Reflections on the past year might lead to good and bad thoughts.  It is beneficial to reflect on the trials, tribulations, and hopefully lots of successes, but the past is…the past.  Use each moment to gain experience and fill your bag of tricks to succeed in the New Year.  Fighter pilots spend about 1 hour a day flying, but often 3-4 hours after the mission to learn everything they can about how they executed the mission they just flew.  They do that to fill their “bag-of-tricks” for the bad guys.  A “bag of tricks” is really just experience of what worked and what didn’t. You can apply that to everything you do.  Reflect on the past, draw your lessons learned, then attack the New Year with a new game plan based on what you have learned. Here is to an awesome 2013!
Goals—Who is with me on the Spartan 2013?
We begin the New Year by first explaining our system for setting up the workouts.  We will expound on things as we go throughout the year.  The workouts are usually going to be setup in four categories: Wingman, Flight Leads, Instructors, and Weapons Instructor Course (WIC) Graduates.  The categories go from least experienced to most, and least difficult to most.  The categories are named as such because even though it takes a couple of years to be a fully combat certified wingman, wingman don’t have the skill or proficiency to lead large formations in combat. Through training and experience they eventually become instructors. Working out is the same way, if you attempt too much too early…somebody is going to get hurt.
I am also often asked about what is the best training program.  My response is one you enjoy and will do.  Sometimes that means just taking a short walk for the day. You must enjoy what you do or you will not do it for life.  Finally, we will try to incorporate several types of workouts each week. The basis for this idea was from a program called the Horsemen given to me by General Neubauer.  The Horsemen is a hardcore 4 month program and one that is a worthy goal, however, we adapt and use many concepts from many different programs.  Essentially we use what we like and discard the rest.  That’s how fighter pilots roll.  Use what works, get rid of what doesn’t.
The workouts during the week will usually fall into one of these categories: strength, power, endurance, mission specific training tasks, active recovery, pure fun, and finally rest. Rest is important and cannot be overlooked.
Today’s work out is a quick active recovery day because I have my Ballisto Brother in town. Here is the Ballisto and Mack.
Poacher and Mack
20 minute brisk walk
Flight Leads
1.5 mile run at 8-minute mile pace
3.0 mile run at 7-minute mile pace
Weapons Instructor Course 
4.0 mile run at 6-minute mile pace
Last nights meal got audibled because my 12 sandwich eating Ballisto brother wanted nothing to do with a Salad I had planned so I made hot wings for the football game.  He gave me a 4 on the wings.  Recipe at a later date.
Asian Barbecue Chicken 
Adapted from Dinner a Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach
6 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1/8 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 garlic clove, halved
1/2 medium onion, in large chunks
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon honey
1 dried chile pepper
hot pepper paste or a squeeze of Sriracha (about 1/4 teaspoon)
1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken thighs
4-5 lime wedges
In a small saucepan, whisk all ingredients, except for chicken and lime, over low heat and heat until everything has dissolved, about 10 minutes. Remove from stovetop and let cool. (You can keep the onions and garlic in there.) Once it’s cool, pour into a small bowl. (Any extra keeps for up to a week in the refrigerator.)
Prepare grill. Drizzle chicken pieces with a little oil (canola is fine) salt, and pepper. When the grill is hot, grill the chicken (no sauce yet) for a total of 8 to 10 minutes, turning all the while. Brush the chicken with the barbecue sauce and cook another 3 minutes, basting with the sauce the entire time, and turning pieces frequently so they don’t burn. Serve with lime wedges.
We served this with basic sushi rice and a shredded kale salad that had been tossed with tarragon vinegar, olive oil, avocado, and scallions.
2 Corinthians 4:8 “So we fix our eyes not what is seen, but what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.