Saturday, December 27, 2008

Stretching and Instability

Who knew you could get sore stretching? It's a new experience for me. I've done 2 hours worth of yoga so far over my vacation. While I am more relaxed and loose now, I'm also sore. This is either a reflection of my tightening up since I haven't been very diligent about stretching over the last few months or maybe I just always go overboard trying to hold advanced versions of the asanas. Either way my hammies have been definitely feeling it over the past two days.

On another note, I've learned that I rock quite a bit doing fast pull ups. The pull up bar in my mom's gym doesn't have a very wide base and isn't bolted to the floor like it's supposed to be. I started rocking the entire structure while I was banging out a set of pull ups. I had to slow down my pull ups so I wouldn't tilt the entire bar structure over. I suppose I'm just too used to accelerating up since I'm usually trying to do muscle ups.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The holidays and winding down the year

Well, it's already December, and I'm still just a bit short of my training goals for the year. I can't hold a dragon flag for much more than 9 seconds, which quite a bit away from my goal of 20 seconds. That's directly correlated with my inability to hold a full front lever. I probably won't be upping my static hold times by the end of the year, so those goals are going to have to carry over. My handstand goal I'm going to say is completed since I can actually hold a handstand for a few seconds, even if I can only do it somewhat inconsistently. Next year I'm going to have to up my handstand time to a solid 10s. I'm also going to call my goal of "progressing to a planche" complete since I can hold an advanced tucked planche on the parallelettes.

I'm actually looking forward to a new year of training goals. My next new goal will be an iron cross on the rings. That's probably going to be a little tough. I'll have to limit my goals next year to: 1. iron cross, 2. more planche progress, 3. 10s handstand, 4. 20s dragon flag, 10s front lever. I may add a double bodyweight dip/pullup, but that'll be an intermediate goal on the way to my other goals. I'll have to re-evaluate closer to January and determine what's feasible.

I've already posted my December Google Doc training log. I'm rather pleased that I managed to keep up my log through the Thanksgiving holiday. I'm guessing I'll be able to keep it going through the end of the year without a problem. I actually like logging my training, so I'm going to try keeping it up next year, too.