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Don’t Tire too easily

Posted in Dinsoaur Style by Mike on January 28, 2007

I got back from DC a little early and squeezed in a workout while Laura went to Gold’s Gym.

I adjusted the harness on my tire just a little bit, the consequences were unexpected. I gave it about 3 feet more of slack, as a result the tire has better contact witht he ground and thus considerably more friction to overcome. I started out the same as last time, run one length of the field, use the rest of the lap at a walk to recover. 9 minutes on the first lap. Second lap I really started to feel that friction, same routine as before but 12 minutes this time. The third lap, as I tried to run the length I could barely pick up my legs. I had to stop. I parked the tire at the far end of the field, I decided it was time for something different.
I went to the car and got another 45lb plate and my 2″ dumbell (made from pipe so it’s hollow inside). I strung the pulling rope through the pipe and threw the extra plate on the tire. Now I was pulling a the tire facing backward using a 2″ handle. It took ten attempts to get it across the field, my hands were shot and my legs were sluggish with the pump caused by it. Want big quads, try that exercise.

I did run across one idea that I have considered before. Unfortunately I didn’t start it already. An annual or semi annual test. It would be composed of things I don’t train directly but get trained indirectly. The standing high jump, standing long jump, 40m dash, that kind of stuff. Any other ideas?

4 Responses to 'Don’t Tire too easily'

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  1. Chris Rice said,

    Might as well throw in the shot putt in your testing while your at it. Sounds like my track season testing from Dale Harders book only I plan to try a few more events with runs up to 400meters – barf!

  2. Mike said,


    Good thought, I had thought of shot put but forgotten it by the time I wrote the list. I was planning on probably subbing in a kettlebell for a shot, 8K. I was also going to make it the “standing put” probably. I don’t know the proper technique to put a shot and I would hate for learning that technique or even some of it to effect what is meant to be a test of generated force.
    Ouch on the 400m run. Which Dale harder book is that?

  3. Chris Rice said,

    Dale has some fun books – he has records for things I hardly knew existed but he also has records for T&F with age groups etc. He compares Apples to Oranges as far as sports performance goes – his stuff is a real fun read.
    As far as learning the shot putt – just watch a few videos of the “glide” technique and you’ll catch on enough to add a few feet pretty easily. Spinning is a lot more complicated of course.

  4. Mike said,

    Thanks Chris, I will look into the glide technique. I think I have heard of some Dale Harder’s books. Isn’t he responsible for Strong, Stronger, Strongest?

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