Friday, July 30, 2010

I'm in Love


With Olympic Lifting that is. . . .
So tonight was my first backyard session in a loooong time with my trusty 'ol barbell and bumper plates. I started back with the programming from Coach Wilkes I was using before my hiatus.

Tonight's Workout (Day 1):
  • 20 sets of 1 rep Snatches at 70% of my max
  • 15 set of 1 rep C&J's at 70% of my max
  • Full recovery (i.e. - sit my ass down!) between each rep
I was really tired when I got off of work, but knew I would feel better once I got outside, so I sucked it up, changed into my w/o clothes, and headed out into the 95 degree sun on my back porch. I put on some Breaking Benjamins and Puddle of Mud, and started warming up w/ some double unders, some PVC work, and the Burgenger Warmup.
I wish I could put into words the feeling of euphoria that came over me as I picked up the barbell for my first lift. I honestly can't even explained it. It was as though all the world was right, and this is exactly where I was supposed to be, and the bar felt great in my hands, and the ground solid under my feet.
As I went into my first lift, the bar literally jumped up over my head, I hit full squat depth, and stood up with a solid core - and thought to myself "Oh hell yeah. . . . this feels good!!" The thud of the bar hitting the ground as I dropped it brought back feelings & memories of PR's and progress. . . such a great feeling.
As I continued my snatches, I concentrated on proper form, a good pull, full depth, and a tight core. It just felt SO GOOD to lift like this again. I got an adrenaline high that I'm still coming down from, and I just wanted to lift and lift and lift forever. . . .
But all good things must come to an end . . . My Clean & Jerks felt just as wonderful, and as I finished the last one, I smiled. The smile grew to a Cheshire Cat Grin, which is still plastered to my face an hour later.
I can't believe I ever let myself get pulled away from this routine - it feels so good, and there is absolutely no turning back, and no more excuses from here on out.
While I'm on the topic of workouts, I'll mention the results of this morning's WOD as well. It incorporated plenty of my weaknesses!
Today's WOD: "Mary Poppins"
As Many Rounds as Possible in 20 minutes of:
  • 10 Ring Dips
  • 10 Pistols
  • 200 meter run
I scaled this WOD, as my ring dips are still very, very weak, and I can't do more than one or two pistols at a time RX. I used 1/2 of the red (smallest) resistance band for the Ring Dips, and held onto a ring (as little as possible) as I did my Pistols.
Total Rounds Completed: 6
Hope everyone reading this has a great weekend! I'm planning an early morning visit to the Farmer's Market tomorrow to stock up on goodies :)

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