Multivitamin for Men – Country Life Daily Total One

I took a Centrum Multivitamin for far too long. I knew I needed a Multivitamin with a higher absorption rate but didn’t know who to trust. After asking a few different doctors it seemed pretty clear that doctors are more enthusiastic about avoiding specific Multivitamins than they are about recommending specific Multivitamins. Continued research led me to a few more criteria for my new Multivitamin including iron-free (for men), vitamin A from beta carotene, and vegetarian. I was excited to find Country Life Daily Total One at my local Whole Foods. It satisfied all of my criteria was impressively affordable. I still take it whenever I have a day without my day shake.

Training Log – 2010.06.24 – Run


Sleep time and duration feel appropriate. I should probably consider that I’m an owl and forget 5am and do my workouts at night, but I’m not convinced yet. That said, last nights push ups went well and my run was wonderful and my legs and upper body feel fine except a persistent tight neck.

Must take tomorrow off.


Wake: 730
Slept: 7 hrs

Workout 1 – Run 1.4 miles
1.4 miles slow, late night, strange, awkward steps as though jogging up Inspiration Point again.

Pedometer: 21000 (new high)
Sleep: 2530

100 Push Ups in Under 2 Minutes

I’m committing to a goal of 100 Push Ups in under 2 minutes. That’s about 1 Push Up per second which means no breaks.

I’ll be using perfect normal grip push up form if possible.

I’m not setting an achieve-by date, partly because I don’t think I’ll need one because I’m motivated to find out how long it takes to achieve a goal like this, but mostly because I have no idea how long it should take and I don’t want to be forced into any unhealthy over-exertion.

I’m considering a few workout approaches that I’ll cycle through:
Type 1: Non-failure sets to maximize inter-set recovery rate and reduce overall time.
Type 2: Sets of 12-20 reps with 30 second inter-set rests to train lactic acid management.
Type 3: Full-failure sets for training mental focus through fatigue and to re-baseline my perception of my own physical limit.


Push Ups: 52 in 2 minutes not consecutive, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16 = 164, shoulder workout
[Time trial for reference, not consecutive.]
It appears whatever I’ve been doing recently has not been working. I think the culprit is too much healthy variety including Yoga, but I also feel a bit of weakness in my right shoulder. I’m going to do a bit of cross training and rest this weekend to address the shoulder. Starting next week I’ll do push ups daily, 3 sets to failure, except on Yoga days. I’ve decided to train to failure because military websites recommend not pacing yourself during the push up challenge. This doesn’t mean it’s the best way to train, but I’d like to feel it out for a while.

Push Ups: 5, 57 in 2 minutes not consecutive, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12 = 146.
[Time trial for reference, not consecutive.]

Push Ups: 12, 12, 12, 10, 8, 12, 8, 12, 14 = 100 in 8 minutes.
Type 2 attempted: sets of 12.

Workout 2 – Pushups
Push Ups: 7, 8, 8, 8, 7, 6, 8, 7, 10, 5, 8, 6, 7, 5 = 100.
Type 1: Non-failure sets, minimal rest.

Training Log – 2010.06.23 – Push Ups


Good to be up before 7am. Should have fallen asleep a bit earlier.

Tissue around knees sore. But it was good to get them moving again and had a good hard maintenance workout yesterday.

I’m committing to a goal of 100 Push Ups in under 2 minutes.


Wake: 630
Slept: 6.5 hrs

Workout 1 – 100 Push Ups in 8 minutes
Push Ups: 12, 12, 12, 10, 8, 12, 8, 12, 14 = 100

Workout 2 – Run 0.55mi (fast, low-seated heel-strike form)
Inspiration struck at 9:10, had to take it to the street. No idea why my legs feel so excited after my leg workout yesterday. Noted.

Sleep: 2430

Training Log – 2010.06.21 – Pull Ups


Still sore and weak from last two days. Have been consistently icing so I don’t expect any lasting issues, but weak for more than a day makes me doubt full muscular recovery. Lesson: don’t exceed training plan.

50 Pull Ups


Wake: 1000
Slept: 9 hrs
RHR: 65

Workout 1 – 50 Pull Ups
Non-failure sets to 50 total reps.

Weight: 186
Pedometer: 7000
RHR: 58
Bed: 2430 (better than yesterday)

Audio Spotlight and Hypersonic Sound

We’ve been able to direct and focus light for a long time, but until recently we’ve not been able to direct and focus sound…

YouTube: Joe Pompei’s Audio Spotlight

TED: Woody Norris’ Hypersonic Sound

Woody Norris’ 15th Invention, 44th Patent: Hypersonic Sound
The ability to place sound!
“…or you can whisper in the year of a supposed terrorist some biblical verse… I’m serious!”

Santa Barbara Hikes: Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point Hike

Tunnel Road Trailhead
3.5 miles round trip
800ft elevation gain

This beautiful hike is my favorite in Santa Barbara. It’s 3.5 miles round trip with an 800 ft elevation gain from the Tunnel Road Trailhead. It’s beautiful view of the city, the ocean and the Channel Islands make it especially popular for couples during sunset. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of wine!

Santa Barbara Hikes