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But…. summer is just about over! Which means I actually have stuff to update you all with! I stopped work and and getting ready to head up to Lake Placid indefinitely. I have had some real highs and lows working out this summer, but I do think I am at a better place physically for the start of the season.
To summarize my summer workouts… Lift 4 days a week, sprint 3 days a week, 2 days of active recovery and absolutely NOTHING on Sundays. Oh how I look forward to Sundays… But here is a quick recap:
April: took the entire month off.
1st half of June: Crap
2nd half of June: Great
1st half of July: Crap
2nd half of July: Great
August: Great so Far… lets hope it stays this way.
And by my eloquent “crap” I mean, workouts were much harder than they should have been. I have a combine coming up in a few weeks. I did a summary of the combine in the last post. But basically, this is my first big test and I am hoping to just blow it out of the water. But anything can happen so I’m just going to have to put my head down and grind out these last few weeks.
At the end of June I did some testing in sprinting, and it went pretty well. Improvements, which is good. So hopefully by this combine I will have even more. And at some point in July I did 3×5 squat at 93, 95, 95 KG. At the combine last year I maxed out 1×3 at 95. Hopefully this means I will be right around 100kg for a 3 rep squat max! But the squat is the last event for the combine, so I think fatigue will certainly play a roll. I really need to work on my shot toss and broad jump. I feel like these 2 events can be much better than they are right now if I work on my technique a little. I will be seeking some help in this matter once I get back up to Lake Placid.
I had my brother film a few of these awkward sled pushes today during my workout. I don’t have all the equipment/facilities that I need at home so sometimes I make up weird drills like this.
What else happened this summer? OH. Weight has been a big issue for me. I came home from Lake Placid in April at 142 lbs, the heaviest I have ever been in my life. But the time May was over I was at 126. Sure awesome if I didn’t do skeleton, where weight wasn’t such a huge factor! I’m back up to 132 which I feel really fast and fit at. I’m just trying to maintain this weight through my combine and then just start to put more on through Push Champs and Team Trials (I will go over what these are in another post). Lighter=faster sprints. But it also equals less momentum on the ice track for sliding. Big no-no. I feel pretty good about it right now, and I think long-term goals are reasonable.
Anyway, that’s all for now. I am going to start to update more frequently, but have the posts be smaller. I think that will be a good approach to the upcoming season. We will see if I stick to it.