I love Sunday mornings! Our family has a big breakfast together as we get ready for the upcoming week. Today was similar to other Sunday mornings. I try to get my most difficult and strenuous training session in on Sunday mornings. It gives me the best opportunity for recovery during the week, and I get the lift done before 11am.
Training is starting to ramp up a bit. Week 1 called for 4 x 8. Week 2 called for 5 x 7. Week 3 called for 5 x 7 with a 10% increase in weight per exercise. I'm not training for strength, yet. I'm getting my body ready for the rigors of what is yet to come. I probably won't reach the strength levels I had when I was 26 years old, but that is ok. I'm not training for a powerlifting meet. I'm training to get my body ready to throw over 50m again. I turn 36 this February. I'm looking forward to throwing in a meet again.
Below you can watch my C1/C2 complex-Incline Bench Press immediately followed by Deadlifts.
Below you can watch the A1/A2 complex-Safety Squat Bar Squats and Military Press
I think it’s safe to say that everyone at one time or another in their life reflects back on what might have been. I had one of those moments a few weeks ago. I was moving some boxes around in my basement and came across a box I hadn’t opened since my wife and I moved into our house three years ago. The box had remained closed since 2010. When I opened the box, I found one of my journals.
Yes, I kept a training journal and throwing journal. In my orange journal, I tracked my throwing workouts. In my purple journal, I kept track of my weightroom training sessions. A few pages from the back of the orange journal I found a post-it note sticking out. On that particular page, back in April of 2008, I listed out 25 things I wanted to accomplish-goals if you will. Here is a summary of some of those goals:
Shortly after finding my journal, I received an email from Master’s USATF. I may just have the opportunity to represent the United States after all. As I was scrolling down the calendar of events for Master’s throwers, I noticed that the 2020 Master’s Track and Field World Championships are going to be held in Toronto, Ontario Canada. It got me thinking. This might be the meet that I get the chance to represent the United States after all.
As I looked closer into the details of the meet, I was able to find the qualifying standards for the meet. There are no qualifying standards for the meet. That means that all I have to do is enter the meet. Now I started thinking some more. Pretty low hanging fruit. Not hanging really. Pretty much on the ground. I’m a very competitive person. There is no way I can just enter the meet.
I had a serious conversation with my wife about it. She was open to the idea. As the weeks have passed, she has become more supportive of the idea. I knew I was going to marry my wife a few months after we started dating. She didn’t blink when I asked her if she wanted to travel to track meet with me a few months into our relationship. That is when I knew. Anyway, back to 2020. We discussed some goals and commitments. I cannot just enter the meet outright. I need to “qualify” for this meet. Really, I do not want to embarrass myself on such a big stage. I’ll turn 36 in February of 2018. I’ll be 38 when this meet comes around. So, I set a distance goal for myself. I will share that at a later date. My commitments for this season are:
This will serve as my online journal. I just wrapped up my first week of training. I took a couple of throws today after our high school kids finished their throwing session. I hope you join me on this ride. I have not figured out what meets I’m going to throw in. That isn’t really that important right now. Probably a meet in May and another one in June or July. I hope you join me on this ride.
Dr. Infurna is an active powerlifter and thrower. He has recently shifted his focus to training for Triathlon races. His next race is the Rochester Sprint Triathlon at the end of August, 2019.