Life without training

I am enjoying being a coach right now and taking a 'mental break' from wrestling. I don't feel a sense of urgency when I am in the wrestling room to maximize my time and push myself to the limits. Instead I'm really enjoying teaching and trying to get the most out of our guys. I still wrestle quite a bit of course, but the focus is totally different and I'm enjoying the more relaxed state of mind.

My life off the mat has also been pretty good. I went elk hunting with my dad and got my first elk. Bowhunting has been a passion of mine and after 12 years of working hard, it finally paid off. I was also able to go back to South Bend, Indiana for the Notre Dame vs. Stanford football game. Emily graduated from Notre Dame so it was great to see that part of her life. It is a beautiful campus, almost as pretty as Stanford's. That's quite a compliment. I was the only one wearing Stanford red in my section at the football game and when Stanford was making a run in the 4th quarter to tie the game, I thought I was going to get kicked out. Those Notre Dame fans are not very friendly where football is concerned, Emily included.

It really struck me that I'm not in training mode at the supermarket this last weekend. Since I've been trying to gain weight the last 2.5 years, I've been drinking whole milk, and loving it. For the first time in a long time, I switched to 2&37; milk this week, but I don't know if I'll stick with it....

This isn't to say that I won't compete, I'm just taking this time to enjoy myself, and I'm staying up late watching movies or playing HALO 3 on xbox with my uncle or reading instead of worrying about having to get 8-9 hours of sleep a night.

Also, Stanford did an honoring of its 47 Olympians for homecoming last weekend, and about 15 Olympians were in attendance. It was pretty neat, there was a moderator and we were asked a couple questions in front of a crowd. I was actually asked only one question, and I was disappointed, so I had to go ahead and ask myself a second question about what I brought back from the Olympics. A sweet russian fur cap from the silk market.

Anyway, here is a picture from the event, we were told to wear our Opening Ceremonies gear, but I couldn't bring myself to wear them, so I modified it a bit. It was very windy that day and since our gear was made for hot, humid weather, I was freezing! You can check out a picture here.

Anyway, hope all is well, let me know if there is anything I can do.


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