Training day 03-02-2014 and a blackout of a night

Yesterday I went to the Arnold Classic in Columbus for the day.

Slept 3 hours on Friday night, woke up, got the car, grabbed my friends and trekked down south 3 hours for a day of fun.

Spent the day living on caffeine and protein bars, went out to eat at a Brazilian Steakhouse with a bunch of friends after and then drove home.

By the time I reached the Cleveland area, the snow was in full force. As I was about to pump gas to fill the car up, a blackout happened across half of the county. It literally enveloped a large area in complete darkness and all you could see were headlights on cars, and the white of the snow falling.

I have to admit that it was both a serene and horror-movie-esque sight. I got back in my car and drove around just appreciating the complete silence. Radio off, minimal traffic on the road and a darkness you will never see in a highly developed suburban area until you have this happen.

No traffic lights, no street lights, nothing. Every building that didn’t have a generator kick on was dark. Every home was dark and the lights illuminated the white of the snow in a harsh contrast to the black of the night.

My home was part of the blackout so there was no point in going back to sleep in the cold (electric heat) and my dog was being watched for the day by a friend, so she was safe.

I spent the night in my car, with the heat on and fell asleep warm looking up at the black sky without any light to take away from what I was seeing.

I have never experienced a quiet like that since I was in the woods camping. This was arguably darker since the sky was cloud covered from the snow and not even the moon was around to shine light on Lake County.

It allowed me to relax fully because of the environment created by the blackout. I don’t relax easily. I work a lot, I have a plate that is overflowing with obligations, stress, a busy schedule and my own mind.

For one night, I felt like I could close my eyes and feel some serenity amongst the chaos that my life can be, and it was a good feeling.

I live and work in a world where you are hustling, you are trying to get ahead and I am never forced to slow down or appreciate time to myself because my time is always being spent keeping busy. It took a frigid and snowy night, a horror movie atmosphere, complete silence and darkness and an exhausted body to fully appreciate what it means to feel alive. 

When the blackout was over and power was restored to most of the area, I went home to lay in my bed for a few more hours before I went to the gym.

Today’s workout was light as I was still run down from the day, but I did what I could do and didn’t even worry about it.

Seated Leg Curls
110 x 15
130 x 3 x 15
130 x 15 partials

3ct Pause Squats
135 x 6
225 x 2 x 6
275 x 6
315 x 3 x 5

135 x 50

Leg Extensions
110 x 7 x 10

Strong band leg curls
100 total reps

Standing calf raises
150 x 3 x 10

The weekend was filled with good memories of meeting new people and seeing old friends. I had a chance to finally meet people I’ve conversed with over the years, in person, and it was like we were friends since childhood. I didn’t get the time to see a few people I really wanted to see and that is unfortunate, but there is always another time; real friends don’t see space, time or location. Friends are there no matter what.


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