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Training Progress

Training Progress

"If you want to be a stud later, you've got to be a pud now." -Christopher Sommer

The new workout has been doing me good. When I first started, it took me about 42 min. Now I'm down to 35 or so, and the movements feel easier. Not easy, but easier. Today's session felt like just another punch-the-clock workout. Another few weeks of this, then it'll be time to transition to a strength maintenance phase and focus my training time primarily on the bike.

I have made some adjustments to the way I originally put the workout together, mostly to dial back the load on my shoulders. I was struggling to keep the kettlebells in position during the third set of KB squats, and to finish three sets of 8 full push-ups. A lack of progress meant either that I was working too hard, or not hard enough.

Given that I was having trouble completing the workout, I bet on too hard.

I consulted Convict Conditioning, and moved back a step in the push-up progression to knee push-ups. I also switched from KB squats to front squats. This gave my shoulders a break, and let me train my posterior chain without letting my shoudlers be a limiter.

With those adjustments, progress has resumed across the board. Each workout feels slightly easier than the last.

New Training Block

New Training Block

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.

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A Few Small Repairs

A Few Small Repairs

 

More Tinkering, Training

Non Dot Baseline Lap

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Tinkering, Training

Tinkering, Training

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.

Coal Cyn Trailhead

Cerritos Bike Path

Chutes, Clean

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