May 26, 2011
I love ink.
Had a really bad power snatch/clean workout.
May 25, 2011
I sketched a bunch of portraits tonight. Then I stayed up WAY too late editing a couple on my new and improved software. I’m just getting the hang of a few basic features that should take my art game to the next level.
Looking at this again, it still looks pretty rough and vectorized. I would consider it a learning experience. Oh, I also spent a couple hours “in the studio” yesterday working on some super secret musical projects.
OK, party’s over. Only one workout today. I’ll do my 1st double on Friday. Then it’s back to the PR machine come Monday.
Snatch: Went up to 120. Took a 130 but somehow managed to slow the space time continuum enough for the pull to last what seemed to be like 5 seconds before missing.
Clean and jerk: My knee’s still ached pretty bad so I went to 120, went back down and powercleaned up to 130. I “Clarked” the shit out of 140 and then sat down for 45 minutes. Not great. But it will come back . . . It always comes back.
May 23, 2011
I’ll hurry up and give you guys a quick write up of how the meet went yesterday. I’ll probably do a more in depth post about it when I have some more time.
The attempts I had in my mind were 138, 143 (which would be a meet PR), and 145. I ended up missing my opener at 38, repeated the same weight and then made 40. That’s not so great for me. 140 feels like it should be standard ops but I instead keep fuckin’ around on my openers.
See what I mean? Not great. I need to stop messing around and get my 150.
Clean and jerk: I was feeling REALLY confident on these; confident enough to open with a meet PR of 166. For those of you who don’t lift competitively, gym PRs feel WAAY different than meet PRs. So even though I made 170 a few weeks ago, it still didn’t feel like my “real” PR if that makes any sense. Anyways, I made 66, jumped to 171 (PR) and then missed 75.
The Official V-Neck Workout (Chest and Tri’s edition).
I tried doing some power snatches, but I was just really unmotivated. I’ll start back up on Wednesday and be up to full speed by Friday. Until then I’m going to take off a few lbs and get yoked.
Bench: 225 for like 4 sets of 8-12. I wasn’t really paying attention.
Band pull downs and push-ups on kettlebells: Will and I alternated between these for like 10 minutes. Again, we paid no attention to reps or sets, just swollage.
Tricep extensions: Taking it back to high-school.
Glute-Ham raises and other miscellaneous stuff.
If I work out again this afternoon it will probably be slightly less bro-ey. But only slightly. It was funny to me how many people razzed me for my arms yesterday, especially since I hardly ever even do pull-ups or muscle-ups anymore. One time I told Greg Everett that the core of my workout routine was tricep kickbacks. We laughed. Weightlifters can sometimes be a judgmental bunch.
May 21, 2011
Let me apologize for the mental emptiness that was this week. the only thing that I’ve been able to focus on is this meet. Everything else takes a backseat. I’ve been training hard the last 2 days, thanks in part to my friend, Will, for giving me the mental boost.
Thursday I did my regular Power snatch/clean workout. Nothing notable happened except for I power cleaned 150, matching my previous PR.
Yesterday I only trained once. I went up to 130 on the snatch and 150 on clean and jerks (missing the jerks). Missing didn’t worry me too much. If everything goes to plan tomorrow, I’m going to open with a meet PR on the Clean and Jerk. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll be posting video of my attempts.
This was posted on 70’s Big a LONG time ago. The song has been on my workout playlist ever since.
May 18, 2011
I’ve been working my ass off trying to get ready for the meet this weekend. It’s to the point where I’ve become socially awkward because I can’t talk about anything else because I don’t want to think about anything else. That’s the nature of weightlifting though; the more into it you get, the more everything else suffers.
Yesterday I did my usual power snatch and power clean workout. I wanted to redeem myself after Monday’s less than stellar workouts. Today was much better. 10 AM Barbell club was full of energy and my long lost workout partner, Will, came back to give me a much needed kick in the balls (a figurative kick in the balls). When he walked in and we shook hands, it probably looked something like this:
Snatch: Took it up to 130. Went back down and worked up with Will to 110.
Clean and jerk: “Nobelted” a nice 150. Took 160 a few times but couldn’t rack it. I should’ve spent more time loosening up my shoulders.
Time to eat, ice, stretch, sleep, heat, and repeat.
Snatch: worked up to 130 and missed it. Puzzled, I went back down to a hundo, worked up to 30 and made it twice.
Clean and jerk: Worked up to 160 and missed it. The belt came off and Will and I began taking up doubles. We reasoned that if we were “big timers” we could do things for doubles. “Big timing (to big time)” became a verb for the rest of the session. 120, 130, 140, 150, and finally I missed my 2nd rep at 160. But I’m pretty sure I took home the No Belt Peace Prize for the day.
Here’s me having a great time. I don’t think the 150×2 was actually a PR, but that didn’t stop me from telling everybody that it was.
