Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

Summer is almost over!

Another couple of weeks and school will be back in session, the weather will start to cool down and football will start again.

So, what does it mean for my training?

It is RACING season!

The Fall is my favorite time of year and also the best time of the year to run a fast race.

My goal at the beginning of the year was to break 20 minutes in a 5k, but that might have been a little bit too optimistic.

Realistically, I am looking at going under 21 minutes.  Right now I am about 30 seconds away from that goal.

I am going to sign up for a flat race on Sept 16th.  Although the race is a flat as a pancake, the course if occasionally windy.  If the wind is not acting up, I have a solid chance of running a good race.

I have been running “ok” this year, but I haven’t really ran a super fast race.

When I am stuck in a running slump, there are usually only 2 ways to get faster.

The first is to add “Speed Work”.  Speed work is where I would add shorter distance training to try to speed up my pace.  That is repeat mile, 2-mile, 3-mile runs.  200, 400 and 800 intervals and even some sprinting.

The second method is to basically increase my distance.  Instead of running the fast 2 to 2.5 miles that I have been doing in my training, I am going to increase it to 4-5.

I usually don’t like increasing my distance because it starts to wear down my muscle, but since I am only running for another 45 days tops, its “ok” for me to gamble a little.

So, right now I am doing one big race on Sept 16th.  If I feel like I still have some gas in the tank, I might train for one more big race in October.

After that, it is over.

November until March will be hard-core powerlifting.

-John Andre

Lift Heavy/Run Fast

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I disagree with the great Mike Francesa on this one.

The Yankees need to trade Gary Sanchez for decent pitching.

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Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that he isn’t a great catcher.  He is probably one of the greatest hitting catchers of all time and if he keeps this pace up, maybe the greatest hitting catcher of all-time.

But he also has some major negatives:

A) He can’t catch.  Not only can’t he catch, but he is getting worse.  His catching has been horrible this year, with way too many passed balls.

B) He isn’t hustling.  He had a real bone-head play tonight against Tampa Bay where the runner basically stole home on him since he was lolligaging.  That is a big “no-no”.

C) Often injured.  He seems to be injured every year now.  We need an everyday catcher behind the plate and it also confuses the pitchers who have to adjust to different catchers.

D) His value is high.  The Yankees “should” be able to receive some great value for him.  I wouldn’t accept anything less than a number two starter.

E) The playoffs are about pitching.  In a short series, the Yankees are going to need two stud pitchers. Severino is a stud, but after that, it’s mostly some number 3’s (Tanaka) and some “4” and “5” starters.  C.C. Sabathia is in his final years, Sonny Gray is getting rocked every other start and everyone else is either injured or inexperienced.

Tough pitching can knock you out of the postseason in a hurry.

With that being said, Gary Sanchez does have a great arm.  A super strong-arm, he hits for power (although his average is down a ton) and he is young.

But one hitter does not win you a world series.  The Yankees are stacked with great hitters and I would trade Sanchez in a heart beat for a Degrom, Happ, or any other decent starter.

-John Andre.

 

I am a big fan of the show “Pawn Stars”.

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If you have never seen it, it’s about a family that owns a pawn store on the Vegas Strip where people bring all types of crazy historical items to sell.

What I like about the show, is that they really get into the history of the items being sold.  They discuss who made it, the year, the popularity, etc.

And when they occasionally make an offer to buy an item, they always question the conditioning.

Is it in mint condition or is it torn up and aged?

The conditioning is what really determines the value.

I was watching the show the other day and a guy brought in an antique toy from the 1950’s.

Old-fashioned toys are very popular, but then again, it depends on the conditioning.

If you are missing the box or if some of the components are rusted; then you will never get top value for it.

It’s also the same with baseball cards.  Someone also brought in a rare baseball card and it reminded me of when I started collecting cards in the late 80’s.

When I was in elementary school in the 1980’s, I used to go to card shows and buy and trade from my collection.  As of today, I still have two sets of the full 1988 Topps season and I realized that I started my baseball card collection exactly 30 years ago.

Wow, am I getting old.

Yet, I still have the same legs, arms, veins, heart and every other major organ since 1988.

Similar to my baseball cards, are they still in mint condition?

Can I still run at a fast speed? Can I throw a baseball, jump and swim?

Are my arteries unclogged and my cholesterol still low? Or am I close to a major heart attack.

What type of value am I really worth?

I am really any different from an antique that they sell on pawn stars?

Let’s face it.   If you don’t keep yourself in mint condition, then you ain’t worth sh&t.

Eat healthy.

Lift weights

Cardio.

Until you die.

-John Andre

Lift Heavy/Run Fast