Friday, August 3, 2007

Cut Short

I got plenty of sleep last night, probably 9 hours.  This morning's workout was intended to be at my own pace, taking the time to really enjoy what I was doing.  However, I went into the garage and just didn't feel like lifting.  I started out slow like usual:

12k Kettlebell Warm Up
KB Snatches: 12/12 x 16k, 20k; 8/8 x 24k; 5 / 1 x 28k; 1x28k

My intention was to pyramid up to snatches with the 32k, but during the set with the 24k, I lost a callus on the palm of my right hand.  I went inside, trimmed it off, and tried taping it.  First snatch righty with the missing callus, I could feel the skin ripping more.  I tried it again with a weight lifting glove on, same problem.

At that point, I decided it was the end of the workout.  This problem has been looming ever since I started doing higher rep work with my kettlebells.  They are cheap made in china bells from Gill Athletics.  The handles are rough and I know that's not well suited to high reps.  I've been intending to sand them down for some time, but wasn't sure how to go about it.  This evening I'll look online and figure out what to do, then Saturday while I am out I will get the supplies.  I'd like to give this approach a shot before dropping the cash for a new kettlebell with a better handle.

I was maintaining my calluses, BTW.  This rip was skin just below the callus, that then went up into the callus.  I think my hand blistered from the higher rep sets on Tuesday, leaving the skin soft and ready to tear today.  I'm pretty sure that's a symptom of a problem with my kettlebell handles.