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Got in another workout.... Leaving soon...

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

I got to go over to Kevin's house to workout today. (Mobycarp).

I was pretty excited about it since I was really wanting to get a feel for the heavier kettlebells. I can't get anything over 25 lbs where I am at unless I order them online and that can be a crapshoot. As expensive as it is to ship something that weighs that much, I don't want to be ordering a bunch just as an experiment. I stopped at a sporting goods store and they had some up to 60 pounds. I played with some the and felt the ones in the 45-55 lb range felt challenging for the swings, cleans, and squats. My 25 is just too light and I am doing tons of reps rather than heavy weight, few reps which is what I am wanting but I need to workout with them to really get a feel for it.

Kevin had a 35 and a 45 pound kettlebell along with a very complete set of dumbbells on a rack and barbells.

I did a short circuit since I had obligations but worked out for about an hour or so.

Kettlebell -started with 35 then quickly moved up to 45
-Cleans with squats

-Core twists with 5 and 10 barbell plates- seated in partial sit up position, feet off the ground balanced on my rear then twist with weight, arms extended. Pretty challenging to stay balanced and do them but I've gotten pretty decent at core is getting stronger.

-bench presses
-tricep extensions

It felt amazing to really push the heavier weight kettlebells.

What was even better is my overall habit change. It was tough to get in a workout while in the act of getting from one place to another but I did somewhat. However, as soon as I landed, I was immediately trying to establish a "beachhead" and get some sort of traction to keep my momentum and it came naturally, not forced or obligatory. I know this will sound strange but I wear my Road ID bracelet as a reminder. There is something about it that reminds me that I am not just anybody, I am an athlete in training and I have a vision, a goal, a new identification. To achieve my goal of my Half Ironman and ultimately, The Ironman, I need the daily focus. The war is won or lost, not in the epic moments, but in the daily decisions, at the dinner table, the moment in choose to workout or not to. Mentally, I am in that place and it feels good, feel natural. I don't want my old "normal", my new life is what I embrace with all of my heart and I will never go back to my weakness.

I am kinda ready to go back home now. Not that I don't want to see my family and I am certainly not anxious to go back to "the hole" (the mine), but I am starting to feel like a refugee rather than a guy on vacation and want to use the rest of my time off to enjoy an exercise routine without the distraction of work.

Here are some pics from my day yesterday with Kevin.. Not many...too busy getting it done to worry about pics but we got a couple anyway...

On my way over to Kevin's.... Not too bad for a car shot..LOVE my Livestrong hoodie :)

**kettlebells. 45 and 35 **

**Kevin doing weighted lunges **

** Me doing dumbbell bench presses

Make it EPIC....

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    It was good to have you here, a real motivation boost to actually *use* the equipment I have. And I think you're going to love having those 20 kilo and 24 kilo kettlebells!
    1342 days ago
    Your wife is awesome encouraging you to be gone so lone. You guys have it together
    1342 days ago
    Most excellent my friend...
    1342 days ago
    You are totally making it epic! Way to stay active during your vacation. Woo hoo!
    1342 days ago
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  • v LINDAK25
    Sounds like a good day. I like the idea of having a new identity. You are an athlete. I know what you mean about home. Dorothy was right, there's no place like home.
    1342 days ago
  • v LINDAKAY228
    Glad you got to workout with a buddy and try some different weight. Sounds like your vacation has gone so well, but sometimes it's also good to get back home. I never thought of wearing my RoadID bracelet as a reminder. I wear it when hiking, and sometimes just when driving long distances in case of an accident or something. I may have to think about wearing it as a remind too.
    1342 days ago
  • v RUN4FOOD
    Glad you and Kevin were able to meet up again and you were able to try the heavier KB's and the dumbbells. Both of you have such great works going. Keep it up, you're setting quite the example for the rest of us.

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    1343 days ago
  • v NSMANN
    Your friend has quite the mancave there. You definitely need to upgrade your kettleball weight. I enjoyed reading about your good hustle!
    1343 days ago
  • v LIV2RIDE
    As someone who works out alone I know how awesome it can be to get to workout with someone. I'm glad you were able to try the heavier KBs. There are a few sites that have good prices on those things. I had dumbbells delivered and the UPS man couldn't figure out what the heck I was getting. LOL
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  • v TEDYBEAR2838
    Looking GOOD!

    I'm so proud of you.

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  • v 123ELAINE456
    Awesome Blog. You are doing Fabulous. Keep It Up. You will make it to your Goal. Glad you are enjoying your trip. God Bless You and Family. Have a Super Good Day. Take Care. Keep on Pushing Forward!!!
    1343 days ago

    I am at a place that I need to curtail the weight I am lifting right now because of tendonitis. My muscles could lift heavier, but my elbow won't allow it. A very unsatisfactory condition to be in!

    My trainer taught me I can do heavier dead lifts and swings by using two kettle bells. If they are different weights ( say a 25 and a 20) switch them at the halfway mark. 25# is the heaviest kettlebells we have at work, but I do a 40 pound dead lift by using 25 and a 15, one in each hand and switching half way through. Same concept for swings.
    1343 days ago
  • v JUNEAU2010
    Very cool that you got in that workout and reinforced your changing habits! I'd love to hook up with a Sparkbuddy like that...
    1343 days ago
    Awesome that you got to meet up with a fellow Spark friend and get in a good workout. You're right--the daily decisions do add up. I remember I had to change the way I thought "oh, skipping a workout won't make a difference...I can eat this..." but that is not true because they do add up. Great job NOT skipping a workout and making your trip active, healthy, and fun.

    I love what you said about your Road ID, you've changed your identity, you are an athlete in training. I credit Spark People with changing how I see myself. I am no longer sedentary. I could spend all day curled up but I FEEL better when I get out and get active. I love running and biking (which is still pretty new to me) and am learning to get better at swimming. I am no longer the uncoordinated, awkward person I used to think I was. I am a runner. I am a marathon finisher. I am an athlete. It's wonderful to read about your journey. Thank you for sharing.

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    1343 days ago
    I am really enjoying reading your blog, especially the vacation episodes. You seem to be going from strength to strength! Well done on the gard work so far. emoticon
    1343 days ago
    "The war is won or lost, not in the epic moments, but in the daily decisions, at the dinner table, the moment in choose to workout or not to."

    Words to live by, Robert! You ARE an athlete. I'm beginning to accept that label, too. And as I said to my coach "This is the me I want to be for the rest of my life."

    I recognize that "ready to go home now"... I expressed it as "beam me up, Scotty"... but it's the same thing. We support it on the road for a while, but routine is our friend in training!

    Onward... to Wisconsin in August. You ARE an Ironman. It shall become official then!
    1343 days ago
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