Monday, October 08, 2007

After A Mountaintop Experience, Always A Valley?

After last week's fantastic training experience, I was wondering what this week would look like. Yesterday I hacked around and did some expense reports for my taxes (Yes, I file October 15th...). Did a little mix of I- and R-Phases throughout the day and there was some mild swelling on the lateral portion of the right knee just around the IT Band insertion. No pain though.

Today was hotter than normal and I was a little tired and the warehouse had cooled to about 95 degrees by the time I got there at 730pm-ish. Everything felt off even though I had done one full R-Phase and multiple I-Phase drills throughout the day. Knees took awhile to warm up and had some soreness in them--mild discomfort at worst and they remained pain free. But the darn heat in there sucked all the energy out of me! Things just felt slow. I got an extra set w/ 5kg more on the snatch work, but had to cut back the C&J work. Nothing felt particularly hard, the heat just killed me though!

Here was the training session:

A. (1 Power Snatch + 2 OSQ)/3
50kg/3, 60/3, 70/3, 80/3, 85/3; 5 mins. rest

B. (1 Power Clean + 3 FSQ + 1 Power Jerk)/2
70/2, 80/2, 90/2, 100/1, 110/1; 5 mins. rest
I had to drop a rep off the 100 and the 110kg--in fact, I missed the lockout on the jerk on the 110kg so I hit another rep but with only 1 FSQ in it. Nailed the Jerk. This is why I'm training this particular set-up: My jerk's plenty strong, but when I fatigue, I miss it after a heavy front squat.

Performed lots of Z between sets and different things every time--couldn't seem to "lock on" to anything in particular.

Came home and downed 3 scoops of Surge. Gonna go run through some R-Phase as recovery work. Something tells me I'll find something in my left ankle.

Too early to see if this week's a valley. On hindsight, since last week was a PR, maybe I should've reduced the volume this week. Time will tell--this is a learning experience, right?


Blogger Franz Snideman said...

At least your still in the game Geoff. Valleys are part of the package, whether we like them or not. I think that is perhaps where we grow the most, when we are against all odds and not feeling our best. Either way, you are still training for competition and that is awesome.

I think it's important to still compete at this age (more for spiritual reason than anything. I realize my best years are behind me for sprinting, but not my alot. I still got the speed and sounds like you still got the POWER!

9:20 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

Hello Geoff...remember when you used to spot me at the Lakenheath base gym?!! Sounds like you are living your dream!! I've told everyone I found me at
Erica Miller c/o 90

1:07 AM  
Blogger Mark Reifkind said...

one of my favorite rif'isms

the next step off a peak is always down; you can either step back or fall off.

stepping back leaves less of a mark, at least physically.

3:15 PM  

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