I swear it upon Zeus, an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler. — Socrates
It’s been a while since I last posted, part of that is due to transitioning and getting ready to redeploy. These are exciting times and the anticipation is building. I can’t wait to see my family — words can’t begin to explain how much I missed them during this deployment. In a way, I’m kind of glad it took me this long to post something because it gave me an opportunity to write about something near and dear to me.
Recently, the Olympic committee voted to remove wrestling as one of the 25 core sports. This surprised me and many others. Historically, there aren’t many sports with a greater history or as strong of an affiliation to Olympic tradition. Wrestling is a timeless sport used by many strong and great civilizations to promote a warrior spirit. Along with track and field events, the sport is also one of THE original events in the Olympics, designed to appease the gods and show their gratitude for giving the people such able bodies. In this respect, there is clearly no other sport that could represent the core of the Olympics and all it represents than wrestling.
The Olympics is a display of highest level of athleticism, yet other events like golf and skeet are permitted to stay. Can we really argue that these events truly require more athleticism — coordination, agility, speed, aggressiveness, tactics, preparation, DISCIPLINE, power, balance — than wrestling?!? It’s IMPOSSIBLE to argue. Where did the committee come up with their rationale? I admire golf simply because I’m really bad at it, but there’s absolutely no way you can convince me Tiger Woods is more of an athlete than any average wrestler. Don’t even get me started on skeet …
The committee cited a lack of interest. I ask that committee to read the list of nations that recently won medals (I believe 28 different nations were represented), or go to local high schools and observe the training these young athletes are enduring. They’re driving themselves to limits never seen by other athletes not for money or careers, but for a shot at medals and glory. Every wrestler knows that this isn’t a lucrative sport — it wasn’t going to give you the multi-million dollar contracts. Yet, they stayed with the sport, challenging themselves to be better. From it, these young men and women gained a level of discipline far beyond their peers. They learned the meaning of sacrifice for the greater good. All that for a shot at glory — a glory the Olympic committee just selfishly stripped from future generations.
Something smells really awful about the way this went down. Some articles I read cited that some of the voting party had interests in other sports nominated for dismissal. Whatever it is, their decision is one of the most heinous ever. Golfers can pursue a lucrative career — wrestlers can’t … AND don’t want to. They truly love their sport. I know I did. I gained so much from the sport and it breaks my heart to know that the hard work being sweated and bled onto mats across the world won’t be given the chance to manifest into Olympic glory.
For those of you that read my little blog, I ask that you not bypass an opportunity to help preserve Olympic tradition and the hopes of young children everywhere. There are Facebook groups that serve as petitions; you can send letters to the Olympic Training Center; or, you can follow USA Wrestling for more information. Please help save Olympic wrestling.
Monday, 04 February 2013
FS @ singles to max, (max-10, max-5, max)x3
156 (PR); 147 – 151 – 156 (F); 147 – 151 – 156 (F); 147 – 151 (F) – No attempt
Sn @ same as FS
105; 95 – 100 – 105(F); did not do the last three sets
Sn Pulls @ 105%x3x4
Sn PP @ 3×4
115 – 120 – 125 – 130
P Sn @ same as FS in the morning
100; 90 – 95 – 100 (full sn); 90 – 95 – 100 (full snatch); 90 – 95 (full snatch) – 100 (full)
PC + J @ same as FS
125; 115 – 120 – 125 (F); 115 – 120 (F), no attempt; no third set
Notes: It was great to PR on my front squat. I actually felt pretty strong with it and thought about going heavier, but I thought about the subsequent lifts and didn’t want to sacrifice the point of dropping down and trying to go back up to the established max of the day for another PR that I probably wouldn’t hit again, much less the “lighter” weights. Snatches were tough due to the fact that my legs were pretty much taken out from under me. The pulls were expectedly tough after the way I felt during snatches, but I made sure to maintain form give it all I had. The snatch pus presses were difficult, but fun. In hindsight, I should’ve broken this day up. Even after feeling tired, I thought about Wednesday’s workout and did the power snatches/cleans and jerks. I surprisingly did very well. I hit a 100/125 power for the first time in a while. Unlike the snatches, I tried not to ride down into a squat for the power cleans, mainly because I didn’t wear my knee sleeves. I also ran out of gas – it was a long training day, but I did feel good about everything that happened today.
Tuesday, 05 February 2013
P Sn @ 60%x2; 65%x2; 70%x2x2
72 – 78 – 84 – 90×1
PC + PJ @ 60%x2+2; 65%2+2; 70%x2+2
90 – 98 – 105 – 113x1x1
BS @ 60%x3; 70%x3; 80%x2; 85%x2x2
111 – 130 – 148 – 157 (actual: 160)
P Sn @ 60%x2; 65%x2; 70%x2; 60%x2; 65%x2
72 – 78 – 84 – 90×1 – 78
PC + PJ @ 60%x2+1; 65%x2+1; 70%x2+1
90 – 98 – 105 – 113×1+1
Jumping BS @ 50%x2x4
Notes: Things went well this morning, but A LOT better at night. I really enjoy working out at night. I get some of my better lifts in at that time because I feel like I’m more explosive, alert, and successful. I’m making the decision to attempt Thursday’s max attempts at night. I also had to shift my timeline to the left by a considerable amount. Today’s night session was supposed to be done Thursday with Wednesday being a rest day. Additionally, Friday was supposed to be another rest day leading up to Saturday, but with my having to start my return back home (!), I had to change everything. I hope to set the conditions that will lead to a successful max day on Thursday, be it lifting at night, eating ice cream, or whatever it is (I don’t think I need an excuse to eat ice cream).
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 – Rest! Anticipation is building …
Thursday, 07 February 2013 – MAX DAY!
I did kept this as a meet day — three attempts on each.
Sn: 116 – 120 (F) – 120 (F)
C+J: 137 – 140 (F) – 140 (F)
Total: 253 (PR)
Well, I did my best and walked away with a PR total. Obviously, I would much prefer PRs in all three events, but I’ll take this as a stepping stone and continue working harder. I can only see myself improving, especially going back to favorable conditions.
10-16 February 2013
Staying loose and using this time as a transition/recovery period. The equipment available isn’t that good (the bars have ZERO knurling near the collars from a lot of neglect). However, I did manage to PR at 140kg for my clean, but I missed the jerk. Naturally, I forgot to record it as well — I suck.