Monday, December 30, 2013

New Year's 2014

First, my wife is awesome.

Weight vest, emory tape, chalk and a chalk bag, Kettleguard inserts, and a pack of shammies. Beyond thoughtful. I'm suspicious she just wants me to spend more time with the chalk outside or running around the block, but it's still such a great gesture. Even some #kettleguardlove.

Second, I had food poisoning last weekend. I was barely 1 week off a bulking program that put on about 10lbs. I had reduced the creatine and the constant eating before getting sick, and I came out of the sick weekend only 2.5lbs lighter than the end of the bulk. I've settled 1.5lb over my weight class instead of 8lb deep inside it.

Third, I set some milestones before moving up to 24kg bells again. Moving to heavier bells after 6 weeks off would have torn my calluses and set me back, and the AKA now ranks at 4kg increments. I'm better off moving up over the season than trying to start at 24kg. I wouldn't have said that a few months ago.

I wanted to press double 24kg bells to compete with double 24kg bells. It makes sense to me to be able to launch them and support them with confidence first. I've chased that with no success for over 2 years, barely getting the bells off my shoulders a couple months ago. I finally got that during the winter bulk.

I also wanted to meet rank numbers (50 at my bodyweight) or greater with smaller bells before moving up. Considering I've been back on the bells exactly 1 week and was sick 2 days ago, I was pleased to score 50 reps in 9:00 this Monay. Even better, I did it with a 9:15 playlist instead of a clock. The split was 25/5:00 + 25/4:00, so I finished at pace.

Lastly, I'm maintaining a principle of training strength in the gym and conditioning in my sport. I want to squat my bodyweight for tens and press the 24s for sets throughout this season, strong enough not to fail on technique. I know all the articles and all the Russian champions who only lift bells and run. I'm not a champion yet; I can't go 50 if I can't go 5.

Have a safe New Year's, and I'll see you at West Coast Classic.

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