Wednesday, May 18, 2016

So read Brad's latest book - Don't Be A Jerk

It's Mr. Warner's attempt to re-phrase and summarize some of the major writings by Dogen Zenji. Dozen was a famous (in Zen Buddhist circles at least) Zen monk who founded the Soto sect. I'm finding I like the Soto's sect point of view more and more. It's very no nonsense and practical... no focus on big revelations or mysteries, just a shut up, sit down, and meditate sort of attitude. Brad does a good job, I think, in taking what can be some rather heavy language and explaining it in modern ways. If you're a big time scholar I'm sure you'll find various flaws in the text. On the other hand this is really meant to be an intro, as it were, so some concepts are dumbed down. I did appreciated that Brad provides links in the end to translations he likes and used, as well as other texts. Also he did a nice job showing how hard it can be to translate Dogen's writings due to time, linguistic choice, etc. So if you're really into Zen and like reading about the philosophy I highly suggest the good.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Meditation.. Couple thoughts

So now starting week 4 of regular daily meditation.
 
Pain - knees go ow, feet fall asleep, and now in making sure I have good posture I appear to have strained some muscle groups near the clavicles. Nothing major, just like any physical activity, if you haven't done it before you find out all sorts of new muscle groups.

Thoughts - In this style you allow thoughts to "rise and fall". In other words your brain is gonna throw stuff up there, just don't latch on to it.

Next up - probably find time to go to one of the local Soto based zendo. See what a more formal setting is like.

(Side note: I following the Soto Zen style of meditation, like some of the thoughts behind it, main source right now is Brad Warner for reading materials.)

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Minor observations on meditating...

O.K. It's only day three of finally doing daily sitting. (zen meditation, following the Soto school point of view. So see people like Brad Warner, or Dharma Field's Steve Hagen for better info than I can provide.)

1) Legs/feet falling asleep. I know pinched nerve, but still one of those things that happens. 
2) The whole let thoughts rise & fall, just observe, be present is interesting. It's not so much as suppress thought as it is just let it fade away.
3) Cats... specifically Edgar and his very whiney meow. :-)

Dunno... my only hope is to make this into a daily habit. So using Habitica to help with that.
Currently doing 20 min sittings, at some point (once legs get more streached out) will move that up to 30. Also need to take Mike up on going to a sitting at Dharma Field, maybe late Sept or early Oct.

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Friday, May 08, 2015

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

my insane family...

so memories that bubble up over time....

I have a distinct memory of my father launching himself off his recliner to come wrestler with me...
I was on the floor playing with something, and suddenly there's my dad on top and we wrestel. Nothing shocking standard father and son behvior (think I was 8 or 9 maybe?).

Mom was in the room and kinda shocked at the time, not sure how to respond.

After we were done we helped dad back into his chair...

Oh by the way... by dad is a parapelgic. See he knew he  was commiting himself to a one way action just to play wiith his son.

This sort of stuff sticks with me... enjoy the moment, espeicially when it's with your children.

Not a downer in my mind just a reminder to enjoy what I have.

Monday, February 16, 2015

two rides at the new FTP... ouch

So Sat & Sun did two rides at the new FTP level... Sufferfest vids again, Revolver, then A Very Dark Place.

Revolver:
this one consists of 15 1 minute full on sprint efforts then 1 minute of recovery. Very ouchy... In my case after the first 5 efforts I knew my legs weren't going to keep it up so I dialed it back 10% effort wise (TrainerRoad has an adjustment so you can dial back the plan if you need to.)

It's a good workout, but rough as you're doing one effort after another.

A Very Dark Place:
More designed for strength/power this is five 4 minute efforts at or above FTP. It's a mix of high cadence and then low cadence with resistance to simulate hills.
I"ve done it before, so at the higher FTP definitely more of a work out. But I didn't have to dial it back was able to get through it and pretty much stick to the power goals.

So in short... yeah I've needed to re-examine my FTP for a while, now these rides feel like work. But still fun I enjoy the music and sarcasm in the vids.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

So next phase of indoor cycling...

So last night I finally did a FTP test... a.k.a. Functional threshold power, a measurement (via power meter, or in this case "virtual power" in watts) that is used to set the level of effort for my indoor rides.

http://www.trainerroad.com/career/sceptre1067

Essentailly Trainer Road will adjust the ride based on your FTP, so you have a better idea as to what level of effort you should be at. 

The good news is my FTP is up, now at 194 vs the year old 163. The bad news, workouts will now be harder. 

So the Sufferfest videos will now come with a new level of suffering... woohoo.

Virtual Power - to explain that... I don't have a power meter but, because I have a known brand of stationary trainger (Kurt Kinetic Road Machine) the amound of power can be estimated based on the speed of the rear wheel. Turns out to be fairly close to actual power (w/ in 5% to 10%). So indoors at least I get the advantage of power training w/out the expense of a power meter. The Trainer Road software reads takes care fo the conversion.

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