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Andy Kirkpatrick


training diary

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16 March 2017

Christ I was tired last night at the wall, which is not surprising as I’d had a hard morning session (10km run and lifted nearly 6000kg). Our usual warm up is to speed climb 5 routes back to back with the winner the one who gets them done the fastest. Picking a 5+ Vanessa had them done in 14 minutes, but after two and half laps I just fell off. I was knackered. I only climb 6b at the wall (with the odd 6c but only if it’s vertical or in a corner!), but found I was flayling on routes I can usually do and so stuck to doing 5s well. This is one thing I hate about climbing in that it’s just such a bloody cage, your trapped within in just to keep current with the strength you have and the second you leave it’s down the snake the shit city. Such thoughts clouded my head, everything annoying, my trousers that didn’t stretch, my borrowed harness, my chalkbag belt that made the bag hang too low. Everything was annoying! But understanding yourself is key to life and really what I was suffering was greed, that you can wake up at 6:30, beast yourself till 10a, then work all day and do it again down the wall, speed climbing, pushing your body etc. Of course your body is going to fight back, stubbornly resist, throw a tantrum etc. I just had to listen, which isn’t always that easy.
I felt that again today, as I was doing some lifts I felt a little tweak in my shoulder. I only had one rep to go but instead I didn’t, and after that’s what stands between an injury that stops you dead and nothing but a momentary yelp of strain from a overburdened body!

The Day's Training

  • Row 5km 19:46
  • Bench 5x5 70kg
  • Low Squat 5x5 75kg
  • Pull down 5x5 80kg
  • Military Press 5x5 65kg

Note:These numbers don't include warm up, which tend to be done at 25%, 50% and 75% of final weigh.

Notes

Good session and took the advice of hard man, beast and ex-para Andy McKenzie (@ironmacfitness), to watch the joints, and so switched early to a shorter distance but harder row (if people want a good program to follow I’d highly recommend they get in touch with Andy).

It’s Paddy’s day in Ireland so off to Galway tonight so will need to think up some fun training tomorrow (swimming in the chilly Atlantic maybe!).

Day's Training

  • Row 5km 19:46
  • Bench 5x5 70kg
  • Low Squat 5x5 75kg
  • Pull down 5x5 80kg
  • Military Press 5x5 65kg

Note:These numbers don't include warm up, which tend to be done at 25%, 50% and 75% of final weigh.