Anvil or Hammer


pleasant disappointment

Posted in Dinsoaur Style,Gym Strength by Mike on March 19, 2008

I didn’t go to the gym tonight, I had my reasons and one them was a 2″ axel clean and jerk in June that I just signed up for. 230lbs on an axle. I think I’ll be ready for230 more than or 2″. So I thought I’d work on it.

Warmup 24K kettlebell 5/5 X 4

2″ Dumbbell C&J 50lbs 5 X 5/5
This did not go as expected at all. It was way too easy on both the back and hands. If there is such a thing a “pleasant disappointment” this is it. So I made some changes on the next exercise.

Double 2″ Dumbbell deadlift 60lb 5 X 10/10
This was planned to be a one handed deadlift for low reps with 65lbs but the last exercise left me feeling stronger than expected. The 10/10 above though could be viewed as misleading. The first set was the only one where I didn’t have to shake my hands out at least once, usually twice.

Outer Limit Loops 5lbs 6/6, 7/7, 8/8
In an effort to achieve some balance in the beating I was laying on my hands, I broke out my Iron mind Outer Limit Loops. The first set was all about the learning curve.  I wanted to go on up to ten but the outside of my left hand started to hurt and swell. I went and washed my hands for a few minutes in cold water and it went away. I decided that was it.

The workout ended up being easier than I expected but it went well. I’ll have to figure out how to make it a more regular part of my goings on. The best news for tonight was no On Call phone calls. I wonder how my coworkers will feel if I give them back the On Call phone with chalk worked into all the little crevasses.

Tonight, I think I will finish the leisure reading book, Making Money (thanks Karianne) I have been working on since the end of Good Calories,  Bad Calories , and start The New Rule of Strength Training.

Oh, and Scott was bragging up his nerdiness on his blog (and I was duly impressed) so let me announce that this is being written from the brand new Linux partition of my laptop. 🙂 I’m not as cool as Scott but I’m working on it. And for those folks who may not have understood what I just said, you’re better off for it.

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  1. Karianne said,

    Mike, your welcome! I am currently reading the most recent Monk book. I plan to give it away to my best friend when I finish with it.

    Your workouts are coming along very well. I wish I could say the same for mine.

  2. Chris D said,

    Now the real question is what type of Linux?

    Oh and if you’ve got some time…tell me why I can’t get my computer to boot from a CD (linux/windows). I’ve tried all the obvious stuff. Haven’t figured it out yet.

  3. Scott Styles said,

    Good to see you getting grip work ing. 230 is a tough clean on the axle. Using my thick bar, I can clean with a double overhand grip about 60% of what I axle deadlift (125lbs vs. 213lbs). Catching the weight on a bar with fixed sleeves is hard on the wrists. On my IFSA Super Series DVD, it seems like the guys just drag the axle up their body with an alternate grip.

    What Linux distro did you go with? It’s been easier to beef up my nerdiness with no job and all 🙂

  4. Mike said,

    Karianne,
    We all have our bad runs. I’m sure you’ll find the right thing for you and work through this one. I’ve gotten to see you make progress over the years I’ve known you.

    Scott,
    The clean you describe is a kesheshian (I’m sure I misspelled it). The mixed grip where they will catch the bar on their body and switch grip. Those are forbidden in Maryland contests, it has to be a straight overhand grip. Graham pulls his events from the Nationals a year two earlier, of course, there the kesheshian is legal.

    Scott and Chris,
    I must confess, it is merely Ubuntu, which is honestly easier than installing windows these days. The are both on that computer. For the most part, I’ve keep it in the Ubuntu login since I got the network card issue worked out. It seems that for the average home user who is not a gamer, it is a viable alternative. Games or needing MS Office products make it reasonable to have other systems around.

  5. Scott Styles said,

    It will be totally sweet when you nail 230 on the axle clean then. Better load up those thick dumbbells and get some practice with on a bar with fixed sleeves.

    Ubuntu sounds like it works better for a desktop than the SUSE distro I installed. Now that the novelty has worn off, I always end up using Windows. SUSE as I installed it appeared to be good only for server related tasks or open source development.

  6. Mike said,

    Thanks for the vote of confidence on the axle Scott. It will be sweet and yeah, it’s gonna take some doing. A lot of doing.

    I haven’t used any Linux other than Ubuntu but even going from 6.06 to 7.10 made a big difference for me. Ubuntu is the current popular version of linux (as they seem to go in and out of popularity). It’s hard to say if they’ll retain their place in the market after a few years. In the meantime they make it easy to get and install and I like that. Now I need to start tweaking it for what I want it to be, we’ll see how that goes.


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