May 16, 2011
Summertime. That means that very soon, I am going to have at least a few extra hours a week on my hands; hours that can be used to once again get my creative machine up and running again. I have a number of projects that I am currently taking into consideration and deciding what I can and should divvy up some extra time for. I am reluctant to say exactly what, but you can be sure that I am going to do some writing, figure drawing, ink wash/watercolor and secret musical projects. I’m also looking into what would be the best way for me to start illustrating on my computer (let’s face it. I need to get with the times and learn how to properly start digitally adding color to my art.) This may or may not necessitate purchasing another computer specifically for creative purposes and will definitely demand that I shell out the money for any software involved. After all, this is an art website, which means that I should start finding time to make some damn art!
Here’s a little beat I made. I just now named it “Between the Bars” unless you can figure out a better name for it.
Snatch: 110 for 3 singles.
Clean and Jerk: 130 for 1.
Squat: 210 for 1.
Snatch: 120 for a couple.
Clean and jerk: Worked up to 150.
May 13, 2011
I didn’t update as much this week. I’ve been kinda down in the dumps lately. Good thing I had this to cheer me up today.
I decided to only work out once today (a business decision, not a lifting one) so I went for PRs in my morning session. It didn’t turn out so well. Actually, it would’ve been pretty good for a morning session but I treated it like I had already worked out (which is always better).
Snatch: missed 140 like 4 times. It was frustrating because it felt really light. If I was doing my regular double day, I would’ve stopped at 20 or 30 and saved 140 for the afternoon.
Clean and jerk: cleaned 160, missed the jerk. Took a few frustrating attempts at 170.
Squat: went from 230 to 245 for the win. The song playing in the background is Generation-Liturgy. It’s like 9 minutes of build up. Great PR song.
Hit the wall pretty hard yesterday. It’s cool though. I still plan to hit some PRs this week and the next.
Snatch: Worked up to 120 for some singles.
Clean and Jerk: Missed 140 a few times.
Clean and Jerk: 140.
F. Squat: 160.
More power snatches and power cleans. I’ll update if I do anything notable.
I only have time for 1 session yesterday, which means I’m going to try and PR in the morning. We’ll see how that goes.
May 9, 2011
I’m the type of person who (when given any semblance of free time) will assign himself creative projects to work on. These can be as simple as ideas for drawings or songs or more elaborate plans such as scheduling some time for figure drawing sessions or attempting to make a concept album. I had an all too brief run as a rapper/producer in a Star Wars themed hip-hop outfit comprised of myself and my friends named, “Def Star.” I went by many aliases, including: Biggie B, Obi 1, and SeeMinus (C- is the grade that I would hope to achieve in my prerequisite science classes). Other, slightly less ridiculous projects included my idea to make an Obama/Zombie/Samurai comic. This one I actually stuck with for quite some time and even managed to knock out about 8 pages worth of artwork. The project was picking up steam until I realized that I probably should have solidified a script or storyboard of some sort before I began the artwork. I just gave myself way too much freedom with how I wanted the book to look without any real regard to how it would affect the story. To be honest, I just wanted to see Obama cut the shit out of some zombies with a big ass samurai sword. I had a story in mind; a good one too. I just couldn’t force myself to sit down and write it.
I realized that the Obama project was dead, so I wanted to start fresh. Then a great idea came to me. It was just an image at first, but I ran with it and began writing. For the first time in my entire life, I had willingly sat down and engaged in creative writing just for the fun of it. My idea was a children’s story. And for being a children’s story I managed to transfer every emotion and event I was going through in my life to 12 pages of fiction. With only one draft completed, I had something that I was comfortable sharing with a couple of my friends (including Justin) to give me their thoughts about what I should do with it, ways I could clean it up, or possible things I could change to make it something that I could really work with. Then school happened and I haven’t done anything creative since. But I am hopeful. Having actually typed this thing out, all I have to do is read it again and I can resume working on it this summer. The only major challenge with it now is to resume practicing my art chops so I can make some artwork to go along with this thing. Three months of no figure drawing is like three months without practicing snatches or clean and jerks. And that ‘aint pretty.
Here’s a simple little project that I actually finished. I got drunk one afternoon and finished it in about 45 minutes. Arbitrarily named, “Super Love Jam.”
This week begins the “cut down on volume and hit the wall” phase of my training. Basically, I’m going to cut down the volume and intensity in the mornings. This has both positive and negative affects that I’m not going to bother going into, but the point is that I’m planning on PRing within the next 2 weeks and peaking at the meet on the 22nd.
Snatch: took it up to 120 for few singles.
Clean and jerk: took it up to 140 and annoyingly missed the jerk a couple times.
Snatch: took it up to 140, missed 42.
Clean and jerk: Missed 160. Made the clean on the 2nd attempt but missed the jerk.