Before I head into the body of what I had already wrote yesterday I just want to use this tiny platform to say something about Roy Halladay, who tragically passed away in a plane crash Tuesday at the young age of 40. He leaves behind a wife and two boys.
I had the absolutely privilege and pleasure of covering Halladay during his tenure here in Philadelphia from 2010-13 and I’ll never forget it. No athlete I’ve ever been around worked harder at his craft than ‘Doc.’ And I mean nobody. No hockey, football, basketball, or any other baseball player. Halladay was the REAL man of this town. He had so much zeal and passion for baseball and it showed through a hall of fame career.
I don’t want to get too deep into this because I’m still just as heartbroken over this as the next person, but I want to leave us with a tweet from former teammate Cole Hamels, who was in Philadelphia Tuesday.
As fans, we lost a hall of fame pitcher who was special to us playing baseball. But that doesn’t remotely compare to his family who lost a hall of fame husband and father.
That’s what’s most heartbreaking of all. The baseball end of things is well and good, but I hurt for the two boys who won’t be able to see Dad again. And a wife who won’t be able to lay in bed at night with her loving husband.
This hurts. Bad.
For a guy who made over $100 million playing a kids game all Roy Halladay wanted to do is be with crazy kids on a baseball field coaching them. May God bless his family and friends during this horrific time and I pray for the family to find comfort, peace, and a new normal.
‘Doc’ was an incredible man in a world where there’s few and far between.
Thank you, Roy Halladay. Rest in Power.
It’s officially the Holiday season, so whoopdy-doo and hickory dock!
I am a total mark for Thanksgiving/Christmas time and the only thing I can do without is the cold weather. I can dig the 45-65 temps but anything higher or below becomes annoying. Nonetheless, I created this blog to discuss life happenings and my Crossfit journey and I haven’t really been able to talk about the lifting that’s been done as of late.
We are in the second week or so of the new cycle and thus far I’ve felt quite strong. Upon returning from my honeymoon I was worried all of my numbers and strength was going to have a solid dropoff. It didn’t seem to be the case as I’ve actually hit a couple PRs lately.
My PRs since Nov. 1st: Push press, sumo deadlift (sets of 3), bench press (sets of 8), and my clean and jerk (sets of 3)
So apparently the strength is there. What isn’t there is my cardio. I do not feel up to par in that spectrum. To fix that, four nights a week I’m running either outside or at the gym. I’ll start at running 1-2 miles a night for time then go from there. I am running a 5K on Thanksgiving Day in Texas so that’ll provide motivation whilst training the next couple weeks. Overall, my strength has been fantastic and I feel good. Again, as always, I’m not where I want or should be but every day is a process. Trust it.
As things turn out, I will be missing this years in-house competition due to family obligations. It is what it is but I am sort of content missing it being as I missed a total of two weeks in the October preparing for a wedding. Valid excuse, right?
In December I’ll be making the trek north to Connecticut to see Criss Angel ‘Mindfreak Live’ with my Dad and I cannot wait for that. Angel has played a huge part in my life since 2005 and any chance I can witness his magic/illusions/brilliance up close and personal is a true blessing. He just announced a new one-man show called Criss Angel ‘RAW,’ The Mindferak Unplugged which will travel around the US beginning Jan18. My assumption is he will hit Philadelphia and New York City so I know I’ll have something to look forward to there as well.
Below is an excerpt from CrissAngel.com regarding his new show.