YMMV, another PT related post…

This post will be prefaced with a statement that I have uttered similarly in the past:

“I have not served in the military and have no combat experience.”

However, I do think I have something to offer when it comes to PT and how to make yourself better, faster, and stronger.

From everything that I have read and come to understand, combat consists of short, violent expenditures of tons of energy. If you are able to go from zero to insane in 2 seconds and maintain that for 5 to 10 minute periods, your chances of survival go up. I would say ‘exponentially’, but I have no idea.

So, if the above statement is somewhat true, the following activities will help you out.

  1. Mountain biking. This consists of brutal climbs followed by wild expenditures of hand eye coordination after being severely exhausted. Having the ability to precisely control yourself after vigorous exercise strengthens these skills.
  2. Wind sprints, then knot tying. I do this all the time. Run 100 meters all out, usually with weight, then try to coordinate precise sequences with paracord.
  3. Yoga. Strength and flexibility are a given. It helps you get better at almost anything. You can get the basics free online and on YouTube.

YMMV. Something to think about.

I ride almost everyday. I stretch and sprint almost everyday. These things help you shape your body. More later on how to hone your spirit and heart.

Rough waters ahead. 


Collapse: November Travel Canceled

One of the great things about being in a leadership position is that I get to control my own time. If you have ever worked in the tech industry (or almost any other American business sector) time is without a doubt your most precious commodity. That being said, I’m throwing this out there because after many exhaustive sessions online and conversations with friends, colleagues, as well as prayerful contemplation, I have decided to cancel any and all business travel I had planned until after the first of the year.

There are simply too many indicators for large scale trouble out there as of today.

Preparedness as a lifestyle and practice has gone way beyond the fringe and is now being openly discussed in the mainstream. Talking heads are getting more and more anxious, and dotgov seems to be shifting resources into various places around CONUS (based upon personal conversations – YMMV) in anticipation of impending events.

This is the first time in my almost 40 years that I have allowed myself to change something of this magnitude based upon chatter and intuition.

My plans for my immediate family and tribe are to fortify positions, and prepare to repel borders – meaning that we are shoring up mid to long terms preps like beans, bullets, boots & band-aids. We will be caching more supplies at several fall back positions and rally points in and out of our primary AO. Extended family is essentially being put on “ready alert” and being prepped for a go code. A proverbial loose circling of the wagons in anticipation of impending events.

With this of course comes the risk being wrong. Honestly, I probably am. This will likely lead to a future time when I sit back and ask, “Really? Really… What the hell was I thinking.” This will be shortly followed by Mrs. Matson hitting me squarely on the back of the head. She’s an athlete and it will hurt.

However, with the exception of putting off a few reviews, some quality time with a few of my engineers, and a couple of Vegas steaks, life will go on as it does day by day. Sure, we will spend an extra $100 at the grocery every week on prep items, but in the end, this gets used up and is a good investment. PT will likely get a bit more intense and so will the training. This should happen regardless, but the motivation (and pucker) factor are at an all time high.

For those of you who follow me (all three of you), let me stress that I have no concrete knowledge of impending doom. I merely have a fairly accurate ability to see complex systems and their inherent weaknesses. Right now, or at least, now +, looks to be a good indication for the culmination of variables into something prolific. A black swan to rival black swans if you will.

It is NOT time for panic. It is time to prepare. Remember, even in times of trouble, lots of things will still work as intended. Rules shift. Resources change, but life will go on. It may look radically different from what it does today, but that DOES NOT mean you cannot thrive.


Keep your wits about you and your powder dry.