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work hard and play hard

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 01/26/2008

well ladies and gentlemen over the last couple of weeks you have been so kind as to listen to my whining and complaining about how difficult of a time i was having getting used to working with my new trainer and getting back to “game” shape.  for this i thank you, that is why this weekends blog is a little different.

last friday i would have to say was my best weight room performance to date, i got after it pretty hard.  three sections, 10 straight minutes of a full sprint on the bike, some serious chest, 10 more minutes on the bike, some serious triceps, 10 more minutes of full sprint, followed by back and biceps, followed by abs!!!

i left feeling pretty good about myself, the bike sprints were particularly satisfying!  i came home to the dog, and the nfl network…sweet, no wife for a couple of hours(her sister was moving into college at salisbury…even though i told her that the mascot of the school was a flying rat).  now dont get me wrong i love spending time with my wife, she is clearly my better half but sometimes i like having some time with my dog and my big ass tv.  anyway i made some dinner and geared up for the last day of waterfowl season.  around here goose and duck hunting is what makes the world go round, and i am no different than the rest of the people in this town.  unfortunately work has kept me from hunting as much as i would have liked this year but sometimes that is just the way it goes. saturday however, was going to be different, my stepfather got me the invite to one of the premier hot spots in the area, at a local doctors “offshore” blind.  i had heard roomers about this place, so i was excited!

5:00am comes around and my alarm hit me like a tone of bricks, man its early.  we made it out to the doctors house by 5:45 and started our way out to the blind.  this place was great, and i wish i could explain all the factors that made this blind special, but i will start with the fact that it was in the middle of the chester river and it had a stove(for the ham, egg and cheese sandwiches), an oven(to toast the bread) and a coffee maker in it…needless to say it was a more civilized hunt, well at least it started that way…i soon found out that most of the men who were occupying the blind (all men who i have known most of my life, and my mother) were complete clowns(i mean that in the best possible way, these guys were flat out funny)…it was an entertaining day, a great group of guys to say the least!

anyway we were fortunate enough to kill our limit in “blue bills” (16) and a couple of other birds, man it was a great hunt!  special thanks to dr. “a”.

at this point you are likey asking yourself why i am telling you about this hunt, well it is simple:  sometimes you have to take a step back when you are working for something special, a goal, or when you are testing yourself.  as long as it does not interfere with your goal, you should “work hard and play hard”.  in my case i needed to “slay some ducks”. now do not get me wrong, i still went for a run, and watched what i ate, but i allowed myself to fully embrace the “male being” this morning…thats right i was all man.  there is something about getting up early, setting up a modern day hunting rig, and hunting a wild animal.  yeah yeah i get it ducks are not exactly like a wild bore, or a bear, even a deer.  still until you have experienced what it is like to have ducks “decoy” into your rig, just after sun up while you plot to unload the birds ultimate demise into its chest, you cannot judge the situation.  it is a combination of hand to eye coordination and timing. this is more than sport, it is how  our forefathers fed their children!

anyway i feel completely recharged, i cannot wait to get up in the morning and hit the weight room…i am having a hard time convincing my wife to rub my back after workouts but i think i will prevail, she is a sucker for giant traps,  and fortunately i happen to have a pair for her to work on!

all right folks…i will talk to you in a couple of days, oh and apparently the story about my biting through a keg at the o.c. touney has gotten out into the media, i was really hoping to keep that a secret…dang it!

unitl next time!

justin berry a.k.a. “ifyouhesitateiwillabuseyou”

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