Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fatigue is the Enemy

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to learn the 5 phases of squat mastery from the legendary Marty Gallagher. I went in to sponge mode and learned. Did lots of squats too. Nothing heavy though, it is all about form.

Yesterday, I got busy with the Mr. Mom duties and just wasted away.

Today, back to business.

Most of my workouts consist of preparatory work. This includes joint mobility, perhaps some Z health, some corrective exercises personalized for MY issues (yours may be different but probably similar) and then some work (exercises) that prepare the groove. All of this before the work begins. I did the JM, Z, and started the corrective issues. If I wasn't so damn Fat, I would be able to get into the freaking bretzel a little easier. Hell, I would be able to do EVERYTHING without difficulty. SH*7 I need to drop lbs...fast.

All of the prep work lasted about 30 minutes. Then it was time for the real work. I did snatches.
The first minute was horrible, then I settled into a groove. When my form started failing due to fatigue, I parked the bell and called it a night.

Fatigue is the enemy of progress. Going on after fatigue destroys form is NOT acceptable towards the overall good. Remember it is not about today's workout. It is the ability to repeat it for months or years to come.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


The last 3 BIG rides I've attempted have ended in a DNF. In each of them I rode about 40-50 miles and called it a day due to GI issues. Not just a belly ache, so get that thought out of your head. It is more like purged innards. This has pretty much (maybe) ruined my preparation for my fall cycling events. I've ridden several rides around home of 50-60 miles with NO difficulty. So the question is why only the events. Nerves? Doubt it.

Since I have no idea what the problem is, I'm thinking about just riding for fun. Keeping the distances >80 miles or so (MAYBE, haha). I'm sure I'll be tempted to do some real distance. Truth is I know what I want to do but may need to get in the game mentally.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Its time

Let's sum up the past month. I've done a little riding, not enough and almost no lifting. What have I achieved? Insidious weight gain, GI problems and possibly some depression thrown in to ice the cake. I may becoming Doug Heffernan. A reflection of 2010 thus far shows no real training on my part yet, lots of half-ass efforts. I can see nothing positive coming from this.

Here's a problem. Grab a plate at the gym and start walking around, get on the treadmill and walk with it or try to run with it. Now sit on your bicycle and try to ride several hours with the extra weight.

Time for some changes.
1. Diet change. - Some adjustments that will lead to better health and dropping some LBS. See Primal Blueprint for more information.

2. Resume a RKC based strength and mobility program. I've done testing and have a focus on what I need to work on. I also have to prepare for some upcoming RKC workshops that I'm attending.

I need to set some goals for the rest of 2010 and will have another post about these goals. I'm still getting them specific.

Prep work - Crocadile breathing, primal rolls, bretzel,
5 x Swings 24k x 25 + Get ups to hip raise x 5lr
Long Cycle Clean and Jerk ladder 7 rungs. Stopped when form started to go south. Got some work to do here.
PM -
Ride 40min.