Saturday, January 17, 2015

2015/01 notes on GPP

Good 3mi run today, plenty of calisthenics, and some club work. Three good KB sessions this week, heavy one-armed drills and 7-8' sets with lighter bells. I almost skipped Monday, but I couldn't have justified Brisket Day at the BBQ place if I hadn't worked out. Worth it.

This cycle has been a welcome change. I'm believing in basic GPP checkpoints more and more as time goes on. Numbers like fifty unladen squats (rock-bottom, not almost parallel), twenty pushups or inclined rows, a 3mi run; none of these are remarkable, but they highlight this notion that we are first and foremost athletes.

I find that my level of comfort and health follows my general physical prep. Every time I take a month to peak for a KB meet, everything gets a little sore. Suddenly I can barely do 10 pushups or a pullup. There's no reason for me to waste myself more than a couple weeks anymore, not at my level of competitiveness.

It's caught my attention in some online clips of Russian group KB training that their warmup looks like my High School P.E. class warmup from 30 years ago. Where generations of athletes have trained under scientific scrutiny for the glory of the Motherland, they still warm up with joint circles and pushups and running laps, along with their sport work. Granted, these clips were group training for a younger crowd, but most of us are better suited to beginners training than to the daily routines of world champions in their prime. We just don't like to admit it. I'm neither a champion nor in my prime, but I'm pushing a PR pace at the 9' mark with lighter bells right now. And, I'm not in pain.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Almost rested

I actually felt fresh enough last night that I set my alarm early for a workout by mistake. By "set my alarm", I mean I had also setup heaters in the kettlebell shed and prepped to turn in early. I was fresh. I wasn't sore, I wasn't dreading the next day in any measure at all. It completely slipped me that I was off Thursday.

So, today I didn't exercise. I've done a little back work and some time in the squat position, but that's not unusual. Kind of excited about lifting tomorrow. Should be nice.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2015 New Year's notes

I don't usually bother with New Year's resolutions. But, if I were to make a list this year:

Gain 5lbs and make it stick
Finally take up drinking
Win-or-quit my sport
Start practicing guitar
That got a lot of clicks on Facebook, but I did say last Autumn that I was no longer going to travel and spend money to lift 20kg bells, alone in my weight class, for a participation certificate. I skipped two meets last year, one of them in easy driving distance. With the West Coast Classic on the horizon in just 5 wks, the green bells are killing me, so I'm not going. And, I'm okay with that.

We use words like periodization and cycles (micro- and meso- as well) a lot in our short-term planning, but not so much in our long-term. I can do 6-wk cycles in a powerlifting program for years on end and not feel any of the grief I feel when a continuous 3-mo ramp-up to a KB competition doesn't get me a win. And, that's a bad perspective. I set PRs on the platform in February, May, and October of 2014, one of them with 24kg bells. There is nothing wrong with that. That these last 10 weeks did not get me to another PR is not a failure. It just indicates that this cycle is over and I need to start another one.

This is an off-season, time to get stronger and get some coaching and aim for the ATC Throwdown in May. The first priority has to be health, and my current state of boo-boo indicates that this cycle is over. I've got some technique work and some body work and a lot of running on the horizon, and I do enjoy all those things. I wish a healthy and happy New Year to everyone, and best of luck to all my friends lifting at WCC next month. I'll see you in May, at a ripped 149lbs and a new PR, if all goes well.