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By gzt (Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 01:22:20 PM EST) gzt, naked, petrified, grits, zma, sleep (all tags)
That song: another thing I hate.

The souls is greater than the world, at least according to Ricky Bruch.

I'm reading The Storm by Fredrick Buechner while on the trains. I'm still reading The Worm Ouroboros, of course, but on my own time.

I've been experimenting with the ZMA and the sleep mask. I can't tell if the ZMA makes a measurable difference. If I were serious about the whole thing, I would keep detailed notes about my sleep. The sleep mask helps when I wake up, like, at 3-4am, because it makes it easier to fall back asleep and stay down. I'm usually too lazy to bother with either. Still, the sleep mask was probably a good investment and the ZMA wasn't a complete waste of $11. Other people have reported immediate substantial results with ZMA, so I wouldn't completely discount giving it a shot. Other notes: I sleep much better on my left side than my right. I always have. I think this may have something to do with my back, it's the right side of my lower back that bothers me. It could also indicate a problem with my right shoulder, which is possible, as it's my throwing arm, not that I've thrown much lately. The left shoulder is the one with noticeable problems.

Speaking of throwing, I've been thinking about disc golf again. I'm a fan of Dan John for his Olympic lifting and general strength-and-conditioning information, but his real forte is throwing, particularly discus throwing. Disc golf throwing and discus throwing are, in most ways, I presume, quite different. But, you know, no matter the implement, there are probably some things that carry over universally, and there are certainly more that carry over from discus to disc golf disc than shotput to disc golf disc, and I had a good time yesterday reading through Dan John's notes on discus throwing. I presume, at least, since I only have experience throwing baseballs and frisbees. Anyway. If I have time this summer (and don't put it aside for more interesting goals), I think it'd be cool to try to work up to 400' raw distance and probably about a 370' useful straight shot. That might be ambitious, I'll have to adjust accordingly. One of the reasons I have my doubts about this goal is that there simply isn't a way to get out to a course and play all that often, and if I'm not playing, there's not much of an incentive to practice throwing.

While I was standing at the pisser the other day, one of my coworkers started complaining, in confidence, about how his boss had been riding him lately, and I was like, man, I don't know what to say, I'm kind of a captive audience here. What happens in the bathroom stays in the bathroom, I guess, but I prefer people not tell me emotional things while my fly is down.

The Storm is pretty decent so far. It's mostly exposition at this point, but I'm definitely interested in the characters and want to see what's going to happen to them. This is more than I can say about a lot of books I have read. Certainly more than anybody could say about The Phantom Menace, excepting, of course, the natural interest in Natalie Portman.

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Tell the co-worker by georgeha (4.00 / 0) #1 Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 03:11:48 PM EST
that the bathroom is bugged.

farmer's walk by barooo (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 04:09:26 PM EST
how much weight do you need to do, for it to be useful?  I guess as a percentage of say, your 1RM squat or 1RM deadlift.

We don't have handles for it, but we have some big assed kettlebells (32 kg I think).

man, i need a beefy taco now.
depends on what you're after by gzt (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 04:52:37 PM EST
obviously, lighter weights mean longer walks. if the main goal is grip strength, higher weights and shorter walks. if it's grip endurance, conditioning, ab strength (use only in one hand), etc., anything not too wimpy would do, I should think. if it's prep for strongman events, figure out how much they're using in the strongman event. I haven't really done these much, but have meant to do them sometime and Dan John mentions them a lot. 32kg is probably plenty for endurance, conditioning, etc., and you would probably want to start with less.

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UPDATE: by gzt (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 10:27:50 AM EST
So I did farmer's walks last night with 50# dumbells and it was certainly sufficient for my purposes.

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awesome. by barooo (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 12:02:05 PM EST
50# is less than 2 poods (isn't a 16 KG pood the amount of vodka by weight that the soviets allotted to each citizen per month?)

You're also significantly more 70's big than I, so I should be good to go.  My goals at the moment are raw strength first, explosive power second, and to try and keep my waist size below 36 while eating as much as I need to.

man, i need a beefy taco now.
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Hmmmm by Gedvondur (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 05:55:20 PM EST
ZMA is no longer marketed as a sleep aid as far as I can tell.  There don't seem to be any studies showing its effectiveness as a sleep aid either.  That being said, it can't hurt either.....

Have you ever considered having a sleep study done to determine if you have apnea?  My wife has it and got a CPAP machine.  She loves it.  Its a bit of a pain with the hose and mask or nose piece, but she sleeps like a baby, often with her head under the covers or smashed into the pillow because the machine provides air.  She says she's never slept that well before getting it.  Just a thought.


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No, I haven't. by gzt (4.00 / 1) #6 Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 09:43:45 PM EST
It isn't marketed as one, but I do know some relatively trustworthy people who say it helped them (and gave them crazy dreams), so I thought I would give it a shot. At the very least, zinc and magnesium are good minerals to have and many people are deficient in them, so at least there's that.

I haven't, but I've thought about it. Teh wife indicates I'm sleeping a lot better now that I have the asthma back in check and that my breathing is fine, it's just that I wake up at 3 or 4 sometimes (often to pee) and then have trouble staying asleep afterwards. "Sleeping better" usually means waking up and going right back down or waking up at 5 instead of 3. Anyway, so it doesn't sound much like apnea. Still, it's something to think about. I do have teh wife watching out for signs of these things because they're quite serious.

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