Anvil or Hammer

‘06 in review

Posted in Rant by Mike on December 29, 2006

What a year.  I have been busy in life and in lifting.

I started by looking back at my goals for the year. Many of them were missed, my lifting goals though where made easily this year.  From last years post:

Two hand pinch two 45’s
one hand pinch four 10’s
Strict lever my ten from the end with my left hand and get a bigger hammer.
Overhead squat the bar
Flip the big tire, Luke has ta big tire from the strongman events. I can’t flip it yet but I will.
Wrist curl 185 – this is a hard goal but I can get it.

Yup, done.

The real value of this year has been the education.

Strongman – began training this last December. Throughout the year, with the help of Luke, Dan and Graham, I leanred more than I even realized I didn’t know. I am by no means and expert but I have learned a ton. I also competed once and helped with a contest. That was also my first competitive venture into strength sports.

Grip – I started this about a year and a half ago but I feel like this year I have learned a lot about how tough it is, how patient I need to be and what feats I care about.

Gym lifts – These have gone up overall, but I learned a lot about the difference between gym lifts and strength and there is a difference. I also begin to dabble in the Olympic lifts. As you can tell from teh conversations I am not much of an Olympic lifter but am working on it. I hope to continue that this year and get some weight over my head that weighs more than I do.

Kettlebells – I had one of these at this time last year but hadn’t even begun to use it. I use them in fits and spurts but am learning the value and the simplcity of the bells.

Dinosaur Training – I read the book, but that was the least of it. I got out a tire for dragging, something I like a lot. More than that, I started sandbag training. Something I seem to really like. I hope to continue with sandbag training this year.

Climbing – I began this year. It’s place in my world is still very up in that air, but it is there. I do enjoy it.

This year I got more value out of my exposure to a lot of different aspects of training than anything else. I hope that this year I can continue to expose myself to even more but I’m also starting to get to maximum saturation. I’d like to get some time in with all the stuff I have learned about. This year seems like it will be more about finding my pace than anything else.

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  1. Scott Styles said,

    Sounds like a great year!

  2. Mike said,

    It was…and yet I hope to have another like it.

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