What I've Been Thinking About
I think nature sometimes has a cruel way of putting us all in check. The past few weeks have been pretty chaotic. I have been running around in circles with work, trying to keep up with a 3 year old, taking care of paperwork for expanding the business, recurring bank fraud on my business account, and all the other day to day stuff that seems to show up here on the farm. What did all this activity get me? A nasty cold!
Early this week I was talking to my co-worker about taking a day off. He said, "I don't blame you". Well, I never scheduled the day off but this germ did it for me. Whenever an illness passes, I always feel that there is some value in it. When you are sick, you only focus on what is going to help you recover. You don't care about what work you have to do or how much stuff is on the to-do list. You don't eat to excess and you prioritize sleep. The only thing that matters is trying to feel a little bit better each and every moment.
Youth Fitness Camps
After taking a week off, our Youth Fitness Camps are back in action! This week, from July 12-15, we will be hosting our Speed & Agility sessions here on the farm. As of now, this group size is a small one. If you have some interest and think your kid may respond a little better to a smaller group, then this week will be great for them! If you cannot make it this week, upcoming camps are July 19-22: Functional Strength & Conditioning and July 26-29: Speed & Agility.
The main focus of these camps is to create a positive training environment and teach these kids that great things can be accomplished with a little bit work. It is amazing some of the progress we have seen over the course of the 4 day camp. There is a change in almost every kid whether it be mentally or physically. It is quite special and I hope that everyone that comes through our program this summer continues to build off of what was gained during these camps. I love seeing the progress and the excitement that these kids bring when they accomplish something new. It is the best part of the job!
New Podcast Alert!
This week we recorded one my favorite podcasts of all-time: An Interview with the Incomparable Steven Rose!
To give a quick back story, Steven is one of my favorite athletes that I ever coached. He was always the hardest working kid in the room, a great teammate, and incredibly respectful. To give you some insight on the type of kid that he is, I will share this with you. A few years ago he was doing some work here on the farm and I gave him some extra money for all the work he did. He started driving home and 5-10 minutes later he pulled back in our driveway and told Marisa that I paid him too much and he wanted to give some of the money back. I don't know too many people who would do that and it speaks to his character. He has a great outlook and does an incredible job working with kids.
In this episode, Steven and I discuss strength & conditioning, the mental approach to life, training NCAA athletes, working with the youth, and much more! We had a few topics that we wanted to get to but work called and we had to call the podcast short of addressing them. We will be recording a part two this week!
What I've Been Reading
Tides of War by Steven Pressfield
Steven Pressfield is the man! He is one of my favorite writers and two of his books, The War of Art & Gates of Fire are so wonderful that I revisit every few years.
Here is how the book is described from the inside flap...
Brilliant at war, a master of politics, and a charismatic lover, Alcibiades was Athens favorite son and the city's greatest general.
A prodigal follower of Socrates, he embodied both the best and the worst of the Golden Age of Greece. A commander on both land and sea, he led his armies to victory after victory.
But like the heroes in a great Greek tragedy, he was a victim of his own pride, arrogance, excess, and ambition. Accused of crimes against the state, he was banished from his beloved Athens, only to take up arms in the service of his former enemies.
For nearly three decades, Greece burned with war and Alcibiades helped bring victories to both sides and ended up trusted by neither.
Narrated from death row by Alcibiades bodyguard and assassin, a man whose own love and loathing for his former commander mirrors the mixed emotions felt by all Athens, Tides of War tells an epic saga of an extraordinary century, a war that changed history, and a complex leader who seduced a nation.
Quote of the Week
"What really frightens and dismays us is not external events themselves, but the way in which we think about them. It is not things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance." --Epictetus
I hope you all have an awesome week!