90 By 40: Week 7

For the better part of the last decade, I’ve spent much of my existence thinking everything I needed to do was predicatd on providing for my family. I think many of us feel that way once we start having kids.

The hamster wheel that is culture now requires a near-constant worrying about food, shelter, protection, and all the ‘what ifs’ that come with having a family. I understand the responsibilities that come with adulthood, and I’m mostly fine with them, providing these things is a man’s responsibility and I’m happy to take it on.

What can get lost in this Matrix however is the necessary self-fulfillment activities that are a must if you’re going to keep your sanity. When your entire daily routine is answering annoying emails from MBAs, or having someone question the output of your vLookup, it’s no wonder so many people are so unhappy. Myself included.

More than a few people have reached out to me since 90 By 40 has started expressing how great they think it is that I’m doing this and that they too would like to start their own journey. My response is always the same: why the hell not?

Training for a half marathon, cataloging a p90x fitness journey, learning to play the guitar, heck McGannon is even challenging himself to besting his Internet famous dinner rolls record—these are just a few, but I think all of us once we reach adulthood still has a part of us that long to do something with their life rather than just facilitate their days until the weekend comes.

Some may find it strange that I spent the better part of my last update writing about Liver King, an Instagram phenomenon that has me looking forward to his updates every morning. I think these types of inspirations can and do come from everyone; there are no rules here. And the things Liver King talks about in his morning posts speak to something primal, something on a level of existence that’s pre-programmed into all of us: we desire struggle and overcoming that struggle.

I don’t know if I’m going to make 90mph off a mound by time I’m 40 years old next summer. There’s a long road ahead and there’s many potential Wyandotte County-sized potholes along the way. But I will say, having something to do every day besides sit in front of my computer has added some fun back to my life that’s been missing for quite some time. Life can’t be all about work and marriage and kids. A small part must be for you, for your own growth and overcoming challenges.

Everyone has their 90 By 40. Everyone has the thing they’ve had in the back of their minds to try or get back to. There’s never a good time or a bad time to learn something new, set a new goal, or fix a past mistake. There’s just now, and ‘why the hell not’ start your 90 By 40 now.

Onto the testing.

Big week last week. Something to hang my hat on to know I’m at least headed in the right direction.

Conned the older brother of one of my daughter’s teammates into throwing with me on Wednesday. Actually, I asked my wife to call his mom, to con him into playing catch with me. Boy did it feel great to get out and throw again.

The same issues I’ve been having with arm slot training in the garage with weighted balls occurred throwing outside as well, but being able to stretch out the distance and add some movement behind what I was doing was extremely beneficial.

My flexibility is still nonexistent as evident in how little spine activity I have in the Standing throwing drills, and I’m clearly getting nothing from my hips when attempting the higher velocity movement drills, but in terms of pure arm strength I’m pleased with where I am today.

My Wins for the week:

  • 4 new med ball taps records
  • 2 new med ball throws records
  • 4 new throwing records
    • Double knee: 60 (58) [45]
    • Standing: 65 (61) [53]
    • Torque: 73 (71) [62]
    • Step behinds: 76 (74) [72]
    • *(previous mph) [starting mph]

Video of the throwing records here:

Video of the med ball taps here:

‘Til next week

Oct. 25 2021Day 19
Core Taps
Side-to-Side43
Diagonal R33
Diagonal L32
Can Openern/a
4 Square32
  
Med Ball Throws
1 knee
Overhead29
Torque R26
Torque L25
Windmill R31
Windmill L27
Backwards25
Runningn/a
Crow Hopn/a
  
Throwing
Double Knee58
Standing60
Torque68
Step Behindn/a
Turn & Burnn/a
Crow Hopn/a
Figure 8n/a
Oct. 26 2021Day 20
Core Taps
Side-to-Siden/a
Diagonal Rn/a
Diagonal Ln/a
Can Openern/a
4 Squaren/a
  
Med Ball Throws
1 knee25
Overhead27
Torque R26
Torque L25
Windmill R28
Windmill L27
Backwards29
Running33
Crow Hopn/a
  
Throwing
Double Kneen/a
Standingn/a
Torquen/a
Step Behindn/a
Turn & Burnn/a
Crow Hopn/a
Figure 8n/a
Oct. 27 2021Day 21
Core Taps
Side-to-Side44
Diagonal R34
Diagonal L33
Can Opener34
4 Squaren/a
  
Med Ball Throws
1 kneen/a
Overhead27
Torque Rn/a
Torque Ln/a
Windmill Rn/a
Windmill Ln/a
Backwards28
Running32
Crow Hopn/a
  
Throwing
Double Knee60
Standing65
Torque73
Step Behind76
Turn & Burnn/a
Crow Hopn/a
Figure 8n/a