Out in the country you would see these long black marks on the road where people had either been drag racing or had stopped at a high rate of speed. If you have not experienced being in a high performance car that pins your head to the headrest as it roars to life, it is pretty intense provided the driver knows what they are doing.
That’s how things have been the last couple months.
Training - “Remember…BE the Predator.” Yes, Sir. I received personal instruction from 2 of the most brilliant strength coaches on the planet Earth. They were so good one comment would leap you 10 years down the road in your development. They were so expert at their craft they could make it “simple”, because they were boiling down decades of experience into the essence of strength. I also had the privilege of personally being de-sissified by Pavel himself and I thanked him for it I am not saying that I looked pretty during the process, but I did enjoy it and it certainly had the impact of a detonated atomic device….in a good strong way. Think down the lines of kettlebell Gladiator and you might be getting into the right zip code. I remember telling him at one point “I cannot remember my social security number right now.” and then I started laughing, he smiled. “Enjoy the Pain”….indeed. No quarter was requested, No quarter was given – I am still alive to tell the story and the story does not end here…actually it starts here. I have some further purification to endure and I will become even stronger physically and mentally by doing so.
I never “make it” by being gifted, pretty, talented and those are all honorable virtues if you possess them. I make it by clawing it out until somehow, someway I limp/fall/collapse across the finish line. Somehow I pick myself up and move on. Not pretty, not easy but I do arrive and this will be no different. I did listen very closely to every syllable that came from Pavel’s mouth. Some things I am right on track with and others I have some work to do. I am willing to do the work for things that matter to me and strength matters a great deal. Not because of how much you can lift, but rather what you become along the way. You do not have to like him for his wisdom to be correct, I happened to have the bonus of leveraging his wisdom and appreciating his sense of humor. Call me sick, I liked him even when he was vaporizing me because….it made me stronger, it worked. You have to pay a toll to cross that bridge. Time to start saving for the next toll gate, so I can pay to crossover. It’s all good, closer to the goal line and like my MBA Thesis proctor said after what he thought was a slow start to my Thesis, which I made an A on…”Mr. Moon you have a strong endgame.” In the red zone and the ball is going in, if I personally have to run over 11 men then so be it.
Master Instructor Dan John…..the man can teach/coach. Period. He worked with me on my single arm snatch and darn near performed a miracle on improving my sequencing, that stuck through the next day. Major breakthrough. It is one thing to be strong and that is totally honorable….Master Dan John is strong and can show you how…if you execute what he shows you. Blew my mind how strong of a teacher he is. I recognize and appreciate virtuosity. I will be investing in “Intervention”…why ? because he told me to start there. Enough said. Genius.
Writing – final stages of e-book formatting prior to publication, that is is now in the hands of an expert as it should have been from the start….lesson learned. Outsource what you don’t do well or do not have the time to do well. It will be a good feeling to have this first book finished, to know the feeling of the process and to take what I learned and pour it into the next one….and that story is already forming quite nicely.
Fishing – VA Deptment of Game and Inland Fisheries – started volunteer work in the Fishing Department at the Richmond Headquarters, will be attending Fishing Instructor Training later this month. 1 of 6 in the state and taught by somehow who can teach me a thing or two about catching Largemouth Bass so I am “all in”. I do not see a Trophy Award Largemouth Bass Certificate on my desk for this year and that is going to change. Narrowing the focus, Narrowing the lures and going to lay the big bass bait out enough times until lightening strikes.
Making progress on all fronts, feeling good, feeling strong and looking forward to delivering the message in Kenbridge on June 23rd.
God has been with me through it all, carrying me on his back at times and I felt it. Totally grateful to serve such an almighty being whose power I cannot even comprehend.
Life is good.