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Strongest since 2010; Almost knocked myself out; Articles section launched.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by  
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After waking up yesterday morning at 3:00 AM to see Lisa off to Vegas, I was feeling a little tired at training time. That lethargic feeling didn’t last long once I started lifting–in fact I felt really good after just a couple of sets. For the seventh leg workout in a row I added weight and/or reps to every single exercise–and that included +10 pounds to my squat and +10 pounds to my lunges. I hit my target reps (4×20 on each exercise) again this week, and so that means I’ll be adding weight once again next week!

After my workout I decided to pull out a bunch of my old workout logs and look at what I’ve been lifting over the past few years. It’s official: I’m currently using more weight on every single leg exercise than I’ve been able to lift since late 2009/early 2010! Even more encouraging, I’m more than 20 pounds lighter now than I was the last time I was able to move this much weight in the gym. I can’t tell you how stoked I felt when I saw the hard numbers. Lighter, stronger and faster: that is what I’ve been striving for, and I’m making it happen.

Last night I was out in the garage messing with my bikes and I had a little mishap. The Trek 4300 I was working on was the bike I rode until I got my Fuel EX 8, and it has a lot of miles on it. The bottom bracket bearings are shot, and so I decided to pull the cranks and bottom bracket. The bottom bracket on the 4300 is the square-taper sealed cartridge variety, which threads into the bike frame. In order to remove the bottom bracket from the frame, a special tool must be used (the Park BBT-22). The non-drive side of the bottom bracket came out without much difficulty, but the drive side (which is reverse-threaded, clockwise is loose) would not budge! I had the BBT-22 attached to the longest wrench I own (a Park torque wrench), and I was using all my strength to attempt to break the bottom bracket free. As I was pressing down with all my might, the bracket finally turned; when this happened the torque wrench slipped off the spline sending the BBT-22 flying at me like a bullet. The BBT-22 struck my head just behind my ear, knocking me to the ground. I saw stars, and things got hazy for a few moments. I didn’t feel dizzy once I got back on my feet, but my thoughts were definitely not clear (more than usual, I mean).

It doesn't look like much here, but the socket hit right on the bone doing about 200 miles per hour.

It doesn't look like much here, but the socket hit right on the bone doing about 200 miles per hour.

I know it doesn’t look like much in the picture, but this morning the entire right side of my head and neck are killing me. I’m OK, but it sure hurts.

Leave it to me to have a bike accident while it’s in the dang repair stand! Maybe I should wear my full-face helmet when I’m working on my bikes. 😀

Yesterday I launched the long-awaited Articles section of JSF! There’s not much there right now, but I’ll be adding some of my best stuff to it in the coming weeks. Over the past decade I’ve written more than 3,000 articles on just about every fitness subject imaginable. That’s a lot of information, and I could use your help in selecting the articles worthy of feature. Please check out the page if you’d like to help flesh out this new section of JSF! Also, as the list of articles grows I’ll probably organize things a little differently to make finding what you’re looking for a snap.

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