Wednesday 1 April 2009

Wednesday's wayward 99

I went to training tonight with what I would like to think of as a calm acceptance of whatever fate threw my way. It did not quite work out like that, but I am still happy enough. I only wanted to Snatch something halfway decent tonight; I was not too bothered about the rest. I was tired upon arrival, but so is the rest of the population who work full time, so as Hugh would say: shut up moaning and get on with it! Here is what I did today:

Overhead Squats--5x5
1 Hang Snatch/1 below knee Hang Snatch/1 Snatch--1x3@bar, 40, 40, 50
Snatch--1x2@50 1x1@60, 70, 80, 87, 92, 96--miss due to too much lean back--96, 99--I missed this three times, twice barely and the third was a feeble attempt. I did not quite have the zip in the final two inches of the second pull.

After this I tried to do some Power Cleans but I was too wrecked and I left it. Hindsight being the beautiful thing it is, I should have left the Power Cleans and just done some Front Squats. I don't have the gas in the tank to do a session longer than 45 minutes at the moment, so I will learn from this and just do the Snatch and Front Squat on Friday. Well done to Gillian who got a 2kg pb in the Clean and Jerk. She woman-handled 67 and it was smooth and powerful. There is way more left in the tank for her.

Here is a video of my failed 99:


Anonymous said...

having seen Gillian's lifts, it would seem there is loads more to come if only she pulled the bar closer to herself, and actually got the bar coming off her thighs

Gill said...

I couldn't agree more!!!

It's a work in progress but I've made leaps and bounds in the last couple of weeks thanks to Barry and Harry's brilliant advice about my starting position and I'm really concentrating on doing exactly what you've noted.

bigphathar said...

Both Gill and Laura are troopers with a lot more to come on their lifts: Transfering raw power to the nuance that is Olympic Weightlifting is a gradual process. Vince Lombardi said that American Football is a game of inches, and that the team that fights the hardest for each inch is the one who will make the big games.

Weightlifting is a game of kilos and fighting for big gains leads to big dissappointment. Gill and Laura are making good, regular small gains and in a few months you'll see big improvements in their totals as a result.

We need more lifters like them to 'woman-up' and train hard!

Laura Nolan said...

Excellent motivationalness (is that a word)? I hereby dub you Official* Head Coach of Women's Weightlifting of the Irish National Women's Weightlifting Centre of Excellence** (formerly the Hercs***).

Gill hit a 2 or 3 kilo (I forget which) snatch PR on Friday and made it look easy. Go on the blonde bomber!

* may not be official
** name change still to be finalized
*** footnotes are great fun

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