Not alot of pics, but thought I should provide a update anyways.
As of yesterday, three weeks away from my first ever strongwoman contest. Two weeks after that will be my second. And I’m tired, sore and filled with anticipation. Not necessarilly nervous, as Ko and I have been in good hands with Tod and Julie’s guidance.
Okay, the training. We’re in “balls to the walls” training mode now. Not just physically, but mentally. It’s very important to be mentally strong for the events. In strongman, picking up the weight is only a small part of the exercise. Ya gotta either carry it, press it for a number of times, or hold it for a certain amount of time. So being strong, while important; is only one part of contest prep. Somewhere in importance for training (especially after a session) is beer. But I’m working on that part ;-))
Last Friday: Clean and press. The guys with the Log and me with a regular bar. We were not to go over 5-reps per set. During their heavy sets, the guys had to hold each rep for a count of 5-seconds (at the top). I didn’t; I was working for explosiveness.
Ko: 145lbs (2-sets of 5), 155x5; 155x4; 145x5. Me: 65x5;85x5;95x2; 105x1; 110x2; 115x5; 110x5; 105x5.
Farmer walks, 140 feet, 1-turn.
Ko: 115lbs; 135lbs; 145lbs. Last set, timed: 115lbs in 19:85
Me: 75lbs; 115lbs. x 30ft; 95lbsx140ft in 29:94; 85lbsx140ft in 25:19. Very important for me to pick up my foot speed. To get that all important “rhythm” going.
This last Friday:
Apollons Axle push press from a rack. Press, hold for 5-seconds each rep at top.
Ko: 125x6; 125x7; last set, press out as many as possible: 125x13. Me: 75x8; 75x9; last set, 75x19.
This (holding each rep for 5-seconds) really worked the stabilizers, believe it or not. Especially once your triceps said, “enough!”.
Medley: tire drag/duck walk. Each for 70ft.
Ko, first set: 145lb tire drag, 190lb duck walk: 40:67
Second set, 170lb tire drag, 190lb duck walk: 43:78
Me, first set, 100lb tire drag, 140lb duck walk: 48:64. Second set, 125lb tire drag, 150lb duck walk: 59:84.
The thing to remember in the tire/sled drag is that at the height of the intense pain in your quads, is to NOT stop or pause. Even though your thighs are saying “STOP!” - don’t. Since you will not be able to regain that all important rhythm again. And that’s when alot of competitors stop in competitions. So, why be like everyone else? Anyways, you’re (at least I am), thinking during the drag, “fast feet, fast feet…goddamn fast…feet…”
Last thing: Front holds with a tire.Just to get a feel. Ko: 30lbs at about a bit over 23-seconds. Me: 15lbs at 30-seconds. Easy, you say? Uh huh, try it. (my front hold pic is posted).
So, that’s it for now. Hope this was a enjoyable read.