I am back! A Report on my Kettlebell Comeback
I woke up at 4:30am today and couldn’t get back to sleep. My alarm was set for 5:45. I just needed to get the workout done by around 6:30am, but at 4:30 I was already swinging, at least in my mind. This is both an indication of how excited I was to do my comeback workout, and an indicator of how difficult it is for me to sleep well when I am not training hard. That’s not going to be a problem any longer.
How it went
The first part of the workout, the 5:00 of :20/:40 swings seemed pretty easy. Swings felt good. I could feel my hamstrings and glutes but nothing was screaming at me too much. One thing I noticed was that I started sweating pretty early in my workout, and that’s not the way it used to be. Odd, but understandable.
The Turkish get up segment was excellent. I love TGUs! After having done a couple of them with no weight as part of my warm up, and feeling confident to move on to using a weight, I started with a 4kg. I did one Turkish get up on each side with that one, then one on each side with the 6kg. I still had a little time left so I did 5 partial get ups (get up-sit ups) with the 6kg on each side until time was up.
At that point I had to decide how to structure the last part of my workout. I considered doing :20 work/:40 rest for 10:00, but thought I would be ok with a little more than that. So I set the timer for :30/:30 for 10:00 and went for it. It was not easy! Sometime around the 6th set, I started thinking I wouldn’t be able to get through. It made me mad. I started mentally berating myself for the lagging endurance, but then this occurred to me: the reason why I was tired was because my body has been busy healing for the last eight weeks. I really shouldn’t be upset with it for that!
When I finished set 8 of 10 I knew I could make it. I remembered what an RKC friend had told me once when I was training with him, “You’ve always got 2 more sets in you. Just dig deep. “ That’s what this is about anyway, and that’s what I wanted from this workout: the opportunity to dig deep. I got it, and I finished the workout feeling pretty good about things.
Thanks to all my buddies who joined me, or are going to join me in this workout. There were folks all over North America and the United Kingdom doing this today. I am so honored and humbled by that fact! Whether you did the exercises or simply read about them, I appreciate your contribution. You’ve helped make my comeback day extra special.
Now, it’s time for an early bed time for this kettlebell girl!