So–back home from a little trip to the family reunion and see some folks. Good stuff. But more on that later. Just a PT update for now, while I’m continuing to cool down.
I did, in fact hit the kettlebells while back at my dad’s place. I had sent him a kbell a year or two ago as a gift. (In fact, they’ve gotten a few.) One of the 16kg ones. So I had that to play with, and made a good workout or two with it whilst I was there.
To celebrate coming back to my home, I did a pretty good PT this afternoon. 🙂
It was a nice variation on one from last week. To wit:
– Six minutes each arm, LCCJ (16kg)
– Two minute rest set
– Two minutes each arm LCCJ (24kg)
– Two minute rest set
– One minute each arm, LCCJ (32kg)
And finished off with several minutes of stretching and other such cool-down (including wrist-stretching twists from aikijutsu/aikido). As you can see, I added a minute to each arm for the 16 and 24 kilo rounds. I was definitely sweating from this one, and breathing well.
Interesting, though, I wasn’t panting. I basically didn’t think about breathing, or try to stricture it in any way; I noticed however that I fell into a pattern where I was exhaling forcefully about twice as much as I was inhaling. Once I noticed it, I just kept watching it, but didn’t try to change. It had less to do with the portion of the lift I was in (not just exhale on lift, inhale down, e.g.) than just a continuous flow, independent of what I was doing. Until the heaviest bell, where, again, without trying to force it or will it, I found myself bracing a bit and exhaling whilst in the power and resistance phase of the movement (as in the bottom and return of the swing, and the jerk).
I think my body started falling naturally into the phase of blowing off toxins and lactic acid, much as when I used to run more. Once I hit that breathing pattern, I was pretty balanced between effort and recovery. I think at that point, your body is actually using some of the lactic acid as fuel. I’ll have to look into it more.
Certainly, though, I was feeling “the burn” at the latter stages of each of the six minute portions, and yet, was able to recover enough to do the next higher weight, then the next. And I was definitely feeling like I’d been working out, with the 32s.
I feel really good now, already recovered, yet like I got some good under-the-bell time in today, in the 90º+ (F) heat.