4 x 5 = 20

by | Apr 6, 2020

Sunday, April 5th was supposed to be my second day of racing on San Diego’s Mission Bay for the annual Crew Classic. As the saying goes, “OBE”.

Ah, the memories of Classics past!

I chose this day to begin my series of AK-67 posts and to complete podcast plans for Well Past Forty and KABOOMER.  I’m excited to think about conversations to be recorded in weeks ahead!

By the way, AK-67 is shorthand for A KABOOMER Day at (age) 67.

So, what was Koach’s Palm Sunday like? I won’t offer “TMI” – just some highlights of relevance.

  1. I chose this morning to do a long slow heart rate distance piece on my indoor rower. As  I do weekly, I picked this morning to exercise after FASTING since my dinner last night. I was pleased by my meters rowed vs. HR and stroke rate. Just had water with lemon, vitamins and Lifeboost (black) coffee taken before strapping in.

2. I had my 1st online buddy training session for this day – focused on stretching, stability and functional moves. ZOOM seemed to hold up pretty well, so neither my clients or I suffered “breakdance” video.

3. Our morning paper – sans Sports section 🙂 – had a Mark Twain humorist quote which I share:

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want,

drink what you don’t like and do what you’d rather not.”

4. Our dinner entree was a lean sirloin grilled – not charred – with a BIG colorful salad and avocado on the side. I did enjoy an Irish whiskey while grilling and had one glass of Shiraz to cleanse my supper palate. My wife and I split a Flan custard for dessert.

5. I read more pages of Camus’ The Plague which is TOO fitting for our pandemic predicament. I quote,

Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world, yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky… yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.”

6. I am [cautiously] trying a Creatine Monohydrate supplement for two months in my experiment for supported muscle maintenance.  At this point in my racing year – with spring regattas canceled – it seems like a fine time to amp up my volume of resistance training and assess whether a recommended supplement can help with my hypertrophy, HIIT efforts, and endurance. I’m selectively okay with supplementation – if that organic compound taken is normally found in “clean food.”

Potential side effects of use – like muscle cramps are on my experimental watch list!

As Medical News Today offers, it takes a WHOLE LOT of macronutrients to meet an adult’s daily requirement for creatine – as in a pound of beef to meet one’s normal daily requirement of ~ 2 grams.  And if one trains hard, creatine needs for muscle, brain and neurological function increase.

Creatine is found in beef, pork, and salmon, among other food sources which normally make up 1/2 of one’s daily needs. Our body craftily manufactures the other 1/2 half of our daily requirements.

So – my experiment is with 5 supplemental grams of creatine taken daily. Stay tuned.

Questions about this organic compound – pluses and minuses?  Check what the art of manliness has to offer.

“Let’s be careful out there.”



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