Sunday, 22 October 2017

Week Ending 22/10/2017

I got to practice giving up my ego this week. I don't mean give up thinking I'm the best, I mean give up the feeling of being something or someone, to just concentrate on the process at hand. I figured Pony Club was a good place to practice that, to push into the pain and not squirm around looking for release, to just fucking pedal.

Rick didn't help. We rolled in and he decided to sit on the front so I called out for 550W. A few pedal strokes into the hill proper, enough to settle on a rhythm, and I was doing 750W. On the false flat it was 500 trailing down to 450... but it didn't feel easy, it felt like I was on the rack being slowly torn apart, but don't think about that, just concentrate on the job of pedalling, just make each one strong and smooth... then Rick swung off. To me those are the moments that matter, you're in pain and you have to make a decision about volunteering for an increase in pain. To pull the pin, or to push deeper into the hurt and try and hold everything together. For me the deciding factor was Warrack on my wheel, I pushed on to ensure his effort wasn't disrupted.

I got a few of sessions at CFStK in, but it was 8am on Saturday morning that was the quality. Up early to get some exercise done before a day of looking at houses. I was giving up the Olympic lifting session, so I was eager to feel like I'd achieved something... and it was a partner work out.

A. With a partner - alternate after a full round each, not after each exercise:
14min AMRAP of:
4 Clean and Jerk 50/35kg
6 Toes 2 Bar (I scaled this to knee raises)

Rest 4mins

B. With a partner - alternate after a full round each, not after each exercise:
14min AMRAP of:
4 Burpee over the Ergo
6 Cal Row

I was working with Tommy and he talked me into 50kg for the Clean and Jerk. I worried that his greater strength would mean I'd slowly get deeper and deeper into the hole on the first time through. I worried that I'd hit a failure point in terms of power and technique. So I concentrated on the process, I concentrated on making each lift technically good and on just getting it done before thinking about the next one. Power clean the bar, and just cycle straight into the jerk, don't stand it up, don't think about standing it up, just snap the hips and elbows open, do it again, then again, then again... right now do the knee raises.

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