February 19, 2011
I've been invited to speak at Vegetarian Summerfest so I'll likely do that this summer and be in that area. I hope to spend some quality time in the DC/MD area too. Maybe from there get to PA, not totally sure yet.
I do plan to tour for the rest of the year, but not necessarily a new city every week, but staying in select cities for perhaps a few weeks at a time. I've got a lot up my sleeve for 2011.
Today I did a pretty good job at sleeping in. Not my best performance but it was pretty solid.
Of course, I was up super late last night from my late night workout.
Today I shipped more packages, felt pretty awesome about that. I had about $60 left on a credit card so I used nearly the rest of it, but got packages out and I really believe this global effort will really yield great results. I'll just keep powering forward.
After shipping and then eating a big burrito for some extra fuel I headed to the gym. I was thinking all morning and early afternoon about training chest or legs. I was have an internal battle not sure what to train. I've taken 3 weeks off from training legs because of my "still" injured psoas, but I know there are some leg exercises I can do, perhaps even squats and I really wanted to make a return to doing them soon. I also really wanted a big chest day, back up to 300lbs on the bench.
Even on the locker room I still hadn't decided what to train and was weighing different options in my head. I decided I'd go up to the gym floor to see if I'd see anyone I know who would want to spot my heavy chest workout. If I didn't find anyone, I'd do a leg day, even shortly after eating that big burrito.
I got up there and sure enough I saw one of our forum members, a member I haven't seen at the gym in a very long time, CountAgranoff. He was just about to train chest so I was sold. We trained chest together and it was awesome!
It went like this....
A couple of sets of push-ups to warm up as well as a couple of sets of 95 and 135 on flat bench.
Then working sets:
Flat Bench Press
185 x 10
225 x 3
245 x 1
255 x fail, needed a spot
Decline Bench Press
225 x 9
275 x 1, + 1 assisted
295 x fail, needed spot
245 x 6, + 1 assisted
Incline Dumbbell Flys
30s x 12
35s x 10
40s x 8
45s x 6
Incline Dumbbell Press
75s x 10
80s x 9
90s x 6
75s x 8
Bodyweight x 12
Bodyweight x 10
Bodyweight x 10
Bodyweight x 12
Protein drink, fruit, even a bit of cake (bulking and will eat whatever I want).....
Then I had dinner with one of my favorite people in the world, forum member Ravi Raman. One of the reasons, aside from being broke, that I decided to skip my Canada trip was knowing that Ravi was coming to Portland. I had called him to tell him some exciting news from Louisiana last week and he mentioned his trip to Portland then. So I stayed around, we had vegan pizza, talked for hours and I was inspired once again.
Ravi really helped inspire my writing career. Sure I had wanted to be a writer since I was 8 and wrote 5+ books before meeting Ravi about 5 years ago, but it was meeting with Ravi that inspired me to not only write a complete book, but to get it published, have it on shelves and inspire many. I owe a lot of gratitude to Ravi. He has a quote on the back cover of my book, a testimonial inside the book and has a quote on the back of my book postcards as well.
Today he gave me another challenge....to quit delaying to stay my BLOG! Sure I keep a journal here on the forum, but tonight I started:http://robertcheeke.wordpress.com/
I'm still learning how to set up the blog. I don't know how to create background images or have a visible profile pic, etc. I'll have to watch tutorials to learn more.
Well, time for more food, more bulking and then sleep.
I sleep on the floor at my sister's apartment. She's watching a movie so I can't go to bed yet. Not super comfortable, but the price is right. I've been living rent-free since June and will continue to do so for the entire year of 2011 until I can get caught up.
NBA All-Star Game Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO PUMPED! Gotta go to a bar or the gym or something. Gotta watch my favorite sport and favorite sport's organization. NBA!