Anvil or Hammer

You either do or you do not do

Posted in Kettlebells by Mike on March 14, 2007

Time for a ten minute test.

I have to say walking into the park I was thinking about all my little owwies and ouchies that would hinder my performance in this. I was thinking, “Maybe today isn’t the best day, I could do this next week”. I was resolute. So I began, my goal was 175 snatches total.

The nice thing about a snatch test and other things like them is that before long you have to put all that other stuff out of your mind. Before long owwies and booboos go away and you are just breathing and working. My first sets of 20 I realized my hands were sweating already and the bell was getting slick and, oops, I left my chalk bag in the car. I considered that I might run for it if I really needed it. About rep 60 I was feeling it in the hands and was thinking I was screwed, I would never make my goal. Then I realized two minutes had just passed. After rep 80 I thought I was unstopable, I had another 7 minutes and was rockin’. I just barely missed 120 reps at the halfway point and was starting to feel things. by rep 140 I was starting to tire, 10 reps per hand per set was a chore. I started in with sets of five. At rep 160 I wasn’t sure if I could make it, I had time but different muscle groups wanted to quit. Sets became of whatever number I could hang on to. My goal was 175. My final count was 185. I probably should have been docked a couple for dropping the bell at the end of some of my sets. We’ll call it 175 clean repetitions. I made my goal.

 175 is nothing to write home about, if you want to be a man you need to be hitting 200 but for a first go from a 253lb fatboy it not bad. I feel like I worked hard today. I feel good.

There is a quote from Henry Rollins on the Albumn “A Clockwork Orange Stage” that I can’t seem to find right now so I will do my best. “You either do or you do not do, some people came to play others came to drive away!” I played.

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First Official Paint Your Kettlebell Contest Entry

Posted in Images,Kettlebells by Mike on March 14, 2007

Fruits of my Labor

Congratulations to Nia, she is the first OFFICIAL entry into the paint your kettlebell contest. That’s right, you are all being beat by a girl :-). I gotta say Nia gets props for the gold dusting of the name, I’m curious as to how she achieved that effect.

Come one, come all, I’m ready for your entries.

New Training Partner

Posted in Rant,Rest and Recovery by Mike on March 14, 2007

TrainingPartner Meet my new training partner, Bernie. She’s gonna force me to take walks everyday, rain or shine. She’s really into anabolic training. She’s got me sprinting across the park for reps. I haven’t yet taught her how to say Tabata. How do you say Tabata?

Compy Reborn

Posted in Toys and tools by Mike on March 14, 2007

 My compy finally arrived. WooHoo. It was all I could do to not take the day off of work and do some serious catching up on interwebs stuff today. Pictures are below, the screen is mindnumbingly large and tower is small. Oh, and nevermind the rats nest of cables behind the tower. I just slammed it together, clean up will come later.

Screen CPU