Meg and Zac once again awakened me at 3:30. I truly wish I was one of those people who could easily fall back to sleep once awakened. Unfortunately, once I’m awake I’m wide-awake.

I arrived at CFBC @ 5:45, and was greeted by Kirk. “It looks like you’re working out every day this week!” Kirk exclaimed. “I had planned on resting,” I said, “but as today’s skill is the snatch and I really need to improve on that lift – and I was awake at 3:30 – I decided to come to the box and learn as much from you as I could. I may not do the metcon, though, if that’s okay with you.”

It appears that the usual 6am crowd did take off today, with the exception of Linda.

Good, as this allowed more one-on-one coaching time from Kirk. Kirk led us through a partner “Junkyard dog” and then the Burgener warm-ups. I hadn’t done the Burgener warm-up in months, and had almost forgotten how to do so. Kirk even had to remind me not to jump! You don’t use it, you lose it.

Linda and I then moved to the platform. I recorded most of my lifts, and Kirk provided excellent feedback throughout. I was exceedingly pleased with how much I accomplished in such a short amount of time, and I give Kirk some most all of the credit.

Kirk first reviewed proper set-up, which is quite different than what I learned from an Olympic lifting seminar I recently attended. I liked this set-up better, as I felt more solid under the bar and in more control during the snatch. Using just 65#, I practiced lifting the bar to my knees, then jumping and extending, and then snatching. Kirk reviewed just about ever lift with me, pointing out strengths and weaknesses.

For some reason it just seemed to click for me today. I worked up to 85# — and worked up a rather good sweat as well.

My first New Year’s resolution is to practice the snatch a minimum of 1 time a week. I’m not going to wait until January to begin doing so.

I finished the day with practicing overhead squats, and once again Kirk provided excellent feedback. I worked up to 5 @ 95#. Even I find it hard to believe how deeply I’m squatting.

Kirk suggested that I attend a Burgener Olympic lifting certification. Uhm, hell yes!

Kirk, thanks for welcoming me to the CFBC community, for your excellent coaching, and for your conversation!

For the second day in a row, Luke is at You Lucky Dog. I know he enjoyed yesterday, as he started wagging his tail as I parked the car. We entered and 4 people in unison yelled “Luke!” The owner, Mike, introduced himself and said, “Luke is a wonderful dog. Just so you know, we hardly ever sell anyone a 20-visit pass after visiting just 1 day. We usually insist that the owners purchase a 5- or 10-day pass at the maximum, so that we can make sure the dog will do well in our facility.” Luke is such a good boy!

Michael Kelley is a good boy, too. We went to dinner at Tyler’s last night. We talked about (but mostly skirted around) the issue of my moving from Zeal to Brier Creek, and the possibility of my coaching at Brier Creek as well. I hinted that I may no longer coach the Saturday morning at 8 session at Zeal, and I thought his head was going to explode. He said, “If you don’t coach at least 1 day a week at Zeal I’ll kill myself.” Come on, Michael Kelley – you have to come up with a better ultimatum than that! I told him so, and he said, “You’d feel really guilty if I killed myself.” Uhm, I suppose. I also know that he was joking when he said this, so I’m not all that concerned. Just remember I love you, Michael Kelley, and it will be all right. Just remember I love you more than words can say.

I should be a songwriter!

One last thing, Michael Kelley: you said that you haven’t yet said what you really wanted to say to me. There’s no time like the present!


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