Monday, May 23, 2016

5/17-5/20: New York City, Baby

NEW YORK WAS THE BEST. It was nice to get out of Cincinnati for a few days. 

Tuesday highlights

-Dinner at Otto Enoteca & Pizzeria. We saw Judd Apatow standing there waiting for a table, so that was pretty cool. I also had the BEST Pizza I've ever eaten and also ate some amazing gelato. Plus it was good to see my brother!

I love this city

Salty peanut and dark chocolate gelato. The BEST.


The awesome view from my hotel room!

Wednesday highlights

-Tommy's graduation. It was long as hell (four hours) but it was exciting to see him graduate! It was held at Radio City Music Hall so that was pretty cool as well.
-Dinner at Bodega Negra. I'm not usually a fan of tacos, but these were the most delicious tacos I've ever eaten. Holy shit. I can't even describe how good the food was. We also got a really cool and delicious dessert that was a giant ball of white chocolate, then the waiter poured steaming hot chocolate on top and the ball melted and there was chocolate cake inside! Amazing. 

Tommy's graduation at Radio City Music Hall

The fam

Seen during our walk on the high line

Thursday highlights

-The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon! This was the best part of the entire trip. We woke up at 6:00 AM and got in line for standby tickets at 6:45. At 9:00 the NBC pages came out and handed us our tickets. It still wasn't a guarantee that we would get in. We came back at 3:30 PM to get in line and wait to find out just how many seats they needed to fill. We were numbers 20, 21, and 22 out of 40 people. They cut numbers 32-40 and then a few minutes later they said they could take numbers 1-22 up to the show! What are the odds! We were taken through security (my selfie stick got confiscated) and then we were directed to the holding area. After about thirty minutes they took us all into the studio. The Roots had a jam session before the show started to hype up the crowd, it was awesome. Then the show started and it was seriously amazing. It was so cool to actually watch it happening live right in front of me. The guests were Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, and Corinne Bailey Rae. Jimmy Fallon was hilarious as usual and high-fived everyone at the end. It was an experience I will never, ever forget. 
-Waitress, the musical. We had bought tickets to Waitress just in case Jimmy Fallon didn't work out. After we got into Jimmy Fallon we decided we still wanted to see The Waitress, and I'm so glad we did! It was incredible. The music was written by Sarah Bareilles and I'm a big fan of her. The cast was outstanding and the music was beautifully written. I loved it. They also sold mini pies at intermission! 

Waiting in line for Jimmy Fallon tickets


Loved this musical!

Friday highlights

-Breakfast at Sullivan St. Bakery
-Walked to a bookstore and my brother showed us two books with his photos published in them! Neat. 

Delicious breakfast at Sullivan St. Bakery

Bye New York! 

Overall, this trip was the best. I ate a lot of really good food, hung out with my brother, saw two amazing shows, and got some much needed rest. I can't wait to go back! 


A1. Front squat, 3-3-3-3, 22x1; :60 rest
A2. Weighted false-grip ring pull up, 2-2-1-1, 21x1; :60 rest
B. Close-grip bench press, 4-4-4, 20x1; 2:00 rest
5 sets:
250m row
10 thrusters, 65
10 pull ups
2:00 walk rest
Crossover Symmetry Recovery

Bear complex- 145#
A1. 165-175-185-195
A2. BW-5-10-15
B. 105-115-125

Tried the bear complex again and hit 145 for three, same as Saturday. This is officially competition weight. 

Front squats were good today, the only tough set was 195. 

False-grip pull ups were so much easier than last week! 

Bench press was good, although the set at 125 was tough. 

I really took a shit on the thruster/pull up workout. The first few sets were okay but after three sets I couldn't catch my breath and I wasn't recovering at all. On the fourth set I probably waited a solid ten seconds before picking up the bar for the thrusters (hence why my time is so long) and on the fifth set my pull ups totally fell apart. My breathing was just really bad throughout this entire thing and I felt awful. 

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