Three Things I've Learned Since Being Home (by home, I mean the United States).
1. There is nothing that a glass of wine or three can't fix.
Wine, how I missed you ...
2. Be friendly. Ask the cashier how she's doing. Ask the guy pumping your gas what his plans are this weekend. After spending a year in the Middle East unable to converse during small, trivial, interactions like this, I am soaking up as many of them as I can (it's the little things you miss). Make everyone a friend. Learn their first name. Greet them with it.
3. There is life outside of training. I know I was all hell bent on being an "athlete" after Regionals this year. But life is short. And beer is good. And sleeping in is heaven. Again, it's the small things ...
As I write this, I am flying over Chicago, on a jet plane heading to Connecticut. It's a business (but mostly pleasure) trip. I get to see some of my favorite people that I haven't seen in months. Do some CrossFit. Drink. Relax.
I attended the CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Seminar over the weekend at CrossFit X-Factor in Portland. I was very impressed with the instruction. Zach is bearded and burly. His girl Roo, moves like a leopard. Great team. You'll be swinging a lot of bells. If you're a trainer looking for more tools in the toolbox for your athletes regarding rehabilitation, accessory work, strength, etc., I can't recommend this course enough. My hamstrings are still sore.
This weekend I'm attending a USAW Seminar (trying to studying on my flight over, but this chardonnay is distracting). I'm hoping it ties in with everything I learned at the CrossFit Weightlifting Seminar a few weeks ago in Kuwait.
It's a little surreal to be back in the United States. But I am loving every minute of it.
And those mups are coming along!