41 years young. That’s right. Forty-One-years-young.
I can honestly say, I’m in a better place both mentally, physically and emotionally than age 31. Does everyone who makes it over that ‘hill’ feel that way??
Whew.. I can remember when ‘over the hill’ (in my mind) meant eminent death. Or at least death was on the horizon. Boy was I wrong. I’m in better health in my 40’s than my 30’s.
My entire day was pretty awesome. It didn’t involve any breath-taking adventures or weekend journey’s. What it DID involve was spending my day… my way. I wanted to be with the people that enrich my life. That included my beautiful wife and everyone at my CrossFit Box.
My morning started off with this:
I then made a pretty significant PR during my training session. I’m always happy when I get to spend time at the Bar..-bell.
Then I got to spend some awesome time with my CrossFit FBO family for a Team WOD:
After the team WOD, I spent some one-on-one quality time with a small group of athletes working on mobility. One of them even made me gluten-free birthday brownies! (they tasted divine)
I wrapped up my day by taking a traditional ‘old man’ afternoon nap. My beautiful wife and I rented a movie and ordered Pizza. (My father claims this is the first sign of old age… Pizza for your birthday… heh heh)
I spent the evening hanging out with my love and our crazee cats.
I woke up. I got to train. I got to coach. I got to spend time with my Angel of a wife. I got to relax and breathe in my wonderful life.
My perfect birthday.
As you already know I hit my sortt-of mid-life crisis last month when I turned 40 (almost exactly a month ago). You always hear the joke that everything starts to fall apart in your 40’s, sort of like how your car starts to break down just as the warranty ends.
This past couple weeks my body has been a lil’ beat up and I’ve been ‘hurting’ a little more than usual. It could have very well been related to the CrossFit Games Open WOD’s I’ve been doing over the past 5 weeks, but I was chalking it up to turning 40.
Then I see the above picture of a 43 year old CrossFit athlete. He finished in the top 10, and I’m not just talking in the 40-44 age bracket, he beat out the 20 year old whipper snappers.
Let’s keep in mind that the above athlete is a CrossFit trainer and he does this stuff full-time, but I really need to stop using my age as an excuse huh?
As I wipe the egg off of my face now
“I wanted you to laugh for your 40th birthday, not cry”
Those would be the words spoken by my wife, when she told me we were going to see Lewis Black: The Rant is Due live on stage. We’ve been a fan of his for years, with his neurotic and pseudo-angry shtick that he gives over and over again on TV and in Movies.
I thought his performance was spot on. He delivered. It’s hard to place your finger on the ‘why’ this guy is so funny, other than he says what everyone else is thinking when it comes to hot topics of our human race. Of course he peppered his show with jabs at our wonderful health care system, obamacare, the marvel of electronics, and poking fun at the multiple difference in our generations present and past. Oh, and he HAD to berate social media powerhouses like Facebook and Twitter (which I thought was hilarious).
I just love how his ‘Rants’ are always so animated. He reminds me of about a dozen people I grew up with. I keep waiting for him to have an aneurysm or heart attack, he’s so ‘animated’ and ‘stressed’.
Thanks to my beautiful wife, I can say that I did cry, but it was only from laughing so hard.
Lewis Black | Official Website