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Behind the Power Curve
Way behind the power curve

Way behind the power curve

Mind – I am currently behind the power curve.  This is a term pilots use to describe a position of energy disadvantage. In other words, it doesn’t matter that the throttle is in full power, at the current conditions, the motor will not produce enough thrust to recover. It is also a slang term that means…trying to catch up.  I just started a new job, so I have a lot to learn, hence, I am behind the power curve when it comes to sending out the blog. Another term we use to describe this condition is “hanging off the trailing edges.” This also means everything is happening so fast, rather than sitting in the cockpit, you are 6 feet behind the aircraft.  Sometimes this does occur, but I have always found the best way to avoid this condition is proper preparation. Dedication to the mission is required, and putting in the time when others will just let it slide separates the professionals from the amateurs. Anticipating when things will go wrong or become intense is key to being prepared. Clearly I knew I had this new job coming up, but as we discussed yesterday, shit happens. This is when hopefully you can rely upon experience, but if you have none, this might describe a learning moment. If you find yourself behind the power curve, take your lumps, egress the fight, learn what you can, then buckle down for the next mission.

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Body – Strength
Arnie
Wingman
Work on squats and core strength.  If there is one exercise that I would say does more for your total body than any other…it is squats.  Don’t injure yourself, start light, do air squats if required (meaning no weight, just you) but focus on good form. Eyes up, feet slightly wider than shoulder width, core tight, back naturally arched, chest up, lower until thighs parallel.
Flight Leads/Instructors
Arnie’s Leg routine
5 Sets, 8-10 reps
Abs
Good Mornings/ Any Lower Back
Squats
Lunges
Straight leg deadlift
Hamstring curls
Calf raises
Weapons Instructor Course
2000m row less than 7:30
Arnie’s Leg routine
5 Sets, 8-10 reps
Abs
Good Mornings/ Any Lower Back
Squats
Lunges
Straight leg deadlift
Hamstring curls
Calf raises
Gotta be a ScotsmanPhoto by Savon Matossian

Gotta be a Scotsman
Photo by Savon Matossian

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Recipe of the Day 
 Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs, with mashed potatoes and peas.
6 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 1/4 pounds)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 475°F. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 12″ cast-iron or heavy nonstick skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking. Nestle chicken in skillet, skin side down, and cook 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-high; continue cooking skin side down, occasionally rearranging chicken thighs and rotating pan to evenly distribute heat, until fat renders and skin is golden brown, about 12 minutes.
Transfer skillet to oven and cook 13 more minutes. Flip chicken; continue cooking until skin crisps and meat is cooked through, about 5 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate; let rest 5 minutes before serving.
Mashed Potatoes
Boil potatoes for 12 minutes or until soft, crush with a ricer or press. Add 4 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp salt to taste.
Frozen Peas
Microwave per instructions, usually 4 minutes.
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Spirit – 1 Corinthians 1:28-29 “God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.”
How we dealt with the Ducks

How we dealt with the Ducks