Anvil or Hammer


Posted in Cardio,Concept II,Kettlebells by Mike on September 27, 2007

Today was my day for a heart rate row. However, on leaving work, my mood could really only be described as foul. I decided I didn’t have the patience for that kind of thing. Instead, it was time to go hard, real hard. If I couldn’t train tomorrow, screw it.

Concept II Vent closed
1,000 meters warmup
5,000 meters details below
1,000 meters cooldown

5,000 meters detail
Time 19:59
Avg HR 172
Max HR 184
I wa focusing on on keeping a 2:00/500 meter time. I got there but it was difficult. In that last 2,000 meters, I knew I was pushing 180 and then into it.  I’m not sure how I managed to finish it. I tried to see how long it would take for my pulse to drop to 100, like Chris has suggested. At 5:00 it 115. I gave up and went on.

Double Kettlebell Snatches 16K X 10
Medium Box Jump (18″?) X 10
Kettlebell Bear Crawl 16K Down and Back (let’s say 20-25 feet each way, a racquetball court, however big that is)
Pushups X 10 (originally burpees but I decided I may not make the box jumps with those, I tried for hindu pushups but failed after a few reps)
Five circuits

Avg HR 163
Max HR 177
I found that the box jumps did the most to spike my HR. In hind sight, I should ahve pushed on through the burpees and I should have moved up to 24K for the crawls. Ah well, it gives me somewhere to progress to.

The oddest thing about my workout was that I was interested in just getting stupid with it and if I felt beat up tomorrow, so be it. By the time I drove home I felt great, like I ahd hardly worked out but much more loose and free than if I hadn’t worked out at all. It sucked during though. Odd that it takes so much effort just to get my body moving right.

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  1. speedstudio said,

    Irritability for me is an indicator I’ve crossed over my physical peak and risking over-training or a decline in performance. I used to experience this fequently as a cyclist when I’d peak 3 or 4 times a season. Most times I was capable of a good race, but would be due for a recovery phase immediately after to avoid illness. Now that I’m sprinting and lifting I’m more concerned about injury rather than colds or flu.

  2. Mike said,

    I've had thatr whole irritability due to overtraining. It sucks. I tend to be a slow learner so I don't decode it very quickly, as overtraining, in most cases. In this particular case, the irritation was due to one or two very tangible people things. Basically, I was pissed off.
    With the overtraining thing though, I find that the first sign is that I just don't want to work out. I mean we all have those days occasionally but if I string a few together, it means it's time for a break. My dietary compliance is another good one. Basically when I get overwrought in any one facet of life, I can see the quality of all of them go down. Sometimes it's hard to know if I'm overtraing, overworked or something else.

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