2015 Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge – Braving the Storm and Funky Gravity

2015 Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge – Braving the Storm and Funky Gravity

Mar 9, 2015

Ten weeks went by ridiculously fast and the next thing I knew I was at the Arnolds. A couple of things before we get to the actual meet. We had the traditional sacrifices to the strength gods.  Meaning I fed Cold Stone cupcakes to all the people I train with. I spent all of Wednesday watching the forecasts and hoping this was going to be one of the times when...

2015 Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge Week 10 – The End

2015 Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge Week 10 – The End

Mar 4, 2015

Since I’m finishing the last bit of everything trying to get ready to head out the door for Columbus (even as Mother Nature tries to screw up my trip), I’m just going to jump straight into the last week of training. Tuesday Tuesday I got a do over of my heavy single from Saturday.  By this point, I’d spent the rest of the weekend with a TENS...

2015 Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge Week 9 – Out of the Groove and the Pre-Meet Weird

2015 Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge Week 9 – Out of the Groove and the Pre-Meet Weird

Feb 24, 2015

For me at least, there seem to be a couple universal truths when it comes to training.  Two of those truths are: 1) It’s nearly impossible to get all your lifts to improve at the same rate at the same time.  Especially within an individual training cycle.  They may all go up, but there’s going to be one (or two if you’re especially unlucky)...

2015 Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge Week 8 – Confidence, Nostalgia and Gum

2015 Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge Week 8 – Confidence, Nostalgia and Gum

Feb 17, 2015

Laying in bed Monday night, thinking about the weeks training and how things had been going, I had one of those epiphanies that always seem to happen just as you’re drifting off to sleep.  I haven’t been completely satisfied with how things have been going in my training.  I’m worrying about all kinds of stuff from the weirdness in my squat to...

2015 Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge Week 7 – The Good, the Bad and the Clumsy

2015 Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge Week 7 – The Good, the Bad and the Clumsy

Feb 10, 2015

The universe has weird timing.  Or it’s out to get me.  I’m not sure which.  I will never understand why as soon as I start my actual meet prep everything else in my life goes crazy.  The one time during the training cycle that I should be really recovering, eating well and getting enough sleep is when I end up with a bunch of early mornings at work...

2015 Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge Week 6 – Dysfunction and Choices

2015 Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge Week 6 – Dysfunction and Choices

Feb 3, 2015

Before we get into the training, there’s some other stuff that we need to talk about.   My hips and my lower back have been super tight and kind of painful off and on since before the American Open.  I figured it was just the normal stuff that happens as I ramp up for a meet.  I also figured it would get better and so away with a bit of rest and the...

2015 Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge Week 5 – The Middle and Lessons Learned

2015 Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge Week 5 – The Middle and Lessons Learned

Jan 26, 2015

So before we get all knee deep in this week….. Those of you following along at home will remember that I ended last week asleep on my couch.  Sunday morning I could barely swallow and my fever had gone up so my husband offered to take me to emergency care.  Partly because he loves me but mostly because dead bodies on the couch are inconvenient and...

2014 American Open – Making Faces and the Big Ass Trophy

2014 American Open – Making Faces and the Big Ass Trophy

Dec 15, 2014

Before we get into the meet stuff, let’s catch up a bit from the last two weeks of training. After all the drama and failed lifts, all my decision making privileges were revoked.  There is no doubt in my mind that this was the right call.  I didn’t get some of the heavier stuff that my ego wanted but I stopped failing lifts (mostly.  Damn final...

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