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Pavowski: Coming Down from Savage


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I am seriously busted up.

 

I ran my first ever OCR just a few days ago: Savage Race in Atlanta. And I have to say this: I cannot wait to do another one. It might be some time before I get to do another one -- this shit is expensive! -- but it's on the list for sure.

 

First things first: I finished, which was my only goal. Perhaps the low-hanging fruit, there, but for a first race, not knowing what to expect, it seemed silly to look for more. And I finished respectably: Within the top 50% of finishers, both overall and within my age group. Which I think is pretty awesome! The course itself was nasty even without the obstacles, some of the most ridiculous hills I've ever run (or walked) on; with the obstacles, it was absolutely brutal. I had hoped to finish the race in under two hours, and I missed that by a damn sight, coming in just at two and a half.

 

But that's okay! There is always room for improvement, and seeing as I can't wait to sign up for another race, I might as well start the training now: and that's what this challenge is about.

 

Out of 27 obstacles, I only failed to finish three of them, so that's where I'm focusing for this challenge. I failed on a climbing wall halfway across, I failed on some upsy-downsy monkey bars (Sawtooth, if you're familiar) just past halfway, and I failed on some ropes (think Ninja Warrior finals, stage 2) almost immediately.

 

Cheezburger sports fail ouch monkey bars

 

See what those obstacles have in common? I do!

 

GRIP STRENGTH and DEAD HANGS.

 

I've been working pull-ups for the past year or so, and I've gotten pretty solid at them, but it's one thing to practice pull-ups in the controlled environment of my garage or a lonely playground; it's another to count on that strength when you're suspended ten feet in the air on the fifteenth rung of a devilish set of monkey bars. My goal for the next OCR I tackle is completing EVERY obstacle, which means I need to shore up that grip strength. So:

 

1.  Grip Strength. I've got some trainers (the clampy thingies) at my job, and I need to be practicing -- and improving! -- on those every day. Currently I can do about five reps on the 200lb grip, but I'd like to get that up to ten reps by the end of the challenge. That means working them a little bit every day, which is easy enough when I'm at work. I also need to work on some different grips, since it's not always about the lovely solid bar, so I'm going to try doing some rope work (the ROTC room at my school has some ropes, so maybe I'll go make some friends there). 5 days a week drilling grip strength. Let's grow some new calluses.

 

2. Dead Hangs. This is something I haven't even trained, and now, looking at where I came up short, it feels like a tremendous oversight. I'll be honest: I don't even know how long I can hold a dead hang in pull-up position. So -- first things first, get a max-duration dead hang, and then, build upon that. Arbitrarily I'd like to improve my dead hang duration by 20%. That seems reasonable, but who the hell knows? We'll adjust this goal as the challenge develops.

 

3. Just keep running. Running is the heart and soul of my training, and it's going well, but I'm also coming off the medication I've been on for three months for my plantar fasciitis. The most important thing is keeping the runs consistent and stretching regularly throughout the day so that I can continue running without pain. Four runs a week, with foot stretches and ankle mobility exercises every day. EVERY DAY, you lazy non-stretcher, you.

 

(Body weight exercises and pull-ups and the paces and distances of my runs are incidental but baked into this challenge, so I'll be documenting those if not focusing on them.)

 

So, yeah. I took a challenge off because things were so overwhelming at my new job, but the new routine is pretty much in place, so it's time to get back on the horse and get back to some NF challenges. Let's get down to business.

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2 hours ago, Manarelle said:

Welcome back. I've been following along on your blarg, but good to see you back n the forums. Glad to hear the new job has stabilized, and nicely done on the course!

Right on. Working on an extensive race report, cuz I know some are into that stuff.

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Welcome back. Love the challenge and awesome job finishing the OCR!

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8 hours ago, Schaengel said:

Welcome back and also a big HOORAY for finishing that OCR. That's so impressive :D

 

8 hours ago, Jonesy said:

Welcome back. Love the challenge and awesome job finishing the OCR!

 

I would recommend OCR to anybody. It will cure everything that ails you!

 

**OCR may not actually cure anything that ails you, but holy shit, what a feeling of accomplishment when you cross the finish line.

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So it turns out my starting time for a dead hang (overhand grip) is 38 seconds. A little better than I expected!

 

4 good runs this last week. My whole body was sore after Savage Race, but my legs must be bulletproof, because my runs feel awesome -- though that could have a little something to do with the gorgeous mid-fifties temperatures this week.

 

And I don't know why I put off doing the ankle flexibility stuff. My feet, surprisingly, are feeling great -- maybe even better than they did when I was on the meds.

 

I know I go too long between updates, but such is life. I'm still pushing over here, even if you aren't hearing it from me.

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NerdFitness Trials: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Hellfire Club 4LIFE!

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Dead Hangs. This is something I haven't even trained, and now, looking at where I came up short, it feels like a tremendous oversight. I'll be honest: I don't even know how long I can hold a dead hang in pull-up position. So -- first things first, get a max-duration dead hang, and then, build upon that. Arbitrarily I'd like to improve my dead hang duration by 20%. That seems reasonable, but who the hell knows? We'll adjust this goal as the challenge develops.

Hey, I like your goals. I have been struggling with grip strength too.

I noticed that improving wrist stability and mobility (also elbows and shoulders, I guessed) helped me a lot. - And just grabbing a pull up bar and hang... :-P

Cat hang progressions are also another fun way to improve grip strength and coordination. Check out Ryan Ford's YouTube channel for that.

You got this!

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Week two was solid -- 4 runs, lots of grip practice and ankle stretching.

 

Week three was less solid. 3 runs (which I guess is still pretty good), only intermittent grip practice, and a bunch of days I forgot to tackle my ankle flexibility. I can thank the Assassin mini for helping me get my grip strength on a bit, and I can blame my lack of stretching on the fact that my foot is actually feeling very solid lately -- which is, of course, the reason to keep on with the exercises.

 

But I guess there's still week four.

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Str: 30 Dex: 26 Sta: 27 Con: 11 Wis: 23 Cha: 18

NerdFitness Trials: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Hellfire Club 4LIFE!

Inspiration comes in many forms. Watch me fumble towards it at Accidentally Inspired.

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2 hours ago, Pavowski said:

I can blame my lack of stretching on the fact that my foot is actually feeling very solid lately -- which is, of course, the reason to keep on with the exercises.

 

Haha, yeah, I hear this. It's always a bit of a toss-up on "do I need to keep on with this, or is it really, truly, honestly better now?" One more week, though, you got this!

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