Mind – Thanks to Kim for her entry she provided at the beginning of the week, in case you didn’t see it watch the Flip here Today I am talking about efficiency, because fighter pilots are about doing things effectively and efficiently. I propose working ought to be thought of the way fighter pilots think about what we call clearing the merge. When we train for air to air engagements we practice what is known as clearing the merge, in other words we want to get away from the adversary’s smoking fireball as quickly and cleanly as possible. Spotting airplanes is actually pretty difficult, that is unless a big black smoking fireball is lingering in the sky, because where there is one airplane there are usually others. We practice hitting quickly, and if required to get within visual range of the enemy we want to destroy all the bad guys within a formation before we get picked off by opportunistic adversaries swarming to smoking fireball. When you go to the gym, or work out, clear the merge! Know your objective, complete your objective, then get the hell out! There is absolutely no reason you need to spend more than 15 minutes in the gym or working out unless you want to.  What will prevent you from accomplishing this? The feared the gym chatterbox! Don’t get me wrong, working out is social, we should interact with our team or wingman, but if you are spending more time blabbing than working, you are the gym chatterbox! Get to the merge, take care of business then leave. I promise, it is possible to get a killer workout, showered and ready for your next event in 20 minutes.  I am now in my defensive crouch as the lady spears come flying in…but reference the Flip, its funny, because its at least partially true.
Body – Endurance
30 minute, brisk walk, hike, bike or jog
Flight Leads
3 mile run at your pace
6 mile run, 8 minute mile pace
Weapons Instructor Course
9 mile run, 7 minute mile pace
Weather Backup mission – Treadmill or Bike for 20, 40, or 60 minutes.
Recipe of the Day 
 Tomato Arugula
Warm Tomato Salad with Arugula and Goat Cheese
1 cup cherry tomatoes
2 cups tiny grape tomatoes
2 bunches arugula, about 2 quarts
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 Tbsp EVOO
1 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar
8 oz goat cheese
salt and pepper
1. Wash and dry all produce. Peel and mince garlic, combine with EVOO and balsamic.
2. Cut tomatoes in half. Heat the oil, balsamic and garlic in a large cast iron skillet over low-medium heat.  Add tomatoes, salt and pepper, warm gently for 3-4 minutes.
Warm Tomatoes
3. Divide arugula and goat cheese among 4 plates.  Spoon on warmed tomatoes and sauce.  Serve and enjoy.
Serves 4
MackNBee both graded this a 1…so I failed.  I thought it was probably a 2, so rather than go all arugula, I would use some fresh baby spring greens instead.
Spirit – Mathew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”