… And that’s just what I did today (with apologies to Arlo Guthrie). Temp was up to 50º F or so, and he hadn’t been run in a while. During the last part of my workout at a rest set, I went ahead and started it up, just thinking I wanted to run the engine and get it warm.
Buuuuut, it was a nice day, so I threw on the long underpants and jeans and went for a spin. The air seemed a bit sharper than 50, especially when whipping down the highway, but nothing unmanageable. Nice ride. Stopped at the local Chinese place for breakfast, a very late breakfast at 1700 or so (again with the IF thing today). Grabbed some ice cream and headed home.
Prior to all that, I had done about 30 minutes or so of longsword work, primarily focussed on heavy bag impact with Krumphau and Zwerchau (the “cross strike”). The followed up with a kettlebell session.
Did several two-hand lifts today. Started with what I think some are calling the “kettlebell squat thrust,” if I remember correctly, which consists of squatting with the bells in racked position (cleaned), then standing up explosively to push the bells to full overhead extension. Good one. I think my mate across the pond, Rob, mentioned them in his blog somewhere. Since I only have differently sized bells, not any two of the same weight, I do a few reps, the switch the heavier and lighter bells around to the other hands.
I was only using the 16 and 24 kg bells for this one, but I felt it. Although I would like to use the same weight bells for these exercises sometime, I kind of like using differently weighted ones. Gives and extra challenge with balance and core stability.
Then I did the “Two Hands Anyhow” with the two small bells again, screw-pressing the 24 up, then windmilling down to pick up the 16 kg. Again, do a few reps, then switch the hands to the different weights.
Finished up the routine (whilst waiting for the bike to warm up) with the simple front squat, using the 32 and 24 kilogram bells. A good little workout, and a change of pace from the high-rep timed sets of yesterday. Good for recovery and working more on the grind. Then a stretch and a shower. Ready to ride. Yeah!