Monday, May 26, 2008

Trip to Mexico with the Familia

We just back last week from a great and super fun trip to Playa Del Carmen, about 1 hour south of Cancun by car. This was a last minute spontaneous trip that I felt we needed to take. I was absolutely cooked from work and frankly I felt like we all just needed a nice Caribbean vacation to relax. Marianna (who will be 5 months old this Thursday) did great and watching her soak in all the stimulation was so cool. Infants learn so much every day that it's hard to imagine what is going on inside their brains. As nice as it was to travel it is always nice to return to San Diego and to Revolution!!!

Got some great reading in, got plenty of rest, got plenty of sun and more importantly I got to spend 24 hours a day with Yoana and the baby! We also got some training in ( of course), archery, jumped off cliffs into rivers, snorkeled, and got plenty of time at the beach and in the Caribbean ocean. Did a lot of contemplating on life as well and how fortunate Yoana and I are at this stage in our lives. We have much to be grateful for and we must give praise and honor to our lord and God Jesus Christ. God is good! Over and over again I still am in awe of our new baby. Talk about a life changing event. I never knew how awesome it would be and the level of emotions one could feel. Truly life changing.

Vacations are always good for me as they allow me to stop, breathe, and climb up the trees to see where I am headed in life and where I am taking my family. It allows to me to re-evaluate my objectives, my motives, and my commitment to living out my deepest held morals, values and ethics. Frankly stated, we all need to time to re-sharpen the saw and contemplate the deeper things of life. The day to day routine sometimes has a way of keeping us from the deeper things of life.

In the words of George Bernard Shaw,

"This is the true joy in life, that being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. That being a force of nature, instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It's a sort of splendid torch which I've got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

I would add the your life is God's gift to you. What you do with your life is your gift back to God!

Training wise: Here is my weekly program design to enhance my sprinting

Monday - Strength day in the gym
SL Deadlifts 5//5 x 5
Double Clean and Press 5 x 5
Bent Over Rows

Tuesday - Speed day on the track
120 meters x 4 (95%)
50 meters x 3-4

Wed - off

Thursday - Tempo Days
100 yards x 10 (65-70%)

Friday - Power/ Strength day in the Gym
Snatches with KB's / varying weights and Rep ranges
Weighted Pull Ups

Saturday - Speed Day on Grass
Cone / Agility Work
20 meters x 3-4
30 meters x 3
40 meters x 2
60 meters x 1 - 2


Mark Reifkind said...

great post man,and it looked like so much fun. I especially like the George Shaw quote. very good stuff.

Katie, KettlebellKate said...

Franz, Hey there! That is one HAPPY looking baby and family. Feliz cumpleanos a Yoanna.-Kate

Gabi said...

So true, being hectic with everyday life can easily make you lose sight of what's really important! Thank you for the reminder!
Great pics, I'm glad you all had a great time!

fawn said...

Great pictures... I agree with Katie, Marianna is one happy baby! What a nice message!

Franz Snideman said...


Thanks, it was a blast. Glad you liked th quote!

Franz Snideman said...

Thanks Katie, Yoana had a great birthday.

Franz Snideman said...


Yes, we had a great time and I can't wait for the next trip! Hope you are well!

Franz Snideman said...

Thanks Fawn!

Hope to see you guys soon!

Sean Schniederjan said...

Franz-my mom and sister were down there last weekend too and we used to go down there all the time when I lived in TX in high school to scuba dive...truly a beautiful place.

Did you get my voicemail?

I'll email you.

Tim Anderson said...

Great post. God IS good!
You guys always look so happy. Hey, your hair looks shorter in those pictures then I remember...

Franz Snideman said...

Sean, Cool that they went there as well! Truly a magnificent place!!!

Let's talk soon!

Franz Snideman said...

Tim, yes, God is good, all the time!

I got your message! I will call you sometime over the weekend to talk!

Blessings to you and your family!!!

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AZ Prince Family said...

Hi Franz, Yoanna and Marianna.
It was nice meeting you on the plane. Whenever you're ready to spend time in Sedona you have a place to stay.
The Princes

Howie Brewer said...

Nice vacation! Marianna is getting so big!! She's beautiful. I'm glad to hear you guys got a needed break from daily life. My vaca is just around the corner.

Franz Snideman said...

The Princes,

Thanks for the invite! Let's keep in touch and hopefully we'll be out your way soon!



Franz Snideman said...

Thank you Howie! She is getting big, you're right!!!

Vacations are always good to have on the radar screen....they keep you going and keep you excited!

Have fun on your Vacation!!! When are where are you going?

Howie Brewer said...

Heading up to Cape Cod in July. A week of sea, sun and relaxation (or as much as one can get with a 2-year old in tow)!

Are you all still planning on coming out to NY?