So every year I usually take some time off right around now in my training, and this year was no different, I hadn't done a thing for 6 days, besides MBA stuff. I'm really starting to see how when you're training hard time off can benefit you. I've always been skeptical about that because the weights I push never seem to go up when I'm coming back off a rest week. However I'm noticing huge jumps in my speed when I take a few days off beforehand.
I did the usual 110s, and then got ready for that first run, I had a pretty good start, and felt like I kept up a good pace throughout, but when I got the time I was shocked. My first sub 13 ever! I waited around and then did the 2nd one and thought I was about the same speed, I didn't feel a ton faster, but AGAIN I was shocked. Seriously over the moon with this. For someone that's my age, not going off blocks, not even down in a crouch, and only doing this once or twice per week....I may consider having two set sessions per week and see if I can get into the 11s. Right after that 12.75 I turned a 12.85 in that would've been a PR about 6 minutes earlier. Just a great day, my 3 fastest runs ever!
100m: 12.88 NEW PR!! 12.75 NEW PR!!!! 12.85! 13.22
Good times tonight, had a pretty good turnout, which is nice since a TON of the regulars are scattering around the country for school. I guess that's what happens when most of the participants are in their early/mid twenties. They're a great bunch though and I'm so happy to have met all of them. I hope wherever their lives take them, that they find whatever it is they're looking for, and know it when they see it.
So I'm starting business school. The time commitment is pretty intense (70-90 hours per week, spread over 7 days). I already decided though when I first got in that I'm not going to change who I am for this. So part of staying true to myself is still making time for the things I'm passionate about, including the gym. I don't think my schedule will change really. I may have to shorten sessions a tad here or there, or even skip sessions on occasion, but by and large I'm going to try and keep up with how I've been doing. With the progress in sprinting lately I've actually been thinking about deloading on squats and/or deadlifting the days before I attempt another PR, since I've noticed a clear difference when I go to the track and haven't worked my legs in 5 days or so. So that may actually fit in. I've also noticed an uptick in strength when I go back to the squats/deads/whatever. So yeah, the next couple weeks as I settle in I may be busy and miss a session or two per week, but right now it's pre-term and they're cramming a lot in. Once September starts and the regular schedule begins I should be good to resume things as scheduled.
Guillotine presses...holy crap. Been on my list of things I wanted to try for a while...I wasn't sure it would make a huge difference. It does. Here's a picture from a T-Nation article:
Basically you're lowering the bar to your throat, with your feet off the floor and your ankles crossed. Here's a video of Lee Hayward doing it. His feet are on the ground, I just prefer them up to ratchet up the intensity of the exercise.
100m: 13.20, 13.25, 13.14 NEW PR!!, 13.06!! NEW PR!!, 13.15
WOAH. ok, so I figured that I'm bringing my chest up too early, I do better when I'm 'leaning' into things for longer, so I wanted to see what would happen if I kept my head down like the first 50-60m even. It's really counter to what you see most sprinters do, but I'm not starting from a crouch so I'm betting that has something to do with it. Anyway, I kept my head down and was leaning for like the first 80m. I figured that probably blew the time, on top of it being my fifth run of the day, but instead I set a new PR. Good times. So I figured I'd just get into the pattern and run a couple more like that, figuring my times would be slower, but hey, practice form, right? So I was completely and utterly shocked when my 6th sprint of the day beat that new PR by .08, AND I think sub 13 is feasible soon. I can't wait to see! I can't describe how happy I was after seeing that 13.06. Although I have bigger goals, it doesn't hurt to stop and enjoy some milestone along the way, or be happy at what you've accomplished, it can really be a boost. Good times.