birthday challenge
October 13, 2013 posted by

Never Stop Learning

Never Stop Learning

On my student loan application they asked when my education would be finished,” said my friend, the ever-quoatable Dave Grams (whom you’ll hear more of in these posts) one day back in college. “I answered ‘never’.”

If I wasn’t so busy I’d always be taking classes in something. I love learning and, for the life of me, cannot even fathom how people can be disinterested in the marvelous world we live in (make the universe), its history, and what makes us tick. That said, I can get sucked into day to day matters and allow my attention to get diverted to nothing but the issues at hand. Luckily I have an educational job, which requires me to read, study, and examine the latest scientific (and not so scientific) findings. But as Louie said in Pumping Iron, “I’m not satisfied!” So I’ve added mandatory reading to my daily activities. And it feels absolutely great!

I challenge you to do the same. Try turning off Game of Thrones or whatever other mind-numbing nonsense fills your evenings once a week for force yourself to do something educational. I’d be willing to wager not one of you wouldn’t be thankful in the end. Learning stuff simply makes life worth living. Just like exercise, training your brain keeps you young. Without it, as some guy with silly hair and a most excellent stache once said, you’re dying.

Tally through Sat…

Steve’ 53rd Birthday Challenge

Join the Challenge and win stuff!

Beachbody Workout of the Day

None– Forgot to log-in to Supergym, too. Did manage a ton of extra log-in on multiple workout days during the week in anticipation though.

Synopsis – Challenge of the week go cancelled so made an impromptu one instead that should suffice in case weather (which has been bizarrely bad) disallows stuff on the list. Did 5 first ascents and 50k on the single speed mtn bike, all with the dogs. It was a fantastic day.

Reading & questions answered: /2809 (53/day) – 3 & 23 (147 questions and 465 pages), The Charlie Francis Training System.

Nutrition:
Servings of Shakeology: /53 – 1(12) – w/ water
Days of Ultimate Reset: /5.3
Days taking supplements: /53 – 12
Days of no alcohol: /53 – 12
Days of no meat: /53 – 12
Coffee Cycles (more on this later): /5.3 – round 2.
King Pin fritters: /5

Exercise:
Beachbody workouts: /53 – 0(15)
Push-ups: /5300 – 0(670)
Jumping jacks: /5300 – 0(600)
Ab moves: /5300 – 0(1060)
Crunches: /5300 – 0(1000)
Ab Ripper X Moves: /5300 – 0(1000)
Beast back day: /53,000 lbs. 54,000 CHECK
Beast chest day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast shoulder day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast leg day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast arm day: /53,000 lbs.
P90X2 functional warm-up: /53 – 1(11)
Running drills: /53 – 1(10)

Neuro-integrating stretching: /53 – 1(9)
Iron Mind gripper and extensor band reps: /10600 200(3000)
Breath hold sessions: /53 – 1(11)
Stabilizer sessions: /53 – 1(10)
Internal Organ Training: /53 –  1(13)

5.11 Climbs: /5 4(4)
5.12 Climbs: /3 1(1)
5.11 Boulder transverses: /5 – 1
5.12 Boulder transverses: /3 – 1
Campus board movements: /530 – 0(66)
Climb-specific pull-ups: /530 – 0(65)
Cycling on road bike: /53 miles
Cycling on mountain bike: /53 miles 10(10)
Cycling on cyclocross bike: /53 miles 0(26)
Cycling on time trial bike: /53 miles
Cycling on fixed gear bike: /53 miles
Cycling on single speed bike: /53 miles 33(33)
Cycling on tandem bike: /53 miles
Hiking: /53 miles – 5(20)
Running: /53 miles 0(2)
30 minutes of rowing: /5 times 1(1)
30 minutes of elliptical: /5 times
30 minutes of swimming: /5 times

Family:
Tasks for his wife: /53 – 0(13)
Chores around the house: /53 – 0(18)
Tasks for his dogs: /53 – dogs are basically sidekicks so this one’s a freebie

Other:
Blog posts: /53 – 1 (15)
Team Beachbody Instructional Videos: /5
Team Beachbody Video Chat /5 1(1)
Days keeping these stats: /53 – 1(12)

A Few Challenges of Yore

2000 – 40 Days of Hell
2003 – Get Back To Reality
2006 – This is Gonna Hurt
2007 – My Blood Must Be Fully Replaced Each Year
2010 – Birthday Tribute from 67 friends
2012 – Making Lemonade

1 Comment

  • Or one could turn off Game of Thrones and read Game of Thrones! Fiction has its place as we learn to be more creative. But I digress; your advice is fantastic. I wish I had an occupational need to read the type of texts you’re reading. Learning is even easier these days with free online classes. There’s a “Science and Cooking” class online at Harvard that I’m trying to find the time to take right now.

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