Christopher Columbus Would Crush Fran

This is one of my favorite times of the year. The leaves begin their change into vibrant colors. The air is particularly crisp in the early morning. Evening skies become a brooding blue-gray. Pumpkin patches and corn mazes beckon while Olive, Victor, and the Krakens chug glassfuls of cider. Scarecrows and skeletons adorn door fronts … Continued

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You Get What You Get – Deal With It

I’m sitting in the cafeteria at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. Jenny and I are waiting on news of Rocco’s surgery. I’m feeling pretty damn good about it. Maybe I’m just kidding myself and my psyche isn’t processing what is happening. I’d prefer to believe that I am that confident about the surgery and … Continued

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Guns, Girls, and CrossFit

CrossFitters hate guns! There is no place in CrossFit, or the fitness industry, for guns. That is what the some out there would have us believe. The winners of the 2016 CrossFit Games, in addition to money and various other prizes, were awarded certificates for which they could turn in to Glock and receive a … Continued

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Don’t Be Afraid of the “C” Word

The “C” word. Some people have no problem with it. It rolls off their tongues with the ease of a drunken sailor on liberty. Others struggle with it. They cringe when they hear it. It matters not their age, sex, creed, or gender (or current gender expression) – the thought of embracing it makes them … Continued

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Faceless Heroes

This is going to be short and sweet.  Sometimes less is more. Memorial Day 2016 is behind us.  It was an excellent weekend of camaraderie, time well spent with loved ones, and moments reflecting on those that gave their lives for our freedom.  In gyms full of iron around the country it also meant doing … Continued

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Don’t Get Voted Off the Island

The game of Survivor. Yes, I’m speaking of the television series. I am not ashamed to admit that watching the show is a guilty pleasure for my wife and I. If you haven’t watched it I recommend giving it a shot. It is like a living, breathing version of Facebook. If duck lips; open ended, … Continued

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What is Your Quiet?

Each winter, much like the season itself, the training cycle is a tough one. Requiring a certain stubbornness only those whose ancestors weren’t killed off by Vikings would understand, the winter training cycle is a grind. It is a millstone against which all but the toughest grains are pulverized leaving the chafe strewn and scattered … Continued

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Character in Action

“The body must be vigorous to obey the soul. The weaker the body, the more it commands; the stronger the body, the more it obeys.”  -Jean Jacques Rousseau Recently athletes have been asking me about mental toughness, specifically how they can develop it. The great news is that if you are a member of a … Continued

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Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

As the year draws to a close it is impossible not to think what one could have done differently. Stop. Don’t do it. It is a waste of time. The past is long gone. Those that dwell on what may have been do themselves no favors. “I would have.” “I could have.” “I should have.” … Continued

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