Friday, November 7, 2014

2014 November Notes, early

My set at the Great Bells Of Fire meet left a new tear in my palm that crossed one of the seams, so I've trained Jerk, swings (taped my hand), squats, and running since then, part of a 6wk program to reintroduce 24kg and raise my volume with the lighter bells. My palm is healed completely now, and I did today's 16kg finishers as Long Cycle instead of Jerk.

There has been a two-fold benefit from this focus on Jerk. First, I've never tolerated just Jerk before. LC relieves the pressure on my hands and wrists. I logged a dozen straight 2x24kg Jerk today, when my best LC score was a mere 25, and I had not lifted 24kg in weeks prior.

Second, this work emphasizes the part of the cycle that scores the point, the part that can't be forced with grip and biceps and terrible technique. Over the next 6wks, I'll gradually move LC practice up from light to heavier bells. Already, the 24 bells look good.

The program ends the day before a Holiday 5K in December. I've run through the C(ouch)25K program up to session 8.1, but I've already completed 5K or 30min a couple times now. Over the next 5wks, I'll be stretching my 5K/25min to 7K/40min or beyond, and I'm excited about the prospect. Running at the break of dawn is cathartic, even if it's dark and cold.

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