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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE



Yesterday morning, in some sort of daze I presume, I signed up for Ladies Night Out, a 5K in Newburyport sponsored by B&S Sports.  At some point yesterday afternoon, I thought, say what!!!  Did you really sign up for a 5K?  Really??????  I haven't run since I did the Arnold Pump & Run about 4 years ago.

I think this description of the event that caught my attention...

"Cross the finish line on a red carpet to be greeted by handsome gentleman offering an accolade of flowers, mouth-watering fine chocolates, scrumptious hors d'oeuvres and a fine selection of wine and beer."

Flowers, apps, wine, beer and handsome men at the finish line...yes, I am in.  Guess I was just easily seduced by the decadence.  Now I actually have to run. 

It is not my intention to do a whole lot of training.  I am going to trust my kettlebell training to get me through.  I will do some runs but I want to see how the KB training translates into running.  Will I be stronger and run faster than I previously did?  Or will I be the one sucking wind throughout the race.  I will just stay focused at the fun at the end.

Up for the challenge...join me on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:00.


Monday, September 28, 2015

SMART TRAINING


 In addition to trying a free class at Title Boxing Club this weekend, I did a workout at the Torigian YMCA.   They have a decent number of kettlebells and barbells both of which were on my training agenda.

Over the years when people have complimented my training and/or my technique, I've usually brushed it off or been annoyed that my training was interrupted.  On this day, a young guy came up to me after I had completed a Turkish Get Up using a 12 KG or 26 pound bell.  He more than enthusiastically described my TGU as perfect.  He said most guys can't even do a TGU without weight.


14 KG TGU in my messy backyard!
What I haven't learned is that because someone compliments you at 12 KG, it doesn't mean you have to immediately do one with 16 KG or 35 pounds.  Well, that is what I did.  That wasn't about training.  It was about trying to impress someone.  You see, for a number of health and joint reasons, I need to be smart about how I train.  That wasn't smart.  It doesn't mean I can't do 16 KG because I can.  It just means I need to be intentional about when I do them.

As many of you know, I went into the Strong First Certification training with a number a number of injuries.  I worked through them.  Eric Gahan, co-owner of Iron Body Studios, offered the best advice when I first started training there.  He said,  "You need to remember the goal."  Without that advice, my injuries would not have been under control by the certification.  I know I would have pushed myself.  All I needed to do was push, pull, snatch, clean, swing and squat 12 KG.  Without those words, REMEMBER THE GOAL, I would have pushed myself to push, pull, snatch, clean, swing and squat 14 or 16 KG.  It would not have been smart.  Full disclosure...there were times I did at 16 KG TGU.  One time, I almost attempted a 16 KG snatch.  At the time, none of it felt right. 

Snatching with 12 KG

Without Eric and Artemis knowledge and experience, I would know have become an StrongFirst Instructor.  I would not have reached this goal. 

Smart training is to have goals and understand that it takes to get there.  Remember the goal. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ALMOST TRAINING BLOG

Yes, there is a blog post in the works on training for the certification.  I was just temporarily side tracked.  I want my post on my training to adequately reflect how I feel.

In the meantime, I leave you with these reflections of new beginnings...at least that is what they mean to me.