When I spotted a used 50# KB on Amazon, I snapped it up. I was kind of curious about how it would be packaged. When it finally arrived, I had to laugh. Shipping label slapped right there on the side. My favorite part, though, is the sticker indicating that this should be lifted by a team.continued
Finally: The Top of Chutes
The race coming up in September will include the Chutes Ridgeline trail, so I took the same approach to Chutes that I did to Rock-It.
Rock-It was physically challenging. That's not Chutes. The top of Chutes is entirely a mental challenge. So I trained the mental aspect. I built up my confidence by mastering sections of trail that previously intimidated me, and finally headed up to Chutes and took the Music School approach: I broke the section into three parts, and mastered each part individually before putting them together.continued
Starting a new job is kind of like the first few weeks of a new semester as a student: there's no technical reason that starting classes should vaccuum up all your time, but it happens anyway.
I haven't been riding as much as I'd like, or in as many places as I'd like, but I've been riding enough. There's nothing subtile about the lesson from Aliso: I need to get faster across the board. So the general plan is to do a six-week hypertrophy cycle, then work muscular endurance for another six weeks. Rides will focus on force production when I'm fresh, and skills work when I'm not.
I did my first clean run down Peralta Hills on Wednesday, which feels good. And I've been forcing myself up a gear on the climbs, trading actual speed for some work on force production.
But the real adjustment that needs to happen is to get back in the weight room. So that's what I'm doing. Yesterday was a "back to basics" day:
- deadlift 3 x 12 @ 135#
- push-up x 8 @ BW
- bent row x 12 @ 65#
- Russian twist x 20 @ 25#
- leg lift x 20 @ BW
Today, I'm sore, which is testament to how much I need to get back in the weight room regularly. I've let it slide since February, so it's been nearly four months since I did any real lifting. It shows.