Before the comp was cancelled I had made the decision that post comp I was going to scale down my gym time. I was getting to the point where all I could think about was when could I get to the gym, how much time could I spend once there and what could I lift. As I keep emphasising I do this because I enjoy it, it’s my release, my own time, a hobby, and it was becoming not fun. Whilst I am now doing a new competition I have decided I am still going to stop spending as much time in the gym. I want to go 4 times a week if family allows but I will be allocating myself an hour once there. If I get everything done, fantastic. If I don’t then in the scheme of my life it’s not that important. (I know an hour sounds a lot but strongman equipment takes time to set up, put away!)
I think my biggest hurdle in the new competition is the 50kg axle. I reckon I could press it but first I have to clean it, so yesterdays session was spent doing clean and presses, both with the log and the axle. I was chuffed I cleaned 45kg (fairly) easily but missed all of the 50kg attempts, every time I tried to clean the 50kg my legs did this weird morris dance movement as if they wanted to help me get the weight up. Work needed but just 5kg extra to get in 4 weeks. Doable? Hell yes.
Todays session was a quick one. I wanted to practice my Zercher squat as it is in the competition and I suck at squats. This is a zercher squat (not me!)
For the competition the starting weight will be 40kg going up in 5kg increments. I got up to 70kg (in fact I think I did 75kg and forgot to write it down).
Followed this with some conditioning work, sled drags 2x80kgx20m 6x100kgx20m followed by rope pulls 4x100kgx20m that made me want to heave! I pull over concrete and I am hoping it will be easier in the competition over astroturf.
So yes, training back on! Bring it on.