Nice little workout tonight. Again, after my more-and-more habitual day intermittent fasting, but before breaking the fast, I hit the kettlebells.
Simple, quick, hardy. Started off with stick (and a bit of bag), then did the five minute Turkish Get Up drill. Five minutes of free play (jogging, abs, etc.), then a five minute long cycle clean and jerk.
After that, did 3×3 of light deadlifts with the Oly bar and discs. In other words, three sets of three reps. Light because I was only using what was already on the bar–177lbs. Each set was a different variation; first set–Romanian, second–Sumo, third–conventional. See here for a page that conveniently lists all three with photos.
I finished off with 3×1 of cleans with same weight. That is, I did three sets of only one repetition. The first one I went ahead and continued on into the press, making it a clean and press.
Cooled down a little bit, then headed over to the Y for steam, sauna, and jacuzzi. I think you’ll be able to find my mountain Lair by the heat signature; basically it’ll be simply a support system for a sauna and jacuzzi 🙂 .
So, I’ve been a sandal guy for a long time, since I was a kid. I remember my dad getting us those sandals made from tire tread, which we thought were the neatest things ev-ah (even if the rivets holding the straps together wore holes in my skin…).
When my brother brought back some Tevas from Wyoming, I became a Teva man. Been one ever since.
Until now. Looks like I might give them up. A few weeks ago, I came across some Keens at the local Gander Mountain. I knew my bro had a pair of the shoes, and had mentioned some things about them, about how they’re made to be recyclable and from some recycled materials. So I tried some on (the “Briggs” in “Field/Bracken”). Funky looking–but really, really, really comfortable.
I did some online research and lo, they started off as soley (no pun intended 🙂 ) a sandal maker, then expanded into a variety of shoes. The originator, Martin Keen left the company to start another one, Mion. Anyway, the original idea was that Keen is a competitive sailor, loved Tevas, but wanted something to protect his toes, so invented a sandal and company to do that–Keen.
Well, I liked the shoes so much that I decided to give the sandal a try. They had the original there at the store, so that’s what I got. I was actually looking for the ones like my bro has, but they didn’t have it. Oh, well.
Ok, I like the sandal (the “Newport” in “Bison”). It’s a little funky getting used to sandals with toes. I mean, I had some pretty sophisticated Tevas, but never any of the ones with closed toes. These are okay, though, and look pretty good. They use a waterproof leather for the straps, and it looks a little more… I dunno, maybe put-together or something, almost like dress sandals, as opposed to the Tevas I had, which were all about being a water rat.
And another thing–these things seem a bit heavy and maybe a little stiff. And heavy toward the toe, as opposed to the Teva feel, which was lighter, with the weight balanced more evenly (fewer straps and no toe, of course). Well, I’ll live with them a while. I do like them, and feel better walking around in wet conditions. Supposed to be the Teva strong point, but if the footbed got the littlest bit wet, then I would slide all around in them. I wore the Keens over to the Y in the rain, and probably still had moist feet getting dressed after the shower, and no slidage. Wonderful. Maybe the closed toe helped with that, too…
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