Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Reboot. Recharge. Rebuild. Reevaluate.

After one month of hip aggravation, it's time to reconsider the direction of my athletic career, such as it was.

Some Z combos/drills/principles provide momentary alleviation, but none sofar have proved the cure.

Do I believe the right Z combo exists?

Yes.

Do I have the patience to find it and work on it and get back on the platform?

Probably not.

I'm 35 1/2 years old. I've devoted my entire adult life to my weightlifting, always with the belief I could make it. This past month, I've reached the point where I'm not sure I care anymore--I want to live the rest of my life, and to live adventureously. I'm starting to crave the outdoors--flying, sailing, boating, etc.

Kettlebells, my trusty kettlebells, provide for the alternative life.

I've consulted several friends on this matter who have encouraged me to move on. I still have one or two more to speak to. Spoke with Rif and Brett Jones ealier in the week, and after Rif's excellent post, "Training for Life," http://rifsblog.blogspot.com/2008/05/training-for-life.html, it may be time to embrace adulthood while I can still move well. The Bible says "there is wisdom in a multitude of counselors." I will make a decision soon.

In the meantime, I've rediscovered my love for windmills, and how much they love my lats.

The thing I love most about KB training is how well they take any exercise and amplify it. They make everything harder--sparing the joints and punishing the musculature. Good stuff. When I return to them, I always forget how much I love them. Right now my left lat and rhomboid aren't sure if they agree with me though.

Monday's training:

A. Windmill, R+L, 10x 1+1, 40kg in 15 mins.

B. Fsq + Press, 3+3, 2x32kg: 7 x 3+3, focusing on bone rhythms.

Felt good, relaxing. Crashed afterwards.

Tonight's training:

A. Windmill, L+R, 3x5+5, 32kg

B. Clean + Press, 2x32kg: 5x5+5

C. Snatch, 24kg:
(5+5) 4, rest 2'
(5+5) 3, rest 90s
(5+5) 2, rest 60s
(5+5) Done. Smoked. Out of shape. (Round is a shape...)

Probably pistols and chins tomorrow.

That's all for tonight.

8 Comments:

Blogger Mark Reifkind said...

"This past month, I've reached the point where I'm not sure I care anymore"

thats when you know it's the right decision.when you know you can make yourself do it, you just don't want to anymore.
smart move man.the depth of new and old kettlebell applications and tests awaits you.

Rif

7:20 PM  
Blogger Brett Jones said...

Geoff,
It's tough making the "right" decisions - being able to work and live well trumps other goals in my mind.
Be talking to you.

4:56 AM  
Blogger Mike T Nelson said...

I know you will make the right decision Geoff and keep us updated.

There are many many things in life to experience! I recommend not trying kiteboarding though, as it is extremely addictive and you will do all sorts of crazy thing just to go kiting--hehehe.

Rock on
Mike N

3:57 PM  
Blogger Zachariah said...

I do love the kettlebells! And its not like you cant own all of us in that arena as well! Lets talk Mon? I go to Hawaii tues...zzzzzzzz

10:23 PM  
Blogger Franz Snideman said...

Their is lots of wisdom in multiple counselors. And you have plenty of them around you!

Nice reflection on your current state.....I have a feeling that you will figure out your body riddles and press forward toward your high calling!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Geoff Neupert said...

Thanks for all the encouragement fellas! I take all your advice very seriously and I appreciate your willingness to speak truth as you see it into my life.

9:44 PM  
Blogger alan said...

Don't minimize this new perspective!!! The Bible also says "with more wisdom comes more sorrow..Eccl." - (read it!! awesome perspective on what is truly real!!!)...Here you have a man..King Solomon, THE MAN of all men who had everything - smart, athletic, accomplished and said it was like "chasing the wind"...comes to the end of his days and realizes that he put too much into things that "have been done, will be done again, and pass away"...
I am also at a crossroads in my adult life with regards to the importance of my training as it relates to activities that are current; ie-benching over 400 lbs etc. vs life strength, health, mobilty, strength of heart/ mind as i live my life with my bride and pass things on to my precious little girls...life changes and my experience helps me be...
I respect your thoughts and know you will find your way...you cant change the past, you can only fantasize about the future..but you can do something right now...Live Brother!!! later, alan
(P.S. sorry for the long-winded rambling...i am off my soap box now)

10:20 AM  
Blogger alan said...

Got worked up and I spoke too soon..."with more knowledge comes more sorrow"...i got excited, it has been awhile since i've read that book..later

7:54 PM  

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