Week 3 is rolling right along….
On Sunday, October 19, 2014, Tap and I met with Lieutenant Dan Harrington at the Metropolitan Police Department’s Harbor Patrol Unit. We went on a tour of the backside of the memorials via the Potomac River. I was surprised at how brown the water was; however, the area was absolutely beautiful as you will see in the photographs. This week is will be a full week of classes and another extreme physical challenge “Not in Kansas Anymore” on Wednesday. Yesterday E.J. built upon the insanity workout from our last P.T. Have you ever heard of an “inch worm”? See video here -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic0OW8YXNp4 The inchworm pushup is used as a warm up, better known as a “dynamic” warm up technique. To me this form of torture is all dynamic and there is nothing warm up about it. The inchworm is only one of the many warm ups and exercises that we go through during our P.T. classes. Tomorrow morning it is supposed to be 50 degrees with a 15-25 mile-an-hour wind and rain. We will be expected to run up a steep hill and bear crawl down and then crab walk up the hill and run down. We will be dealing with the hill for 10 minutes without rest then we will be expected to run (blasting up) the stairs of a parking garage and down the other side. The parking garage event will also be for 10 minutes without stopping. The last event will take place on the infield of the track and involve a resistance band run with our partner supplying the resistance. This is also an 10 minute exercise without rest. I will let you know how things go tomorrow. In media class today we conducted standup media interviews with very little prep. I realized that we have some excellent speakers who can get their thoughts organized in a moment’s notice. I will be one of the first people up for the second wave of interviews. I must say I am a little anxious especially because the instructors take very little mercy and try to see what you are made of. I think this experience and the on the spot interviews will be some of the most interesting and fun parts of this entire program. Kevin and Gail are providing us the necessary tools and confidence to be able to respond to the harshest questions dished out by any news reporter. Today, October 21, 2014, we had a guest speaker in our Psychology of Leader Leadership class. Dr. Ron Smith came to speak to us a little bit about PTSD however, he really spoke more about life in general and especially the life of someone who is in an “impossible profession”. He had a bunch of ideas and quotes from Freud, Shopenhauer, Wittgenstien, Jung, and Shaw. Dr. Smith has helped many people in his 40+ year career. It was very easy for him to convey fairly complex ideas, so that everyone could understand the topic. I found myself so interested in many of the points and topics he brought up that I couldn't wait to conduct internet research to learn more. One such topic that was reviewed was that of Yalom Existential Psychotherapy. If you are interested in learning more about what was reviewed in class today click here http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evil-deeds/201101/what-is-existential-psychotherapy