It has been another productive week in the confides of the walls of Davy Jones Fitness and beyond.
I set myself a challenge of running a half marathon by the end of the week. It only really hit me Wednesday night that I had promised myself I would do it, and did not really know the mechanics around it. So I went to Davy about it on Thursday and he was full of helpful tips. Alot of nutrition talk which I appreciated, as a dipshit like me would not really take that into consideration until the morning of.
I did it, very very slowly around the our beautiful city of Kilkenny ( and it is a City) on Saturday morning. My thighs are red raw from rubbing against each other, chub rub or ire it is called. My feet are covered in blisters and my knees are a bit wobbley, but it was completed, slowly. I hit the wall at-least 4 times during the experience, mainly in the first ten km. Thoughts in my head kept me going, imagine how you will feel at this part of the journey. I knew I was going to do it once I hit 16 km. The rocky song came on my playlist, and to be honest i got really emotional on the ring road while scurrying along. It just so happened that the end of my run would be at the top of the hill in the Castle Park, one of my favorite spots not only in the city, but in this country.
After I took it all in and appreciated the moment, I got on the blower and called the father to collect me. He obliged, and I drenched his car in sweat…before all that happened I had three workout sessions to get over.
Session 1 :
I made a promise to myself to increase my bench press over the course of the next few weeks. Adding plates while still maintaining a high rep count. I was a bit burnt out after the last flat bench set. That impacted my energy levels throughout the workout, I was almost tapout’d by the time I hit incline bench! Almost! Still had the back to focus on with lats in particula going to become the next area I want to really develop. It was a nice head clearer after the celebrations that were had on Sunday night.
Session 2 :
I had informed Davy of my desire to run a half marathon at the weekend about five minutes before we started our leg session. I have never ran that distance before and never outlined my intention to Davy that I would indeed like to do it. Still though, Davy was on the ball adjusting that days workout and hitting me with helpfull information. Carb loading was a term that had completely freaked me out, but was, what I was told, was needed. The leg session that day focused on light weight but high reps. We started with the warm up free squat with a 15 kg plate straight into weighted lunges. Each rep getting deeper then before. We then progressed onto the hack squat, with the aim to get down as low as the machine would allow. I could really feel the stability in my legs here. When I started my feet constantly slipped, and I was always readjusting. Over the last few weeks, this has almost completely stopped, which is encouraging. After the hack squats, the leg press was next up. Three seconds down and two seconds up, time under tension. Generally I just pick a spot in my head on the wall and try and block out the intensity of the pressure on my legs. It somewhat works, but their is no escaping the inevitable screaming of the quads. Atleast this time I did not curl up in the fetal position. Hamstring curls finished us nof. Believe it or not, this is generally the most dehabilitating excercise over the course of the next few days. The workout seems fine, but the after effects continute throughout the next few days. One time I couldnt bend down to pick up a remote control, and just gave up, sat back on the couch and watched whatever was on.
Session 3 :
After last weeks disappointing shoulder day, Davy had a plan ready to get my shoulder back working. He mentioned that maybe certain parts of my shoulder muscle is more developed then the other, disco muscles he said. He was’nt far wrong, getting muscles prepared for a night out on the town, the ones ya see atleast. The shoulder has a few different compoenents to it, so we started working on the ones that did not recieve alot of attention historically. Alot of single armed stuff, the burn was real. I was almost like a baby to the slaughter with the single arm viking press. It was not overly streneous, before I knew it I was back to the disco muscles, an area I was a bit more comfortable with, triceps and biceps.
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