Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 Mid-November Chill In The Air

Half my lifting friends are off to Hamburg for the IUKL World Championships. The other half are at home, scheduling their training around Thanksgiving to pay off gravy bills. I'm working on lifting volume and trying to run through the snotsicles in this year's early freezing temperatures.

I lifted in my shed all of last winter, but the sheer, bitter cold in the bells this season felt completely foreign. I did not remember them being this hard to deal with, until I remembered that I previously carried some of the bells in and out of the house in the worst weather. I bought a second programmable space heater and an electric blanket. It may seem a bit much, but it was totally worth it. The room was a cozy 60F, and the bells were a comfortable, neutral temp.

No, that's not me in there
I'm working basic volume right now in Long Cycle and Jerk. There was a time a few months ago when I reached this milestone volume of 100 reps per session. At the time, that was significant for me, as my rank number is around 50 and I didn't tolerate many reps on heavier bells. As of this week, I'm over 100 reps per session, a quarter of that with my heavy bells and half of it above competition pace. This will be a busy winter.

I'm reminded of these forefathers of our proud sport. There will come a day when my lifting will sing of wolves and fire and the fall of cities, but it is not this day.

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