Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Back into KB biathlon training

Two weeks ago, I resumed lifting kettlebells after a six-month hiatus. I'm focused on biathlon and light weights at the moment, along with a little strength and mass work to keep my weight up. My joints feel pretty good, except for one shoulder I'll get into later. (It has an MRI scheduled.)

2/wk KB Jerk, BB squats, pushups, inclined rows
2/wk KB Snatch/Swing, BB press, rows or chinups, running

What's important to me in my training right now is that I continue to move well without pain.

My weight finally settled at 160lb, and I'm still able to do chinups and run miles. It's not all just baggage. I'd like to make 165-170 first, the lean out to make Aquaman for Halloween.

I stopped lifting KBs in December when racking doubles gave me lower back pain. After six months of work, the very first time I racked double bells again, my lower back hurt. I'm giving this the Summer, if that long. If it doesn't work itself out, then my body is not adapted for KB sport and I should quit forcing the issue. Needing to heal between competitions and ramp up again is ridiculous.

Americans default to Long Cycle when they don't have the flexibility for Biathlon. We Jerk because Snatch irritates our shoulders and hands. We Clean between Jerks because our rack hurts. Then we call ourselves Long Cycle Specialists. I have resumed training KB sport lifts, with Biathlon. If it doesn't work itself out, then my body is not adapted for KB sport and I should quit forcing the issue.

Lastly, these six months have shown me that I respond very well to medium-intensity strength work and running. I hurt my shoulder with a partial one-armed pushup, but close-grip pushups suit me just fine. That 80% intensity range is a sweet spot. I'm cleaning 135 and squatting 205 for sets and running 2-3 miles, and it feels great.

This should feel great. I don't have time and energy in my life to spend healing between exercise irritations. I'm truly done with that. If it doesn't improve me, I'm done with it. I need to move well more than I need to win a trophy. I don't win trophies anyway, so... there's that.

Today was the first time I've taken video of the snatch work. 2min sets each hand, ending with Swing-Snatch-Hold with the 16kg. I've gotten beyond feeling silly and awkward, but seeing my motion from two angles was enlightening. (This is also the first time I've ever "seen" that new 12lbs!) I'm dropping too far out front, and I did shift my weight too far that one rep and clip my knee with the bell. I'll make some adjustments.

Running greenways and mountain bike trails with the Doberman has been great fun. My wife usually accompanies us on her bike for the street routes. I actually prefer trail, now that my ankles and knees are practically bulletproof. The trail routes are barely passible on foot, let alone on her Townie.

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