The first step is admitting that you have a problem. . .

I think that it’s finally time to come clean and admit that I have a problem.  It’s not necessarily a bad problem to have, but it does border on a compulsion.

My dirty little secret is that I listen to Podcasts – lots of them.

The beginning . . . It started innocently enough when Sheila and I both lived in San Marcos, but worked in North Austin.  We carpooled to work and after dropping her off, I continued on to my job.  From where I dropped her off, it was only about another 15 minutes or so to my office and I started by turning up the radio and listening to music.  The challenge that I had was the morning shows spent a lot of time discussing how drunk they were the night before, and what drink specials were happening at what bar, etc. then I’d hear a song, and arrive at work with the weather and traffic report.

With this, I mostly just felt empty inside.  I do love music, and all kinds of it.  If you were to pick up my ipod, you would likely hear Skrillex’s “Bangarang” followed by Robert Earl King’s “Five Pound Bass”, then likely Pantera’s “Walk”.  Hearing the dronings on of updates of “The Real World” and all things UT is hardly satisfying for a Raider in a strange land.

The moment that changed things . . . I was flipping through the stations hearing mostly the banter of “boy it sure is hot out there today . . . ” – Weathermen in Austin should all be unemployed, I can give a pretty good prediction by month but I digress. . . I switched over to the NPR station and listed to the morning news, and found that the depth of the reporting was quite good and for the most part there wasn’t a huge slant to either side.

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Like a good fiance at the time, I introduced my wife to the station, and we steadily started listening to NPR on the one hour drive home, and would listen a bit, then turn down the radio and have our own discussion.  On the days that we took separate cars, I found myself listening for the whole time.  We eventually moved to a much closer place, and my commute was less than 15 minutes.  With this short commute, I rarely got through a story on NPR and started downloading podcasts to listen to while I went running, or while I was driving in the car.

If you have never listened to a podcast, I highly recommend it and here’s why.

– very limited commercials – it’s pretty rare that the podcaster is trying to sell something although they may be trying to bring you to their way of thinking.  Even if you download the Wall Street Journal morning podcast, they edit out the commercials, and you get to listen to a really great news report without the weather and traffic

– Most of the folks that do podcasts do it out of a passion – They either have a passion to inform, enrich, educate, or amuse their listening base.

– Although they are not interactive, they are usually very interactive – Makes perfect sense right?  The ones that I listen to tend to answer listener questions, and instead of just shooting from the hip, they seem to spend a bit of time researching to give a much more well thought out answer than a live show that you find on the radio.

– They tend to have a steady and relaxing pace about them — When I was training for Ironman, you could almost tell the music by my running pace.  Metallica generally put me at an 8:00 minute pace, Jack Johnson put me at about an 11:00 minute pace.  This would have been great if I wasn’t too lazy to create playlists that corresponded to the days work.  With Podcasts, the steady spoken voice or conversation tended to keep me at about a healthy 9:30 pace.

I’d like to share some of my favorite podcasts with you and see if there are some out there that you may recommend to me.

Paleo Solution podcast –  Paleo diet and olympic lifting

Fat burning Man podcast – outstanding interviews with health professionals

Chris Kresser’s podcast – alternative health and integrative medicine

The Controversial Truth podcast – Libertarian political show with actions

48 days to the work you love podcast – career advice

Dave Ramsey podcast – finances and money

Jeff Ward show podcast –  irreverent humor sometimes local, sometimes national

Wall Street Journal this morning podcast – National news

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Here’s a quick (2 min) video from BTB CrossFit that shows what it’s all about

The video interprets a lot, but I’d like to add a few things in text form.  In essence, CrossFit is a functional fitness program that prepares you for anything life can throw at you.  My personal experience has found that CrossFit has done a much better job in preparing me for doing mundane things like yard-work, building fences, swinging a pick axe, etc.

I’ve been working out my entire life in just about all forms, going to the globo-gym, running races, wrestling, Ironman, etc. So far, I’ve found that CrossFit has enabled me to continue those athletic pursuits, set some new personal records, and feel better in daily life activities.

Just Getting Started

Well folks, my fitness journey continues on with a new twist.  After 10 years of doing nothing but cardio type sports, I stumbled upon CrossFit about 18 months ago and as they say, the rest is history.

When I started attempting the workouts, I could barely get through any of them much less in a respectable time, then I found a way to join my endurance sports with CrossFit through the CrossFit Endurance program where I became certified in June of 2010.

That class was so fun that I started doing CrossFit at a local box and took my level one certification in March of this year, and now, I’m officially a CrossFit Gym.

The name of the place is CrossFit Pflugerville, and I’m happy to announce that I have several folks that are working out with me and are starting to get results.

With that, please follow along and by all means if you hear of someone wanting an effective conditioning program send them my way.

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