Thursday, May 28, 2015


There's enough written about high-intensity, high-frequency training to skip some of the introduction. Weightlifters do it. Runners do it. I have tried to do blocks of it in the past, with little success. The usual issue is sleep. My rest and recovery rate supports lifting 4 times per week, 3 times per week if I run a couple of days. This has been the case for a long time.

This particular week, I've had vacation, so it was worth a try. I've slept well, and I've exercised the last six days. I've added 20lbs to my confident, anytime squat triple. I've added about 20lbs to my power clean, mostly for lack of experience with that lift. I've run three times, alongside my dog and my wife on her bike, which has been great fun for the lot of us.

I'm not sure whether this will carry into next week when I resume work, but it was great to be able to start without work in the way.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Of all the stupid things

It was pushups. Pushup progressions leading toward one-armed pushups, but pushups nonetheless. It couldn't be trail running or kettlebells or ("deep") barbell squats. It was a pushups progression that finally broke the limit.

March 23, I did short sets of half-depth one-armed pushups, as in Convict Conditioning or any number of other programs. I had worked up to this with weeks of close pushups and uneven pushups, hundreds of total reps. I felt confident to try sets of 3 to half depth, but I was naive. I noted the discomfort in my log, then rested from presses and did lighter lifting and therapeutic work through April and early May.

This shoulder is misaligned when overhead, pinched when across the body, and sore in front flexion. It's not necessarily even weak; I'm not unable to lift. Stretching, Indian clubs and stick work, external rotation drills with small weights and bands, scapular retractions: I've done everything I could to reset the impingement and give the joint room to move. It hasn't worked. What bothers me most is that this is still uncomfortable when I passively manipulate the arm, not just when I engage the muscles. That makes me worry about connective tissue.

I'll see my doctor on Friday. We have a good working relationship, and he knows I try to stay athletic. I'm expecting this to prescribe an MRI, and I'm uneasy at how that will turn out.