Friday, November 30, 2007

F'in Famer's Walk!

Wow that hurt! I did my first Farmer's Walk today - with 20lb dumbbells. Holy shit, that was painful! I didn't drop it once - by the end, my hands and one elbow and the rest of my damn arms were all killing me.

So - this was my first taste of a real strongman/woman exercise. By "real", I mean an exercise that isn't also used in other sorts of competition (like the deadlift). Shut up - I'm trying to make this into a milestone! Yes, I know my logic is flawed...


Today's work out was wonderfully brutal, as usual. I'm kind of pissed that I lost some strength in my pull-ups, because every time since I've returned we've had a circuit with them, they've slowed me down significantly. Ah well - I guess it's a good thing that they keep popping up, only way for me to get stronger!

I'm getting better at Turkish Get Ups. My two really weak points strength-wise are my core and my shoulder stability, so I need to become best friends with the TGU's, since they work both! Overall I have pretty crappy endurance, but that gets worked every MWF, so I'm not too worried about that. My other issue is that I get mentally down on myself sometimes - thinking that I can't finish.

I guess I'm just a work in progress, however I'm VERY motivated to keep working on things!

Wow - this has been a really jumbled post. So I'll just end it with a picture of me fighting to keep my torso straight and elbows up doing a front squat:


georgia said...

Hey Cara! I always get so excited to read your posts because of your great humor. It seems that since you got back, everytime I see you you're talking about the strength you lost. Stop the negativity sweetie! Think of it instead as an opportunity to refocus on technique. Better technique means its easier to do the movement and in turn easier to get stronger and challenge yourself more. Also, use that humor...its a great gift that many lack.

Oh, and Noelle had a great point a few weeks ago, Jerry challenges but never asks for more than we can do. I bet you would have killed it if you'd done 65lbs!!! :)

Adrienne said...

I second what Georgia said. She took the words right out of my mouth, but she used words like "sweetie", which I forget to use. It sounds so much sweeter!

Jerry Hill said...

Great input Georgia!

"My other issue is that I get mentally down on myself sometimes - thinking that I can't finish."

We all have those inner voices and mental chatter...on the "tough days" we hear them more, on the "great days" we hardly hear them at all.

Two things...

First the voices are lies, there is no truth behind them, it's only the story we are telling ourselves.

Second, emotions are real...but, what we feel is a reflection of the story we are telling ourselves.
Change the story and we change our emotions...make sense? A blank mind is great to have but tough to achieve so use the weapons at your disposal; positive self talk and/or humor!

Cara said...

Wow - thank you so much for the support guys! I really appreciate it :)

Sometimes I have to remind myself that it's not how many reps I get or how long it takes, but that I'm simply working hard and, well, actually doing it!

Georgia, Adrienne, and Jerry - thank you!

georgia said...

What Jerry said about the stories we tell ourselves is so matter how hard a pill it is to swallow in some situations. He's our own Gail Saltz (author and Today Show correspondent)!

Ps - to know me is to love my pop culture references