I've been living in a temp place in San Jose for a few weeks and can stay here as long as I want. I don't really like the location and it's fairly pricey. I'm starting a two month clinical deep tissue massage course in a few weeks up in Oakland (different school than the one I went to) and decided late last week that I'm going to look for a sublet up that way. I'm not really in the mood to do a 40 mile commute three days a week on the motorcycle. Unlike the challenges on the road, that one isn't particularly interesting or fun. Most of the people I know live down in San Jose too, but I'd like to give the east bay a try, which I had been considering when I started massage school almost two years ago.
Back in the gym, I started a basic "Starting Strength" program, which is all barbell training. Other than bench I've never done any of these exercises. Squats feel pretty natural (not that my form is necessarily fantastic) and overhead press is actually a lot of fun. The deadlift movement feels very awkward and is going to take some work to get right (I am definitely leaning forward too much and I'm not sure about hip placement either).
It's also the first time I've been at a commercial gym in six years. I forgot about all the characters you find there. The guys with (seeming) body dysmorphia are the funniest and most tragic.
I'm going to get back to yoga too, maybe after a month worth of weightlifting. Last time out I ended up with nagging elbow and ankle and I'd like to minimize my odds of that happening again.
I'm up to 40 minutes a night of meditating (do you see the theme here). I'd like to get it up to two hours a day at some point, but that will take time. My focus is poor.
That's pretty much it. I'm waiting for the 70F days to come back so I can go ride down to the coast to really enjoy my temporary life of leisure.
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