RKC and IBD: Days 8-7

Getting Closer – August 18-19, 2012

Saturday started with Team Challenge practice at 8am. We met at the bay to work on another brick workout – swim then bike today. Unfortunately, I had some sinus congestion and felt it best to avoid swimming today. Instead I completed just the bike portion of the day’s practice. I rode 9.5 miles in 40 minutes. The ride felt good. I was able to sustain a decent pace throughout the ride – no world records were in danger but I still enjoyed it.

After practice I was able to relax for the rest of the morning while having a great breakfast. My girlfriend had tickets to the Chargers preseason game so I was able to only fit in a short kettlebell training session. It was very short but still felt good:

  • 2 minute warmup
  • 10 swings with the 24kg kettlebell
  • 10/10 snatches – Rest
  • 10/10
  • 10/10
  • Done

60 snatches to keep my technique solid, elicit a decent training effect, and help get me a little closer to passing the RKC.

Keep it simple and keep my goal (passing the RKC) the goal.

Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.

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Sunday was definitely a day of rest! I slept in later than I had in awhile. It felt like my body was telling me something, maybe that rest and recovery are good things.

One of the unique benefits of having IBD is that I have become much more in tune with my body and any adjustments it makes. Sometimes I can feel that I need more (or less) of certain foods, more rest, or more liquids. Today was one of those mornings. For whatever reason – the heat, my congestion – I just needed to sleep. Another unique benefit of having IBD is that I know when I can push my body and when I need to ease up.

Sunday could have been a day that I beat myself up over:

  • I didn’t do any training
  • I didn’t wake up early enough
  • I didn’t get enough done

but instead it turned into a day that was relaxing and fun.

  • I was able to eat a lot of great food.
  • I was able to physically recover from the week’s training
  • I was able to enjoy a great Sunday.

When I look back over the course of the past few weeks of training I know that I have trained with great effort and earned the right to relax on a Sunday. Now I’m looking forward to earning my RKC in a few days!

~With Strength and Nutrition

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