The Thin Man (16. y.o., 6' 7" and 175 lbs, volleyball player) started training with me. He has a long way to go, but is a great kid and will do well if he is consistent and focused. Our initial work will focus on hip strength and mobility, along with general body awareness and ground-based footwork. And of course, we hope build some infrastructure, i.e. lean body mass, on that frame. It will be even more fun if his 6' 3" twin sister joins us.
Had a great ride on Wednesday with a group of very strong women. I have a ways to go to get back into decent riding shape. Out of that group, I have at least two kick-ass women who want to do some off-season work with me. They will learn how to train effectively for their sport and not waste any time on the traditional off-season weight training for cyclists crap.
Overtime had a good session in the gym and found the visual feedback from Dartfish very useful. He was able to make some key adjustments in technique and was psyched to see that he was making progress. Video feedback is not just about pointing out mistakes; it also allows the athlete to see what they are doing well and right.
The AD is psyched about the progress of the Big Dig at school. If the weather cooperates over the next 8 weeks, we could have only the third Mondo FTX running surface in the US down by the end of Fall. Football won 28-0. Connor Callahan won the RimRock Invitational CC meet in Kansas. The DeSmet Invitational swim meet went well and teams from around the state had the chance to swim in the venue that will host the state swim meet in November.
After all the good stuff, the rest of the news is a little underwhelming. I am mad. You greedy 'effing, short-selling, speculating Wall Street investment bank bastards. Balance sheets full of fraudulent accounting and lies. It is sickening. How do you people look at yourself in the mirror? What is your reality?
Jackson Browne says it for me in his song, The Pretender:
I'm going to be a happy idiot
And struggle for the legal tender
Where the ads take aim and lay their claim
To the heart and the soul of the spender
And believe in whatever may lie
In those things that money can buy
Though true love could have been a contender
Are you there?
Say a prayer for the Pretender
Who started out so young and strong
Only to surrender