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Falling Forward, Failing Upwards!

Day 18. Bunked out during Strength & Conditioning due to the fast. Not exactly sure where I went wrong – sleep, fat content of the prior day’s intake, or not having a sub-50 cal portion of bone broth beforehand- but I dared not risk going through it again and wasting a potential brick in the wall. First things first. Training is reason for all the experimentation in the first place. I have a hard enough time with body comp – in fighting shape, I still kind of looked like one of the MIB worm dudes! But the shins, oh the shins were rock solid.

Anyway, gearing  up for a vital Anatomy & Physiology exam on Wednesday, taking Pomodoro breaks to learn the bassline to Under the Bridge and fixing my eyesight little by little by cupping and one-eyed focus exercises (The Bates Method), I realized just how busy I’ve been making myself when I remembered mid-lick that I haven’t logged the steps I need to in order to win the Battle of the Campuses Walking Challenge. Here I was, asking you all to join the fight, trying to be clever with the team name, and not putting in the actual work. I apologize sincerely. I would be dishonest and betraying my view of myself as a maniac with integrity if I didn’t share this otherwise private shortcoming with you all. That’s the point of this though, I think. To grow before your very eyes, like the coffee line at Rockville 😉 Like that line, it’s both challenging and absolutely necessary. Those folks move fast though, seriously. Well-oiled machine.

Let me tell you, I’m studying one of the most marvelous machines known to us – the bod- so I know one when I see one. I will say, after taking a couple of days of high-carb fueling, I’ve needed coffee a little more. Not sure how it correlates, but it is worth noting. I can’t provide nearly as much information as I’d like to, so I would like to let anyone who is interested know about this awesome podcast. I would love to have an open dialogue on this and related subject with any of you. Nutrition, unconventional training methods and other (healthy) self-torture, or even …flat-earth theories!?!?!? You know, a well-rounded conversation 😉  Takoma Park is open Sundays for study groups – tweed jackets with suede elbow pads not required.


My name is Raul Torrento. I am a local, born in DC proper and raised in the area (Aspen Hill, Springfield, DC, Falls Church, Annandale). Music, gymnastic strength training, and Muay Thai are just a few things I enjoy. I also have a slackline and a skateboard. Those get used.

I am a lover of complete and total physical and mental exertion. Finding new ways to achieve that panting glory is what keeps me spry. Music is something I’ve always loved, since my hands first touched the congas at age 4. A father of three, I appreciate every little moment I remember to focus on – because they tend to pass by in a blur as a result of trying to keep up with them. I don’t take myself too seriously, instead I focus on the importance of my work – whether that’s practicing a tuck handstand, fine tuning an L-sit, finding a new groove on my bass, nailing a new recipe, or whipping up a classic cocktail for a complete stranger. Oh yeah – I’m a bartender too. More importantly, I am a student. Of everything. Forever.

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