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Andy Kirkpatrick


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03 February 2017

Felt creaky this morning, another “you get up and make breakfast”. We seem to both ‘be on it’ these days, so by Friday we’re knackered, a breakfast (always in bed, were it’s nice an warm) eaten in silence, sort of just coming round.

It struck me yesterday how she (Vanessa) is an Alpha female, and how I feel I need to live up to her own high standards, while she sees me as an Alpha male and so expects nothing less. I think I’ve written about this in the past, how I often felt unable to supply the ‘me’ people thought I was, but only the person I am - but that what they thought was who I really needed to strive to be, not just slowly let them know I wasn’t what they thought. Life is a series of course adjustments, for example last night when Vanessa came home she said “I read your UKC article, I thought it was good… but not what you said in the comments”. In that instant I felt that I’d let her down, and myself, and anyone who’d read them. “It is what it is” I said, but we both know that only the first stop. Walking up to bed I felt that I’d let my monkey brain reply, defensive, incoherent, when the self I wished to be would not allow these things to make me react in such a way. “Next time just say ‘Thank you for reading the article. Good day sir’” said Vanessa, more Alpha than I’ll ever be.

Anyway it’s the end of week for, so lets call it a month. I feel a lot stronger now than I did when I started, and lighter and more dynamic. I’ve seen this month a pre-training for a few things, both physical and mental. I’ve lifted 100,000kgs, rowed and run 175 kilometres, and written around 30,000 words, writing this diary everyday, plus a blog most days too (plus listened to 3 audio books and a ton of podcasts). Like I said, this was my pre-training period, the idea to get my mind and body ready for some tough work, writing new books and breaking you barriers, and maybe in some small way, getting married at Easter, be that man you think I am, and who an Alpha female deserves.

The Day's Training

  • Row 5km 19:43
  • Bench 10x10x40kg = 4000kg
  • Low Squat 10x10x50kg = 5000kg
  • Military press (dynamic) 10x10x35kg = 3500kg

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

Notes

A good session, and I kept my discipline up on the rower, that little “take it easy, it’s Friday” voice silenced. Someone came up to me at the wall last week and told me how they read this and how hard rowing is. Well one thing to remember is your expected finish becomes more fixed as you get nearer the end, so don’t focus so much on micro adjustments at the start, but rather get into a rhythm. Focus on that speed climbing maxim: “Start out fast you won’t last, start out slow, GO-GO-GO!”. I’m off on tour next week filming the UK stuff for the Psychovertical film, plus doing a talk in Bristol for a good cause, so next week will be a change of pace… not easier or harder, just different.

Day's Training

  • Row 5km 19:43
  • Bench 10x10x40kg = 4000kg
  • Low Squat 10x10x50kg = 5000kg
  • Military press (dynamic) 10x10x35kg = 3500kg

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