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Andy Kirkpatrick


training diary

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14 March 2017

Day three of the training. Meant to be running but tweaked my toes joint by having trainers that are a little too snug, a pair of Hoka’s. Made that mistake you can often make when shoes are a tad too narrow (I have feet about as wide as they are long), which can work with old shoes, but not with new ones, which feature unstretching plastic overlays (like the stuff you get on compression tops). And so instead of stretching the shoes my bones gave in first, so now I’ve got a sore knuckle on my right foot, making running sore. The thing I should of done, and what I did do, but too late, was use a blunt object (top of a rounded pen) to creating a rubbing point, to force the fabric out were it was tight (this is a great trick for climbing boots or troublesome boots on expeditions). The outcome is I’m sticking to rowing for a while, which is maybe good anyway, as it feels bloody knackering doing 10km everyday. I tend to do the same thing everytime. I do the first 1km without too much stress, giving me that idea that Ive done’10%’ and the rest will go fast, but then it won’t go any faster than 40 minutes of small torture. At about 3km I start thinking I’ll just do 5km, aiming for a 20min time, but then as soon as I’m 50.01% closer to 10km I think ‘it’s all downhill now’ and press on. It’s a funny game, but I like the discipline of keeping on to the end, even though I’m slow and need to be doing it in 40min.
Started added some extra weight, just a few kilos here and there, as it’s very easy to get complacent and locked into just lifting weights you can lift, when really the aim is to lift weights you can’t!

The Day's Training

  • Row 10km 42.30min
  • Bench Press 5x5x70kg
  • Low Squat 5x5 65kg
  • Military Press (slow) 5x5 38kg

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

Notes

Actually felt a bit tired today, but I guess I did training yesterday and hit my legs hard after a lay off, plus went climbing after work, went to be late, so there you go. Nice to get the row done as was being a bit of a wimpy fucker in my head, that I’d just do weights and make up for not doing 10km. Luckily I had enough backbone to get on with it.

Day's Training

  • Row 10km 42.30min
  • Bench Press 5x5x70kg
  • Low Squat 5x5 65kg
  • Military Press (slow) 5x5 38kg

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