Paul T.

Paul T.

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Getting KB3 COMPLETE 

  • Jul 20th, 2018 at 1:28PM

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Team Calypso! Where have you all disappeared to? Are you guys all out for pizza and beers? There must be a blip in the system, perhaps because I've been a little delayed in getting this Grad Post up and out, but I can't see any of your pics or posts right now. Alas, Deb, Jonathan, Peter and crew, Congrats to all! KB3! Just a few sentences away from being Complete! Quite an accomplishment to make it all the way through -- I'll display the badge with Pride.

I feared KB3! I did. I overheard one trainer referencing it in KB2, saying its a "Brutal Commitment". It was! It was hard and there were times I was pissed... but you all seemed to echo the sentiment in your own ways, so that helped. I liked Ward's post today on leaning into or maybe a little past your edge, extending it. "Embrace the struggle. It will get easier." That's what KB3 did for me. It pushed me to an edge I didn't particularly enjoy. This is me all smiley and happy right when I hit the locker room after the final 100s workout... but 15 minutes later I was depleted and throwing up in the parking lot. OK, I'll admit I kinda liked that part, just the way it went down, or up rather, it was... warrior puke. Not that barfing is noble, but what I mean is there was Kenzai again coming through, because when I did that final workout I felt weak, I felt humbled, and yet I felt like a whole new possibility opened up. I'll do that workout again.... We'll see.

That said, my dodgy paunch persists! And I like many of you have expressed don't quite have the results I'd hoped for, only because 4th of July hit and I was at Wrigley in Chicago watching the Cubs beat my Detroit Tigers, with Beer undoubtedly involved. I bounced back a bit after the Holiday but the closing weekend of KB3 was my Mom's 89th Birthday party, with 30 relatives at my farm and some of the best Polish food around - made by this Polish woman named Maria who owns the Lonestar cafe out on M-43. So I wish I would have made more of those last two weeks but staying on diet around day 80 was super tough, harder than I'd planned. Ward warned me that I'd see people fade, and I vowed I wouldn't, but I did (sigh).

To spin it all to the positive, I give myself an overall A- for my KB3 effort, as I left some things on the table... but I'm simply going to go after them now. My experience with completing KB1 was that I knew it was just the start of a foundation, that I needed way more than just 3 months, maybe a year of this more elevated training, the body quickly returning to its former state. Run programs and Reach were cool, but I LOVED KB2. It was more more middle of the road, not as extreme, easy ramp up, with great results. HOWEVER the Holidays hit soon after, and I was spending time at some of my favorite breweries, like McFate's in Arizona. All that said, I'm glad I've done KB3 as I needed to and I'm glad it pushed me to a new edge, with some new Negatives and 21s techniques, because now I can keep up the intensity but with a bit more balance. And I really want to keep my elevated growth UP rather then succumbing to a post program indulgent diet. Not happening. I'm taking a few days off and working hard for another month to close out the summer strong.

Of course, winning the award for best indulger, I HAVE enjoyed some Confit Duck Wings with fermented chilis and crushed peanuts, along with a Smoked Sazarac cocktail of bullet rye whiskey and absinthe mist. But I'm back at yoga this weekend, back at the gym next week AT LEAST 3 times a week to maintain, and hoping to jump into Chisel - which I've heard great things about - or a Reboot next month, with an eye toward Iron or Kettlebells before the year is out, if I can swing them, and I'm sure I can. Thanks to all for your dedication to your own well-being and for being a part of a rare group with 9 whole months of Kenzai Body training. Thanks also Always to Ward and also to Jenny, who I thought of when I raised up a sweet 5-ounce "Your Mom on French Toast" nutty Porter. Cheers to All.

 
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Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
Head Traineralmost 4 years ago

A- on the program, A+ for indulgence. I mean, Confit Duck Wings with fermented chilis and crushed peanuts, along with a Smoked Sazarac cocktail of bullet rye whiskey and absinthe mist...is tough to beat.

Paul, KB3 is a dragon. You begin by being thrown off a cliff, then the workouts get longer, those advanced training techniques hit, and the struggle becomes real.

What's cool is you kept battling. Your team was top notch. And your voice was a welcome, humorous, and honest addition to the mix. Plus, it's not like this was a wash. You look great!

As for your team, those cats have decidedly been graduated. Following a graduation, if you don't toss up your grad blog within 24 to 72 hours, they disappear. This has everything to do with getting people back into the Kenzai swimming pool to take some more laps of their preferred stroke, so to speak. Trust they are with you in spirit.

Always a treat to guide you, mate. COMPLETE!


    Cora LeeCora LeeKenzai Member
    Assistant Traineralmost 4 years ago

    Paul, your grad photo speaks it all - ROAR!! And reading about your plans forward I can feel your enthusiasm. Totally hear you re: holidays. When I did KB1 and 2 before I started Feb and Apri. I don’t like doing the program in winter either. Lesson learned. I think in the future I will choose Start date March and April and have it finish before the summer hits. But in some ways it’s also nice to do the program during holidays - at least workout wise. It has been awesome training along side with you. We did have a fantastic team and run. See you around.


      Paul T.Paul T.Kenzai Member
      almost 4 years ago

      Cora Lee - Thank You! You absolutely deserved mention in my Post as I so appreciated your enthusiasm and encouragement. I was lying in Shavasana at yoga this morning and thought: "I forgot to give props to Cora Lee!" (I really did, but I also could not see anyone's pic last night) That said, Great to see your lovely form and Thank You again. And Ward, Thank YOU. It WAS a dragon and I tamed that beast for the most part. It just breathed its last puff of fire and smoke at the end, giving me one last encouraging scorch. On to Chisel for me and I look forward to checking your very recent experience. I want you to report back on the exact Portland ME craft libation you went with. Cheers to you both, Happy Summer and hope to cross paths again soon.


        Jenny HaddleJenny HaddleKenzai Member
        Assistant Traineralmost 4 years ago

        Oh, stop it, stop it with all the indulgence descriptions that I will NEVER find here in Malawi. :) I loved training you. Your posts were few but quality! I loved reading them all. I might see you in Chisel or Kettlebells. I'm checking those two out for my next program after Reach. Anyway, great work...throwing up means you gave 110% to that last workout! Awesome! You've earned your badge, dude.


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