Grizzly Way 130222 (So These are Skins)
Another night; another enormous bowl of food. I might need to start taking one day a week and eating way way less – eating this much is simply exhausting. Not to mention the only source of carbohydrates I have is sweet potato, at first I enjoyed them, but now I really have to force them down. Something, something..starving kids in Africa; something, something, moderation; something something I don’t know.
Today I forced myself through a mental exercise in refocusing. Too often I find it far to easy to focus on the minutia of life, a lift, a day, or even a week. In the larger picture, the years and years of life that we spend training and living and growing; these events all become rather insignificant blips. There were two main events in this exercise – the first was a comment left here yesterday
I’m really enjoying following you along your journey here. I appreciate your honesty and conviction – it reminds me that I’m not the only one struggling to make progress.
And a text I got from a friend that explained the reason I don’t like rest days as;
Because you’re not out saving the world one squat at a time.
It’s important to remember that this is a journey, and those who come out on top are those who can maintain their character and conviction through both the highs and the low. Further, this is not the stuff of legend, there is no montage about my life. I tend to romanticize and hyperbolize the events on this blog, because its interesting and more fun that way. Recently I’ve come to the rather poignant realization that you can’t fill your life with lifts and WOD times; successful people fill their lives with meaningful relationships and impactful work, they make their mark on the world. I’ve yet to figure out how I will make my mark, but at least I’ve resolved to make it.
Power Snatch, blocks 1RM 175
Power Clean + Jerk 1RM 250
Front Squat 5RM; 2 x 5 @ 90% of 5RM 215; 195
EMOM 20 min:
Odd: Max Muscle Ups in 10 sec
Even: 5 Thrusters @ 135#
Odd: 5 Front Squat @ 135
Even: 5 Push Press @ 135
Hit 175# again today, which was a nice solidification of a new PR on that. Now comes the part where I’m frustrated with my power variants being stronger than my full squat lifts. Time to squat more.
Hit a new PR on this today, 250# is 10# more than my previous PR of 240#. Again, frustrating that now my power variation is greater than my squat variant. Oh well – squats every Monday. I think I’ve isolated my right knee patellar pain to jerks specifically. It’s one of two things, landing on the ball of the foot rather than the heel; and/or landing with a soft/valgus knee. I’m leaning towards the first given where the pain is and how much it resembles the sheering injuries from squatting kenes forward.
Speaking of squats, front squats and squats in general lately have been feeling pretty good. Working really hard on mechanics, lots of mobility time spent on the ankles and lots of motor control spent keeping the knees out, which means sore hips and groin but good squat mechanics.
I was both terrified and excited to do the conditioning work today. Unfortunately it was not meant to be, on the 3rd round of muscle ups I caught the plastic holder that clips the straps down and it ripped open my finger. I tried taping over it but that just made the blood squirt out worse. I ended up taping a paper towel to my finger and switching the EMOM to front squats and push press. Not great but better than throwing in the towel entirely.