Posts Tagged ‘Piston Press’
20 High-knee step-up to reverse lunge
50 Swings @ 16kg KB e.s.
2 x 10 Piston Press @ 12.5kg DBs
25 KB C&J @ 16kg e.s.
5 x 5 Ring Dips (supported)
Ok, there’s a lot of stuff to back track over and I’m actually a bit too lazy to recap it all properly (No?? Oh yes!)
What happened? I started a new job, which brings with it a new commute. Around 40 minutes on the express route, which is a nice length. If time isn’t pressing, I can add a wee little bit of climbing to the final few kilometers. Nothing too serious, but enough to salt the legs when combined with those little rules we like to make for ourselves like, ‘Finish the hill faster than you started it’ and ‘Big ring stand til the top — no matter what’.
I did a couple of laps of the old Emu Bridge time trial circuit in Benalla. It’s not an exciting loop, but it has some sentimental properties for me because its where my first ever “training” began. Trying to beat my times on my first ever grey-and-black spattered Diamondback. 21 speed, fully rigid.
I did some SE hill repeats with Ann-Michelle and JP’s crew and found a strange kind of kind of low-speed suffering unique to cadences in the low 30s.
Last Wednesday I rode home was in a thick warm-air storm, our wettest day in 53 years. The traffic was unusually friendly, there was a sense of camaraderie among the commuters and finally, there was hub deep water.
Two weeks before that Neil, the Baumsters and I rode the Amy Gillet Gran Fondo on a beautiful spring day. I rode the Great Ocean Road leg cautiously, wary of the steel spring legs of Dave, Neil and Nick. The Skene’s Creek climb was solid. I couldn’t honestly say I was fast but I didn’t suffer too badly with the 25t cassette (perhaps the two are related?). That said, I was spend enough and it was cold enough at the top that I didn’t want to stop with the boys and wait for Darren. Enthusiasm got the better of me out on the flat and I burned a few too many matches out in the wind trying to cross a gap between bunches and the final climb was slow and hurty. I was a fanatically fun event though, and I’ll definitely be back next year.
I also haven’t lifted a weight, swung a kettlebell or pulled the handle of a C2 in over a month. Getting up to speed at work has been a full-on task. It’s full of very talented, very enthusiastic people working in what is struggling to unbecome a heavy bureaucracy. That’s going to take some time and it’s difficult not to want awesomeness out of the gate when finance and ability are no longer limiters, but that’s ok. I can be patient.
We got a new front fence. It’s wooden and made from quite sturdy pickets and I’ve been spending quite a bit of time painting it white.
Something I have been doing more of is push-ups, because they’re simple and fast and I’ve always sucked at them. I still suck at them, but I’m slowly sucking less, racking up a new max-rep PB of 35 — four more than my old PB. Stop giggling. No really, it’s not funny. I have a right to be proud of my wins no matter how tiny they are.
Finally, I’ve signed up to race the Surf Coast 12 Hour (don’t let the domain name fool you) with JP and Neil in a few weeks. Last time we ran that line-up we made it to the top of the box, but that was with half the time on the rocket clock. Supposed to be a wicked-fun course, but before then I suspect some swings, deadlifts, hill repeats and hollow rock are in order to get the back ready. Oh, and a shit tonne of nasty PNF stretching and foam rolling. Eeeeeee :\
Anyway, I now consider ourselves caught up. Here’s today’s workout:
5:00 x Double KB Clean and Jerk/Push-press @ 2x 16kg KBs
Work up to a heavy single deadlift:
5 @ 70kg
5 @ 70kg
3 @ 90kg
1 @ 120kg (not awful but not strict form)
10 x KB Piston press @ 2 x 16kg KBs
Margot St Sprint (320m out-and-back)
Push-press @ 20kg
SDHP @ 20kg