This Week in Running a Gym - May 18, 2014

I wasn't checking out dudes or falling over stuff this week so I guess it's back to our regularly scheduled programming for this column. It was a relatively uneventful week, actually. The most significant thing was that I met with the Metro Parks special events planning committee on Tuesday about the Throwdown. They were a little spooked when they read the proposal I submitted for the permit. Apparently that happens when you start talking about putting scaffolding and obstacle courses in a public park. So they asked me to come in and talk about it in person. You never know what to expect from these sorts of meetings, you're never sure just how open they are to the idea or whether someone is looking for a better reason to say no. As it turned out, they were cool. Their primary concern was that we not destroy the turf. When I was able to convince them that I don't want to ruin a park either, it was just a matter of figuring out how best to set up for the day. Now it's just a matter of figuring out what the actual events are going to be.

It occurs to me that some of you reading this might have some creative ideas about the events. I'd love to hear what you think would be awesome. Here are some details: 300 athletes in teams of 2. Age categories range from toddler to 60+. Three events. Here is a map of the park. We'll have a free-standing rig in the parking lot which can be used for pull-ups, hspu, wall balls, etc, and there's a big open grass field. Complete the sentence, “It would be super awesome if you did…” Email answers to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

My business development work was to write descriptions for our new nutrition and personal training services, which are moving along the development process faster than I expected. Writing and other creative work require a degree of isolation in order to get done. It takes a while to get into the writing mindset and I can easily get pulled out. As a result I kind of look forward to writing assignments with trepidation. It's sort of like going for a swim in a cool lake. I know I'm going to enjoy it once I get started, but I don't always look forward to that initial plunge. I sequestered myself in the upstairs office, put in earbuds without music to block out distractions and got it done. Now we'll do some quick testing to make sure everything is set up right and then we'll roll out the live versions.

I hired the YBM guys to clear the hill by the parking lot of brambles and blackberries which they'll do this weekend. After they chop everything down, they'll haul away the trash and throw down some more soil. When that project is finished we'll start planting that area. Since I brought this project up in a previous newsletter, member Ashley S approached me about her area of study which is bees. And would I be interested in using that area as a testing site to measure the health of south sound bee populations? To which I responded with something like, “Umm… hell yeah.” I don't think the plan is to have bee hives or anything like that, but a little extra motivation during sprints couldn't hurt, right?

Speaking of gardens and what I did with my week, I spent a long time in my garden yesterday. I don't actually know anything about growing a vegetable garden, but I'm willing to try and fail which I've learned counts for a lot in this world. Half my back yard is now just piles of dirt with tiny green shoots popping up here and there. My neighbors keep telling me it looks great, but I don't know what they're talking about. It looks like little piles of dirt. I worked in there for about four hours, digging, weeding, raking, planting, and building trellises. Later in the evening I was talking with some friends and reflected on how my work has changed in the last six months. Six months ago I was working hard, running the Fawcett gym, planning for the move. Now with the consolidation I have less to do on a daily basis, and I've got more people to pick up the slack, but I still work just as hard. The funny thing is that it doesn't feel as hard or draining because it's by choice. Shoveling dirt could be miserable if you had no choice, but since it was something I wanted to do and had the opportunity to do since my life as a business owner has settled down into a manageable routine, I enjoyed it. At any rate, I think you're all going to get a lot of free veggies toward the end of the summer.

By Morgan on Sunday, May, 18, 2014