Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tweaked but Working

This morning was another case of forcing myself into the garage. I woke up tired and the sun was still rising when it came time for me to start lifting.  The shortest day of winter was supposed to be in December, so I don't really know why it is still getting light later and later.  In any case, I went for it:

Goblet Squats: 5 x BW, 16k, 24k, 32k - Tweaked my knee taking the 32k out and felt it on this set
Kettlebell Front Squats: 1x16k's - Here my knee was still aching, so I stopped
Romanian Deadlifts: 5 x 95, 165, 165, 165
Renegade Rows: 5/5 x 16k's, 20k's, 20k's, 20k's
One Arm Press: 5/5 x 16k, 4/4x20k, 3/3 x 20k, 20k
Windmills: 3/3 x 12k, 12k, 12k - Tweaked my back, time to stop these
Chins: 1, 2, 3 - Just trying to decompress the back

Things just did not come together this morning. I thought about quitting during the goblet squats, but decided I better work around the problem if I am to make progress. The knee was aching a few workouts ago as well. I think the combination of 8 sets of squats and 4 sets of turkish get ups is kind of hard on me. That coupled with my lame stretching as of late is probably the root cause of my problem. I need to get back on the horse with my mobility work.

I believe tomorrow factors should line up to justify purchase of a metal DDR pad. If this happens, I will plan to use it 20 minutes on my off days, followed by 20 minutes of stretching and mobility work while I am warm. I'll need to be careful not to go overboard, but I think it could be a good tool to ensure I recover properly. I might also drop the set of goblet squats with the 32k.

Recognizing my 100% goal motivated orientation, I have started setting up my schedule to provide reason to train. This is what I am training for:

March 2nd - Test day for this cycle with the 24k's at 165lbs
April 18th-20th - Perform Better Functional Training Seminar
June 21st - Michigan Grip 6 Contest

I figure I'll do what it takes to hit my test day, spend 6 weeks refining for the functional training seminar (running maybe), and then focus the 2 months leading up to Michigan on strength work and lots of grip. This should get me through the first half of the year motivated and successful. I'll be out $600 for the training seminar and $500 for Michigan, but that must be the price of greatness.