Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Upper Conditioning

My sleep last night was just excellent.  There is a project at work that has been ongoing for several months without a clear definition of what is to be done.  My wife and I are heavily involved in the project, responsible for hitting deliverables, but not in control of scheduling or planning for the project.  Yesterday that changed.  

My wife and I are now responsible for defining what is left to be done, then planning the deliverable dates and timeliness with the rest of the team.  I'll also be doing much more of the actual work coordinating our development staff and deploying aspects of the system on the project.  I will have to work hard, but when it is at something I am good at and confident in, the effort is low stress.  There is no thinking and rethinking what is going on, I just have to act.  With my performance review in 6 weeks, this is the perfect position to be in.

With that said, I had a good workout this morning.  I weighed in under 200 again, so it was not a fluke.  I did the following:

12k Kettlebell Warm Up
KB Snatches: 8/8x12k, 16k, 20k, 20k, 20k
KB Presses: 8/8x12k; 5/5x16k, 16k, 16k
Renegade Rows: 5/5x16k, 16k, 16k
Bottoms Up Presses: 5/5x16k, 16k, 16k
V-bar: 1/1x90, 110, 135, 135, 135, 135, 135, 140
Overhead Kettlebell Walk: 2x125ft/125ftx16k
Braced Bending: 12" x 5/16" CRS (PR)

Rest between sets was short.  I kept my breathing heavy the entire workout.  Snatches felt good, the movement is becoming easier every workout.  I am still working on the presses to keep my shoulder in a strong position.  The bottoms up presses are actually easier for me.  Renegade rows were tough since I was gassed.  V-bar is tough on my shoulders.  I will stop training it soon, either once the contest passes next weekend, or once I get my bodyweight V-bar goal.  I am only 25lbs off of it, which is not much on this lift.

I am very pleased with the braced bending.  Now that I know where to put the bar in my hands, I was able to transition into the sweep much earlier in the bend.  This was still hard, but I got it done.  I need to work on staying with the bar once it starts moving.  I have a tendency to get an inch, and then back off in my excitement.  I even got the crush between the legs to work for part of this.  The path to a real spike seems open now.