. i was scared but i wanted to see if i was able to do light cleans without shoulder pain. i started with sixty five pounds but somehow felt okay and worked it all the way to one plate. i probably could have done one forty, but wasn’t going to risk it. we ended with some box jumps and i’m happy to report i jumped a thirty nine inch box which basically matches my personal best. now i feel a little more motivated knowing my ankle can get back into things. my previous goal was to hit a forty inch box jump, but i think a forty two may be a goal down the road

day 2343 – marshmallow

when i said big things was coming this year, i didn’t mean marshmallow. starting off the sunny new year day being strong and chipping away at clean and jerk technique. i also got my car’s headlight replaced, cleaned out the rest of my wardrobe, organized some things and watched some prince of tennis. the dinner table was stacked with eight delicious dishes. ended the day relaxing with a facial mask. i would say that’s decent start to the year

day 2190 – pr clean

since i’m expecting deloading week to come soon, i just went for it. this would be the heaviest clean i’ve ever done and i’m truly proud of it. in the past i’ve only hovered around one hundred fifteen, rarely get into the twenties because i struggled to get out of the bottom position. my front squat have improved so much since joining apex that this weight was easily handled. i have had my eyes set on the one plate ever since i started getting the hang of olympic cleans, but who knows, maybe one day i can even make the reds

day 2139 – back on the grind

i didn’t waste any time in getting back on the olympic lifting grind. not having snatched or cleaned for three weeks has had much effect on me. my workout consisted of both and i found both to be extra challenging. timing is everything for any olympic lift, every little segment of the lift matters in whether it’ll be a hit or miss. finished it off with some back squats. i didn’t do any heavy lifts today, but i anticipate i’ll be fairly sore after this workout

day 1707 – autowest servicing 

img_20200130_2219327078010715597612778.jpgthe few downsides to driving expensive cars is the hefty expenses it comes with. took my beemer into autowest for my annual service which cost nearly a grand to do. it’s due for some bigger maintenance including spark plugs, brake fluid, oil change and fifty five point inspection. that’s quite a lot to service but no complaints on the service and shuttle pickups provided. my shadow left the dealership sparkling clean and ready to rock and roll

day 1496 – summer cleaning

collecting all my hockey gear that i used to take over the porch this weekend. people say their water turns murky black after soaking their gear; mine didn’t change colour so i’m not sure if i did it right. regardless, it was the small window of offseason; i now have clean gear to use in anticipation of a busy season of hockey. i find labour day weekend is all about cleaning and catch up work, as if i was getting ready to go back to school