Digestable #38: Gore-Tex Vans, Summer Camps, Strongest Year Yet, Simple & Sinister Kettlebells, Self-Promotion Razor, Spirituality & Politics

Hey everyone!

Welcome to another edition of Digestable, the short, weekly email where we follow our curiosity and share shoe recommendations. This edition was emailed to subscribers on January 30th, 2022.

Jumping right in:

Vans UltraRange Exo Gore-Tex Shoes: I’m well into my second winter season on these wheels and I am super impressed. I originally picked up these insulated waterproof kicks at MEC to use for winter dog-walking and running errands in the city but I’ve ended up using them for EVERYTHING. Casual mountain hikes, outdoor workouts, jogging, rucking, deadlifts and box jumps in my uninsulated garage. Amazingly, they aren’t too warm to wear on long drives and my feet have been comfortable in them down to -30. With almost daily use last winter and this winter they still appear brand new. 5-stars.

Frontier Lodge Summer Camp 2022 Schedule: Revolutionize your teen’s life with a camp at Frontier Lodge in Nordegg this summer. I’m not just promoting this because my son and daughter-in-law work here, these camps are truly life-altering! The 2022 schedule has just been posted for Mountain Biking Camps, Rock Climbing Camp, Whitewater Camp, Adventure Camp, Backpacking Camp, and Indigenous Camp. Take a look at the schedule here and start planning your summer.

Strongest Year Yet (for Women) – Rewriting the Rules of Your 40s, 50s, & Beyond: Ladies, my wife Amanda has been enjoying this free one-month daily email subscription from Mark’s Daily Apple.She tells me that the advice, workouts, recipes, and healthy lifestyle tips are on-point. From the website description, you’ll get:

  • Daily emails to support as you build the healthy habits that will make this your Strongest Year Yet
  • Access to a private community of women who are eager to get the most out of this phase of life
  • Primal Foundations + Primal Eating Quickstart Guide ebooks
  • Primal Movement Manual + 30-day Workout Calendar designed especially for women over 40

Kettlebell Simple & Sinister by Pavel Tsatsouline: I’m experimenting with this kettlebell program by “The Father of Kettlebell” to rehab my back, increase strength, endurance, & power, lose fat, improve mobility and conditioning. Simple is the key word for the “Simple & Sinister” daily practice (5-6 days per week). It consists of:

  • Short warm-up of goblet squats, glute bridges, and kettlebell “halo’s”
  • 10 sets of 10 one-arm kettlebell swings
  • 10 Turkish get-ups
  • Stretching: 90-90 hip stretch and straddle QL stretch

You may recognize Pavel’s name from my previous posts, I had a chance to ask him a question on the Tim Ferriss podcast and posted his response here: 5 Conditioning Tips from Pavel Tsatsouline. Happy swinging, Comrades!

Self-Promotion Razor: A razor is a simple heuristic (rule of thumb), the most famous one is likely Occam’s Razor. Here’s a Self-Promotion Razor from JC that is valuable and rare (particularly in the business world): Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted. From Luke chapter 14:

“When you are invited to a banquet, do not sit in the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited. Then the host who invited both of you will come and tell you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ And in humiliation, you will have to take the last place.

But when you are invited, go and sit in the last place, so that your host will come and tell you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in front of everyone at the table with you.”

Luke 14

For an ancient, short story that powerfully illustrates this razor in action read about an attempted genocide, a beauty pageant of virgins, and an interpersonal feud between Mordecai and Haman in The Book of Esther.

Quote I’m Pondering: “The essence and aim of spirituality is not to correct social and political injustices. That will be its effect – though never exactly in ways we imagine as we come to it with our preexisting political concerns. That is not is use, and all thoughts of using it violates its nature. Those who worry that unless we act against authority structures our spirituality will accomplish nothing simply do not understand what spirituality is. On the other hand, the authorities will always find the spirituality of Jesus and his followers impossible to deal with, for it stands beyond their manipulation and control.” – Dallas Willard, the late Professor of Philosophy at The University of Southern California in Los Angeles, in “Spirit of the Disciplines

Where did your curiosity lead you this week? I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again for following along. I’m having a riot putting these together, so if you are enjoying this newsletter I’d love it if you shared it with a friend or two and we can keep the great conversations growing.

Yours truly,

P.S. Here’s the puzzling way we ride out winter cold snaps at our house:

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