Kansas City has come and gone. Nine stops in 10 days and every single
one is a bright memory in my blurry mind. 30 to 60 people showed
up at each appearance, listened to my pitch for 15 minutes and asked
questions for as long as three hours to which I responded with long-winded,
reasonably accurate answers. I make things up as I go.
While traveling I fed myself from a Styrofoam Igloo filled with
ice, milk, cottage cheese, eggs and favored vegetables, and a gym
bag full of tuna, Bomber Blend, homemade beef jerky and supplements.
Time was not on my side and restaurant stops were narrowed down
to one a day. I lost three or four pounds somewhere between Missouri
and Minnesota and my pants are a little baggy in the bottom. I'll
get over it.
Workouts consisted of crunches and leg raises every other day; two
15-minute, non-stop improvisational sessions with those crazy Exertubes
and two mean gym routines spaced just right to keep the jets burning.
The mild investment of time and energy kept me reasonably well balanced,
tuned and alert.
Did I mention that it was in the high 90s during the excursion,
with wilting humidity to match?
The only trouble ominously appeared like a hippo's head from silent
swamp water the moment I picked up a map and got on the road. Day
after day I thought it would get better and day after day it got
worse. I love to drive and look around new neighborhoods and countryside;
unhappily, most of them were in the wrong direction. Once I was
racing toward Minneapolis on a grand, four-lane beauty for 75 miles
when a friendly freeway sign read something like "Welcome to
Canada." Blankityblank. I was one hour late for that Barnes
and Noble appearance -- my last of nine -- in The Mall Of America,
forgiven by everyone who waited -- nearly all 50 waited.
Did anyone learn anything? I certainly did... time flies. We talked
a lot, laughed a lot, got serious, told stories to one another,
yawned, confessed, encouraged and inspired. One gal in her 30s sat
in the front row of the folding chairs arranged appropriately in
the history section of the bookstore. She appeared anomalous to
the setting and I wondered about her presence. At one point halfway
through a dissertation on the benefits of weight training there
was a pause. Before it became conspicuous, I asked my nearby lady
friend what her name was and if she exercised. She was shy yet compelled
to tell us that she did work out with weights and that it made "all
the difference in the world" in her life. She lit up and was
an eager testimony to the benefits of weight training and good foods.
After the presentation she visited me to talk and said she had taken
up the weights to strengthen her arm that was damaged in an accident;
the therapy was working and she fell in love with the sport. I noticed
a scar on her wrist at the edge of her long-sleeved blouse and mentioned
it. She rolled up her sleeve and displayed an arm of breaks and
scars and unusual shape, the result of an accident when a drunk
driver ran a stop sign, hitting her when she was a child. "You
learn to live with it," she said, as she flexed her arm and
happily showed the bump of her biceps. I was at once brokenhearted
and inspired by this neat lady who bravely endured a shattering
at a tender age and now commended the treats in store for those
who need and should exercise, eat right and be happy. I couldn't
help but hug her and regret letting her go. What a sweetheart.
There were plenty of people to identify with, as 2 to ten of the
attendees were subscribers to the newsletter or members of the IOL
discussion group. Without being cliquey we shared our mutual friendship
with the entire group and displayed the generous qualities that
are common to us. We might have new eyes and ears joining us as
we carry on, bombers. It's exciting and gratifying to see energetic
faces with familiar names sitting in an audience of strangers 1,500
miles away from home. Everyone was a pleasure; no one was troublesome
-- no scratches, no lost items, no illness, a ticket for going 90
in a 55 from a Minnesota State trooper; no loneliness or lost sleep
or nightmares (cost $275.00) or fistfights (was Laree mad) or indigestion.
Nice countryside and neighborhoods and great people. Would not have
missed it all for the world. Thanks for the experience and terrific
email, folks. I hear you loud and clear.
YOU MEET THE COOLEST PEOPLE IN THE HOTEST PLACES
This is what I did feeling at home in Tom Canavan's very tough,
very respectable black matted, iron and steel mill, The Ultimate
Gym in St. Louis:
1) Tight-contraction crunches and leg raises for 10 minutes.
2) Wrist curls and thumbs-up curls and pulley pushdowns for four
The idea while on the road is to do what is appealing and meets
your energy and needs. Lift to lift yourself up. Going heavy or
long or hard is not desirable as almost any travel reduces your
muscle energy stores and resistance to injury; furthermore, unfamiliar
settings are not comfortable or predictable. You're not going to
make any muscular strides, only bruise your ego as you attempt to
show off. Save it, Moose.
3) Flat dumbbell presses followed by dumbbell deadlifts (same weights
in hand, no pause) followed by stiff-arm pullovers, four multi-sets
x 10 reps.
Not exactly creative, but as satisfying and sure as a Rembrandt.
Solid, clean and tight are the characteristics of the exercise combinations
that will carry you agreeably onward. You'll notice the weights
become very heavy the moment you leave town. Don't make demands
on yourself; don't make the workouts ugly. Smile.
4) Lying side-arm lateral raises with an extended range of motion,
four sets (back and forth, left to right) x 10 reps.
5) Seated lat row with full range of motion and tight contractions
to the gut, back slightly arched to emphasize the effects. Four
sets x 10-12 reps
Feeling good and soothing the accumulated aches and pains of travel
are accomplished, the spirits are renewed and the body is energized.
Somewhere along the way you can't help yourself from reaching out
and grabbing for some intensity... enough to sublimate the beast
that crawls around inside you. Just don't plan it... you'll only
foil your instincts and desires.
That sturdy routine in St. Louis carried me over to a mean quickie
at The Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee. Their gym is on the
entire fifth floor of a handsome and modern glass 10-story. An eighth-of-a-mile
track runs the total window perimeter and a rugged nuts and bolts
gym sits piled up and ready far enough from a good-size aerobic
floor. A cool guy, Art Hansen, started the gym with an Olympic bar,
over-sized dumbbells and a bench five years ago; buddies kicked
in and Miller got the hint, completing the affair with machines
and the works.
I took advantage of a slow post-lunch gym to do rope tucks, dumbbell
rows, pulldowns, dips, calves and leg presses. I was in and out
in less than an hour while Art drank beer and read muscle magazines
with his feet up on a desk in the corner.
I'm kidding about Art and the beer and the mags. He worked the phones
taking care of brewery business and ran interference for the defenseless
bomber. Thanks, man.
Did you know every Miller employee gets a free case and a half of
beer every month from the company? Incentives in pull-top cans.
Monday I'm off to the races on the East Coast, and they race at
high speeds, if I recall.
Look out, ready or not here I come... tailspins and dive-bombing,
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