Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Light day..again? Where'd my memory go?

I may have done another light day today. With reason!

Why is it every time I pick up one of Pavel's books, I read something I haven't ever read before? A few days ago I picked up Enter the Kettlebell...again and read it. I swear, I have never seen some of that material in print or in lecture format from the evil Russian or any other comrade RKC. I'm certain I've received the information before but did not have any reinforcement. Actually there is a reason.

Psych Lesson 101:

We don't retain information in memory due to ineffective encoding. One cause is simply not paying attention to what you are reading or hearing. So it's like you are reading words independent of meaning. Another theory is the decay theory which proposes that you forget because memory fades with time. Decay theory is debatable and research has yet to provide proof it occurs. Last, the interference theory says there is too much information coming in and something has to go. Have you ever crammed for a test? You didn't remember all of the material for very long due to the interference theory. Both new and previous learned materials compete with each other. As a result you only remember so much. The lesson? Go back and read it again.

Back to the light day.

Ok, I didn't forget. I admit it. I just ignored some parts because I listened to my ego instead of Pavel. When you do your ladders, it is ok to do uneven ladders. Unlike me, don't pull an Adrian Monk and make everything equal, it will only hinder progress in the long run. A typical ladder might be 5 sets of 1,2,3.

Let's say you got to the 3rd set of your 3 rung ladder. During the 2nd, you notice you are getting close to failure on the third rung. On the third set, don't even attempt the third rung. Just let it go. I will look like this: 2 sets of 1,2,3 (3rd set) 1,2, (4th) 1,2 (5th) 1,2). Next week on your heavy day, go for 3 sets of 3 rungs (not 5). Build the volume slowly if you need. Rushing the process will cause you to fall short of your goals.

The point is last week when I did 5 x 3 rung ladders, I pushed them all out it was perfect for a heavy day. My next heavy day should have 1 or more sets of 4 rung ladders and it is ok to do some 3 rung ladders for the remainder of sets.

This also caused me to rethink my light day. Hint: it is spelled out in ETK something like this in the Right of Passage section...[Comrade], if your heavy day looks like 5 x 3 rung ladder, your light day might be [say] 5 x singles.

Training today:
Znwu - r
bottoms up press 16,24k - some -I didn't count.
Clean and Press 28k 1x5, 5 x singles Light and easy day.
Swing - 32k 2x50

Indoor bicycle century (yuck).

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