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Log Press and Circus Dumbbell #60DaysOfFitness

March 27, 2017

So, I might, might do a second strongwoman competition.  For those of you who don’t know, I did my first (novice) competition in November (I came third) and I have been on the fence about how/when to follow it up.  One part of me really wants to try to get some more competitions under my belt, to see how I can do if I really knuckle down and focus.  The other part still remembers *that* event where in the log press I took it upon myself to listen to the wrong judge, finished my pressing 15 seconds too early thereby costing me what turned out to be some crucial points.  There is also the small fact that I still can’t press for toffee…

As such, it is perhaps somewhat ironic that it is on a pressing training day that I find myself contemplating my first non-novice competition.  In the pro column I have the, adopts voice of Jocko Willink, ‘quit making excuses and just do it.’  In the cons column I have the list of all the insanely talented women who have signed up.  Oh and my inherent fear of making a total fool of myself in public – I know, I know, it’s too late for that etc.  So, to help balance this all out I decided I am going to blog about my training in the lead up to the ‘will she won’t she’ competition.  It is 60 days away (if we exclude an impending hen/bachelorette do and the chocolate fest that is Easter – both of which are going to clearly be no-go zones in terms of training *sorry Jocko*), hence #60DaysOfTraining.  I thought that blogging would help hold me accountable and, you never know, it could be an interesting way of tracking progress.  Let’s find out…

First up, a day of pressing.  Well, an hour of it.  I did, of course, suck.  Technically I can make the weights (20kg circus dumbbell and 35kg log press, to be alternated for reps). However, I can’t make them well, consistently or quickly.  The only good thing about the circus dumbbell is that it makes my overhead log seem passable in comparison.  So, I left the gym with homework and a very clear idea of where the work is needed.   To quote my trainer, to ‘press a lot, you need to press … a lot.‘ I’m trying to remind myself that trusting in the process is all that is needed.  However, easier said than done when my go to position in pressing is apparently to recoil from the dumbbell…

In terms of nutrition, as a gluten free vegan (more on that in another post), it was the usual Genetic Supplements vegan protein and fruit shake immediately post workout and then a day of carbs and protein (although still managing to satisfy the carbs portion of the day so much more than the protein side of life).

Next up, strongwoman class tomorrow…

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