The Gambler.

January 17, 2011

Saturday morning.  10 AM.  I just took my 2nd Snatch warm-up set at 90kg.  As I stand up out of the hole, I hear a small pop and my lower back seizes up.  I’m sitting down for the next 20 minutes.  No biggie, that happens every few months or so.  Sometimes I’m lucky and I’ll be able to finish up the workout, sometimes not so lucky.

Today is supposed to be my last “Best set of 5 day” in my front squat program.  On top of that, my dad and I are supposed to completely take down the garage today.  It is at this point, that the best course of action is to take a deep breath and say to yourself, “buddy, you just aren’t that elite.”

You’ve worked through a taxing 3 weeks of pretty heavy volume, and your dad needs you to at least be mobile for the next 5 hours for some (what I would classify as) heavy manual labor.  So no, it’s not the end of the world that you miss today’s workout.  Your body is going to be working hard enough as it is for the next 5 to 8 hours, and you just aren’t special enough to not have to worry about normal, everyday life stuff.  Besides, it’s too early in the year to try to work through something and wind up getting injured.  “Gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.”

True to form, I pull up to my driveway only to find that my dad, despite being scheduled to have hip surgery in a few weeks, has already taken off three quarters of the roof by himself.  No discussion necessary, I throw on my jeans and boots and join the rest of my family in our weekend project.  Admittedly, destroying things with your family members isn’t the worst way to spend an afternoon.  That evening I rewarded myself with a shot, a beer, a few spins of the latest Deerhunter record, and pizza.

This picture actually counts as my art picture of the day, because I drew the picture on the T-shirt

functional metabolic conditioning.

Monday AM

-Clean and jerk- took it up to 142kg for a couple singles

-F. squat-5×5 at 167kg./365lbs.  Missed my last rep on my 5th set.  I was still pleased though.

-benbata workout (to be explained at a later date.)

(I’m debating only doing 4-6 workouts this week instead of 8-10.  We’ll see.)

In other news . . .

After I went on that rant last week about words like “functional” and “metabolic,” Will sent me an e-mail.  Attached was a video with the only text reading, “functional core stability.”

Goddammit Will, you know that shit is funny to me.

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