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What I’m Reading..

Short Attention Span

I have a hard time keeping my attention on one thing for very long. I desperately try not to multitask as I recently learned that that’s more of a half ass-ing of multiple things than it is getting multiple things done efficiently and quickly. I agree. However, it is not unusual for me to have multiple books going at one time. Because I am not one dimensional and I have multiple interests, I like to spend time feeding those interests, even if it means multi-booking!

Working to Be Better

My weekly goals include continuously working to be a better coach and a better CrossFitter. I have several high level coaches that I follow and glean knowledge from, Ben Bergeron is one of my favorites. He owns CrossFit New England and is the coach of 2 time CrossFit Champion, Katrin Davidsdottir and Mat Fraser. He also coaches other Games competitors but his gym is primarily made up of GPP (general physical preparedness) athletes, much like ours. Ben’s knowledge covers a wide span, from mental training to physical training as well as training with and through adversity. His podcast (Chasing Excellence) is always informative. Ben recently released a book, aptly named, Chasing Excellence. I had been anxiously awaiting the release and picked it up through Amazon on it’s release date. He has many tidbits of knowledge throughout his book that I find helpful, not only for my own training, but also for the training for others. I’ll discuss more about it in a future blog.

Level 3 on the Horizon

Another of my current readings is mounds of CrossFit Journal articles, as well as watching hours of CrossFit instructional videos. I am currently a Level 2 Trainer but have applied for my Level 3. The Level 3 exam costs $500 to take (application fee was $150) and it consists of 160 multiple choice questions. I will have 3 hours and 55 minutes to complete the test. Some of the subject matter that is covered is, Screening & Assessment, Program Design, Coaching – to include movement, nutrition, and lifestyle, as well as Class and Athlete Management and Professional Performance and Management. The fail rate for the L-3 is pretty high. I intend on not being in that category. I am giving myself 3 months to prepare. Wish me luck and pray for me!

Additional Interests

When it’s time to rest my mind from studying and to detach a bit from all things CrossFit, I usually have a book going that is, not necessarily entertaining, but more informative. I recently finished, Fearless, by Eric Blehm. Every American should read this! It’s about the life of Adam Brown, a Navy Seal who triumphed through much adversity to go on to be one of the best Seals the Navy had. Read it, it is truly awesome!

My current book, however, is, Sons and Soldiers by Bruce Henderson. This is an untold story of Jews who escaped the Nazis and returned with the US Army to fight Hitler. I am constantly fascinated by stories of World War II. After seeing this book at Costco on Sunday, I told myself I could not start it as I had enough going already. Shorty after my Costco trip…I downloaded on Audible, just couldn’t help myself! While the  WWII books are often dark, I am drawn to the tales of the human spirit. I love learning about those who persevered through such tragic times. We has humans today have absolutely no idea how profoundly strong the human spirit truly is. Most of us will never be tested to the degree some of those who lived during that era were. At least, I pray we won’t be. I’m in chapter 3, pick it up and read along with me.

More Time with Jesus

The other book I have going is one that I bought about 6 months ago but never started. It’s called 52 Weeks with Jesus by James Merritt. I’ve been a Christian since I was a teenager but rededicated my life to Christ when my children were in early elementary school. My walk has been up and down over the years but my faith is always in Him. I recently picked this book up again so I can try to refocus my life and get Him back to the forefront. The objective of this book is to get to know Jesus on a daily, weekly basis. The author focuses on the different aspects of who Jesus is. It’s divided into sections that are then divided into chapters, one for every week of the year. I’m really looking forward to learning more about Jesus and his many dimensions!

Explore as Much as Possible

I know this sounds like a lot to have going on but my day spans from 4:20a.m., to about 8:45p.m. When I’m not coaching or training, I like filling the air with a book on Audible or immersing myself into things that will help me be a better human. We’re never too old to learn and we’re never so good that we can’t be better. Learn, Live, Laugh, Love!

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