How quickly the time has gone! We've been here for a month now, and it will already be hard to go.
We went to Mireya's for lunch today and Mireya said (in Spanish), "Oh good! I was thinking you left the country already!"
She seemed happy that we were here for another month and we talked about our trip to Las Tablas. I don't want to talk much about the Great Panamanian Road Trip of 2008, since Todd is writing a post about it and I'm making a video about it (check back this weekend), but I will say this - it was great!
Last night we found ourselves in the covered walkway in front of our building with our security guard, an ex US Army officer, a midget (or at least close), a blind guy, and a large guy who kept hiding behind a column for some reason.
The blind guy had a guitar which he used to play "My Way" as sung by Frank Sinatra. He sang it beautifully in spanish. "Mi Manera". It was a surreal and magical scene.
Alex Shalman (alexshalman.com) came randomly to visit us for a few days, which was a lot of fun. He really inspired us to stop sitting on the couches working all day. I did an interview over at his site which you can check out.
Crossfit has been going well. We ran a 10K almost a week ago which totally wrecked me. 6.2 miles. I haven't run that much in forever, and my calves are still hurting. We ran into two guys starting a Crossfit here in Panama, but that will probably be covered in the Carnival post.
We had an awesome trip to the Panama Canal, but we're not writing about it or posting the video because we're arranging to go back and film a couple more things. The people there are great and the Canal is, of course, spectacular.
I guess that's it for now... just making sure I update this bad boy frequently!
Dam.. a whole month already. nice work.
By the way, when you have a link in your post why dont you get it to open in a new window?
Hey, guys! Glad to hear the crossfit is going well. We have hit a lull of sorts back in Austin. Morning crossfit has been canceled for Feb. due to lack of attendance and will start up in March as Pilates Bootcamp (still tbd what this means). Evening crossfit is surviving with the diehards, but sometimes there's only 3 folks there. We're not sure what to make of it. Anyway, you guys are certainly missed.
Oops... blind guy. Sorry! Still, if you really wanted to, I bet it would be possible to play the guitar.
Then again I'm not deaf and I don't play the guitar, so what do I know?
Todd: I am learning soooo much from you guys! What a fabulous adventure you are on and I am enjoying following in your steps.
I got an e-mail yesterday announcing the 2008 Winter Sale for an outdoor gear company.
"That's strange," I thought, "their e-mail software must have messed up. It's not even close to being winter."
I guess you could say that I've adapted to the eternal summer of Panama. In five days it will be time to adapt again, this time to people who speak the same language as me. Eight days after that it will be time to adapt to the polar opposite of Panama - Tokyo.
Ever since I was a kid, I was an athlete. My Dad is a big sports fan and he had both me any brother playing all types of sports from the very beginning. Growing up, it was all about baseball, soccer, and gymnastics. In high school, I was a receiver on the football team and a hurdler on the track. I thought about it once, and I think I've played about 13 sports competitively in my life. Though I know plenty of people who were much more successful in their athletic careers than me, I was always one of the first kids picked and always in great shape. I took all that for granted.
In college, though, a weird thing happened. I got fat. I was probably about 8% body fat going in to college, the rest of which was muscle. Even before winter break, the love handles made an appearance. For spring break, I went to Hawaii with my family and I was FAT. In about 6 months, I went from being proud of how I looked to being the guy on the beach with a t-shirt on.
Throughout college, I lost weight, gained it back, and lost it again, but I was pretty much chunky the whole time. Not severely obese or anything, but I was not in good shape, not confident, and physically lazy. I'll talk about it more in a later post, but to make a long story short, I did not have a lot of confidence upon graduating from college. My grades were not good, I lost my social confidence, I lived at home with no job, and I was fat. To sum it up, my life consisted of a bunch of bad habits and very little positive momentum. That's not good for a 23 year old.
I found CrossFit in the summer of 2009. I weighed about 220 pounds at the time and had previously tried running to shed some of the weight. It just wasn't working. I don't typically enjoy running and it's not easy when you are overweight. I'd heard my cousin was into CrossFit so I checked out their website. I was already hooked. I'm going to spare you a description of what CF is as many of you probably already know and the rest can easily find out. I'll suffice it to say that CF is an extremely challenging training regimen from both a physical and mental perspective. It doubles as a competitive sport and a social outlet. For those of you fellow CrossFitters out there, you know exactly what I mean. People don't just do CrossFit. They live, breathe, and eat it.