Saturday, November 23, 2013

I just knew what it was

I had never actually torn a muscle before, but I had seen the injury a few times. I saw WWE wrestler Triple H tear his quad (video below) in 2007 and read about his recovery work. That muscle curled up into a bulge fast enough to see it on slo-mo replay, so I had some notion of the symptoms. I have imagined that a woman pregnant with her first child doesn't really know what a contraction feels like until the phrase "Honey, I'm having contractions" leaves her mouth. There are things you just recognize when you see them. I knew what this was when I saw it.

Two weeks ago, I ran a few steps after Kilo and felt a sharp charley horse, coupled with a strong fibrillation of the muscle beneath my skin like an electric shock. It felt like a jack-in-the-box toy had gone off in my pants leg. My very first thought, my immediate, first impulse in English words was "I just tore my calf". I just... knew what it was.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The 2014 US Competition Schedule

Kettlebell sport has been sparse in the US these last few years, but 2014 promises to change that. The American Kettlebell Alliance (AKA), the US affiliate of the International Union of Kettlebell Lifting (IUKL), has taken root in a very American way. There are already some 17 AKA meets in the US and Canada, with a few more on the way. These are just the ones I'm personally considering.
  • Feb 08 - IUKL West Coast Classic KB Championships, Richmond, CA
  • April 05 - Punch KB Sport Championship, Sarasota, FL
  • May 17 - ATC ThrowDown III, Charlotte, NC
  • Aug 23 - AKA/IUKL USA Nationals, Brooklyn, NY (maybe)
  • Sep 19 - IUKL World Cup at Mr Olympia, Las Vegas, NV (maybe)
  • Oct 25 - AKA/IUKL NC KB Weekend RX, Charlotte, NC
  • Nov 15 - AKA/IUKL Georgia Open, Atlanta, GA
If, per chance, I don't go for the gold this year... if I finish May and don't feel that USA Nationals or World Cup are reasonable for me, then I have a gap from May to October. Personally, my health benefits from seasonal gaps in my sport training where I am free to do something else. I know exactly what I'd do with five months between meets.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Finally, The Rock Has Come Back To Long Cycle

This November 01, I resumed direct training in the kettlebell Long Cycle. I've had little emphasis on conditioning, so I never expected to finish 6 or 8 minutes. I did finish some warmup sets, some 2:00 sets at heavy and medium weights, and a 4:00 set at light weight with good form and pace. The strength and posture work hasn't quite made 2x24kg look easy yet, but it's made 2x16kg and 2x20kg a thing of beauty compared to last year.


 I also love Squat Day. Being of skinny build, middle age, and aftermarket components, I am the prototype candidate for high-volume squat training. I do it Olympic style, high bar, full depth, medium stance.

Nick Horton's Squat Nemesis has been a great fit for my daily variations in top-end performance, but I've never felt such a bodybuilding-style pump before. This has introduced a midweek recovery work session and moved Thursday squats to Friday. There's nothing wrong with recovery work and muscle growth and deeper stamina.